Catholic Center Staff
Hello beautiful people! I’m Theresa and I’m SO pumped to meet you if I haven’t already! I hail from the lush garden state, New Jersey — I’m in love with its beaches, mountains, forests, hustle, and charm. If you don’t believe that NJ is amazing, it’s okay. It doesn’t need outsider approval. I come from a large family, so I like to think that I can get along with many different types of people. Telling and showing others how absolutely amazing they are is probably my biggest passion. If I get super-duper excited to see you, please don’t get overwhelmed. Sometimes I just can’t help it. I love discussing music, movies, and books (especially the good stuff). And I’m known to have a stash of sour patch watermelon candy at all times. Jesus is my biggest Love. He thinks I’m pretty cool too.
“Deep in my heart, His name remained, and nothing could entirely captivate me, however learned, however neatly expressed, however true it might be, unless His name were in it.”
– Confessions, Book III, St. Augustine
Yo friends, Michael Bielejeski here coming to you from the Bold North in MInnesota. With a horde of an immediate family, 33 going on 34 to be exact, I’ve never lived what you would call a quiet life. Faith, family and friends are definitely my top priority but I love to make time for music, reading, hiking and swimming. I’ve also been known to travel to distant countries where it’s rumored I have mythical family members with pots of gold hiding at the end of a rainbow. If that confuses you feel free to ask around for more details. Looking forward to meeting those of you I don’t know yet and reconnecting with all of you that I do!
“If a man is centered upon himself, the smallest risk is too great for him because both success and failure can destroy him. If he is centered upon God, then no risk is too great, because success is already guaranteed – the successful union of Creator and creature, beside which everything else is meaningless.”
– Morris L. West in The Shoes of the Fisherman. Christianity Today, Vol. 33, no. 3
Fr. Paul Helfrich
Hello Everyone: Fr. Paul Helfrich here. I am originally from New Jersey although I have lived in Boston for the last twenty-five years. Following graduation from Rutgers University with a degree in history I went to Seton Hall Law School. After practicing law for a number of years I studied theology at the University of St. Thomas in Rome, Italy and at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton. I was ordained in 2000. Most of my priesthood has involved ministering on college campuses. I really enjoy being around college students and I am excited to be the chaplain here at Northeastern. I look forward to getting to know everyone.
“I came that they may have life and have it in abundance.” John 10:10
Hi, I’m Paul. I’m super excited to get to know you! I grew up in the buckeye state and graduated from THE Ohio State University with a double major in Computer Science & Engineering and Mathematics and a heart set on fire for Christ. I thoroughly enjoy hiking, volleyball, top spinning, and video game making, among other things. I have a love for any activity, game, discussion, etc. that requires making use of the brain that God gave you and me – so I will happily talk with you about anything from philosophy & theology to state-of-the-art advancements in machine learning and artificial intelligence. I know the Lord has an amazing plan for us and I’m excited to live in it!
“The Lord, in seeking among the crowd for someone to work for Him, says ‘Who is there who desires life?’ (Psalm 34:12). If you hear Him and answer, “I do”, God says to you, ‘Do you desire true life, eternal life?’ then: ‘Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it’ (Psalm 34:13-14). And when you have done this I will set my eyes upon you, I will give ear to your prayers, and ‘Before they call, I will answer’ (Isaiah 65:24).”
– Benedict of Nursia Rule, Prologue 14-18
Hey everyone! My name’s Rebecca. I was born and raised in Florida and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Business Management. Some fun facts about me: I love Disney (the parks, movies, music, you name it), volleyball, pizza, The Office, and playing guitar! I am a missionary to do the Lord’s will and share His love that has been revealed to me through the power of community. I am so excited to see where He leads our ministry this year!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.”
– Proverbs 3:5-6
Hello world! Kevin McNaughton here coming from the not so deep South- the sunshine and oranges state- Florida!! Most of my time is dedicated towards faith, family, and friends, but any other chance I get goes towards my other three loves in life: hiking, coffee, and playing guitar. I went to Florida State University and developed a distaste for Gators (our rival), and I double majored in Economics and Insurance. The majority of my time spent in college when I wasn’t studying or at our Catholic Center was with people. I’m a lifelong Floridian and I’m stoked to be living out of Florida for the first time! I have three older sisters and come from a Brazilian American family. A goal I have this year is to learn a new instrument- maybe the banjo or accordion. Another random fact about me is that a hidden aspiration of mine is to become a space ranger- technology and presence of alien life permitting.
“In your hearts you know that it is not the same to live without Him; what you have come to realize, what has helped you to live and given you hope, is what you also need to communicate to others.”
– Joy of the Gospel (121)
Hello! My name is Bibiana Nunez. I was born and raised in Tallahassee, FL and graduated from Florida State University with a BA in Communication Science and Disorders (aka speech pathology!). I love reading, singing, hiking, exploring new places, and having good conversation over coffee or tea. I was raised in the Catholic faith, but experienced deeper conversion in college that transformed my life and propels me to seek first the Kingdom. I am very excited to have relocated from the sunshine state to the great city of Boston!!
“Do whatever he tells you”
– John 2:5
Br. Austin Riordan
Campus Minister, Pastoral Staff
Originally from the Great State of Wisconsin, I left for college at 18 years old and experienced a life-changing conversion to the person of Jesus Christ. I like many things. The Green Bay Packers and fresh cheese curds (not-fried) are my unashamed stereo-typical Wisconsinites ones. Beyond that, I enjoy star-gazing, woodworking, playing pond hockey, hiking, video producing, etc.
“Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. ”
– John 14:1-3
Hello hello, Gina here! I was born and raised in Franklin, MA, a suburb ~50 min southwest of Boston, and currently live just 10 minutes from where I grew up. I went to UMass Amherst and graduated in 2016 with degrees in Business Administration and Nutrition. Shortly after graduating, I experienced a major reversion to the Catholic faith in my search for purpose, meaning, and truth. I love journaling, nut-flavored coffees (hazelnut, coconut, almond, you name it), long-distance running, and spending quality time with my friends and family, and of course Mama Mary! I am usually tucked away in the third floor office, but I love visitors so please feel free to stop by and chat!
“There are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge; that is Curiosity. There are those who seek knowledge to be known by others; that is Vanity. There are those who seek knowledge in order to serve; that is Love.”
– St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Hi there! My name is Angela, and I’m from the beautiful sunshine state, where I studied Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida and had my life transformed by the Lord. I grew up in a lively family with 5 older sisters, and I love listening to and making music, reading, crafting, hiking, tea, and learning about who God is and how he made us. Some fun facts: I did most of my medical research on a mutant virus that glowed green like an alien, and I have been to Disney more times than I can count (shoutout to my sis for working there). I’m stoked to be serving the Lord here in Boston, and I can’t wait to see how He works through me and you to build up the kingdom this year!
“The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.”
– Psalm 23:1
Br. Jason Zink, BH
Director, Pastoral Staff
Welcome! I’m Brother Jason and I look forward to meeting you! I’m from Ft. Myers, Florida and I studied Mathematics in college at Florida State University. While in college I had a blast being in the Marching Chiefs, a 500+ marching band, playing trombone. And if you are a runner, let me know, I would love to have you join us for our annual Half Marathon! I am honored to be your brother and I look forward to running with you on your journey back to the Father’s House!
“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope. When you call me, and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me—oracle of the LORD—and I will change your lot; I will gather you together from all the nations and all the places to which I have banished you—oracle of the LORD—and bring you back to the place from which I have exiled you.”
– Jeremiah 29:11-14
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