Daniel White, S.J.
Fr. White, a native of Wisconsin, has just begun his fifth year as pastor. He was an associate pastor at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Kansas City and pastor of St. Martin de Porres Parish in Belize City, Belize, Central America. Fr. White was assistant to the novice master at the Jesuit novitiate in Grand Couteau, LA before coming to College Church. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of De Smet Jesuit High School.
Jason Brauninger, S.J.
Fr. Jason Brauninger grew up in St. Rose, La., where he attended St. Charles Borromeo grade school. He earned a bachelor’s degree in fire science engineering at Eastern Kentucky University and, in 2005, entered the Jesuits. At Saint Louis University, he completed an accelerated one-year bachelor’s degree in nursing while also taking the philosophy courses required for Jesuit formation. He worked for three years in Denver at St. Anthony Hospital’s cardiac telemetry unit and emergency department while teaching clinical nursing and completing medical mission trips to Nepal and Haiti. He studied at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Fr. Brauninger was ordained at College Church in 2016, and for the past year was associate pastor at Immaculate Conception parish in New Orleans.
Jim and his wife, Sue, have three children and live in Florissant, Missouri. He has been a social worker in public education for 28 years and a permanent deacon for 17 years. Jim worked as an accountant at McDonnell-Douglas Corp. before completing graduate studies at St. Louis University and Kenrick Seminary.
Katie Jansen Larson
Katie is originally from central Illinois. After spending two years as a Jesuit Volunteer in Mobile, AL, she moved to St. Louis in 1999 to attend graduate school at St. Louis University where she received her MSW. She spent 11 years in faith based community organizing before joining the College Church staff in 2015. She is married to Eric Larson and has three daughters, Molly, Alice and Elena.
Mary Beth Erickson
Mary Beth is a native of St. Louis. She joined the College Church staff in November 2005. Formerly she worked at Saint Louis University in Campus Ministry, and for the Vice President for Mission and Ministry. During that time she served on the Women’s Commission (President 2004, Staff Woman of the Year in 2001.) Previously Mary Beth co-chaired the Archdiocesan Committee on Women in the Church for the Human Rights Office. Mary Beth is a mother of two grown daughters, and a proud grandma.
Christian Initiation, Adult Formation & Marriage Ministry
Joe is a native of St. Louis and has been on the staff of College Church since 1989. He leads the Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process, coordinates other adult formation activities, and serves as a spiritual director. Joe lives with his wife, Mary, and two sons in Ferguson.
Religious Education & Family Life
Angie coordinates the programs and activities associated with the religious formation of the children and youth of the parish — the nursery, Liturgy of the Word with Children, the Religious Education Program, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and the Youth Group. She holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies degree from Aquinas Institute of Theology. Angie and her husband, Dale and their three daughters feel blessed to be part of the vibrant College Church.
Sr. Carolyn McWatters
Liturgy & Music
Carolyn is a Sister of Mercy of the Americas and a native of North Carolina. After 20 years in education there she came to St Louis in 1996, where she obtained a Master of Divinity degree from Aquinas Institute of Theology in 2000. She ministered in liturgy and music in the Diocese of Belleville from then through May, 2015. Carolyn has been serving College Church since February 2016 and is the Director of Liturgy and Music. She lives as a professed member of the Mercy Institute Novitiate in Frontenac.
Christine is from North Carolina and attended UNC-Chapel Hill for her Bachelor’s degree. She moved to St. Louis in 2012 for a year of service with Vincentian Mission Corps. Most recently, Christine completed her Master’s degree in Social Work at SLU, during which time she worked part time as the Outreach Services Coordinator at the College Church. She is happy to have the opportunity to remain on staff and be a part of the development and growth of Social Ministry.
Outreach Services Coordinator
telephone: 977- 7311
Sandy, a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been involved with the event and wedding planning business for over 20 years. Having graduated from Marquette University she was drawn to the College Church’s Jesuit parish. She is married to Carl Hauck and is the mother of 6 children, Connor, Grady, Andrew, Callahan, Jordan and Lesley.
Ray was raised in New Mexico before heading to Alaska to serve as a Jesuit Volunteer. He spent several years singing professionally with the a cappella octet, Pieces of 8. He then worked as the education program manager for the Saint Louis Symphony before becoming director of choral music at DeSmet Jesuit High School. Ray became the director of the choir in 2008. He and his wife, Sue Owens, have sung in the choir for a number of years.
Director of Wedding Music & Accompanist
Sue first came to College Church in 1988 as pianist for all the parish Sunday liturgies and as accompanist for the choir. Additionally, she now serves as Director of Music Ministry for the parish. Sue is also a member of the Webster University piano faculty. She and her husband, Jim, were married at College Church and they have two daughters, Anne and Tess.
Mary Kay Horan
Events & Communication Coordinator
Mary Kay was born and raised in St. Louis. She attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, and UMSL with her BA in Communications. Mary Kay has over 35 years experience in event planning and communications working for non-profits and Catholic high schools. She is a member of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque parish in Oakville where she is an Adorer and a member of the 10:00 Mass Contemporary Choir.
Sam joins College Church staff after finishing a year of service in the Jesuits’ Alum Service Corps. He served as a theology teacher and pastoral assistant at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, CO, and is bringing his educational, ministry, and service talents to our program. He is very excited to be returning to his home town and home parish.