STAFF

Cory Noeker

PARISH LIFE DIRECTOR

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Cory grew up in the small town of Westphalia, MI, just northwest of Lansing. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 2014 with a major in entrepreneurship and a minor in professional sales and marketing. Cory is also an alumnus of CMU’s varsity Track and Field program, and he continues to enjoy competition of all sorts. After graduation, he stuck around Mount Pleasant and became a licensed real estate agent, buying and selling properties in the surrounding area. Cory is currently pursuing theological and ministerial formation in the Diocese of Saginaw’s Lay Ministry Formation Program, which he is expected to complete in 2021. Being a strong believer in the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, he plans on using his theological and ministerial formation and background in real estate to help the needs of the Church. Cory’s favorite saint is St. Thomas More, and in his spare time he enjoys reading in the areas of theology, philosophy, and psychology. Cory is excited for the opportunity to be involved with campus ministry at St. Mary University Parish and looks forward to working with the staff and students.

Fr. Tom McNamara

Sacramental Minister

Fr. Tom is a native of Birch Run, MI, a small community in Saginaw County. Many years ago, Fr. Tom received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from CMU before teaching high school history and government at Lake Fenton High School for nineteen years. He has been a priest for nearly thirty-eight years and credits Bishop Francis Reh with encouraging him to study for the priesthood. He has served as pastor in many places including: Sacred Heart, Mt. Pleasant; St. Joseph the Evangelist, Essexville; St. Joseph the Worker, Beal City; Our Lady of Lake Huron, Harbor Beach; and he was Rector of the Cathedral in Saginaw for many years. Interim Bishop Walter Hurley asked that he come to St. Mary University Parish to serve as our Sacramental Minister. He enjoys being here at the school he once attended and being among the students who make up the parish.

 

Caleb Brereton

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Caleb grew up near Kalamazoo in Gobles, the self-proclaimed “Biggest Little City in Michigan.” He moved to Mt. Pleasant in 2016 to pursue his bachelor’s degree after graduating with honors from Kalamazoo Valley Community College with an Associate of Arts in Business Administration. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in General Management. Outside of classes, Caleb enjoys studying theology, church law, apologetics, and the various aspects of social influence. Through his life experiences, Caleb has come to the belief that it is critical for each generation of men to serve as mentors to the upcoming generation. Before moving to Mt. Pleasant, Caleb had experience working with his parish youth group and teaching religious education classes for grade schoolers. His favorite saint is St. John Bosco who founded the Salesian order and dedicated his life to helping young people know God and improve their lives. He believes that his understanding of business, social influence, and Church teaching will help in serving the parishioners of St. Mary University Parish.

 

Anne Swift

BOOKKEEPER

Anne Swift moved to Mt. Pleasant from Detroit and attended Sacred Heart Academy. She went back to Detroit for college attending Mercy College of Detroit (now University of Detroit Mercy), majoring in Fine Art and Musical Theater. Over the following 30 years she earned her Masters in Educational Administration from WMU while working as a teacher, dyslexia tutor, and principal of both Catholic and public schools for Pre-K thru Adult grade levels. Bookkeeping is something she taught herself during college and supported herself while waiting to find education positions. Now after being retired for 15 years, and moving back to Mt. Pleasant, the opportunity to work for the Church has come again. She has always found the most joy and fulfillment when working for the Church. As a board member of the Isabella County Human Rights Committee, she feels she is furthering the teachings of the Church in our area. She and her husband, Jim Moreno, are members of the choir at Sacred Heart Parish.  Her additional interests currently are: Art, Theater, grandchildren and a puppy named Casper.

 

Megan Conner

MUSIC DIRECTOR

Megan Conner grew up in Fowler, a small town in central Michigan, and is a Junior at Central Michigan University studying Psychology and Music.  She loves playing the piano and has been playing for most of her life.  She also enjoys working with musical groups, having led her home parish’s youth band and playing clarinet and saxophone in her high school band, participating in the university band and concert choir at CMU, and most recently playing piano for St. Mary’s very own praise band, Talitha Koum.  After graduation, Megan plans to attend graduate school for Mental Health Counseling, and she hopes to be able to incorporate music in her practice someday.  In her free time, she enjoys writing music, drawing, and being involved with the student-led campus group, Central Catholic.  She looks forward to working with other students on using their musical abilities to praise the Lord.