Fr. Bill Kempf, Director
Fr. Bill Kempf is a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Ordained in 1984, he has served as a full time associate pastor at Epiphany of Our Lord parish, teacher and campus minister at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, Director of the Vocation Office, and roaming Campus Minister at 6 colleges. He has been the Director of the UMSL Newman Center since June of 2000. While continuing as Director, he is also the pastor of St. Ann’s Parish in Normandy. Fr. Bill may be reached at email@example.com.
Erin Duffy, Assistant Director and Campus Minister
Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Erin came to St. Louis a year and a half ago after three years of studying spirituality and multicultural ministry at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. Making a giant life circle, Erin graduated 11 years ago from Washington University in St. Louis. In the interim she served as a fifth grade teacher at an inner city school in Dallas, TX through Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education. She was also campus minister for four years at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she coordinated social justice education and action as well as retreats and catechesis. In her spare time she loves to be doing anything outside and active, dancing, doing yoga, reading and spending time with those she loves. Erin really loves UMSL Newman and feels very blessed to be a part of this community. Erin can be reached at Erin@cncumsl.org.
Kay Dieckmann, Development Director and Staff Assistant
Kay was born and raised in St. Louis. She and her husband, Steve, call St. Ann Parish (just down the street from UMSL) their “home away from home” along with their 4 children: Ellen, Claire, John, and Lydia. Kay is a graduate from UMSL with a degree in Business Management and minor in Communications. Kay has been with the CNC for 5 years and looking forward to another great year. She will continue directing annual giving, special fund raising events, major gifts, and of course her favorite part, hanging out the with students. Before coming to the CNC, Kay worked in hotel sales and marketing. When she is not working, you will find her coaching her children’s soccer teams, jogging, hanging out with family and friends. Kay can be reached at Kay@cncumsl.org.
Mary Beussink, Campus Minister of New and First Year Students
While I am serving as the part-time campus minister at UMSL, I am also a full-time student at the Aquinas Institute of Theology. Before studying for my Masters in Theology, I graduated from Missouri State University with a dual degree in Gerontology and Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies. I am originally from Sikeston, MO, but have lived in Denver,
CO as an intern with the Little Sisters of the Poor, and Austin, TX working for a semester at a senior center. I really enjoyed being involved with the Catholic Campus Ministry at MSU, so I am especially excited for this opportunity at UMSL. In my free time you can find me outside in my hammock or in the water (floating, kayaking, swimming, you name it), or inside with a book or a few episodes of “The Office.”