Pastoral Ministry Team


Strengthening Faith Life at Marian High School

“Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation." - Mark 16:15

The Pastoral Ministry Team at Marian High School provides opportunities to enrich the spiritual life of our students, faculty and staff. Following our Lord's command, we foster Christian discipleship by helping one another to pattern our lives after the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Together, we entrust our ministry to the maternal care of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Pastoral Ministry Office is located next to the chapel on the second floor. Members of the school’s Pastoral Ministry Team provide students with personal or spiritual counseling opportunities, and meet with various groups of students to help deal with important issues facing the Marian High School community. Pastoral Ministry is a vital part of the student body experience at Marian.


Our Pastoral Team

Patrick Smith, Pastoral Minister
Fr. Daniel Niezer, Chaplain
Fr. Zach Rathke, Chaplain
Ryan J. Dainty, Dean of Student Formation


Office: 574.259.5257 ext. 331

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Interested in exploring vocations within the Catholic Church?
Students interested in learning more about religious vocations and pathways should reach out to the Marian Pastoral Ministry Office for personal conversation. The Marian Counseling Department is available to connect students with appropriate mentors who can answer questions and respond to concerns of interested students.