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Director, Saint Clare Center
Michael Taylor serves as the Director of the Saint Clare Center, overseeing
all of the programming that the center offers.
He became Director in 2014, after spending four years at the Saint Clare
Center with a focus on school and parish programs. During that time, he
coordinated the efforts of many people in developing the Sustaining the Mission
program for the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese.
Before joining the Saint Clare Center, he spent 15 years working in Catholic K-12 education, including 10 years
as principal, first at Our Lady of Good Hope School, and then at St. Eugene
School. Before working in Catholic education, he served as the director of a
summer camp for children and adults with disabilities.
He has degrees from the University of New Mexico in history and math and
from Marquette University in educational leadership.
In addition to his commitment to Catholic education, Taylor has been active
in two different parish twinning relationships and has done service work in
Mexico, Guatemala, and Uganda.
In his role at the Saint Clare Center, he uses his skills in program
development and administrative leadership to help others hear God’s call and
use their gifts in ministry to others.
Michael Coffey joined the Saint Clare Center in August of
2014. Most recently he served as
Director of Faith Formation for Pius XI High School in Milwaukee. His professional experiences include
nonprofit leadership, teaching (elementary, secondary and adult), retreat
direction, strategic planning and pastoral leadership. He has worked in the domains of schools (public and Catholic),
parishes and faith-based human service organizations. As a parish member he’s been involved in
liturgical ministries, child catechesis, St. Vincent de Paul Society, school
boards and parish councils, marriage preparation and adult formation.
Michael holds Masters degrees in Pastoral Studies (Loyola
University of Chicago) and Teaching (National Louis University). He holds a Bachelors degree in English from
UWM. He reads widely in areas of
Theology, Spirituality, Education and Organizational Development.
Michael has given much of his effort and attention to
leading people towards seeing the questions and struggles of their lives in
light of the Church’s wisdom and leading organizations towards aligning their
efforts with their ministerial vocations.
Mary Foley has been the Saint Clare Center’s administrative coordinator
since January 2007. She came to the center after 27 years of service at
Marquette University, 21 of which as assistant and associate registrar.
She was awarded the university’s Excellence in University Service Award
for Administrators in 1994.
Before her service at Marquette, she
served as a policy coding supervisor at Maryland Casualty Insurance
Company, and taught general music grades one through five in the
Menomonee Falls Public Schools.
Foley earned her B.Ed. from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.