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Executive Director, Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life
Eamonn O’Keeffe joined the Saint Clare Center in
September of 2007 after 23 years as a Catholic school educator and
administrator. During his 17 years at Dominican High School in the
Milwaukee Archdiocese, he served as teacher, admissions director, vice
principal and principal.
with his service to Dominican, O’Keeffe also served five years as
Confirmation coordinator for a cluster of parishes in West Allis. Prior
to his tenure at Dominican, he taught high school theology courses at
Notre Dame High School for Boys in suburban Chicago and at Lourdes
Academy in Oshkosh. He also served as director of religious education
for St. Peter Parish in Oshkosh.
earned his M.Ed. from Marquette University and also holds a B.A. in
theology from Marquette University. He has directed more than 80 youth
and adult retreat experiences and is frequently invited to speak and
offer workshops for school faculties and parish staffs. He is a member
of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and of the
National Association for Lay Ministry (NALM).
has often felt called to social action opportunities related to the
Church. Two of his most cherished service experiences have been
volunteering as a crisis counselor at Covenant House in New York City
and leading a missionary trip of teens and adults to an orphanage in
Jean Marie Weber
Director of Educational Programs (English language)
Jean Marie Weber serves as the director of educational programs
(English language). She is the former director of Certification for the
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Certification
and Accreditation (USCCB/CCA). She also served the Archdiocese of
Milwaukee as associate director, Office for Schools and Child/Youth
Ministries. She has been a Catholic elementary school teacher and a
parish director of religious education. She has co-authored grades one,
two, and three of This is Our Faith series, the 1997, 1991, and 1988
editions, published by Silver Burdett Ginn.
She served as president, vice-president, and Wisconsin Province
Representative with the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership.
She served on the USCCB Committee on Education, the USCCB ad hoc
Committee on the Implementation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church,
the General Directory for Catechesis, directed the consultation process
for the National Directory for Catechesis for the Archdiocese of
Milwaukee, and served on a number of USCCB consultative committees. She
received the 2008 Vatican II Award for Service in Education from the
Archdiocese of Milwaukee and was elected vice president - president
elect of the Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry (AGPIM)
Since 1998, she has been studying brain
compatible teaching and learning through Mind Matters, Inc., Brain
Research Seminars by Dr. Pat Wolfe, the Jensen Learning Institute, Brain
Conferences sponsored by Stritch and other brain-based teaching and
learning conferences. She has been part of the NCEA Catechetical
has an M.A. in religious studies from Manhattan College, New York, an
M.A. in administrative leadership and supervision of education from the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and doctoral studies in religion and
education from Union Theological Seminary, New York. She has given
major presentations and workshops across the United States.
María Borda Wiesner
Director of Educational Programs (Spanish language)
Borda Wiesner serves as director of educational programs (Spanish
language). A native of Chile, she comes to the Saint Clare Center after
22 years of professional ministry service in the Archdiocese of
Milwaukee. She was part of the administrative team of the certificate
division of St. Francis Seminary, and most recently directed the
Pentecost Mission program for the John Paul II Center in the
For seven years, Wiesner was a
member of the USCCB Accreditation and Certification Committee, providing
site reviews and accreditation for diocesan ministry programs. She
served on the Board of Directors for Sacred Heart School of Theology and
has served on numerous multicultural committees, including the task
force for the National Association of Lay Ministers. She is adjunct
faculty for the Loyola Pastoral Center in New Orleans where teaches the
course “Diversity and Parish Ministry.”
local level, she serves on the advisory committee of the Latina Resource
Center. She is a highly respected presenter and teacher on
intercultural relations and ministry.
Michael V. Taylor
Director of School and Parish Programs
Taylor serves as director of school and parish programs. He has joined
the Saint Clare Center after 15 years of service in Catholic 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
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
In his role at the Saint Clare Center, he uses his
skills in program development to help others hear God’s call and use
their gifts in ministry to others.
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.