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Mary E. Gentile

Associate Director of St. Clare Center

Adjunct Faculty - College of Undergraduate Studies


St Clare Center



(414) 410-4404


BH Bonaventure Hall 2090B


Box 514


Mary Gentile has been the Associate Director of the Saint Clare Center for Ministry and Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University since August 2017. She is responsible for the administration of Sustaining the Mission, the program for religious education certification for the K-12 teachers in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. She also assists with other programs run by the Saint Clare Center, such as the Saen Damiano Encounter, the Saturday Institute for Lay Ministry, Faith Formation Team Training, and Leadership Pilgrimage. A graduate of Stritch, with a MA in Religious Studies in 2008, she has since been teaching various topics in Theology, including History, World Religions, and Catholic Social Teaching to high school students, and to teachers in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. She has also been involved in creating Service Learning Programs, and helping design Character Education programs for schools.


  • B.A., Marquette University
  • M.A., Cardinal Stritch University

Publications & Presentations

Developing a Gospel-based Character Education Program The Primacy of Relationships in Catechetical Education Threads in the Tapestries of Religious Life: Teaching World Religions

Why Stritch?

"The Saint Clare Center’s initiatives and programs strive to help all of us recognize and explore the integration of the Gospel in and through the work that we do, and then, to develop the tools and skills to share the joy of that discovery with others. I can think of no better place than Stritch to do this work. The Franciscan tradition, and the examples of Ss. Francis and Clare, remind us that our approach to this work must always begin with a recognition of the God-given dignity of all, the beauty and gift of God’s creation, and a desire to be bridge-builders and peace-makers."

- Mary E. Gentile