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Saint Mary Catholic Church of Williamston, Michigan


Saint Mary Catholic Church

"We Welcome Everyone Into A Personal Encounter With Jesus Christ"  

Fr. Mark Rutherford – Pastor

Phone Number: 1 (517) 655-2620

Email Address: frmarkrutherford@gmail.com

Born and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and later in Ann Arbor, Fr. Mark grew up in a Catholic home with three brothers.  He first heard and discerned a call to the priesthood at age 13 while participating in a Franciscan University of Steubenville Youth Conference in 1997.  Growing up he attended Catholic schools, public schools, home schooled, and has even dropped out of high school. He and his three brothers loved and played hockey for a large part of their lives, which for Fr. Mark gave way to sports like wrestling, boxing, and Tae Kwon Do.  From 2001-2005, Fr. Mark attended Ave Maria College in Ypsilanti, Michigan, majoring in both Theology and Philosophy, with a minor in classical languages.  He was accepted as a seminarian of the Diocese of Lansing in the summer of 2005, and attended Sacred Heart Major Seminary from 2005-2009, earning the M. Div. and S.T.B.  He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Earl Boyea on June 13th, 2009, the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua.  He was then assigned as Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Brighton from 2009-2012.  In 2012, he was assigned as Parochial Vicar of Church of the Resurrection in Lansing from 2012-2014.  In 2014, he is was assigned as Administrator of St. Mary Catholic Church and school in Williamston, and to study for the J.C.L. in Canon Law at Catholic University of America during the summers.  In 2015 he was named pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church and school. In addition, he serves on the Diocese of Lansing Education Board, and is in his fourth year of studies in Canon Law.

“In order to execute strategy and help the boat reach shore, the staff is the most important team of all.  The staff share, as the Second Vatican Council says, in the ministry proper to the pastor. The goal of their ministry is to call forth and equip others to do the work of ministry so that the Church may be built up.”

Stephan Hilker – Deacon

Phone Number: 1 (517) 655-2620

Email Address: stephenhilker@gmail.com

Deacon Stephen Hilker was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1953 the second eldest of 5 children. As a child, he attended Gesu Grade School in Detroit and as a young man, Detroit Catholic Central. He went on to attend Michigan State University where he earned a B.S. in Psychology and an M.B.A. in Management and has done post-graduate work in accounting. Steve is a CPA and holds a number of other financial certifications. He has studied Public Policy at the Doctoral level at Western Michigan University and is completing a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry from the Josephinum Pontifical University in Columbus, OH.

Deacon Steve recently retired from the State of Michigan after 37  years in various executive positions.  Steve answered the call to serve the church as a Deacon on June 30, 1990, after 3 years of Diaconal studies with the Diocese of Lansing. He was ordained by Bishop Kenneth Povish.

Deacon Steve was fortunate enough to have Nancy, his wife, marry him on June 28, 1980.  Nancy serves as a teacher and Catechist at St. Mary School. They have 9 children and three grandchildren, Ruth (Ross Hunt, Dallas, TX), John (Catherine, Dubai, U.A.E.), Daniel Hilker, Esq. (Haslett, MI.), Kathleen (Dr. Daniel Durusoy, 3 grandchildren), Mike (Minot, N.D.), Mary (Dallas, TX), David (G.R. MI.), Stephanie 17, and Max 14.  Steve and Nancy reside in Haslett.

Steve’s served as a Deacon with St. Thomas Parish in East Lansing prior to transferring to  St. Mary Parish in Williamston in early 2008. He serves in the areas of parish administration, liturgy, charitable works (St. Vincent DePaul and KofC), and teaching. There are 127 Deacons in the Diocese of Lansing.

Mary Ann Duffy – Secretary

Phone Number: 1 (517) 655-2620

Email Address: mduffy@stmarywilliamston.com

Mary Ann Duffy serves as the secretary for St. Mary Church. She graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in history and political science, after which she moved back home to Michigan to work in politics. She has previously worked in the Michigan House of Representatives and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mary Ann and her husband Kevin make their home in Williamston with their four children.

RJ Lomas – Principal

Phone Number: 1 (517) 655-4038

Fax Number: 1 (517) 655-3933

Email Address: StMaryWilliamston.RJ@gmail.com 


Nancy Duey – Director of Religions Education & Evangeliztion

Phone Number: 1 (517) 655-2520

Email Address: nancyduey@gmail.com

One day about 15 years ago, as I was walking through St. Joseph Church, I passed by the Tabernacle and clearly heard, “Nancy, I’m calling you”. It was a bit shocking to hear this as I noticed there was no one in the church except me. I looked at the Tabernacle and quickly ran out of the church. Today I realize it was Jesus calling me into a personal relationship with Him. That encounter lead me to begin volunteering with teens who were behind on their Sacraments and also was the path God used to teach me the Catholic Faith with new eyes and ears while learning anew the beauty and true gift of the Catholic Church. I taught these classes for three years at St. Agnes in Fowlerville and went on to become the youth minister at St. Joseph in Howell where I served for 8 years. Youth ministry was very exciting and quickly morphed into a family affair as my husband Dan helped me facilitate Life-Teen events, retreats, and three of my four children went through the program. I sensed God was calling me again, but where was very unclear. As I continued to pray God opened the door when the position of DRE at St. Mary’s became available. I have great love and devotion to the Blessed Mother and am thrilled to serve at Our Lady’s parish. I love to meet and talk with people so please stop by for a visit anytime.

Laura Hahnenberg – Youth Minister

Phone Number: 1 (517) 655-2520

Email Address: jitiu33@yahoo.com

Laura Hahnenberg has been a member of St. Mary Parish and became a catechist in the St. Mary School of Religion shortly after she, her husband Nick and young children moved to Williamston in 2006.  Laura graduated in 1999 from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a degree in theology with a concentration in catechesis.  Joining the youth team is her ever faithful husband and friend Nick, who is great with young people and will complement Laura’s efforts to help the teens encounter Christ more closely in their daily lives. She also oversees and dynamic Confirmation team who helps prepare the 7th and 8th graders to receive the Sacrament.  Laura and Nick have five beautiful children, Joseph, Isaac, Miriam and Seth and Zachary.  The family is very active together, enjoying a gamete of different types of sports and activities. Laura simply see’s youth ministry as expanding her family and is excited to get to know the youth better. Drop in for a visit on Sunday evening during the fall or check out the summer schedule as there are many activities to participate in at the parish for all teens.

Nancy Hilker – Director of Adult Formation

Phone Number: 1 (517) 655-2620

Email Address: HilkerNancy@gmail.com

This will be my 8th year teaching at St. Mary School where I am the program coordinator of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. I have been happily married to Deacon Hillker for 37 years and we have nine children and six grandchildren. I am involved with Marriage preparation, Bible study, intercessory prayer and preparing families for Baptism. I love our welcoming parish and dynamic pastor!

Sue Bauer – Director of Music

Phone Number: 1 (517) 655-2620

Email Address: sueb@deercreeksales.com

Mrs. Sue Bauer will plan liturgies, administer the music department, serve as keyboardist for Sunday Masses when there is no choir performing. She will be the keyboardist at the Wednesday 9:00 AM School Mass. She will oversee our experienced Folk Group. Sue has been with the parish since October 2008.

Saint Mary Catholic Church of Williamston, Michigan

We are a passionately Catholic, Spirit-filled, loving family whose members are sacramental, evangelical, prayerful, and merciful disciples looking to invite everyone into a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ.

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