Leadership Team | Youth Theology Institute

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Portrait of Mark Daniel HakesMark Daniel Hakes, M.M., has worked for over seven years in youth ministry and faith formation. He brings a rich musical background and experience in Taizé prayer and Ignatian spiritual practices.

Institute coordinator

Portrait of Barb LeGardeBarbara LeGarde  has worked at The College of St. Scholastica since 2007, and has over 20 years of experience working as a specialist in event planning.

Institute faculty and staff

Portrait of Jessica EllingsonJessica Ellingson, M.A., Director of Campus Ministry, engages college students in service-learning, leadership development, ecumenical ministry, and service and social justice activities.

Portrait of Sister Mary Josephine TorborgSister Mary Josephine Torborg, O.S.B., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, has taught courses on Spirituality and Benedictine Tradition at St. Scholastica for more than thirty years. She has also been part of Companion Journey groups which explore questions of faith and vocation with students and is currently involved in the Benedictine Friends program, which partners students with Sisters, encouraging and praying for them while inviting them to explore the rhythms of Benedictine life. 

Portrait of Kevin VaughnKevin Vaughan, Ph.D., Director of Catholic Studies, brings expertise in the medieval practice of mystical interpretation of sacred Scripture, as well as in-depth knowledge of nature mysticism within Celtic strands of Christian spirituality.

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Mark Hakes

1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 723-6349