Campus Ministry Staff

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Father Vaccaro, Chaplain & Director of Campus Ministry

Father Vaccaro is a native Virginian and comes from a family of nine. Ordained a priest on June 14, 2008, he served in two parishes as a priest before coming to the University of Mary Washington in 2014.  Two of Father's brothers are studying for the priesthood.  He very much enjoys teaching about the beauty of the Catholic faith, while relating it to daily life.  He is a fan of the New York Yankees and refereeing basketball. Contact Father at fathervaccaro@umwccm.org.

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Katrina Oteyza, Associate Campus Minister

Katrina Oteyza was a Campus Missionary with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) for two years at the University of Mary Washington. She previously worked as Regional Coordinator for the Office of Social Ministries in the Diocese of Richmond. She is excited to be back on UMW campus as Associate Campus Minister.  She is also working towards a Master’s Degree in Catechetics and Evangelization from Franciscan University Steubenville.  She also enjoys painting and admiring beauty in nature. She’s a big fan of our Blessed Mother, St. Therese of the Little Flower, St. Teresa of Calcutta and St. John Paul II. Contact Katrina at katrina@umwccm.org.

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Cecelia Moschetto, Associate Campus Minister

Cecelia, or Cece, is a native of Northern Virginia. After graduating from Catholic high school she spent a year doing service work in Michigan before attending George Mason University where she earned a Bachelor of Art’s in History and a minor in Art and Visual Technology and was an active member of Mason's Catholic Campus Ministry Leadership Team. Prior to coming to UMW she taught art at a local studio in Loudoun County and worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Arlington Diocese's Office for Family Life. She likes to travel, really enjoys tea, and has a great devotion to St. Teresa of Calcutta. Contact Cece at cece@umwccm.org.

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Ronnie Knickerbocker, Administrative Assistant

She and her husband, Peter, are from New York and moved to Fredericksburg in 2003.  She has been working for the Catholic Campus Ministry since June 2006. She loves being around the students and getting to know them. Seeing how devoted they are to their Catholic Faith is an inspiration to her. Working here is truly a blessing and a gift to her.  She always says that when she first walked through the front doors of the Catholic Campus Ministry her life changed. She loves her job! Contact Ronnie at ronnie@umwccm.org.

David Thielman, Director of Music

David Thielman was an assistant organist for St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception since 2006, and St. Jude since 2013, and he still continues to serve both parish churches in some capacity. He graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. A year ago, he conducted a performance for St. Jude’s Christian Music Café with a selected group from the St. Jude Choir. He is also educating himself on the Church’s sacred liturgical tradition on the Mass and the liturgical tradition of church music, reading up on official Church documents related to these things, along with relevant books and online articles. David’s influences in liturgy and sacred music include St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Pius X, Pius XII, Pope Benedict XVI, and Cardinal Robert Sarah. David looks forward to serving at the Catholic Student Center. Conscious of students having numerous school assignments, he wishes to make the music ministry an enjoyable venue for choristers to sing, and at the same time, participate at Mass. In regard to music, many of David’s favorite music hail from the sacred musical traditions of the Renaissance and Baroque eras, with some from the Classical and Romantic eras, and some tasteful contemporary secular music.