Theology on Tap

Fort Wayne

Join us for a Catholic speaker series for young adults in their 20s & 30s, single and married, to share in food, fellowship, and faith!

Winter 2023 series: “Called by Name”

Tuesdays, January 24 – February 21

Location (January 24-Feb. 14):
Historic Women’s Club (USF Downtown Campus)
Address: 402 W. Wayne Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

6:30 p.m. – Gather
7:00 p.m. – Talk, Discussion, Q&A
8:30 p.m. – Closing Announcements

Location (February 21):
6:30 p.m. Mass at USF Chapel
7:00 p.m. Closing Party at Brookside Manor
Address: 2701 Spring Street

Winter 2023 Speakers

January 24: Identity and Prayer – Fr. Andrew Budzinski

January 31: TBD

February 7: TBD

February 14: TBD

Fr. José Arroyo was born in Puerto Rico and was raised both there and in the east coast of the U.S. due to his father being in the U.S. Navy. He joined the Capuchin Franciscans in Puerto Rico when he was 18 years old and eventually did mission work in Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua. He has a great love for children, youth, young adult, elderly, sick, homebound, prisoners, etc.— basically everyone.         

T. Alex Giltner, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Theology and Director of the Assisi Program for Discipleship and Leadership at the University of Saint Francis. He works on Biblical Theology, the relationship of Faith and Reason, and Trinitarian Metaphysics. He and his wife Mary Beth have a criminally adorable son named Jack.

Mary Glowaski is the Assistant in Pastoral Care to Bishop Kevin C. Rhodes of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

A licensed social worker, Mary received her master’s degree in pastoral theology from the University of Dayton. She has worked extensively with Catholic Charities, serving the poor and directing refugee resettlement.

Mary served as a pastoral associate at St. John the Baptist Parish in Fort Wayne for more than 20 years. During that time, she was asked to become the Victim Assistance Coordinator for the diocese: She holds that position today, along with supporting Bishop Rhodes by responding to a myriad of other pastoral concerns as well. Hers is primarily a ministry of response to sensitive situations involving or expressed by both laity and clergy. 

Mary is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and serves as a consultant for serious pastoral concerns for other religious communities throughout Northern Indiana. 

Mary has two sons, Paul, and Patrick both married to wonderful young women Moly and Jessica and the delight of her life are her three grandchildren Yoshito, Charlotte and Callum


Fr. Andrew Budzinski is pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fort Wayne and Vocations Director for our diocese.  A native of South Bend, Fr. Andrew grew up at Holy Family parish, attended the University of Notre Dame, and while a parishioner at St. Pius X in Granger, sensed a call to the priesthood.  His fifteen minutes of fame was as the Leprechaun mascot for Notre Dame during his junior and senior years.  However, he is extremely sensitive about his Leprechaun-like height and baldness and doesn’t like to talk about this dark period of his life.  Immediately before entering seminary, Fr. Andrew worked in the radio industry in South Bend.  It was the perfect storm of spinning “MMM Bop” by the Hanson Brothers and “If You Wanna” by the Spice Girls every night that convinced him he was called to a different life.

Mass & Celebration!

Tuesday, February 21 – 6:30 p.m.

Conclude the series with Holy Mass followed by a festive celebration with your new friends!

Mass – 6:30 p.m.
St. Francis Chapel
University of Saint Francis
2701 Spring Street

Food & Fun – 7 p.m.
Brookside Manor
University of Saint Francis
2701 Spring Street

Thank you to our Sponsors!

July 27

Renewal of Heart

Fr. Tom Shoemaker is a native of Gas City, Indiana, attended St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA, and was ordained a priest in 1990. Before responding to the call, he worked as a dentist. As a priest, he served as Associate Pastor at St. Matthew Cathedral in South Bend (1990-1998). He served as pastor at St. Henry and Sacred Heart Parishes in Fort Wayne (1998-2001), St. Jude in Fort Wayne (2001-2013), St. Therese Little Flower in South Bend (2013-2106), and has served as pastor of St. Charles since 2016. Of his many talents, he is also a hobbyist carpenter.


Stacey Huneck
Coordinator of Youth & Young Adult Ministry
St. Charles Borromeo Church
[email protected]
Office: (260) 484-7307