UCat Chaplain & Ministry Team
Fr. Michael Fye is UCat’s full-time Chaplain. He is a wonderful priest with a wealth of knowledge and boundless, youthful energy! Fr. Fye has built a strong rapport with the students. He is an excellent homilist, a compassionate confessor, and he takes his role as spiritual father very seriously.
Fr. Fye attended the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. For his theological studies, he was sent to the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Fr. Fye was ordained to the priesthood in 2014 as a member of the record-breaking ordination class for the Diocese of Nashville. He returned to Rome for another year to complete studies in Moral Theology at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas, "the Angelicum." He joined University Catholic in 2015 as Associate Chaplain and a year later was named full-time Chaplain.
Courtney Barnes is the Director of Campus Ministry. She organizes mission trips and service projects, works with student leaders to facilitate programs and events, and oversees the day-to-day details of our ministry. A graduate of University of Notre Dame, Courtney is a former teacher and brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to UCat. She has her Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Aquinas College.
Courtney is a great resource for students. Her love of the Faith, enthusiasm and can-do spirit are the secret to the success of so many of our programs and events.
As recent college graduates, FOCUS Missionaries (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) literally meet students where they are and draw them into closer relationships with Christ. They lead small-group Bible studies, offer personal mentorship, and help to build the UCat community.
Pictured above are (back row:) Joseph, Lauren, Fr. Fye, Courtney, Dylan, (front:) Jeannette and Aislinn.