Father Gabe Zeis, T.O.R. is the Chaplain for The Aquinas Institute and at Princeton University. With degrees in education and theology, one from the University of Saint Thomas, Minnesota, another from Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and an undergraduate degree in Education from Saint Francis University, Lorretto, PA, Father Gabe has served in many capacities in all arena of education, from the elementary level through higher education, most recently serving as president of Saint Francis University. He has a heart for the classroom and has extensive teaching experience. He also has an interest in creative writing and has submitted work to various religious periodicals. Father realized the importance of connecting Theology with service and ministry, as we are all called to be instruments of God’s peace and love for others. With that said he is excited to serve the Catholic community here at Princeton University. Father Gabe will also be Vicar for Catholic Education in the Diocese of Trenton, NJ. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Father Joe Thomas
Fr. Joe is a native of Bradenton, Florida. He graduated from Princeton in 1999 and later did graduate work in English Literature at New York University, where he received a Master’s Degree. He later switched to Theology, getting a Doctorate from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome in 2011. In that same year he was ordained to the priesthood. After nearly six years of pastoral work with students and professionals in Dallas, Fr. Joe is happy to return to Princeton and assist Fr. Gabe in the work of the Catholic chaplaincy. He can be reached at jthomas@exchange.Princeton.EDU
Don Carolina Music Director and Organist
Don Carolina is the Organist and Director of Music for the Aquinas Institute. He is from Richmond, VA, and studied Music at Westminster Choir College. Don has held Music Director positions in New York City, New Jersey and Virginia. One of the highlights of his career was a choir tour with St. Bartholomew Catholic Church to London, Germany and Austria as organist. The ensemble performed at the tenth annual Salzburg Music Festival and performed Mozart's Missa Brevisin C for High Mass at Salzburger Dom. He is thrilled to work with student organists and choir members, and is excited about building a thriving music program for the Catholic community at Princeton. He is an avid tennis player and enjoys antiquing. Click here to email him.
Danna Hargett RCIA Leader
Danna Hargett, Ph.D. moved to Princeton in 2006 as a Fellow in the Molecular Biology Department after completing her doctorate in Virology. A South Carolina native, she fell in love with the vibrant creative & intellectual community in Princeton and decided to stay in town after leaving academics. She founded and runs the Red Panda Insight Apps software company. When not working, she can be found serving daily mass at St. Paul's and running the Mann Einstein Players Theater Company. At Aquinas, she is a member of graduate fellowship, enjoys singing in the Choir and teaching people about how science interacts with faith. Danna, a convert, is passionate about helping students deepen their faith through teaching the fundamentals of the faith at RCIA and through personal devotion, such as feeding the hungry at Loaves and Fishes and taking students on Pilgrimage. Please feel free to reach out to her, click here to email.
Deacon Tom Baker '76
Deacon Tom Baker '76 has served as a deacon at St. David the King Parish in Princeton Junction since his ordination in 1994. His ministries there include baptisms, weddings, preaching, RCIA catechesis, and prison outreach to the Federal prison at Fort Dix. Starting out as a reporter, he has worked in publishing for many years, including at Forbes and The Wall Street Journal, and currently is publisher of Commonweal. He grew up in Gary, Indiana, and attended Columbia Business School. His wife Sue McSorley '77 is an attorney, and they have three daughters. Click here to email Deacon Tom.
Stephany Tuchez Business Manager
Stephany Tuchez, from Hightstown, NJ, graduated from Rutgers University, New Brunswick with a B.A. in Labor Studies and Employee Relations. Stephany has been married since 2009 and has three children. As a very busy mom, you can always catch her cleaning, organizing, and “going somewhere!” Among her various interests, Stephany enjoys spending quality time with her husband in the kitchen, experimenting with new dishes. Stephany believes that the way to a person’s heart starts with a good meal. She is very passionate about growing in her Catholic faith and eager to serve the Catholic community at Princeton University. Click here to contact Stephany.
Nicole Ann Bazis, Graduate Intern
Nicole Bazis is the Graduate Intern for the Aquinas Institute. She is in her senior year of her Master Arts of Theological Studies candidacy at Princeton Theological Seminary, where her specialization is in early church history and ecumenics. An alumna of Fordham University, Nicole received her BA in Theology and International Humanitarian Affairs in May of 2016. She also has two graduate certificates in French from the Université Sainte-Anne, in Nova Scotia, and from Princeton University's Graduate School. When she is not in class or assisting at the Aquinas Institute, Nicole likes to coordinate volunteers opportunities for seminarians through Princeton Theological Seminary's Office of Multicultural Affairs, moderating Princeton Seminary's crochet club, and submitting original work to various Catholic publications. Though only living in Princeton for a year, she already feels at home with the Princeton Roman Catholic community and is looking forward to being of service to all those who pass through the doors of the Aquinas Institute. You can contact Nicole at Nicole.Bazis@ptsem.edu