Diocese of Phoenix appoints priest as first Benedictine campus minister

June 14, 2013

FR-DAN-VANYOWebMesa, Arizona ~ After receiving a request from Benedictine University at Mesa for a diocesan priest to serve as chaplain, Diocese of Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted appointed Fr. Dan Vanyo as the school’s first campus minister and chaplain.

Fr. Dan, who serves as a priest at Queen of Peace Parish in Mesa and chaplain at Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Chandler, will lead the spiritual direction for the University’s Mesa branch campus.

"It is an honor to be the very first priest-chaplain for the first Catholic university campus in our beautiful state of Arizona,” Fr. Dan said. “I look forward to serving the students, professors and administrators of Benedictine University and helping them to become closer to Christ and his bride, the Church."

Fr. Dan, 44, attended Holy Cross Parish in Mesa as a child. He later entered St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, Colo., and was ordained by Diocese of Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted on June 2, 2012.


“We are so glad to have Fr. Dan Vanyo in the Benedictine University community,” said Marco Masini, vice president for Student Life at Benedictine University. ”His presence and assistance will help inspire students’ search for truth. This is just one of the many services outside of academics we will be providing our students.”

Fr. Dan first began discerning the priesthood when he was 32. Three years later in 2005, he sold his house and entered the seminary. Prior to entering the priesthood, Fr. Dan earned bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Nursing.

“Fr. Dan will play an important role as a steward of Benedictine University’s values and Catholic identity,” said Tony Siebers, director of Student Services at Benedictine University at Mesa.

Benedictine University became one of the fastest growing colleges in the country by providing students individual attention – academic advising, faculty availability, career counseling – that helps students to defy limitations and enjoy a successful college experience.

Benedictine offers low student-to-teacher ratios, lecture-free classes, Next Generation Learning methods and detailed financial aid assistance. The University encourages a life lived in balance and service to others.

Benedictine makes transferring quick and easy to help students move forward with earning their degrees. The University is currently accepting applications for its inaugural term this fall with classes at Gillett Hall, located at 225 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.

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