Author, speaker, former pastor named director of ministry at Benedictine
February 11, 2011
Lisle, Illinois ~ Mark Kurowski, an author, preacher and spiritual director who has served parishes in North Carolina, Indiana and most recently the South Side of Chicago, has been named Director of University Ministry at Benedictine University, the school announced earlier this week.
Benedictine University is one of the most diverse campuses in the country with community members representing the Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and numerous Christian denominations. University Ministry is an integral part of student life, offering programs and services that assist in the spiritual growth of all students, staff and administration regardless of faith.
Kurowski succeeds Abbot Hugh Anderson, O.S.B., who as recenty elected president of the American-Cassinese Congregation.
"Benedictine University welcomes Mark Kurowski," said Marco Masini, associate vice president for Student Life at Benedictine University. "He will continue the joy and enthusiasm of ministering to our community. His reach will extend from attending various sporting events to online communications."
Kurowski is a gifted speaker, inspiring preacher and insightful spiritual director who presents the answers to life's questions in an easy to understand way. His inspirational talks and presentations contain his sincerity of faith, genuine spirit, enthusiasm and comical frankness that have changed hearts, minds and the lives of many.
Kurowski was born in South Bend, Ind. and earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Indiana University-South Bend. He graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University in Durham, N.C. and earned a Certificate of Studies from Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Ill.
Kurowski has served churches in Inwood and Bremen, Ind. and as pastor at churches in Roxboro, N.C. and Brookston and Gary, Ind. before converting to Catholicism. An award-winning author, his most recent publication is "A Simple Guide to the Spiritual Life," a beginner's guide to spirituality.
Kurowski founded MySpiritualAdvisor.com, on which he hosts a weekly blog, and has given spiritual advice and direction to people on five continents. He is a regular contributor to Catholic Radio International and Relevant Radio's "On Call" program, and has appeared on "The Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo" on Ave Maria Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio's Catholic Channel show, "Seize the Day," with Gus Lloyd, and EWTN's "The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi."
Kurowski and his wife, Sandra, have five children ages 12-20. They reside in Northwest Indiana and attend Saint Victor Parish in Calumet City, Ill.
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.