Parish Staff

Father Tom Ackerman
Pastor

Contact

(205) 758- 5672
ext. 114

(205) 758-5610


About

Originally from New Jersey, Fr. Ackerman is a 1990 graduate of the University of Alabama. After graduation, he attended St. Meinrad Seminary in southern Indiana at the end of which, on June 7th, 1997, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama.

After serving as Associate Pastor at Holy Spirit Parish in Huntsville and Our Lady of Sorrows in Homewood, he was assigned as Pastor at St. William Parish in Guntersville. He served as Vicar for Hispanic Ministry and as Associate Pastor at St. Peter Parish and Prince of Peace Parish before assuming his current positions as Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi University Parish in Tuscaloosa and Pastor of St. Robert Bellarmine in Reform.


Tara Collins
Director of
Religious Education

Contact

(205) 758- 5672
ext. 125







About

Tara’s father was in the United States Coast Guard for most of her childhood, so she grew up all over the United States, living in places such as Alaska, Hawaii, and California. Tara graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 2002 with a degree in Family, Infancy and Early Childhood Education and practiced as a Certified Child Life Specialist for close to 10 years.

Tara and her husband Curt have been married since 2004 and they have two young children- Roy and Lily. They have lived in Tuscaloosa since 2012.


Father Rick Chenault
Campus Minister

Contact

(205) 758- 5672
ext. 122

(205) 632-3445


About

Fr. Rick was born and raised in Decatur, AL He attended St. Ann’s Catholic School and Decatur High School where he played football and baseball. In 2002, he graduated from Auburn University (yes, God has a sense of humor) with a degree in Chemical Engineering and Business minor.

In college, he rediscovered the joy of being Catholic and began to discern the call to the priesthood. Upon graduation he went to Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD and was ordained a priest in 2008.

Fr. Rick has taught at John Carroll Catholic High School, been involved in parish ministry, Hispanic ministry, and is currently Vicar for Vocations for the diocese. Interestingly his father is a deacon and he has a sister who is a nun.


Deacon Bill Remmert
Deacon

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About

Deacon Bill’s family moved to Birmingham when he was in elementary school. He graduated from Our Lady of Sorrows Elementary and John Carroll Catholic High School. Fellow parishioners think he made the wrong turn while going to college; in that he attended Auburn University and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. Prior to finishing college he married his high school sweetheart and they have been blessed with five children and a growing flock of grandchildren.

After being out of the state for many years an employment opportunity brought the Remmerts to Tuscaloosa in 1987. They have been active members of St. Francis since that time and Bill answered a call to the diaconate in 2001 and was ordained a permanent deacon in 2005. Life as a member of the St. Francis community has been a very rewarding part of his family’s spiritual journey. Deacon Bill is involved with the prison ministry.


Deacon Chip Magner
Deacon

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Deacon Chip Magner was ordained on Dec 1, 2018. Married to Tina (Smith), they have two daughters, Elizabeth and Rebecca. Chip graduated from Siena College in 1982, served in the U.S. Navy until 2012. Chip works in Tuscaloosa, AL at Randall Reilly LLC as a Account Sales Executive. Assigned to St. Francis, Chip and Tina support and guide a marriage ministry. Chip also leads our Men of St. Joseph chapter and is active in the ministry of the incarcerated at the Local, State and Federal facilities.


Mary Caillouet
Director of
Bama Catholic

Contact

(205) 758- 5672
ext. 113

(205) 632-3446)


About

Mary Caillouet serves as Director of Bama Catholic. Before joining the St. Francis staff, Mary served as a FOCUS missionary here for two years. Prior to that she served as a FOCUS Missionary at Vanderbilt and at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Mary is from Athens, AL and spent her undergraduate years at Auburn, but after living here in Tuscaloosa a few years hopefully she’s beginning to feel a little more comfortable wearing crimson!


Shirley Darr
Communications
Manager

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(205) 758- 5672
ext. 112







About

Shirley grew up in Birmingham, where she attended Our Lady of Sorrows Elementary School and John Carroll Catholic High School. She attended the University of Alabama, where she became involved at St. Francis as a part of the SEARCH team. After college, she began working at the University of Alabama in Housing, and later in Auxiliary Services. She retired from UA last year after 31 years and is blessed to have found the ideal “retirement job”, serving St. Francis of Assisi University Parish.

Shirley has been married to Brian Darr(they met at St. Francis!) for 28 years and they have two kids, Megan (Hyche) and Michael.


Anna Gibbons
Director of
Music

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About

Anna Gibbons is an Alabama native. She has played piano for 19 years, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alabama in 2012. Since then, she has served as Music Director at St. Francis. She also teaches private lessons at her home piano studio. Her interests include early music, reading, and spending time with her husband Timothy.

Kay Harris
Wedding
Coordinator

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About

Coming soon...


Kristen Battocletti
Administrative
Assistant

Contact

(205) 758- 5672
ext. 110

(205) 632-3444


About

Kristen grew up in Milwaukee, WI. After high school, she attended Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, IN, where she enjoyed cheering the Fighting Irish to victory during football games at the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!), supported the Holy Cross Saints as a Varsity Cheerleader, participated in Mission Team and sang in the choir for the student mass.


Although she was unable to complete her whole undergraduate studies at Holy Cross, she eventually went on to earn her Associates Degree in Marketing Management from Milwaukee Area Technical College. After graduating in 2013 from MATC, she moved to Tuscaloosa, AL with her family.

Before starting as the new Administrative Assistant for St. Francis, Kristen worked for Deacon Bill as his Project Accountant at Remmert and Company, Inc.

Her interests include spending time with her family, including her two nieces, caring for her son Brayden Tyler and watching football.


Madison Marx
Director of Development
Youth Ministry Coordinator

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(205) 632-3447







About

Madison Marx grew up in Memphis, TN. She recently graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Economics. Although Madison was not raised Catholic, her experience with Bama Catholic led her to enter into the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass in 2016. During her time as an undergraduate she was very involved at St. Francis, leading a Bible Study, volunteering with the youth group, and serving on the SEARCH retreat team. She is very excited to continue to serve the youth as Coordinator of Youth Ministry and to support a ministry that is so close to her heart as Director of Development.