Keough Hall
Brothers. Scholars. Champions.

Hall Staff

This page shows our awesome RAs, ARs, Rector, and Priest In-Residence!


Rector


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Brogan Ryan, csc

  • Fr. Brogan was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, the sixth of eleven children with a twin brother. He is in his second year as Rector of Keough Hall. After graduating from Notre Dame with a degree in Accounting, he taught middle school Religion and Math in Montgomery, Alabama with the Alliance for Catholic Education. Following a quick detour into the world of public accounting, Fr. Brogan returned to South Bend to enter Moreau Seminary and formation with the Congregation of Holy Cross. He finished up his theology studies at Notre Dame in 2018 while serving as an Assistant Rector at Keough Hall. Fr. Brogan was ordained a priest in the Basilica last April - presented by the Keough Hall staff and surrounded by over 100 Roo's. Fr. Brogan has had a variety of ministry experiences with Holy Cross, including spending a summer in East Africa, teaching in the Mendoza College of Business, and serving as the Assistant Director at Old College Undergraduate Seminary. He currently helps lead Notre Dame's RCIA process, working with folks who are interested in becoming Catholic. Fr. Brogan is a want-to-be gardner, enjoys running and playing racquetball, and always has something for you to eat in 100 Keough Hall. He makes it a point to be at as many Keough related events as possible, so let him know what you've got going on.


Assistant Rectors (ARs)


 

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J.P. Catalanotto (Room 200)

  • Born and raised in New York, J.P. decided to flee somewhat west for school. While he misses properly made pizza, J.P. is incredibly grateful to count himself among those who call Notre Dame Law School home. An avid musician, he can be heard playing guitar (probably poorly) and contending (definitely correctly) that Exile on Main Street by the Rolling Stones is the greatest rock album ever recorded. Following law school, J.P. hopes to work in public interest law in New York. After that, he hopes to retire to New Orleans as a hip grandpa of two dogs (likely named Roosevelt and Churchill, respectively).

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Brian Doney (Room 300)

  • The son of two spirited Notre Dame graduates, Brian was born and raised alongside his two brothers (one ND alum and one current ND senior) in Westerville, Ohio. After enjoying four years studying chemical engineering and playing SEC football at Vanderbilt University, Brian is now a proud member of Notre Dame Law School’s Class of 2021. He loves getting to spend time outdoors, currently holds his family’s ping pong championship title, and could very easily be convinced to join any weekend road trip to Nashville. Brian has always dreamed that his life might unfold similarly to that of a character from the Fast and Furious movie franchise, but if that doesn’t work out, he hopes to use his unique educational background to become a successful intellectual property attorney. He is extremely excited to be joining the Keough Hall Staff and is looking forward to two more years of living and learning as a member of the Fighting Irish community.


Resident Assistants (RAs)


 
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Jack Collins (Section 1a - Room 119)

  • Born and raised outside of Jackson, Mississippi, Jack strives to bring warm southern hospitality to the frigid cold of South Bend. He is a Computer Science major who spent time abroad in Ireland and Taiwan. You can typically find him playing card games, losing at Smash Bros, or struggling on the pickup basketball court. He is often in the section lounge waiting for the next great conversation, so stop by 1A and say hello!


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Brian Runger (Section 2A - Room 219) 

  • Brian was born and raised in Lisle, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, and grew up an avid Notre Dame football fan. He is the youngest of six kids with five boys in the family. He grew up loving all sports, playing football, basketball, baseball, and other sports as a kid. Nowadays, he captains the Keough Hall football team and plays frequent pickup basketball, but also likes playing any number of yard games. Brian didn't originally enroll at Notre Dame out of high school, but made the trek to South Central Los Angeles to attend the, previously despised, University of Southern California. He spent two years there before looking to transfer to Notre Dame. Brian has found his home here in Keough Hall. While at both universities, he has had a wide range of experiences, including working for both football programs and studying in Rome. This past spring semester, he interned for the Notre Dame Strength Staff for the football team and can tell you all about the team for the 2019 season. For his senior year, he will be president of the club Hesburgh Heroes, finishing his degree in Economics, and training for Bengal Bouts. In his free time, you can find him re-watching The Office for the 18th time, working out, listening to NPR Tiny Desk Concerts and podcasts, playing 2K with friends, or just hanging out in the section. He is notorious for lengthy dinners filled with substantial conversation and movie quotes. He has made mistakes, such as attending USC, but also done some great things, feel free to ask about anything! He wants all to feel welcome and encourages any member of Keough Hall to stop on by to chat, hang out, or share. Go Roos!


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Will Cunningham (2B - Room 251)

  • Will grew up in Zionsville, Indiana on a strict diet of jazz, guacamole, and Harry Potter. Will studies mechanical engineering and has a concentration in theology. On campus, he sings with the Glee Club and researches clean water access in Haiti through the Grand Challenges Scholars Program. Will's proudest achievement at ND was accidentally becoming captain of the Keough Hall B Tennis Team. If you want to easily beat someone in sports, talk about life, or chow down on peanut-butter pretzels and Arnold Palmers, come find Will in 2B!


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Carlo Perri (3A - Room 319)

  • Born in Dayton, Ohio, Carlo has lived most of his life in the small rust belt town of Wheeling, West Virginia with his parents and younger sister. He’s majoring in Political Science and Arabic, with a concentration in International Security, and just returned from a study-abroad in Jordan, where he learned to appreciate the finer things of desert culture, like sand. He’s usually pretty busy, but in his free time, he likes movies, listening to music, tossing a baseball, checking out the newest nutrition fad, or traveling to a country that stresses out his family. He loves the Keough community, and has been known to “cook” some of his mom’s Puerto Rican foods every once in a while (to the dismay of the campus fire department) and always makes enough to share. You can usually find him holding down the fort in room 319, and he’s always good for a chat over art, international politics, or why the Pittsburgh Pirates have the worst management in Major League Baseball.


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Stephen Kelly (3B - Room 351)

  • Born and raised just outside New Orleans, Louisiana, Stephen often can be seen around the dorm looking longingly at his phone as he checks southern weather forecasts and watches the final minutes of the NFC Championship game for the 50th time. At Notre Dame, Stephen studies economics and data science and has been involved in local politics during his recent years on campus. Outside of school, Stephen enjoys playing basketball, golf, and volleyball, and watching pretty much any new show HBO decides to release. Last fall, Stephen studied abroad in London, and cannot wait for the opportunity to go back to Europe. Feel free to stop by his room in 3B any time for a game of FIFA, to talk fantasy football, or just to chat.


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Conor Fitzpatrick (4A - Room 419)

  • Born in Minnesota and raised in Chicagoland, Conor is more than a little bit athletically confused as he supports the Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, and rows for the Irish. Last semester, Conor studied abroad in Rome, where he joined an Italian choir (with no previous singing experience), scaled Mount Olympus, and ate all of the foods. Here at Notre Dame, Conor likes to study math (majoring in mechanical engineering) but also likes to study not math (concentrating in the epistemological intersection of philosophy and theology). God is central to his life. If you want to jam out on the guitar, chat, or just eat tasty foods, come up to 4A to hang out!


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Nicholas Schleith (4B - Room 451)

  • Born and raised on Long Island, Nicholas hails from Bethpage, NY, home of the 2019 PGA championship, and grew up a diehard sports fan, but specifically roots for the Islanders, Mets, Jets, and Knicks (so he basically will never see a championship... ever). After attending an all boys Catholic High School, Notre Dame may have appeared the obvious choice for college, but it was not until a visit that he was sold at ND by the whole package that no other school offered: community, academics, and athletics. While at Notre Dame, Nicholas studies Applied Math/Stats and Economics, with the hope of going into Finance and working in a Strategy/Development position. To keep himself plenty busy at school, Nick served as Keough’s President for the 2018-2019 school year, was in the Marching Band for three years playing trumpet and still participates in a couple of jazz/brass band ensembles, and plays as many intramural sports as possible. When he has free time, Nick enjoys playing soccer, as he did in high school, going out to the Burke to play 9 holes, hitting the gym, or telling everyone that Keough should have been Hall of the Year last year. That being said, my door is always open in 451: never hesitate to come in to talk sports, music, or anything (I also have an awesome view of the Golden Dome.)

 

Priest in Residence (Room 400)


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  • Fr. Nate Wills, C.S.C., Ph.D. is a proud native of St. Paul, MN. He’s a “triple Domer” having gone to undergrad, seminary, and completed his M.Ed. at Notre Dame through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE). In ACE, he taught religion and computer skills at a high school in Chicago which gave him a lot of good stories for future homilies. He was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2006 and spent several years as an associate pastor at St. Joseph Parish in South Bend and then went on to get his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!) studying technology policy in K-12 schools. Fr. Nate now teaches graduate courses in education and directs a program focused on implementing technology meaningfully in K-8 schools. Fr. Nate is the priest-in-residence which means he regularly celebrates Mass in Keough Hall and often leaves his door open in the evening so students can refuel on candy, chat about life, receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or make fun of all of the Star Wars stuff in his room. Fr. Nate describes himself as “friendly” and “joyful.” His friends describe him as a “slow runner.” His mom says he is a “good eater.”