Arlene F. Montevecchio
Welcome Center, The Avenue
(574) 284-4713

Arlene F. Montevecchio has a Bachelor of Arts from St. Norbert College and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.  She previously worked as Director of the Center for Social Concerns at Gannon University and has published articles and reviews in Political Theology, the Annual Volume of the College Theology Society, U.S. Catholic, The National Catholic Reporter, and The Merton Seasonal.  Arlene and her husband Caesar have two sons, Andrew and Damian.  

Associate Director

Emily Sipos-Butler
Welcome Center, The Avennue 
(574) 284-5257

Emily Sipos-Butler comes to the Center from Campus Ministry. She holds a Master of Divinity from the University of Notre Dame. Previously she worked on a variety of local and national peace and justice initiatives, including with Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns in support of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies with the Catholic Peacebuilding Network. She has taught justice education at St. Mary’s College and through adult faith formation groups, participated in ecumenical dialogues, and served on the boards of local peace groups and community empowerment organizations. She still enjoys French and Russian (her undergraduate majors) and loves raising three daughters with her husband in South Bend.


Administrative Assistant


Kathy Guthrie
Welcome Center, The Avenue
(574) 284-4636

Kathy Guthrie has been at the Center for Spirituality for over 10 years as the Administrative Assistant.  She has a BBA in Accounting from Davenport University.  Kathy and her husband Bryan raise chickens and enjoy gardening.