WHO WE ARE

Karen Dudek

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Karen has taught the Catholic Catechism since 1988, preparing students for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.  A member of the Sharers of the Word Ministry in Windsor, Canada, from 1996, she became a faith sharing leader, emcee, worship leader, and teacher.   

Since 2007, the Oakland Press has featured dozens of her guest columns and she has written hundreds of articles on examiner.com as the Detroit Catholic Issues Examiner. She is a guest writer for the pro-life website, Live Action News and Opinion.

 

A founder of St. Mary of the Hills Catholic Church in Rochester Hills, Karen, her husband, and five daughters have been active volunteers, serving on committees and parish council since 1990. They have led faith-sharing and prayer groups for 17 years. Most recently, she launched the website, Lampstands, a blog for people to witness to their faith. 

Anna Dudek

The eldest of the Dudek girls, began assisting in the religious education department at her parish, St. Mary of the Hills, by age 10 and began teaching the catechism after her Confirmation. She taught catechism classes as Sacrament preparation for 4 years at St. Mary’s.

A member of the Sharers of the Word Ministry in Windsor, Canada, she led faith-sharing groups for 2 years and began faith-sharing with young adults through Agape Ministries in Rochester Hills, Michigan, leading the group for 5 years.

Anna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Dayton where she also worked in pro-life and campus ministry groups. After graduation, she taught Spanish, Latin, and ESL for ten years to ages 3 years to adults. 

 

Anna also loves to serve God through music. She plays piano and guitar, is a Mass cantor and has sung in several choirs for over 11years. She has composed several of her own songs recording them and performing them at Praise and Worship services.

 

Rachel (Dudek) Hartfield

Rachel Hartfield has been an active music minster since she joined the adult choir at St. Mary of the Hills in Rochester Hills at age twelve.

 

At the University of Michigan, Rachel went on to study engineering and music, graduating with a BSE in Chemical Engineering and with a minor in music in 2008. While at U of M, she was an active member of St. Catherine House and served as interim housemother. She sang and played guitar to lead worship and serve in Generation Christ young adult ministry and The Village teen ministry at St. Thomas the Apostle in Ann Arbor.

 

Rachel earned her PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University, where she was a Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Malkin Scholar and award-winning teaching assistant. She completed a post-doc in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan and now works as a medical writer. She married David Hartfield in 2017, and they live in Ann Arbor, MI.

 

Rachel's solo, It Is Well, on the Beata 2009 album, The Lord is Our Hope, was nominated for the Detroit Music Award. She currently serves at Christ the King in Ann Arbor when she is not singing with Beata.

Sarah Dudek

A graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati in 2010, Sarah completed her degree in music performance and theology and works as a professional musician in Detroit.  As a performer, her guest appearances have taken her from the chorus of the Cincinnati Ballet, to the Gem theater in Detroit, to Xavier's stage in starring musical theater roles and as ensemble member, soloist, and guest conductor in all of the University's major choral ensembles.  She has been invited all throughout her four years at Xavier to be the piano soloist for University special events, award ceremonies, as well as Cincinnati’s West Hills Music Club, from whom she received their musical award and scholarship in 2010.

As an accompanist, Sarah has worked with the Xavier University Concert Choir and served as the staff accompanist for the Kentucky Institute of International Studies’ music program in Salzburg, Austria. 

Sarah arranged and directed the music of Beata’s debut album, The Lord Is My Hope, and has collaborated with other recording artists as a guest vocalist.  As a minister, Sarah was active in Campus Ministry at Xavier, working as a liturgical music intern and serving on numerous liturgical committees, student retreat teams, and planning committees for parish missions. 

She now works full time in ministry as the Director of Music Ministry at St. John Vianney in Shelby Township, Michigan, is a member of the board of directors for Detroit’s chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the Sacred Music Task Force, and a vocalist in the Archdiocesan Chorus of Detroit.  

Jessica Dudek

A graduate from Western Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in Marketing, Jessica’s passion is geared toward ministry and the arts.  As a musician at WMU, she participated in choirs, opera workshop, and leading worship through InterVarsity and at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. She interned in New York City at the Carnegie Center for the Arts.

Jessica is a full time campus missionary for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. There she runs the Undergraduate chapter mentoring students and raising them up in leadership to bring the Word of God to campus and help students grow in their spiritual lives. She also works in music ministry and is a cantor at Christ the King Parish in Ann Arbor.

Mary Dudek

A graduate with a BFA from the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design. She is a liturgical artist, working to create pieces of artwork for the church as well as commissioned work. She is a multimedia artist specailizing in painting, ceramics, metal, casting, and especially figure sculpture.

 

Mary has been singing with her sisters on Beata recordings and prayer services, in choirs and vocal competitions since age ten. Now she is a cantor at Masses, special services, funerals, and weddings. 

You can see examples of her artwork at http://www.marydudekart.com/

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