Laurie Ziliak, M.A., is an Instructor of Theology at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Laurie first came to Saint Mary’s in 1994 as part of the Campus Ministry Team. She served full-time as Director of Music and Liturgy for 5 years and enjoyed working with students, preparing liturgies, directing the liturgical choirs and establishing yearly events, such as the Christmas Light Service.
In addition to her teaching duties, Laurie serves as Director of Liturgy at St. Mary’s Parish in Winona, as well as working with the Institute of Lay Ministry for the Diocese of Winona. She lives with her husband, Todd Graff, Director of Ministry Formation for the Diocese of Winona, and their six children: Isaac, Jesse, Nathan, Samuel, Sophia and Hannah.
Courses Taught at SMU
Bible & Belief
Christian View of the Human Person
History of the Bible
Stories of God & the Human Condition
The Church At Prayer (Institute in Pastoral Ministries, SMU)
Other Professional Experience
Handbell Choir Director
Children’s Choir Director
Liturgical Dance Coordinator
Parish Cantor & Accompaniest
Liturgical Assistant, Sisters of the Holy Cross
Co-Author: Good News, Day by Day (Saint Mary’s Press)