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April 23, 2018 

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To seek Christ, Know Christ and Become Christ, each one for the sake of all

  Parish Staff

Fr. Dennis Saran


Ext. 222

Serving St. Dominic Parish since: 2017, 5th pastor of St. Dominic Catholic Parish

Background and Experience:




Fr. John Gibson

Associate Pastor

Ext. 224

Serving St. Dominic Parish since:  2015


  • Shorewood High School, 2004
  • B.A., Philosophy: Loyola University - Chicago
  • S.T.B., Pontifical Gregorian University - Rome
  • S.T.L., Patristic Theology and History of the Church, Pontifical Gregorian University

Parish experience:

  • Seminarian Intern: St. Charles Parish, Hartland
  • Associate Pastor: Immaculate Conception Parish and St. Charles Parish, Burlington;
  • Associate Pastor: St. Joseph Parish, Lyons

Ordained to the priesthood on May 17, 2014

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Personal Statement:

How can I repay the Lord for all the great good done for me?  I will raise the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.” – Psalm 116:12-13

Greg Diciaula



Serving St. Dominic Parish since: 2009

Background and Experience: Marquette H.S. and Marquette University graduate. Certificate in Pastoral Ministry from St. Francis Seminary. Ordained as a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, on June 13, 2009, by Bishop Richard J. Sklba.

Occupation/Profession: I have been the Director of Instructional Media for the Department of Anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, for over 30 years.  My responsibilities include coordinating and producing all phases of educational, instructional and audiovisual media within the resident/student training program.  I am most satisfied knowing that I am part of a team responsible for training or supporting the education of doctors, who in turn will provide medical care for needy patients. 

Personal Statement

The Deacon plays a unique role in the community. On the one hand, he is an ordained minister of the Church, personifying the sacramental sign of service that each of us are called to become by virtue of our own baptism.  On the other hand, he is a husband and father, wage earner, homeowner, and neighbor.  He remains a part of the fabric of his community's everyday life experiences with all its routines, joys and difficulties.  The Deacon bridges the gap between the Church and society…bringing the presence of the Church and Jesus Christ into the workplace, the home and community.   I look forward to serving my Faith Family here at St. Dominic.  I hope that the example of my commitment will encourage others to follow and that together, with faith and trust in God, we can bring the light of the Gospel and the love of Jesus to a world desperately in need of His presence.
Larry LaFond

Serving St. Dominic Parish since: 1995

Areas of Responsibility:  My Diaconal Covenant includes Parents’ Baptism Class, Preside at Baptisms as assigned, Administer FOCCUS and Marriage Preparation, Preside at weddings as assigned, Communion calls to the homebound,
Funeral Vigils, Religious Awards for Scouts, Communion Services, Stations of the Cross, St. Ben's Meal Program, and Assist at Mass as assigned.

Background and Experience:
1983 - Ordained to the Diaconate on January 22 1983 - Formation and Training: St. Francis Seminary 1958 - Graduate of Pius XI High School

December, 2006 - Retired after 48 + years in the floor covering business, the last 34 as the managing partner of the Kerns Carpets Store in Fox Point.

Areas of Responsibilities: Administrative Services, Human Resources, Building & Grounds, Facilities, Stewardship, Safeguarding All of God's Children, and parish cemetery


Personal Statement

For almost twenty five years I have been privileged to serve the People of God as a Deacon.

Each day I prayerfully remind myself that IT is the Lord's church, you are His people and I am a servant in His vineyard. What joy and happiness I have found in being HIS servant even in the hardest of times!

Michael Ricci  

Director of Administration & Operations

Ext. 253

Serving St. Dominic Parish since:  2017


Background and Experience:

Areas of Responsibilities: Administrative Services, Human Resources, Building & Grounds, Facilities, Stewardship, Safeguarding All of God's Children, and parish cemetery


Personal Statement



Mary Lestina

Pastoral Associate

Ext. 225

Serving St. Dominic Parish since:  2015

Areas of responsibility:  Pastoral Care, Funerals & Bereavement, Human Concerns and Outreach, Adult & Family Ministry, Parenting Programs, Marriage Preparation


  • Madonna High School, Milwaukee
  • B.S., Theology and Family Ministry: Edgewood College, Madison
  • M.A., MPS (Masters of Pastoral Studies) Theology and Parish Administration,  Loyola University, New Orleans

Years of Professional Experience in Church Ministry

I served as Youth Director, Schoenstatt Youth, Milwaukee and Waukesha county,  as director of Schoenstatt Retreat Center, Madison, director of Schoenstatt Lay Movement, Madison, as National Director and Founder, Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign, as Associate Director of Vocation Office, Madison, Pastoral Associates of: St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, North Lake, and St. Catherine’s Parish, Mapleton and President: Women’s House of Discernment, Milwaukee. I am currently a confirmation catechist: St. Teresa’s Parish, Eagle, coordinating the Catholic Single’s group at St. Charles, Hartland and leading a spiritual women’s group in Schoenstatt Spirituality.

Personal Statement

I was born and raised in a Catholic Family, the fourth of five children. When I was a child, my mother prayed that I would give my life to the Church in ministry. I attended 10 of my 12 educational  years of schooling in Catholic schools. Following high school, I became a member of the Secular Institute of Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary for many years until I transitioned to Lay Ministry. I am blessed and excited to minister here at St. Dominic Catholic Parish among a tremendously dedicated leadership and staff. I am looking forward to grow with you as members of Christ’s body, to build on the strong foundation and history of St. Dominic, and to work together as we grow in our Catholic presence in our community. I have a passion for ministry and service to the Church. I am excited to get to know you and continue that journey together. In, with, and for Christ.


Stacey Irvine

Director of Child Ministry

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Serving St. Dominic Parish since: 2012

Areas of Responsibility:

Children's Ministry classes, first Eucharist and reconciliation preparation, Sunday nursery, Wednesday playgroup, Vacation Bible School, kids bulletins

Background and Experience:

  • DSHA graduate
  • B.S. Psychology - Carroll College, Waukesha
  • M.Ed in Education (Curriculum & Instruction) - Carroll College, Waukesha
  •  Enrolled in Lay Ministry program - Cardinal Stritch University
  • 5 years experience working with children affected by autism
  • 15 years working in catering & restaurant service
  • 8 years as a catechist

Personal Statement

I was born and raised on the northwest side of Milwaukee with my two younger brothers. I attended St. Bernadette school and church, graduated from DSHA, and am a two-time Carroll College (now University) graduate. I enjoy taking on the role of Director of Children’s Ministry, as I not only come to know the children, but also the families that make up our parish and faith formation program. We have been members of St. Dominic Catholic Parish since 2004. My husband, Jeremiah, and I were married here in 2005 by Fr. Dave and our three children, Emily, Alexander, and Ethan, were baptized here. Emily will receive first Eucharist in 2016. We enjoy coming to Mass every week and participating in the activities and groups that make St. Dominic welcoming.  In my ‘spare’ time, I enjoy cooking, scrapbooking and card making.


Paul Burzynski 

Director of Liturgy and Music

Ext. 240

Serving St. Dominic Parish since:  2012

Personal Statement: I come as no stranger to parish liturgical life. After having served the people of God at St. Stanislaus, the Basilica of St. Josaphat, St. Martin of Tours, and St. Rita, I am proud to make St. Dominic Catholic Parish a spiritual home.  My wife Debra, our son Jacob, and I live in Bay View. We are grateful for the warm welcome from the parish staff and so many parishioners. I am excited for the opportunity to serve St. Dominic Catholic Parish. I look forward to meeting all of you in the days and weeks ahead as together we gather around the altar to give glory to the Almighty. May God continue his work in and through us all.

Debbie Olla

Director of Youth & Young Adult Formation

Ext. 252

Serving St. Dominic Parish since:  1993

Areas of Responsibility:

Junior high, high school and young adult formation, confirmation preparation, retreat program, training of volunteers in the Youth Ministry area (teen and adult). Theology on Tap

Background and Experience:

  • Certification in Youth Ministry - Cardinal Stritch University
  • Certification in Youth Ministry from the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry
  • Region VII Interim Youth Ministry Program
  • Mary, Queen of Heaven, 6 years Director of Youth Ministry.
  • National Evangelization Teams, served on NET for 1 year
  • Published Author; Retreats for Teens, Pflaum Publishing.

Personal Statement

 I was born and  raised in West Allis and currently live in Brookfield.  I am one of 8 children and I am proud and honored to be an Aunt and a Great Aunt to numerous nieces and nephews. I am a cards and board game player;  not so much video games. I consider myself a product of youth ministry, having grown in my faith and coming to a personal relationship with Christ through my experiences in youth ministry as a teen.  It brought me into my vocation as a lay minister in the Church. My years here at St. Dominic have been filled with growth in many ways. I have seen the parish grow in numbers. I have grown numerous ways in my profession. I have grown to come to know many parishioners as friends. I have grown spiritual through my ministry, interactions and prayer with the family of St. Dominic.


Karen Chaffee

Director of Finance Administration

Ext. 223

Serving St. Dominic Parish since:  2005

Background and Experience: 

  • Bachelor degree in Finance - Major in Accounting from UW-Whitewater
  • Certified Public Accountant - Worked in public accounting, specializing in audit, tax, and small business accounting.
  • Director of Finance at St. Dominic parish since January of 2006.

006Areas of Responsibility: Parish financial statements, monthly tuition billing, annual budget, payroll, festival/gala accounting, endowment, all related financial matters


Personal Statement


 I have been a member of the St. Dominic community since 1989.  My two sons, Ryan and Aaron are graduates of St. Dominic Catholic School and Marquette University High School. I am truly honored to work in association with the St. Dominic staff and the many giving and faith-filled parishioners of our parish community. 



Meg Picciolo

Director of Marketing & Communications

Ext. 248

Serving St. Dominic Parish since: 2007

Areas of Responsibility:  Developing strategies for parish marketing initiatives in collaboration with parish and school committees. Optimizing the use of technology in the parish, including the continued development of the parish website.

Personal Statement: My husband Pete and I have been members of St. Dominic since 1991.  Our two daughters Kate and Jillian are graduates of St. Dominic Catholic School. My involvement at St. Dominic has included co-chairing a Capital Campaign, holding the position of Home & School President and chairing the Technology Committee. These experiences has given me a wonderful appreciation of the many talents of our parishioners.  It's been a pleasure working alongside my fellow committee members who have shown a deep dedication to and love of our parish and our mission; to seek Christ, know Christ, and become Christ, each one for the sake of all.



Molly Schmidt

Director of Parish Membership & Events

Ext. 241

Serving St. Dominic Parish since: 2012

Areas of Responsibility:

Preparing and editing the weekly bulletin, acting as primary contact for new member registration, maintaining the parish database, calendaring and scheduling of parish facilities and events

Background & Experience:

St. Dominic Catholic School alumni, proud alumna of DSHA, B.A. Broadcast & Electronic Communication, Marquette University, Sales & Customer Service for various industries, St. Dominic Marketing Committee

Personal Statement

Working here at St. Dominic is a bit of a “homecoming” for me.  I’ve been fortunate enough to have attended our Parish School, as well as receive all of my sacraments here.  Walking the hallways of the Parish Center makes me smile and brings back so many memories. My high school sweetheart, Ted and I were married here in 1995, and currently live in Menomonee Falls.  My parents are long-time parish members, Gerry and Kathy Monday.  How lucky am I? I feel fortunate to be here and look forward to the opportunity to work with many of you in various capacities, as well as meet all of the new faces who join our parish.
It’s so good to be “home”!  
Sarah Daszczuk
Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry & Evangelization Ext 226

Serving St. Dominic Parish since: 2016


  • Tremper High School, Kenosha, 2006
  •  BA Theology and Youth Ministry: Benedictine College – Atchison, KS
  •  MA Evangelization and Catechesis: Augustine Institute – Denver, CO

Background & Experience

  • 4 years: campus ministry/student life
  •  4 years: youth ministry
  • 3 years: adult ministry
  • 4 years: WYRE Ministries, Assistant Director of Programming
  • 2 years: Encounter Conference, Assistant Director of Logistics
Personal Statement
Growing up, I attended Catholic school, so I was raised going to Mass and had a curiosity about faith. Then, while I was preparing for Confirmation at 16, I had a profound encounter with Jesus Christ. I realized, for the first time, that he really loved me, as broken as I am, and that he had plans for my life. From that moment, everything shifted. I desired to give everything I had and spend my life proclaiming this Good News to the world. Fast forward 10 years, and I’m still passionate about sharing the love of Christ with teens and young adults through retreats, worship, and conversation. Outside of ministry, I love overpriced lattes, re-reading Harry Potter, and training for my first half-marathon. But, above all, my goal is to live each day with the same passion and humor as St. Peter and St. Mary Magdalene. I am ecstatic to be joining the St. Dominic family and I’m excited to see what God has in store for our parish, as together we grow in holiness and bring Christ to the world.


Jeanne Verthein

Assistant to the Director of Finance Administration

Ext. 227

Serving St. Dominic Parish since: 2004

Areas of Responsibility:
Posting and Reporting Contributions
Accounts Receivable/Payable
Processing School Fees/Tuition Payments
Processing ACH payments
Support for Director of Finance Administration

Background and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Communication from UW-Milwaukee

  • Office Manager of Art/Custom Framing Business

  • 9 years of banking experience in both Madison & Milwaukee

Personal Statement

Married to John for over 26 years and the mother of three sons. Aside from spending several years living in Madison while attending college, I have lived in Brookfield by entire life. I enjoy golfing, reading, quilting and spending time with my family.


Debbie Caputo

Administrative Assistant - Christian Formation

Ext. 250

Serving St. Dominic Parish since: 2002

Areas of Responsibility:
Administrative assistance to Stacey Irvine and Debbie Olla for their Lifelong Faith Formation classes, sacramental preparation, and many of their other yearly programs.  Assist Susan McNeil with Safeguarding God's Children and the Marriage Preparation programs.  Provide administrative support to other staff members and volunteers for a variety of other parish programs.

Personal Statement

I have been married to my husband Joe since 1980; and we are the proud parents of Angela and Anthony. We moved to Brookfield in 1989 and became members of St. Dominic's in 1991. After having our children go through the Lifelong Faith Formation program, I was delighted for the chance to be a part of it. I feel truly blessed to work with the fantastic group of talented and caring individuals that are on staff here as well as our many dedicated volunteers.


Barb Schenauer

Administrative - Liturgy/Music and Human Concerns

Ext. 242

Serving St. Dominic Parish since:  2005

Areas of Responsibility: Manage the Front Office and our crew of loyal receptionist volunteers;
Assistant to Directors of  Music & Liturgy and Human Concerns; Support for the following areas:

  • St. Ben's Meal Program
  • Baptism program
  • Mass Intentions and sanctuary lamps
  • Ministers of Hospitality schedules
  • Printing and distribution of various parish publications & schedules, and maintaining the kiosks and bulletin boards.


Personal Statement

My husband, Ron, and I have been married since 1978. I am very proud to be the mother of two children, Erin & Rett.  We moved here in 1998, after living in Georgia for 20 years.  I initially became involved with the parish as a front office volunteer and a LFF teacher, and was very fortunate to have the opportunity to join the staff here at St. Dominic's in January 2005. I feel very blessed to be a member of this faith community and to work and pray with such talented and supportive people.

Maureen Norton

Administrative Assistant

Ext. 229

Serving St. Dominic Parish since: 2016

Background and Experience:

Areas of Responsibility: Adult & Family Ministry and sacramental records support.


Personal Statement



Steve Veres

Maintenance Supervisor

Ext. 282

Serving St. Dominic Parish since: 2005

Background and Experience:  Over twenty years of on hands experience in the building and grounds field. Completion of courses in Power Engineering, Asbestos management, B&G pump repair, and welding.

Areas of Responsibility:  Maintenance of the buildings and grounds including, lawn care, snow removal, asbestos management.


Personal Statement

I was born and raised in South Milwaukee and presently reside there with Barb my wife of eleven years. We have a wonderful 8 year old daughter, Madison with whom we were blessed. I feel privileged to be able to work together with the staff and volunteers here at St. Dominic to provide a clean and safe environment for everyone.


Jill Fischer

School Principal

Ext. 271

Serving St. Dominic Parish since: 2013

Background and Experience:

  • Bachelors Degree - Marquette University
  • Masters in Educational Policy and Leadership - Marquette University
  • Mother of Good Counsel: 4th Grade Teacher - 3 years
  • St. John Vianney: 4th Grade Teacher - 10 years, 6th Grade Teacher - 4 years
  • St. John Vianney: Assistant Principal - 3 years

Personal Statement
I believe that a principal in a Catholic school has a most extraordinary task before them; one that I am so very excited to take on here at St. Dominic School. Not only is this individual the instructional leader of the school, they are also a leader in faith for the students and the staff. I love being a Catholic! Our faith is so rich that I can't help but share my passion for Christ and his Church. I am my faith and my faith is me! In fact, highlighting the Catholic identity of Catholic schools should be of utmost priority. It is what separates us from our public school counterparts after all. Families make the intentional effort to send their children to a Catholic school for that reason. It is to be highlighted and celebrated.



Michele Toby

School Secretary

Ext. 280

Serving St. Dominic Parish since: 2016

Background and Experience:

Areas of Responsibility:
Prepare written communications/forms; handle all telephone communications; maintain student records and files; work cooperatively with the school faculty, parish staff, parents and students.

Personal Statement


Judy Shilka

Administrative Support

Ext. 228

Serving St. Dominic Parish since: 2006

Areas of Responsibility:
Provide general office support to administrative assistants including, copying, maintaining files, and telephone communications.


Personal Statement



Dan Hughes




Serving St. Dominic Parish since: 2009

Areas of Responsibility:


Personal Statement


Linda Diciaula

Rectory Housekeeping


Serving St. Dominic Parish since: 1992

Areas of Responsibility: Rectory housekeeping


Personal Statement



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