Serving St. Dominic
2017, 5th pastor of St. Dominic Catholic Parish
I am a Chicago area boy come to Wisconsin. Don’t
worry, I was always a Packer fan. My Wisconsin adventure started a long
time ago when I entered residency at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
This lead to a practice of Pediatrics in the Brookfield area for over 25
About six years before my wife became ill, God
started to call me to him. This call, still as yet undefined, continued
until I had a conversation with my wife that if anything happened to
her, I think I would try to become a priest. One year later, my wife
developed cancer and died three months after her diagnosis.
I was accepted into the seminary a year later and
gave up my practice, sold my home and spent five years in formation
which led to ordination in May of 2015. My first assignment was two
years at Christ King and St Bernard Parishes in Wauwatosa.I was asked to follow in the footsteps of Fr. David Reith, who
had led this fabulous parish for thirteen years.
My faith is based on the fact that we are all
called to respond to God’s love. He loves us first and in that
invitation, is answered a desire that is deep within us all. Our love
for spouse and family are echoes of our experience of God’s love for us.
I have three daughters, two step-sons, and three
grandchildren. I used to say I am the only priest with a car seat in his
car. Now, I am the only priest with two car seats in their car.As I practiced my entire medical career in this area being
assigned as pastor of St. Dominic Catholic Parish is coming home.
I have been blessed to be raised in a Catholic family since birth.
Ever since childhood, going to church, saying my prayers, and being a
good Christian, was very important. I was also blessed to have so many
good examples in my life of how to live our call to holiness. This was
really meaningful to me as I discovered my desire to become a priest. In
fact, I have wanted to become a priest ever since first grade. Since
then, it has been all I have ever known. My family and friends have been
supportive, along with my home parish, St. Paul II on Milwaukee's
south side. One of the most influential figures in bolstering my
faith, was my home parish pastor, Fr. Mike Ignaszak, who has been, and
still is, a great friend and mentor. Over the years of my formation, I
have learned a lot about myself, and God, but one of the best things has
been realizing more and more how active God is in my daily life.
I grew up on Milwaukee's south side, the only child of Roy and
Barb. Many of my mom's family members live in the area, so I was always
surrounded by aunts, uncles, and cousins. I attended St. Helen's grade
school, graduating from Holy Wisdom Academy, which is the merger of St.
Helen and St. Alexander schools. From there, I went to St. Thomas More
High School, graduating in 2008. Following high school, I studied
Philosophy at UW-Milwaukee for five years earning a Bachelors Degree in
2013. In fall of that year, I began my seminary studies at St. Francis
de Sales Seminary and was ordained a priest on May 19, 2018.
A few joys in life are being with family and friends and sharing a
meal. Some of my fondest memories are just being together with important
people in life, sharing and laughing about different things. It is true
that I am a devout Packer fan. So, if the Packers are playing at noon,
and I have the 11:00 am Mass, I can promise you short homilies! Other
than that, my other great love is to fish at my family's cottage. That
has been a fun, prayerful, and special time and place for me over the
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.
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
Background and Experience: Marquette University:
Communications. Ordained as a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of
Milwaukee on September 8, 2018.
Occupation/Profession: I currently work as
the operations manager for Pro-Life Wisconsin. Our organization works
to protect life from the womb to the tomb to restore a culture of life
through education, activation, and legislation, and prayer.
Family: In 1980, I married Rhonda, my high
school sweetheart. Together, we raised three boys; Jim, Jeff, and Greg.
We are blessed with daughter-in-laws; Laura and Julia. We are proud
grandparents to three grandchildren; Claire, Jimbo, and Hannah.
As a parish member since 1991,
I have been blessed to receive inspiration from the Holy Spirit
by witnessing the actions of so many parishioners and clergy. Their
devotion to the Gospel and striving to live its words in their own lives
pushed me to become a better version of myself. I credit the
Saturday morning men's group, That Man Is You, the Tuesday night faith
group, and the Knights of Columbus for the positive influence they made
in my life and in others.
I look forward to assisting the Church in liturgy, helping the school and
community through service, and being a herald of the Gospel in both word
and action. I hope to serve Him prayerfully and with joy
in his heart.
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
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
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
The power of the Holy Spirit is amazing. He has guided me on a journey
that led me to this position. A cradle Catholic, I grew up at Mother of
Good Counsel in Milwaukee. Our family of 5 kids was very involved and my
mom and dad modeled servant leadership. As many, my faith journey took
some detours, but when God blessed my wife, Lois, and me with our son
Trevor it all changed. For the first time, I began to fully understand
that God is in charge. When we moved to Pewaukee and “shopped parishes”
the Holy Spirit led us to St. Dominic. We fell in love with the parish,
the school, and the community. I was guided again to join Parish Council
and become a Trustee. At each turn I would ask, “why me” but thankfully
put my trust in
God and have grown in faith from each
experience. After 12 years in those roles, the Holy Spirit opened yet
another door to serve as the Director of Administration and Operations.
My core responsibilities include ensuring our campus and facilities are
inviting and have the equipment and technology necessary to thrive. I
have human resources, technology, and fiscal responsibilities. I am
humbled by the awesome parishioners we have who live their faith every
day. I am blessed to be able to grow in my faith at this wonderful
parish. My goal is to make every day and the everyday great. Thank you
for the opportunity and support.
responsibility: Pastoral Care, Funerals & Bereavement, Human
Concerns and Outreach, Adult & Family Ministry, Parenting Programs,
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
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.
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
Children's Ministry classes, first Eucharist and reconciliation
preparation, Sunday nursery, Wednesday playgroup, Vacation Bible School, kids bulletins
Background and Experience:
B.S. Psychology - Carroll College, Waukesha
M.Ed in Education (Curriculum & Instruction) - Carroll College,
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
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.
Director of Liturgy and Music
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.
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
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.
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.
Bachelor degree in Finance - Major in Accounting from
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
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
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.
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
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
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”!
Andrew oversees the faith formation team along with directly working
on all aspects of our middle school and high school ministries;
including EDGE, Life Teen, Retreats, Summer Camp, and Mission Trips.
Before coming to St. Dominic, Andrew spent eight years as a Director
of Student & Young Adult Ministries at another parish, where he
spearheaded their efforts in reimagining the traditional religious
education program into a dynamic process for forming missionary
disciples. Andrew graduated from Marquette University in May of 2010
with his B.A. in Theology and is currently working towards an M.A. in
Theology and Leadership from Gonzaga University.
Andrew often shares his
faith through different life stories, often in a humorous way, to help
show how God's plan is active in each of our lives. Outside of his
responsibilities at St. Dominic, Andrew serves as the area contact for
Life Teen International, covering the Dioceses of Green Bay, Madison,
and Milwaukee. Through this role, he mentors new youth ministers and
consults parishes on creating dynamic student/youth ministries in their
own parish. He also serves on the leadership team for ARISE Milwaukee.
Andrew spends his free time with his wife and son or hanging out with
his friends, trying to cook without burning down his house, going to
Marquette Basketball games, and coaching the Green Bay Packers from his
Assistant to the Director of Finance
Serving St. Dominic
Parish since: 2018
Areas of Responsibility:
Posting and Reporting Contributions
Processing School Fees/Tuition Payments
Processing ACH payments
Support for Director of Finance Administration
: I was born and raised in
Waukesha and was a member of St. William Parish. My husband, Ralph & I
have been parish members at St. Dominic since 1993. Our (2) daughters,
Jennifer and Angela attended K-4 through 8th grade here at St. Dom's. I
have volunteered in a variety of school and church positions over the
past 25 years. I enjoy hiking, crafting, and travel – especially seeing
the beautiful National Parks across the USA. I feel blessed to have
joined the parish staff this year. I feel St. Dominic has always been a
warm and welcoming parish. As a staff member, I hope to extend that
feeling to my co-workers and our parishioners.
Areas of Responsibility:
Administrative assistance for formation and outreach Ministries. Provide
administrative support to other staff members and volunteers for a
variety of other parish programs.
My husband John and I moved to
Brookfield in 1992, and joined St. Dominic shortly afterward. Our three
daughters grew up in this parish, graduating from St. Dominic Catholic
School and participating in LFF during high school.
Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in a variety of
volunteer roles here, ranging from the School Advisory committee to
front office receptionist (and lots of time in the Marcy Center
kitchen). For the past several years, I’ve been working for St. John
Vianney Parish as the administrative assistant for Christian Formation.
Now as part of the St. Dominic staff, I’m looking forward to serving my
long-time home-parish community.
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
Mass Intentions and sanctuary lamps
Ministers of Hospitality schedules
Printing and distribution of various parish publications &
schedules, and maintaining the kiosks and bulletin boards.
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.
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.
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.
Masters in Educational Policy and Leadership - Marquette
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
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.