Meet the Staff

Photo of St. Stephen's Pastor, Fr. Jack LongFr. Jack Long, Pastor

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Fr. Jack was born in Minneapolis and shortly thereafter moved to Osseo where he attended St. Vincent de Paul. (They say a priest can never go home but he did and it worked.) He attended the school in first and second grade, then his family moved to Golden Valley where he attended St. Margaret Mary third to eighth grade. After eighth grade his parents moved to Southwest Minneapolis where he attended Southwest High School. He has a fondness for that part of the city especially lakes Harriet and Calhoun. He then went on to the University of Minnesota and earned his BS degree in elementary education.

 

Right after he graduated, he entered the St. Paul Seminary and was ordained June 3, 1978.   In 1978, right before his ordination, he made his first visit to St. Stephen’s to lunch with the then parochial vicar Father Tom Krenik. He came up here and got a tour and met for the very first time Father Karl Wittman, the then pastor of St. Stephen’s.

 

After ordination, he served as a parochial vicar at St. Peter’s in North St. Paul for four years and then moved to the neighboring parish, Guardian Angels, and served there for five years. During those years he was assigned part time at Hill Murray High School in Maplewood. In 1986, he went on Sabbatical and attended Seton Hall in New Jersey. There he studied administration with an emphasis on parish ministry. He came back to St. Paul and was assigned teaching full time at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights. For four years he taught senior religion. He used all he learned as an elementary teacher and found out it works. After St. Thomas he started his career as a pastor. He was assigned in 1991 to the Church of St. Joseph in Hopkins and spent 11 happy years there. He was asked to move to St. Vincent de Paul in 2001. He served there for 12 years. And now he's all ours. He looks forward to meeting you and working with you in proclaiming the Good News of Christ.

 

 

Fr. Joe Kuharski, Parochial Vicar

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Father Joe was ordained to serve the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis May 31, 2014.

 

He grew up in St. Anthony, MN with his parents, John and Mary Ann, and twelve siblings.  His home parish is St. Charles Borromeo.

 

Fr. Joe's pastoral learning experiences include a summer teaching English with the Maryknoll Missionaries in China, "street evangelization" in St. Peter's Square with the Legion of Mary, chaplaincy with the Bernardi campus of the University of St. Thomas (Rome), as well as summer experiences here at St. Stephen (2012) and St. John the Baptist in New Brighton.

He entered St. John Vianney Seminary immediately after high school.

 

Fr. Joe completed his seminary training at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

 

His hobbies include ping pong, baking, reading, sports, and lifting weights.

 

 

Fr. Kevin Manthey, Parochial Vicar

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Fr. Kevin was ordained to serve the People of God in the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis and in the Emmanuel Community (to learn more about the Emmanuel Community in the U.S., visit emmanuelcommunity.com). He grew up in Farmington with his parents, Jim and Ann, and his younger brother, Greg.

 

After graduating from Farmington High School in 2005, he entered St. John Vianney College Seminary (at the University of St. Thomas). He graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Catholic Studies and entered the St. Paul Seminary for theological studies. After four years of seminary, he spent a year of discernment in Belgium with the Emmanuel Community before returning to St. Paul for his last two years of formation.

 

He has worked at Gander Mountain, has been on a Totus Tuus team in the Diocese of La Crosse, and has worked as a chaplain intern at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. He spent a summer in Guadalajara, Mexico, learning Spanish and visited our Archdiocesan Mission Parish, Jesucristo Resucitado, in Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela. During his time in Belgium, he spent a month with L’Arche in France.

 

His teaching parishes during seminary were Nativity of Mary in Bloomington and St. John Neumann in Eagan. He served as a deacon for a summer at St. Joseph in West St. Paul.

 

He enjoys playing racquetball, playing the drums, camping, watching movies and tinkering with graphic design.

 

He was ordained a deacon on May 4, 2013, and ordained a priest on May 31, 2014. He is continually amazed by the Lord’s merciful love—that He has called him to serve Him and His Church as a priest. He is very much looking forward to spending his first years of ministry at St. Stephen’s.

 

 

 

Deacon Ramon GarciaDeacon Ramón García, Hispanic Ministry Coordinator EMAIL

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Prior to his assignment at St. Stephen, Ramón was a consultant for Hispanic Ministry for the entire Archdiocese, and he has worked extensively on family retreats, Marriage Encounter, Provida (pro-life), natural family planning, and domestic violence support groups.  As people observed Ramón’s faith, dedication, and talent, a number suggested that he become a permanent deacon.  Ramón heard God’s call through them and took the classes from 2004 to 2008. He was ordained to the permanent diaconate by Archbishop John C. Nienstedt on September 27, 2008, and assigned to St. Stephen’s in Anoka.   

 

Ramón and his wife Suzanne married in 1997 and have been blessed with two children, a son and a daughter.  Ramón and Suzanne are partners in Hispanic Ministry at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church.  They coordinate the Mass in Spanish celebrated each Sunday at 12:30 p.m. as well as preparing Spanish speaking families for the celebration of sacraments and quinceañeras, leading bible study in Spanish, making pastoral visits to those in need and more.

 

 


Jay GishJay Gish, Parish Administrator EMAIL

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Jay became the Parish Administrator in September 2007.  Prior to joining St. Stephen’s, he worked 23 years as an Operations Manager in the textile supply industry, most recently as the Corporate General Manager for a company based in the Midwest. 

 

In Jay's role as Parish Administrator, he represents the Pastor in and has oversight for all the business affairs for the parish and school. The department heads for Administration, Accounting, Pastoral Care, Worship, and Faith Formation report to Jay. 

 

Jay earned his B.A. Degree in biblical studies at North Central University. He enjoys spending time at the lake cabin fishing and is an avid sports fan.

 

 

Lynne PinewskiLynne Pinewski, Administration and Finance Director EMAIL

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Lynne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with responsibilities to manage the general accounting functions for the parish and school which include preparing financial reports and working in conjunction with the Parish Administrator in budgeting and other financial needs.

 

Lynne is a lifelong resident of Anoka and joined St. Stephen's Church in 1985 through RCIA.

 

 

Monica FreemanMonica Freeman, Office Manager, Accounts Payable EMAIL

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Monica holds a B.A. in Legal Studies from Hamline University.  She previously worked as a Litigation Specialist for a national home care company and as a Legal Assistant specializing in contract review for a national insurance provider.  She left the corporate world in answer to God’s call to focus on her primary mission of being wife and mother.

 

In Monica's position, she manages the parish office and membership database and is responsible for proper recording of member contributions, and processing accounts payable. 

 

 

Mary Jane BebergMary Jane Beberg, Administrative Assistant/Calvary Cemetery Coordinator EMAIL

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Mary Jane works part-time for the Church as an Administrative Assistant in the parish office and staff liaison for Calvary Cemetery.  She especially enjoys the interaction with parishioners and staff while carrying out her various job assignments.

 

Mary Jane's family joined St. Stephen’s Parish in 1974 when they bought a home in Anoka.  Over the years, Mary Jane and her husband Pete have volunteered in many areas of the parish and school.  Their three children attended St. Stephen’s School and Totino Grace High School.  All three are married and they enjoy spending their free time with their grandchildren.

 

Julie GeradsJulie Gerads, Administrative Assistant/Marketing Coordinator/Facility Scheduling EMAIL

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Julie began working at the church as the part-time evening receptionist in September 1995. She then moved into a full-time position in July 1998. Julie's primary responsibilities include coordinating the weekly parish bulletin, updating the parish website, creating/coordinating messaging on the indoor and outdoor electronic signs, assisting in the coordination of parish mailings and marketing pieces, scheduling parish facility use, and assisting staff and parishioners in their ministries.

 

 

Eileen Howe, Administrative Assistant/Stephen's Marketplace (Gift Shop) Coordinator EMAIL

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Eileen joined the parish staff as a part-time Administrative Assistant and Marketplace Coordinator in June of 2014 after having worked at St. Stephen’s School for eight years.  Prior to that she worked as a Network Administrative Assistant/PC Support in the banking industry.

She grew up, with her seven siblings, just north of Bethel, MN and attended St. Elizabeth Ann Seton church in Isanti.  She and her husband joined St. Stephen’s when they were married here in 1993.  They have twin boys that graduated from St. Stephen’s School in 2013.

 

 

Renee Hogan, Administrative Assistant/Front Desk EMAIL

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Renee began working at St. Stephen's as a full time front desk receptionist in September of 2013.  She has held Administrative and Customer Service positions with two large corporations over the last 30 years.  After much thought and prayer, she left the corporate world, and is thrilled to be working in a faith filled environment, close to home.  Her duties are many. They include, but are not limited to:  answering incoming calls and directing them to staff, assisting staff with projects, and assisting parishioners and volunteers with the many ministries of the parish.

 

Renee and her husband have been members of St. Stephen's  for  over 10 years.  "I truly enjoy working at my own home parish, being able to put names to the many familiar faces of the parishioners I have come to know over the years, as well as meeting, greeting and helping as many people as I can each day."

 

 

 

Bernie LeachBernie Leach, Worship Director EMAIL

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Bernie joined the Pastoral Staff in July of 1990. As Worship Director, she meets monthly with the Worship Commission to hear recommendations for the Pastor about liturgical matters of the parish. In addition she collaborates with the Worship Associates to support the work of hundreds of liturgical ministers who serve the parish’s weekend, holy day, school, and sacramental liturgies through training sessions, scheduling and rehearsal, especially with musicians.

 

Bernie is from the East side of St. Paul, Minnesota where she grew up in a large Catholic family and attended St. Jerome’s Catholic Grade School and Kellogg Public High School. Bernie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the College of St. Catherine in 1974. She taught Elementary School (second and sixth grade) in Forest Lake for two years, Community Education classes for preschoolers and guitar players in the Anoka area for 4 years and reading at St. Stephen’s school for 5 years. Bernie earned a Masters Degree in Pastoral Studies, with a focus in liturgy from St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas in 1992. Bernie and her husband Bill have been parishioners at St. Stephen's for 30 years. They have two married daughters who are graduates of St. Stephen's School, two son-in-laws and three grandchildren.

 

 

Terri RennerTerri Renner, Worship Associate,
School Liturgy Coordinator EMAIL

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In addition to preparing St. Stephen’s School students for ministry at weekly Mass on Thursday mornings, Terri also has the privilege of directing four music groups which minister to our community on weekends and Holy Days.  These groups include the Adult Choir, Teen Music Ensemble, Youth Choir and Handbell Choir.  Occasionally, she sings for weddings and funerals, and she also coordinates Liturgy of the Word with Children.

 

Terri joined the Catholic church, the parish of St. Stephen’s, and became actively involved in the music ministry all at the same time in 1978, when she married here.  Terri joined the staff in 1995 as the youngest of her four children entered school. All four children are now grown.  Terri's hometown is Hopkins and she received her Music Education Degree from St. Cloud State University.

 

 

Barbara Ferron photoBarbara Ferron, Worship Associate

EMAIL

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Barbara and her husband David have been members of St. Stephen’s and actively involved in the Music Ministry since 2008. They have two adult children: Christopher and Renee. Prior to joining St. Stephen’s, Barbara participated in the Peoria, Illinois Cursillo community as a musician, liturgical planner and speaker; in addition she participated in the Music Ministry and the RCIA program at St. Vincent de Paul Parish - also in Peoria. Her involvement in RCIA was in conjunction with the SPEC (Special Persons Encounter Christ) program for the Diocese of Peoria. Barbara graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Missouri Southern State University.

 

One of Barbara’s favorite scripture passages is “Encourage one another and build each other up (1 Thes 5:11).” Barbara and the Worship Department look forward to working with the many liturgical ministers of this parish in that same spirit.

 

 

Katie Gebhard, Director of Faith Formation

EMAIL

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Katie joined St. Stephen's staff July 1, 2014.  She was born and raised in South Minneapolis. She and her husband, Bob, have three grown children living across the country. She completed her B.A. degree in English and Education and M.A. degree in Religious Education. God has blessed her with being able to serve various parishes and the archdiocese for many years.

 

Katie shares, "Christ’s spirit is alive and well here at St. Stephen’s. It is an honor to now serve you. Our goal in catechesis is to make Jesus Christ known and loved. We provide resources and programs to assist adults, parents, teens and children to grow in their faith, celebrate sacraments and become disciples.  One of my favorite scripture verses is from Micah: Act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God.  I look forward to walking with you."

 

 

 

Emilie Bauer, Coordinator of Early Childhood  and Elementary Faith Formation, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Family G.I.F.T. (Growing in Faith Together)

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Emilie was born and raised on a farm in North Dakota.  She received her Undergraduate degree in teaching from Minot State University and taught Business and Physical Education.  She received her MA in Religious /Adult Education from Regis University in Denver.

 

Emilie has four grown children and three granddaughters. 

 

Previous areas of ministry she has been involved in include:  Family Life and Liturgy for the Diocese of Dodge City, KS; Campus ministry at Illinois State University; K-12 at St. Colette in Rolling Meadows, IL; DRE at St. Patrick Parish in Oak Grove. In her current role here at St. Stephen she is working with the elementary children and also Sacramental Preparation.

 

Emilie's favorite things to do are knitting, reading and gardening.

 

 

Tammy Santander, Coordinator of Middle School Faith Formation and Vacation Bible School EMAIL

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Tammy joined the Faith Formation team in January 2015. She was born and raised in the Northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities and while Epiphany was her home parish, St. Stephen’s was always a second home. She has said coming to work here was more than a dream come true. Tammy graduated in 2008 from the Franciscan University of Steubenville with a double B.A. in Theology and Catechetics. She worked for 3 years at a parish in Wyoming leading Elementary Faith Formation and RCIA before moving to her husband’s native Chile for 2.5 years where she taught English and worked in International Relations for a University. While in Chile, Tammy had her first daughter and is expecting a second late Fall of 2015.

Tammy’s favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope.”  She enjoys sharing the importance of knowing the Lord to fall more in love with Him and what a blessing the Sacraments and personal prayer are.

 

 

Chantell Haider, Coordinator of Confirmation Preparation for High School Students  EMAIL

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Chantell was born and raised in small town North Dakota and moved to the Northwest suburbs in 2004. She holds a B.A in Organizational Leadership and a M.A in Theological Studies. Chantell is married with three children and actively serves in the Air Force Reserve. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors and quality time with friends and family. 

 

Chantell joined the Faith Formation team in February of 2015 and enjoys helping teens learn and grow in their faith and spiritual lives in a way that is both meaningful and personal to the individual.  Her goal is to help teens begin to see and trust in the beauty and wisdom of our church and our Lord, especially in times of difficulty.  One of her favorite chapters is 2 Chronicles 20, especially verse 12:  “For we have no power to face his vast army that is attacking us.  We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you."

 

 

Troy Bauer, Youth Ministry  EMAIL

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Troy Bauer began as our 2015 summer Youth Ministry Intern. At the end of the summer, he was invited to continue to assist in helping to lead our youth events. Troy will be a senior at St. John’s University fall 2015 and was active in our parish youth programs when he attended high school.

 

 

Pam HavelPam Havel, Coordinator of RCIA and RCIA for Children and Youth

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Pam joined St. Stephen's In 1993 after her family moved to Ramsey. She has been actively involved in the parish in many ways, especially during the past ten years. Pam loves working in RCIA because of her love for people, liturgy, sacraments, Scripture, Pastoral Ministry, and passing on the faith. Her responsibilities include preparing and presenting RCIA sessions, supporting young people and adults (and their families) during the RCIA process, and recruiting, training, and supporting volunteer catechists and sponsors. She very much enjoys working with families and considers journeying with each young person and their family an honor and a privilege.

 

Pam grew up in Golden Valley, a (happy) middle child in a large Catholic family. She attended Catholic grade school and public high school. Pam worked as an RN from 1976 – 1987 after which she left the work force to stay home full time with their children. After they were grown, Pam returned to college. She received a Pastoral Ministry Certificate and a B.A. in Theology from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul in 2008. Pam is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Theology and a Certificate in Catechetical Ministry at the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul.

 

 

Sr. Mary Anne Schaenzer, SSND Pastoral Care Director EMAIL

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Sr. Mary Anne joined St. Stephen's staff in August of 2015. She grew up in St. Paul in the West 7th Street area, across the street from the Mississippi River. Being near the Mississippi now provides an at-home feeling. As a School Sister of Notre Dame she has had several ministries, sometimes being assigned, sometimes being invited, and sometimes searching, or you might read that as trying to discern where the Holy Spirit is leading. She has taught in the 4th through 8th grades, she has been a single employee for an organization, she has been a hospital and hospice chaplain. (Hospice included volunteer and bereavement coordination.) Sr. Mary Anne has served in spiritual care to the Sisters in the SSND Health Care in Mankato, and she has served in parishes in a variety of roles. She feels blessed to have been chosen to serve at St. Stephen.  Sr. Mary Anne hopes that we may be a blessing to one another. A Scripture text that she read and found meaningful since she learned she would be here at St. Stephen is from 2 Corinthians 9:8. God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work.