18 complete Emmaus lay ministry formation program

By The Compass | May 7, 2014

ALLOUEZ — Bishop David Ricken will lead a Celebration of Certified Ministers from the Emmaus Program with a 7 p.m. Mass and blessing on Thursday, May 15, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, 140 S. Monroe Ave., Green Bay.1418Emmaus_rgb-2012

The ceremony, at which 18 lay persons will receive certification from the bishop, will mark completion of their participation in the Emmaus Program, the lay ministry formation program of the diocese. The program is a joint effort of the Green Bay Diocese and Silver Lake College, Manitowoc.

The program is a three-stage process involving personal and spiritual experiences, academic studies and a supervised practice of ministry. It provides preparation in five basic areas to assist the pastor/pastoral leader: faith formation; youth ministry; pastoral ministry; liturgy; and parish business administration.

Those who will be certified ministers this year are:

Lynne Becker

Becker works for the Kohler Company but is also a part-time liturgy and music coordinator at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Kiel. She serves as a lector and is a member of the environment and the prayer and worship committees. Until recently, she was also a faith formation catechist. Lynne and husband Brad have three adult children, Kimberly (Mike) Dyer, Samantha (fiancé Joshua Berens) and Maxine; and three grandchildren, Mason, Austin and Brooklyn.

Christine DeWan

DeWan is a part-time youth ministry coordinator at St. Agnes Parish in Green Bay. She serves as a lector and is a member of the faith formation commission. Christine and husband Matthew have three adult children, Erin (Jared) Bongers, Michael and Ann; and two grandchildren, Jackson and Alivia.

Laura Hoffman

Hoffman works part-time at St. Joseph and St. Mary Parish in Brussels as a religious education coordinator for grades 4K through 11. She volunteers in vacation Bible school and in various events and parish fundraisers, along with serving in jail ministry for the Door County Jail. Hoffman is also a member of her parish’s care ministry committee. She and husband Jeffrey have two children, Regin, 11, and Rayna, 9.

Patricia Hovde

Hovde is the full-time bookkeeper and parish ministry coordinator for both St. Joseph Parish in Sturgeon Bay and Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Institute. She also volunteers in music ministry, care ministry and faith formation. She is married to Wesley Hovde and is the daughter of the late John and Emily Harkins.

Jim Kozak

Kozak is retired but actively serves as an extraordinary minister of holy Communion at both Bellin Hospital and St. Vincent Hospital. He is the father of two children, Christopher and Amy.

Julie Kresal

Kresal volunteers in several ministries at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Greenville, including care ministry, Elizabeth Ministry and prayer shawl ministry. She is an extraordinary minister of holy Communion and a catechist. Julie and husband Jeffrey have two children, Jillian, 12, Kaitlyn, 9.

Mark Kunstman

Kunstman participates in the men’s Bible study at his parish, Stella Maris, Northern Door County, as well as serving as faith formation vice chair for adult ministry. He is an extraordinary minister of holy Communion and the master of ceremonies for the parish’s Spring Fling. Mark and his wife Kathy have two adult children, Shanen (Elena) and Chris (Jennifer); and five grandchildren, Flynn, Henry, Charlie, Paige and Chase.

Roger LeBouton

LeBouton serves in adult faith formation, care ministry and volunteers as a lector. He also volunteers in the parish office. He and wife Paula have three adult children, Joe (Ariadna), Mike (Becky) and Matt (Jackie); and seven grandchildren, Yamila, Javier, Gabby, Maddie, Anna, Wyatt and Tyler.

Kathleen McDonald

McDonald works at St. Bernard Parish in Appleton as an elementary coordinator for grades K-6 and as a coordinator for children’s Liturgy of the Word. She also serves as a sacristan, extraordinary minister of holy Communion, lector, hospitality minister and care minister. She is also a member of the social justice and faith formation committees. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications and holds two teaching licenses: regular education, K-8, and English as a Second Language (ESL). Kathleen and husband John have three adult children: John, Jr., Daniel and Patrick (Ashleigh).

Belinda Micke

Micke works part-time as director of the Valley Area Special Needs Religion Education Program based in Kimberly. She also serves as a lector at Holy Cross Parish, Kaukauna. Belinda and husband Thomas have three children, Thomas, Jr., Julia and Veronica.

Paula Rieder

Rieder is a part-time aide for children with special needs at the Green Bay Public School District. She has served as a catechist at Holy Family Parish, Brillion, for 14 years and has held a leadership role in vacation Bible school since 2002. She was a prayer and site leader at the Catholic Heart Workcamp in 2013 and volunteers as a minister to the homebound and is an extraordinary minister of holy Communion. She volunteers at the Appleton Retirement Community Home, serves on the ministry team at St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter and is the children’s activities coordinator for StreetLights Outreach. Paula and husband Jim have four children, Kyle, 21; Kelly, 20; Anthony, 18; and Michael, 16.

Kirsti Ritschke

Ritschke serves as a lector, extraordinary minister of holy Communion and member of the evangelization committee at Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Oshkosh. She also assists in the monthly Mass at Northpoint Rehab and offers pastoral ministry to Omro Care Center. She and husband Russell have three adult children, Matthew (Carey), Larisa (Adam) and Jessica (Brian).

Kurt Robertson

Robertson, 60, died April 29. He was preparing for retirement from a 38-year career in computer/technology sales to devote time to lay ministry. He was active at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish, Brussels, as a Friday morning leader of prayer, nursing home leader of prayer, past chairperson of the parish pastoral council, extraordinary minister of holy Communion, lector, song leader and Scout leader. Kurt is survived by his wife, Sue, and their two adult sons, Paul and Jonathan.

Deborah Schmidt

Schmidt serves as a sacristan, extraordinary minister of holy Communion and Mass musician at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Manitowoc. She is part of the core team for high school confirmation. In addition, she also serves on the Music Booster Board at Roncalli High School and volunteers with various music related functions there. She and husband Greg have four children, Sarah, 21, Danielle, 20; and Steven, 17.

Kevin Smits

Smits works full time in ministry at Holy Trinity Parish in Oconto, serving as a youth faith formation coordinator. He also serves as an extraordinary minister of holy Communion and lector at his home parish of St. Mary, De Pere. He and his wife Michelle have four adult children, Kyle, 25; Kimberly, 24; Eric, 23; and Kyle, 21; and one grandchild, Malakye.

Carolyn Steeno

Steeno recently accepted a position as pastoral minister at Prince of Peace Parish in Green Bay. She is a lector and an extraordinary minister of holy Communion at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Green Bay, serves as chair of the parish stewardship commission and has served for four years on the diocesan Stewardship Commission. She has also served as religious education and confirmation teacher and is involved with Stephen Ministry and as Nativity Star Stewardship Newsletter writer and editor. She and husband Tim have two sons, Zach, 24, and Ethan, 22.

Barbara Tate

Tate works as a part-time faith formation coordinator, grades 1-8, at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Greenville. In addition, she volunteers as a religious education facilitator in grades 4K-11/12, serves as lector and is a member of the parish pastoral council at St. Patrick in Lebanon. She enjoys service projects and has promoted the collections of Coats for Kids in the fall and Soles for Souls in the spring. She is married to Don Tate.

Patricia Verbrick

Verbrick is a part-time music ministry coordinator at St. Thomas More in Appleton. She also serves as a cantor and choir member, participates in the Fox Valley Catholic Bible Study and the VIP-Vocations Program in her home parish of St. Bernadette. She is involved in the Burundi Education Fund and is a member of People of Praise and Preissner Prayer Group. A Mary Kay Cosmetics consultant, Verbrick is widowed and has four sons, Daniel (Julie), Thomas (Tammy), John (Jessica) and Robert (Michelle), and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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