Eight to receive Emmaus lay ministry certificates May 10

GREEN BAY — Bishop David Ricken will lead a celebration liturgy to certify the Emmaus Program Ministerial Leaders on Thursday, May 10, 7 p.m., at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.

The ceremony, at which eight lay persons will receive certification from the bishop, will mark the 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.

The certified ministers this year are:

Jennifer Buelow, Faith Formation / Youth Ministry

Buelow holds a psychology degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She is the youth ministry and confirmation coordinator at St. Pius X Parish in Appleton and a member at Sacred Heart Parish in Appleton, where she volunteers at youth events.

Erin Day, Liturgy

Day lives with her rescued cat, Jaffa, and has a passion for music and travel. She works for the Appleton YMCA in Member Services. She is also the volunteer coordinator and Worship Office assistant for St. Bernadette Parish in Appleton.

Her home parish is St. Patrick in Menasha, where she is a part of L2W music group.

Arlene de Guzman, Faith Formation

De Guzman and her husband Octavio have three children: Katherine, Karina and Blas. She is the finance manager at her family’s cleaning business. Her hobbies include working with horses and traveling. She also volunteers, mainly in Hispanic ministry, at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Newton, where she is a catechist, sacristan and extraordinary minister of holy Communion.

Ryan Koch, Pastoral Ministry

Koch and his wife Gina have been married for 15 years and have six children: Marshall, 14; Addyson, 13; Elizabeth, 9; Sarah, 7; John, 5; and Leo, 2. Ryan volunteers in numerous ministries at St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in Oshkosh, including coordinating the parish holy hour. He is also involved in “That Man Is You” ministry at the Oshkosh prison and at Father Carr’s Place2B. He and his wife also teach marriage preparation for the diocese.

Gloria Koth, Pastoral Ministry

Koth and her husband Mark have been married for 34 years and have three daughters: Sara, Lisa and Dana. She is a registered nurse and currently works as the priest nurse and health care advocate for the Diocese of Green Bay. She also volunteers in various ministries to the homebound and as a faith community (parish) nurse, care ministry co-coordinator, extraordinary minister of holy Communion, grief gathering facilitator and warming shelter volunteer at St. Bernadette Parish in Appleton.

Laura Perkins, Faith Formation /Youth Ministry

Perkins and her husband Steve have been married for 30 years. She has been employed at Creative Converting in Clintonville for the last 25 years. She volunteers at the three-parish community of St. Mary in Marion, St. Anthony in Tigerton, and Holy Family/St. William in Wittenberg as a catechist for the K-8 and high school faith formation programs. She serves her home parish of St. Mary as a lector and extraordinary minister of holy Communion.

Richard Rosin, Pastoral Ministry

Rosin and his wife Connie have been married for 38 years and have two married children: Jennifer, 32, and Stephanie, 29. He holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and currently works as a relief pharmacist. He is a member of Prince of Peace Parish in Green Bay, where he serves on the parish pastoral council.

Christine Tulachka, Faith Formation/ Youth Ministry

Tulachka and her husband Mark have eight children: Geoff, Joanne, James, Peter, John, Bridget, Elizabeth and Matthew, and seven grandchildren. Christine is the coordinator of faith formation and youth ministry and the local safe environment coordinator at St. Isidore the Farmer Parish in Tisch Mills.

She also volunteers as an extraordinary minister of holy Communion and is a rosary society member at her parish. She is the president of the Catholic Financial Life, Tisch Mills Chapter, and treasurer for Wisconsin Right to Life, Kewaunee County chapter.