Ten lay ministers will receive Emmaus certification May 9

By The Compass | May 1, 2019

GREEN BAY — Fr. Dan Felton, vicar general and moderator of the diocesan curia, will lead a Celebration Liturgy to Certify the Emmaus Program for Ministerial Leaders on Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m., at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.

The ceremony, at which 10 laypersons will receive certification from Fr. Felton on behalf of Bishop David Ricken, will mark the completion of their participation in the Emmaus Program.

The lay ministry formation program, a joint effort of the Green Bay Diocese and Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, 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 are:

Kay Arndt, Business

Kay and her husband Dean have been married for 20 years and they have four children, Tara, Patrick, Mand, and Justin, and 12 grandchildren. Kay is the business manager at St. Clare Parish of Askeaton, Greenleaf and Wrightstown. She volunteers at St. Clare as lector and extraordinary minister of holy Communion. In her spare time, Kay enjoys quilting and working with her embroidery machine.

Emily Jenks, Faith Formation & Youth Ministry

Emily is the coordinator of faith formation at St. Bernard Parish, Appleton. She also serves as a regional young adult coordinator for the Fox Valley region. She is a volunteer mentor at Foster Elementary School. Jenks is a member of St. Bernard Parish, where she is an extraordinary minister of holy Communion. She also enjoys spending time with her parents, siblings, friends, and nieces and nephews.

Debra Josiger-Holzem, Faith Formation & Youth Ministry

Debra and her husband Gianni have been married for 30 years and they have three children, Caitlin, Benjamin, and Nathan. Debra has been the elementary coordinator for Discipleship at St. Bernard Parish, Appleton, for four years. She has volunteered as a catechist, greeter and extraordinary minister of holy Communion at her parish and as a reading tutor with the Neenah School District. In her spare time, Debra enjoys reading, Zumba, hiking, walking her dog and camping.

Traci LaCrosse, Faith Formation

Traci and her husband Jeff have been married for 25 years and they have three children, T.J., Dalton and Tierra. Traci holds a Human Development degree from UW-Green Bay and is the youth minister and high school religious education coordinator at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in West De Pere. She enjoys mission work and spending time with her family.

Kara Main, Pastoral Ministry

Kara and her husband Rob have been married for 19 years and have three daughters, Madie, 16, and twin daughters Maggie and Morgan, both deceased. Since 2015, Kara has been the evangelization coordinator at St. Bernard Parish, Appleton. A member of St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in Oshkosh, she volunteers as an extraordinary minister of holy Communion at St. Bernard Parish and St. Pius X Parish, Appleton, and as a catechist, hospitality team member and lector at St. Bernard Parish. In her free time, Kara enjoys cooking, morning walks and spending time with family and friends.

Kelly McMillin, Pastoral Ministry

Kelly and her husband Nick live in Kaukauna and have three children, Max, Edmund and Oliver, with a fourth child on the way. Kelly works at the Heart of the Valley YMCA in Kimberly, where she teaches growth and development classes. Kelly and her family are members of Holy Cross Parish, Kaukauna, where she runs the Little Disciples program for young children during the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass. Kelly enjoys reading, art, interior decorating, organizing her house and going on dates with Nick.

Jessica A. Phillips, Faith Formation & Youth Ministry

Jessica and her husband Patrick have six children, Dustin, Andy, Amber, Carissa, Victoria and David, and eight grandchildren. She is the faith formation coordinator for her home parish, All Saints, Denmark, and Holy Trinity Parish, New Denmark. She enjoys volunteering as the youth minister for All Saints Parish and School, Denmark; Holy Trinity Parish, New Denmark; and St. Mary Parish, Glenmore-Stark. She volunteers twice a week in the lunchroom of All Saints School, and in her spare time enjoys retreats, reading, word searches, and spending time with her husband.

Ana Laura Rodriguez Navarro, Pastoral Ministry

Ana was born in Mexico City and has been married to Victor Amezcua for 10 years. She is the immigration counselor for the Office of Catholic Charities at the Diocese of Green Bay. She is a member of St. Willebrord Parish and hopes to become the Pastoral Care Ministry coordinator.  Ana has volunteered at various parishes, helping with special needs religious education, and, most recently, bringing Communion to the homebound. Ana enjoys hiking, camping, traveling to new places and going for nature walks.

Rose Kaye Unser, Pastoral Ministry

Rose and husband Bob have been married for 31 years and have two children, Brandon and Alexis. She is the pastoral associate at St. Mary Churches in Winneconne and Omro. She volunteers as lector, sacristan and extraordinary minister of holy Communion at her home parish of St. Mary, Winneconne. She also volunteers at Father Carr’s Place 2B in Oshkosh. Rose enjoys reading, biking, walking, golfing and spending time with family and friends.

Susan Zwiers, Faith Formation & Youth Ministry

Susan and her husband Joseph have three children, one daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters. She is the coordinator of Discipleship for Pre-K through grade five at Holy Cross and St. Katharine Drexel parishes in Kaukauna. Susan enjoys doing mission work locally and abroad, spending time with family and friends, reading, volunteering, traveling and outdoor activities.

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