New RCIA consultant starts
Anissa Willkom's duties with diocese also include music, liturgy training
By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor
For a young person, Anissa Willkom, the new diocesan consultant for Sacred Music, Liturgical Ministry Training and Christian Initiation, is a seasoned veteran in terms of ministry experience.
"I've been doing liturgical ministry in various forms since I've been 11," she explained. "I served on the parish liturgy committee as the student representative."
Willkom, who earned a master's degree in pastoral studies form Loyola University in New Orleans and a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry from the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn., will serve as a resource and support person for Catholics throughout the diocese, especially those in parish leadership positions. Half of her time will be devoted to sacred music, while the remainder will be divided equally between liturgical ministry and Christian initiation.
"Being able to help people on a broader level attracted me to the position," said Willkom,
who previously served as director of music and liturgy at St. Pius X Parish in Appleton.
"Anissa brings excellence in liturgical music and the celebration of liturgical rites for the
RCIA," said Diann Wimmer, diocesan director of Worship. "She has a fine Benedictine
background in liturgy and the energy and joy of youth. I greatly appreciate these gifts and
look forward to working with Anissa to meet the needs of worship in the Diocese of
One of Willkom's goals in her new position is to help make the diocese a singing church.
"Music is often taken for granted," she said. "We don't see the value in it and how it has
the ability to touch and move people."
Diocesan guidelines for liturgical ministry are being revised. Willkom will visit parishes
to help implement those guidelines when they are in place. She is also looking forward to
her work with the RCIA program.
"I wish every cradle Catholic could go through that process," she said. "To feel the uniqueness and specialness to be Catholic is valuable as many people fail to see the beauty of Catholicism."
"The Diocese of Green Bay is extremely active and values its parishioners," she added. "I consider it a gift to be here. For people that have questions, I am here as a resource and for encouragement."
To contact Anissa Willkom call (920)437-7531, ext. 8301 or e-mail: