Our Team

Father Dennis Ryan : Pastor

Father Dennis Ryan

Pastor

Father Dennis has led the St. Bernard Parish community as pastor since 2005.  Ordained in in 1974, Father Dennis has served as an associate pastor at St. Therese, Appleton and St. Francis X. Cathedral, Green Bay as well as pastor of St. Mary Parish, Stockbridge, and St. Nicholas Parish, Freedom.

Born in Green Bay, Father Dennis is a twin and one of 7 children.  He attended St. Patrick Grade School , Green Bay West High School, and St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee.

When he isn't saying Mass, ministering to sick, listening to confessions, planning a funeral, meeting with new parishioners, sitting on various parish and diocese boards, and guiding his staff, you will most likely find him reading many different kinds of literature, enjoying sports (especially the Packers!), playing cards and going to his friend’s cottage.

To speak to Father Dennis or to schedule a personal appointment call 920-739-0331 or email                                                               dryan@stbernardappleton.org.

Mike Eash : Deacon

Mike Eash

Deacon

Deacon Mike has been serving in his current role at St. Bernard Parish since 2010.  Mike works full-time job at a paper and film converter in the area in addition to his responsibilities in the parish, leading RCIA, coordinating Catholic liturgy at the prison in Oshkosh, Co-leading That Man is You, and weekly hospital visitations to the sick.

Mike and his wife, Lisa were married at St. Bernard's in 2000 and have been active in the community ever since.  In their spare time Mike and Lisa enjoy taking care of their home (they especially love spending time in their sun room that overlooks a small pond) and hanging out with their two cats, Gus and Martini.  Recently, Mike has taken up kayaking and loves spending time on the water.  He is also, in his second year of grad school at St. Norbert's College in pursuit of a Master of Theological Study degree.

"My hope for St. Bernard's is that it becomes known as a place that changes hearts towards God."

If you are interested in speaking to Deacon Mike, he can be reached at meash@stbernardappleton.org.

Barb Hoffman : Bookkeeper

Barb Hoffman

Bookkeeper

Barb began serving the Parish as the part-time Bookkeeper in 2008, after having retired as an Enrolled Actuary specializing in retirement benefits and record keeping.

According to Barb, "Simply put, I pay the bills and pay the people. I also prepare financial reports and am blessed to work with our collection counters. I especially enjoy assisting other staff members with special projects and data work."

In addition to serving in various aspects of ministry including being a Eucharistic minister and lector, Barb also enjoys volunteering, especially at the hospital and preparing meals for those in need.

While Barb loves her parish and her community, nothing is more enjoyable than her role as "Grammy."  "I love spending time with family (especially as “Grammy”) and enjoy cooking, baking, reading, playing cards, building puzzles, and camping."

Barb's hope for the Parish is that we continue to reach out to others, truly being the hands and feet of Christ to those around us; May everyone feel invited, welcome, and accepted at St. Bernard Parish!

If you would like to speak with Barb, she can be reached at bhoffman@stbernardappleton.org or 920-739-0331.

Deb Holzem : Elementary Coordinator

Deb Holzem

Elementary Coordinator

Deb has been Elementary Coordinator for St. Bernard Parish since 2015. Her job responsibilities include coordination of kindergarten through grade six Wednesday faith formation classes, family nights, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, as well as assisting with first Sacraments preparation.

Deb is married and has three children ages 15, 19 and 25 and a four-legged child who goes by the name of Wendy.  She grew up in Wausau and attended UW-Madison for a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Over the years she has picked up a variety of graduate credits and is currently in the Emmaus Program through the diocese studying theology. Deb and her family enjoy traveling, hiking, and camping together and when not out on adventures you can find Deb curling up with her favorite book or composing in her journal.

"I am passionate about Jesus and children and am privileged to be able to bring the two of them together in my work.  My hope for St. Bernard Parish is to grow disciples from grandparents to parents, and children. I hope everyone who walks through our doors will say, “These people are full of living water!”"

Have a question about Faith Formation?  Deb is your gal!  She can be reached at 920-739-8912 or dholzem@stbernardappleton.org.

Cathy Kulibert : Care Minister

Cathy Kulibert

Care Minister

Cathy joined the St. Bernards staff in 2017 and is responsible for coordinating care ministries to local hospitals, nursing homes and homebound parishioners.  In addition Cathy manages the annual Parish Memorial service as well as the annual Miscarriage Memorial service.

Cathy is married to her husband, Jeff, and has four grown children and five grandchildren.  In addition to her Care Ministry role she also holds a degree in Nursing from Fox Valley Technical College and works at St. Paul's Elder Services on a casual basis.

In her free time you can find Cathy reading, walking, gardening, or spending time with her growing family!

Cathy's hope for St. Bernard is that we continue to expand our service ministries throughout the parish and community and grow together as a parish family serving others in need.

If you'd like to speak to Cathy she can be reached at 920-739-0331 or ckulibert@stbernardappleton.org .

Kara Main : Evangelization Coordinator

Kara Main

Evangelization Coordinator

Kara has been the Evangelization Coordinator at St. Bernard parish since fall of 2015. She is currently enrolled in the Emmaus Program through the Diocese of Green Bay and Silver Lake College pursuing certification in Pastoral Ministry.  Kara resides in Appleton with her husband Rob, their daughter Madie, and chocolate lab Remmy.  In her free time Kara enjoys cooking, morning walks and being a personal taxi service running to practices, performances and school.

Got questions about evangelization, discipleship or fun church events?  Give Kara a call at 920-739-0331 or email kmain@stbernardappleton.org.

Maurine Overesch : Director of Faith Formation

Maurine Overesch

Director of Faith Formation

Maurine has been the Director of Faith Formation at St. Bernard parish for seven seasons and has been blessed to be in ministry within the Diocese of Green Bay for fifteen years. One of her greatest joys and desires is sharing her faith through mentoring children and youth.  Watching them grow in their love of Jesus and walking beside families as they raise precious disciples and grow in faith as a family, brings her so much  joy and peace.

Within her role as Director of Faith Formation, Maurine is responsible for involving relational ministry, administering sacramental programs, writing and implementing lesson plans, training catechists, overseeing family programs and two weekly Faith Formation class times, coordinating service components within the program and youth ministry gatherings and opportunities such as retreats, mission trips, etc.

Maurine received an undergraduate degree in Sociology, has completed all core classes towards her Masters of Theology at St. Norbert College and is a Commissioned Minister in the Diocese of Green Bay for Religious Education.

In addition to sharing her faith Maurine also finds great joy in her personal relationship with the Lord and her wonderful husband John.  In their free time, Maurine and John enjoy traveling, volunteering, hanging out with friends & family, fishing and of course going on mission!

Maurine's hope for St. Bernard’s is that we continue to grow in our knowledge and relationship with the Lord and filled with the power of the Eucharist, passionately and joyfully share our love of God with those he places in the everydayness  of our lives.

If you'd like to get a hold of Maurine she can be reached at 920-739-8912 or moveresch@stbernardappleton.org.

 

Jim Piette : Maintenance Supervisor

Jim Piette

Maintenance Supervisor

Jim has been a member of St. Bernard Parish since 1966 and has been employed by the parish since 1999.  His commitment to the parish runs deep.  He remembers as a junior in high school setting up chairs in the Xavier High School gym and cafeteria for weekly Sunday masses well before the parish building was constructed.

Prior to serving at St. Bernards Jim had many roles including student, US Army soldier, painter and owner of Piette Painting & Sandblasting which he co-owned with his father.

Jim and his wife Jean were married at St. Bernard's in 1973 and have two grown children and three grandchildren who are the "apples of his eye".

Today you can find Jim constantly caring for God's house.  Whether he is mowing the lawn, coordinating the church renovation, setting up meeting rooms or working with parishioners, Jim always has a friendly smile and "hello" for those he encounters.

Maury Reed : Deacon - Retired

Maury Reed

Deacon - Retired

Deacon Maury was ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Green Bay on May 16, 1981. In 1987 he was appointed Vicar for Deacons in the diocese and in 1988 was appointed Director the the Diaconate.

Prior to serving at St. Bernard parish, Maury had a illustrious career. First as a Director of Proposal & Contracts in the Industrial Engineering field, then as a Field Sales Manager and finally as an Attorney-in-fact for a bonding company. In 1974 he decided to venture out and become an entrepreneur starting three businesses of his own. 10 years later, he liquidated the businesses to join the staff at St. Bernards where he served as Liturgist and then Care Minister.

Maury has served on many boards and committees including President of the National Association of Deacon Directors, the Appleton Area Ecumenical Network, founding board member of Leaven and a field advocate for the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal.

In his free time Maury enjoys golfing, music (he's a drummer in his own band!), camping and traveling. And...you also might see him doing Zumba a few times a week too!

Maury and his wife of 62 years, Janice, have nine children (five boys and four girls), 32 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Now that's one BIG family!

Dr. Colleen Sargent-Day : Minister of Administration

Dr. Colleen Sargent-Day

Minister of Administration

Colleen has served the St. Bernard community since 2006, primarily responsible for the Pastoral and Business Administration of the parish.  In addition to her pastoral/administrative responsibilities, she also runs Adult Education, developing ways for adults to grow in their faith through Bible studies, small groups studies, speaker engagements, and Living Your Strengths workshops.

Colleen holds a National Certification in Church Administration, as well as a Masters in Business, a Masters in Theology and a Doctorate in Ministry.

When not at St. Bernards, you can find Colleen swimming at the pool, reading her next great book or solving the latest sudoko puzzles.   She and her husband, John, have two grown daughters and a rescued, four-legged friend name Calleigh who brings fun and surprises to their life on a daily basis.

"My hope for St. Bernard parish is that Jesus becomes the greatest influence in our lives."

Colleen can be reached at 920-739-0331 or csargent@stbernardappleton.org.

Edna Ulrich : Parish Secretary

Edna Ulrich

Parish Secretary

Edna has held the role of Parish Secretary since May 2016. Her responsibility is to keep things running as smoothly as possible in the office.  You will usually find her handling the volunteer receptionist and bulletin stuffer schedules, keeping sacramental records up to date, office supplies in stock, managing incoming email, distributing postal mail and packages, scheduling mass intentions, answering the phone, or helping out where ever she is needed.

Prior to joining the staff here at St. Bernard, Edna worked as a customer sales and service representative for a communications company for 25 years.  After retiring and enjoying the life of leisure for about a month she realized that she needed something to keep her busier than she needed to be. Edna has been married to Tim for 11 years and has a daughter that is officially a teenager.  When the weather is nice, she enjoys gardening (yes growing weeds count), camping, traveling and fishing (still trying to get that trophy musky & sturgeon).  When the weather is not so nice Edna is often curled up under a blanket with a book reading or just sleeping with a book atop her face. She also enjoys baking, cooking or trying a new craft when time permits.  Edna hopes to learn to knit and sew something that you can actually wear for something other than as a Halloween costume someday or learn to play an instrument.

Edna and her family started attending St. Bernard about a year before starting the RCIA program in the fall of 2015.  "I am still getting to know those that I have met and am looking forward to meeting so many more of you. I am generally a quiet person and I always to try to greet others with a smile and a helpful spirit. I still have much to learn in my faith and ask that you be patient as I seek answers to questions and a better understanding."

"My hope for our parish is that we continue to nurture and grow our relationship with each other and with Jesus. I hope to see our congregation grow, of course, but I want to see us be more loving and welcoming. I want to see our children be more active. We need to get them involved and give them a chance to live their God given strengths to praise Him while they are young so that that knowledge and experience will go with them throughout life. I pray for my church family and for our church renovation project."

If you have any questions Edna is the diva who can help!  Just give her a call at 920-739-0331 or email at eulrich@stbernardappleton.org.

 

Rhonda Uschan : Director of Music

Rhonda Uschan

Director of Music

Rhonda has been a member of St. Bernard Parish since 1984 and has been on staff in her current position since 2007.

Some may say she talks funny, that’s because she comes from the beautiful state of Kentucky, but has lived in Wisconsin since 1981.

Rhonda holds a Bachelors degree in Music as well as a Masters degree in Administration.

In 2003 her love for the liturgy drew her to the Commissioned Ministry Program through the Green Bay Diocese.  After 3 years of college coursework through Silver Lake College, she was commissioned in the area of Liturgy and also completed coursework in the Pastoral Ministry area.  It was then that she knew she wanted to be part of a parish community that had a love for the liturgy and good liturgical music.  "I wanted to use my knowledge, gifts, talents and abilities to help others have a better understanding of the liturgy."

In her current position, Rhonda is responsible for the leadership in planning, execution and celebration of all parish liturgies, and coordination of lay liturgical ministers.  In addition she is also responsible for leadership in the areas of liturgical music and audio and visual technology.

"It is my hope for St. Bernard that when people come to Mass, they feel alive, they feel nourished and most importantly they feel welcomed and know that they are part of a great community of believers and Disciples of Christ."

To get in touch with Rhonda please call 920-739-0331 or email ruschan@stbernardappleton.org.

 

Joe Vang : Deacon

Joe Vang

Deacon