The Basilica of Saint Mary
Parish Council 2012-2013

Jill_Ahern

JILL AHERN
At Large REPRESENTATIVE
PARISH COUNCIL VICE CHAIR
PARISHIONER SINCE 2009

Serves as a St.Vincent de Paul Meal Team Leader, as Co-Chair of the Basilica’s Strategic Planning Initiative.  Shared strategic planning expertise with the St. Vincent de Paul Leadership Team and Development Committee.  Business consultant for Promentium. Contact Jill

Kathy Andrus

KATHY ANDRUS
CHRISTIAN LIFE REPRESENTATIVE
PARISHIONER SINCE 2006

Drawn to the Basilica’s diverse community, welcoming environment and strong presence in the city.  Serves on Downtown Congregations Ending Homelessness (DCEH) Interfaith Team and Steering Committee; Member of Voices for Justice, Docent, former co-chair of the Local Stewardship initiative.  Consultant after a career in the Human Resources and Career Management business.   Contact Kathy

FR. JOHN BAUER
PASTOR SINCE 2007

Serves on the Parish Council, Finance Committee, Stewardship Council and as a member of The Basilica Landmark Board.  Led the successful merger of 3 parishes (St. Therese, St. Gregory, St. Leo) to become the new Lumen Christi in St. Paul, and completed their major building expansion.  Former Pastor of St. Therese, Deephaven and Associate at St. Patrick’s in Edina.  Contact Fr. Bauer

Anne_Lockner_Bernat

ANNE LOCKNER BERNAT
TRUSTEE SINCE 2010
PARISHIONER SINCE 2000

Basilica Landmark Board member; Finance Committee member, Eucharistic Minister, Former Parish Council Chair and Christian Life Representative; fomer St. Vincent de Paul volunteer, Pathways facilitator, Just Faith.  Partner and Chair of the ProBono Committee at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP.  Contact Anne

Delia_Bujold

DELIA BUJOLD
TRUSTEE SINCE 2006
PARISHIONER SINCE 1996

Basilica Landmark Board member and Governance Committee member, Strategic Planning Co-Chair, Finance Committee member, Budget Committee, Eucharistic Minister, former Liturgy Environment Committee, former Grief Coalition member, volunteer for numerous development events.  Retired from a family counseling practice. Contact Delia

Chip Brink

CHARLES P. (CHIP) BRINK
LITURGY AND SACRED ARTS REPRESENTATIVE
PARISH COUNCIL CHAIR
PARISHIONER SINCE 1984

Values the blending of Catholic traditions with a welcoming manner and modern message of inclusion for all. Member of the Stewardship Council, Personal Stewardship Team, Budget Committee, former member of Stewardship of Gifts Team, Team leader of Lector Ministry, Eucharistic Minister.  Business lawyer in Brink & Brink Ltd.  Served on numerous for profit and non-profit boards.  Contact Chip

Paul_Herb

PAUL HERB
LEARNING REPRESENTATIVE
PARISHIONER SINCE 2011

Learning has been a common thread in Paul’s experiences at The Basilica.  Acolyte, Eucharist Minister, RCIA sponsor and team leader.  Career intersections of art, healthcare, and education, he has worked as a lifelong artist, professional massage therapy teacher and in many other roles.  Veteran of the US Air Force / Air National Guard. Contact Paul

Anne Jaeger

ANNE JAEGER
CHRISTIAN LIFE REPRESENTATIVE
PARISHIONER SINCE 2003

Believes people grow best when they are in action and engaged on multiple levels emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually.  Co-chair of Ecological Stewardship Team, Blessing of the Bicycles, Justice Ministry Leader, frequent volunteer providing event support .  Previously Anne served as a Just Faith Facilitator and member of Pax Cum Terra.  Contact Anne

Steve_Kattke

STEVE KATTKE
FINANCE COMMITTEE APPOINTEE
PARISHIONER SINCE 2000

Serves as liaison between the Finance Committee and Parish Council.  Member of Finance Committee, Budget Committee, St.. Vincent De Paul (SVdP) Leadership Team, SVdP Finance Sub-committee, Planned Giving Committee.  Lector, Basilica Block Party volunteer, previous volunteer in the SVdP Pathways and Hopemakers.  Financial Advisor for Traditional Wealth Management.  Contact Steve

Kathly_Noecker

KATHY NOECKER
LEARNING REPRESENTATIVE
PARISHIONER SINCE 2005

Drawn by the parish’s commitment to quality liturgy, hospitality, life long learning and social justice.  Sought to engage her 4 children in choirs, music groups and religious education.  Serves as a Sunday evening youth program volunteer.  Attorney and Partner with Faegre, Baker and Daniels and advises employers on workplace laws affecting businesses.  Contact Kathy

Janet_Niska

JANET NISKA
DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE APPOINTEE
PARISHIONER SINCE 1994

Serves as liaison between the Development Committee and the Parish Council.  Volunteers after Mass at the Information Desk, past RCIA Sponsor, has served in many capacities as a Basilica Block Party Volunteer, past volunteer in the Pathways and Hopemakers ministries through St. Vincent de Paul.  Works in private banking at Wells Fargo. Contact Janet

Tom Paul

TOM PAUL
LITURGY AND SACRED ARTS REPRESENTATIVE
PARISHIONER SINCE 1993

Came in search of a place to worship, found a welcoming community connected through liturgy.  Cathedral Choir member, former Choir Personnel Manager, Eucharistic Minister, College degree in the field of Pharmacy.  Works in healthcare at United Health Group specializing serving Medicare eligible individuals.  Contact Tom

Deb_Pekarek

DEBORAH PEKAREK
AT LARGE REPRESENTATIVE
PARISHIONER SINCE 1995

Shares her gift of understanding needs, taking the time, thought and skill to follow through fully.  Eucharistic Minister, former Block Party Co-chair, former Stewardship Council member.  Supports the Children’s Choir, volunteered for Centennial Capital Campaign and Masqueray Ball.  Her husband is a docent and her children sing in the choirs. Contact Deb

Becca_Vandenberg

REBECCA VANDENBERG
LEARNING REPRESENTATIVE
PARISHIONER SINCE 2005

Joined the parish after moving to the Twin Cities for law school at the University of St. Thomas.  Serves as a volunteer catechist in the Youth Learning Program, Eucharistic Minister, and as a Shoe Ministry volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul Outreach.  Active in The Basilica Young Adult group.  Contact Becca