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Church of St. Philip Bulletin

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Fr. Joseph A. Steinbeisser

Phone:(320) 693-3313 x 101

On July 1, 2007 Fr. Joe was appointed Pastor of St. Philip's Church after serving 11 years as Pastor of the Church of St. Mary of Willmar, MN. Ordained on June 7, 1986 Fr. Joe served as an associate pastor at Holy Redeemer in Marshall, MN from 1986 to 1989. He was appointed Vocation Director for the Diocese of New Ulm in 1989 as well as Pastor of the Church of the Japanese Martyrs and the Church of St. Paul of Comfrey, MN until he was appointed pastor of St. Mary's in Willmar.

He attended St. John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St. Thomas from 1979 to 1982, graudating with his Bachelors degree in Communication. He earned his Masters of Divinity Degree at St. John's University, Collegeville, MN in May of 1986.

Fr. Joe was born in Olivia, Mn and has 4 sisters and 5 brothers and several nieces and nephews. He enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Fr. Brian
Associate Pastor

Phone:(320)693-3313 x 108 or (320)275-2915

Fr. Brian was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin. He is the third youngest of seven siblings. He has four brothers and two sisters. He has eight nieces and nephews. Being from the area of the state near Green Bay, Fr. Brian is a tried and true Green Bay Packers fan.

Fr. Brian attended St. John Vianney College Seminary at the College of St. Thomas and graduated in 1987 with a Bachelors of Arts in History, then received a Masters of Divinity Degree from St. John's Seminary Collegeville in 1991. He received certification in Spiritual Direction from The Institute of Priestly Formation in 2008 and completed the program Good Leaders, Good Shepherds in 2012.

Fr. Brian came to the Diocese of New Ulm about 20 years ago as a deacon. He served in Watkins for a year as a deacon, and then was ordained to the priesthood on May 28, 1994. Since then, he served in Marshall, Willmar, the area faith community in Tracy Walnut Grove and Milroy, then back to the area faith community of Willmar, Spicer, Kandiyohi and Lake Lillian, and now in this area.

Michelle Kramer

Phone:(320) 693-6283

My heart is in Catholic Schools. I grew up in Winsted and went to Holy Trinity Elementary and High School, did my undergraduate studies at St. Ben's/St. John's, and completed my master's degree with St. Mary's University while teaching at St. Croix Catholic School in Stillwater. There I taught middle school reading, writing, and math for 2 years and 5th grade for 3 years. I then married my husband Norb and moved to Watkins. I taught for 3 more years in 5th grade and then took a hiatus to be home with my kids. I spent last year teaching an online course for Concordia University and am now excited to join the wonderful staff of St. Philip School!

Brenda Grates
Parish Administrator

Phone:(320) 693-3313 x 100

Brenda Grates joined the Parish as the Parish Administrator in July 2010. Prior to joining St. Philip's she worked for 11 years at Faribault Foods in the Quality Assurance department.

Brenda will assist the Pastor and Parish Administrative Council with their role of adequately maintaining the financial well-being of the Parish. Responsible for all the administration of the parish facilities, employee salaries, benefits, insurance programs and operation of the parish offices. In addition to these responsibilities Brenda assists with the management of the parish cemeteries and maintains all sacramental records, oversees the parish website and the preparation and distribution of the weekly bulletin and the mailings.

Brenda is married and has 2 daughters. She enjoys spending time outdoors camping, gardening, fishing and mostly spending time with her family and friends.

Shelly Mendiola
Parish Catechetical Leader

Phone: (320) 693-3313 x 109

I am married to Carlos and we have 6 children - John, Matthew, Sarah, Anna, Elizabeth & Emily. I am a graduate of Dassel-Cokato High School and an alumna of the College of St. Scholastica, where I earned a BA in Religious Studies. After graduation I worked as a DRE for 5 years at the Church of St. Raphael in Duluth. I then moved to the Twin Cities and worked at the Church of St. Timothy in Blaine as the Senior High Confirmation Coordinator. In 2001, Carlos and I moved back "home" to raise our family. I was the DRE at St. John's in Darwin for 9 years before retiring to be a stay-at-home mom.

I love spending time with my family, reading, volunteering, chauffeuring my kids to all of their activities and watching basketball.

Karen Kulzer
Parish Catechetical Leader

Phone:(320) 693-3313 x 104

Karen Kulzer joined the parish staff in 2001 as coordinator for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. In 2003 Karen added Faith Formation Director for Preschool-5 Grade children to her job description. In 2012 she expanded her roll as Faith Formation Director for Preschool-11th grade.

Karen received her BA in Education from The College of St. Benedict in 1996. Karen taught religion at Holy Trinity High School in Winsted, MN before joining the Faith Formation Team at St. Philip's.

Karen is married to Gerard Kulzer. They have 5 children, who often take on the role of testers for new projects and ideas.

Karen enjoys many creative endeavors, especially painting and photography, but her favorite pastime is spending time with her family and friends.

Mary Roers
St. Philip's School Secretary

Phone:(320) 693-6283

Mary started at St. Philip School in August 2011. Prior to that she was assistant Teacher at Crackerjack Nursery School for the past 11 years. Born & raised in Litchfield - Member of St. Philip's all my life. Married to Bill Roers - we have two grown sons both attending St. John's University in Collegeville.

Dave Eischens

Phone:(320) 221-1045

Dave has been a member of St. Philip's Church for 16 years. He was born in New Jersey. His family later moved to Richmond, MN and Dave graduated from Rocori High School. He worked production and later maintenance for 16 years at Gold'n Plump Poultry.

Dave is married to Shelly Eischens. They have one daughter, Breanna, and one foster son who currently lives with them named Hunter.

In Dave's spare time, he enjoys bowling, Nascar racing, watching his brother dirt track race, and the MN Vikings.

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