Regular Office Hours: Monday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Tuesday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Wednesday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Thursday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Weekend availability
My name is Nancie Chmielewski and I am blessed to serve this great parish since the summer of 2006. I began as part of the Faith Formation Team with the primary responsibility of setting up and helping to direct our intergenerational faith formation program–GIFT (Generations in Faith Together). I also directed Child and Adult Formation. In 2013, I moved to all Adult Formation; in 2014, I moved into ministry as the parish pastoral associate. On April 28, 2017 Archbishop Listecki appointed me to serve this community as parish director to begin on June 20, 2017. The role of a parish director is not new to this archdiocese, but it is new to us. A parish director is a qualified lay person or permanent deacon who provides spiritual leadership and pastoral care to parishioners in lieu of a full-time pastor, and oversees the general operation of the parish much like a pastor would do. As the parish director, I will be present at two liturgies each weekend to greet and update the community on parish life. I will preside at some of our weekday Communion services, make pastoral visits to the homebound and ill, sit on the Pastoral and Finance Councils, and generally oversee parish life and needs. I shall continue to participate in GIFT as an adult presenter and as a member of the Core Team (which plans the GIFT program). I oversee RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) and adult confirmation, sexual/domestic violence awareness, and help lead the women’s retreat. I am also available for spiritual direction.
What qualifies me for this position of leadership? I am a certified spiritual director, and I have 22 years of professional ministry experience behind me. I have served the Church as a liturgist, a musician, a catechist, a formator of adults in many capacities, a retreat leader, and most recently as a pastoral associate. I earned my B.A. in 1979 from Mount Mary College, a M.A.P.S. degree from St. Francis Seminary in 2005, and a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Sacred Journey Spiritual Companioning Institute in 2014. From time to time I am asked to facilitate presentations on a variety of theological topics around the archdiocese.
On a personal note, I have been married to Tom since 1979. We have four adult children, two lovely daughter-in-laws, and two extraordinary grandsons and one incredible granddaughter! I am a seamstress, designer, weaver, textile artist, and beader as well as a singer/guitarist. I also really enjoy chocolate!! I hope that my myriad of interests and life joys will color the pastoral and spiritual guidance I am able to offer you.
I am excited to begin this new journey together. I will do my best, but I am completely certain there will be much to learn and a few bumps along the way. That is okay. We will be church together. I do, however, ask for your prayers!
Please stop by to chat. I want to assure you that my door is open!
I was ordained a deacon in 1975 and have an MA in Theology from Sacred Heart School of Theology. My ministry as a deacon has included service at Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Rita-West Allis, St. Alphonsus, St. John-South Milwaukee, the Archdiocesan Office of Communication and service as a Milwaukee County Jail chaplain. In my secular life, I served in various Human Resource positions at a major Milwaukee firm. I am blessed to have been married to Judy Monday since 1960, am the father of three adult children, the grandfather of twelve and now have two great grandchildren. Currently, I work closely with the pastor on a variety of pastoral issues, perform some administrative duties, and serve as a member of the parish staff. I minister to grieving families and assist or preside at funerals. I prepare couples for marriage and officiate at weddings, participate in the program of baptismal catechesis and officiate at baptisms. I also preach on a regular basis and preside at various prayer services. I provide spiritual guidance, pastoral counseling and mentoring as requested.
Updated 4 years ago.
Joe Kallenberger, Director of Administrative Services
This position is full-time, 40 hours per week. In support of the Pastor, I direct and coordinate the parish administrative needs in finance, administration, facilities, and technology.
In the area of finance my responsibilities include: preparing and administering the parish’s annual operating budget; maintaining financial files, records, and a cash management system; and overseeing the collection, counting, recording, and depositing of all parish revenues.
Administration is the next vital area of responsibility with duties including: managing employee compensation and benefits, and maintaining employee personnel records; directing the daily operation of the parish office and office staff; and overseeing the accuracy of parish membership and sacramental records.
With a parish as vibrant and as busy as ours, facility management is of the utmost importance in providing our ministries with appropriate accommodations. My responsibilities in this area include: coordinating the parish calendar and facility usage, ensuring that the space needs of the various users are met; negotiating contracts with suppliers, service providers and construction firms; and supervising the maintenance and custodial staff.
In this day and age, all of this work is made possible with the use of technology. It is also my responsibility to ensure that the staff and ministries have the appropriate technology available to them so they may minister as needed. I must also train users to adequately use the technology, troubleshoot any problems users or machines may have, and keep the machines in good, working order.
Of course, none of this could happen without the cooperation of and collaboration with all those I work with throughout the year. Weekly staff meetings, cluster meetings with St. Greg’s, and bi-monthly meetings with the BAAM group (Business Administrators of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee) are a source of wonderful information and inspiration.
The real work, though, is done with our parish committees and councils. I meet regularly with our Finance, Human Resources, and Building Committees to work through the details of carrying out these aspects of our parish life. I also meet monthly with our Finance Council to tie all this work together and make sure it can be pulled off.
I have been a member of Our Lady of Lourdes my entire life. In this time I was involved in our youth ministry programs and leadership, music ministry, drama ministry, and I served as the Trustee-Secretary for one year, until taking this position.
I received my undergraduate degree from UW-Madison in Art and Graphic Design. Though upon graduating, I did not pursue this as a career, but rather I took a position as the Director of Youth Ministry at St. Francis Borgia in Cedarburg. While working here I received a Certificate in Youth Ministry from the Center for Ministry Development in cooperation with Loyola University in Chicago and Alverno College here in Milwaukee. After six years in this position, having gone through a merger of two parishes, my interest turned to the administrative side of parish work. I took graduate courses at Cardinal Stritch University and received my MBA in 2005. It was shortly thereafter when I began my full-time work in this position. It has been challenging at times, but a very rewarding experience overall.
In addition to my responsibilities at the parish, I have also served on the Executive Committee for the Business Administrators of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee (B.A.A.M.) and the Board of Directors for the former TYME OUT Youth Center in Nashotah, WI.
Updated 3 years ago.
Fr. Bill Burkert, Assisting Priest
From 1961 to 1998, I was a student then a member of a religious community, the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity (commonly called Trinity Missions). The charism of this community is to collaborate as laity, religious and clergy in preserving the faith. In those 37 years I served in the Watts area of Los Angeles; a Puerto Rican Community in Ohio with culture and language studies in Puerto Rico; as the director of vocations in Silver Spring, MD; as staff member of Ministries Center for the Laity in Brooklyn, NY; and Trinity Ministries Center in Sterling, NJ.
In every assignment, I learned to work together with a diversity of races, socio-economic levels, cultures, denominations and types of people. I was given the chance to develop skills in public speaking, facilitation of groups, collaborating on retreat and parish missions. I came to believe that an inclusive community is essential to be Church.
In 1992, my dad became very frail and I came back to Racine to care for him. Since my ministries for years had demanded that I continually travel and not have a stable community, the chance to be a parish priest at St. Edward’s was an eye opening experience. I loved celebrating liturgy and becoming a member of a stable group of parishioners. When my dad died, I realized that being in a parish is what I needed. After a year’s sabbatical and a 3-year incardination process at St. John Vianney, Brookfield, I became an Archdiocesan priest.
My name is Taylor and I am blessed to be the Director of Youth Ministries at Our Lady of Lourdes. As the youth minister, I accompany the 7-12th grade youth on their faith journey. My responsibilities include developing, implementing, and evaluating service opportunities, retreats, and formation. Generations in Faith Together, or GIFT, is the core of our religious education program and allows the entire community to grow in our Catholic faith.
There are a variety of ways for youth and adults to get involved in this ministry. If you are a young person looking to get involved, a parent interested in formation opportunities for your child, or are an adult looking to serve as a catechist, please contact me or visit the youth ministry tab on the website!
I am part of the Faith Formation Team along with Nancie Chmielewski, Mary Osep, and Jenni Sladky. My primary responsibility is to co-coordinate and implement our whole community faith formation program – GIFT (Generations in Faith Together) with the rest of the Faith Formation Team. My specific duties include coordinating the preparation for the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, and Eucharist for the children and their parents of our parish. In addition I will be developing the curriculum for GIFT up through the fourth grade, and overseeing the Children’s Liturgy of the Word program.
My path to Lourdes has been circuitous. I started college as a forestry major, with the hope of being Smokey the Bear. Along the way, I worked at a residential treatment facility for at-risk youths, and a non-profit law firm for low-income clients. Eventually I went back to school for my teacher certification. I taught social studies at both the high school and middle school levels, and religion at the middle school level. It was when I started teaching middle school religion that I really learned about our faith in an in-depth way. I enjoyed connecting with students and facilitating their understanding of what it meant to be a follower of Christ. I tried to emphasize Catholic Social Teaching with my students, as that seemed to help them grasp how we need to live our faith. Additionally, my wife Rebecca & I presented at pre-marriage sessions for the Archdiocese for a few years.
I first experienced Our Lady of Lourdes in the early 1990’s during Lent, and I suggested to my wife that we investigate OLOL when we were looking for a new parish closer to our home. I mentioned that OLOL had moving liturgies when I attended. We immediately felt a sense of community here that we hadn’t at other parishes. Rebecca & I have two children, Tommy & Ryan, who were both baptized at OLOL, and Tommy received his First Eucharist this past April.
I had been exploring a change of direction in my career when I heard about the opportunity to work at Lourdes. The idea of working at OLOL with the GIFT program, which had been so helpful to me as a religious educator, felt like the Spirit calling me. The responsibility of helping to facilitate our community’s children’s understanding of our faith is truly a blessing.
Regular Office Hours: Monday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm Tuesday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm Wednesday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm Thursday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm Friday: By Appointment Saturday: By Appointment Sunday: By Appointment
Liturgy is “the work of the people” but it is my primary responsibility as the Director of Liturgical Ministries to oversee, guide and help prepare liturgies which both honor the traditions of the church and of this particular community, and create a sacred environment that fosters the involvement of everyone in the prayer of this faith community. This ongoing development of a common vision and philosophy of liturgy and church can only be done in collaboration with you, the community, the parish staff, liturgy team and the various committee and commission members.
This “work of the people” necessitates the involvement of many ministers, such as presiders, servers, lectors, usher-greeters, musicians, sacred movement ministers and sacristans, to name a few. So another major part of my ministry is recruitment. For me, the most rewarding part of my ministry is helping people discover their talents and skills and nurturing them within a particular ministry. In order for liturgy to be a rich and seamless experience of prayer, there needs to be on-going communication with and between all the various ministers. The liturgical life of a community is all-encompassing, and unlike other “programs” it really has no beginning and end as such. So communication exacts a good portion of my time on a daily basis.
I also oversee the development and formation of the Liturgy Committee, a group of amazing people who meet monthly to read and reflect on God’s Word, and then discerns the myriad ways to bring that Word to life in the liturgy.
Other aspects of this ministry include: working with the Director of Music Ministries, choosing music which supports and deepens the experience of the scripture and feasts; acting as a resource person and providing on-going training for various ministries; coordinating/preparing various ministry schedules; meeting with engaged couples to prepare their wedding liturgy; maintaining and managing a balanced liturgy budget; keeping necessary files, licenses and copyrights; purchasing liturgical supplies and coordinating the seasonal environmental preparation, including a yearly calendar and visual records.
In the end, this work would be overwhelming if not for the time, talent and faith of not only the Liturgy Committee and the staff, but of each and every one of you. And while the music, ritual plans, environment and homilies may be well planned and outstandingly executed, the most essential part of liturgy is within the hearts and energies of you, the faithful, who gather each week to be fed in word, song and ritual and support one another in faith so we may all be strengthened to live out that faith in our daily living.
It is a blessing to serve in such a dynamic, hospitable community, where Music Ministry is beloved, and everyone sings! Our repertoire is varied, ranging from contemporary praise, to Spirituals, to traditional hymns. It is not uncommon to hear parishioners clapping to the beat, praying through gesture, and singing in various languages. Music choices are born out of the scriptures for the day, and we incorporate liturgical movement, drama, and media to help the Word of God take deeper root in our hearts. We are blessed with many generous Youth and Adults who share their gifts as Choir Singers, Cantors, Instrumentalists, and Support Staff in Music Ministry. To learn more, please contact me.
“When you discover and use your gifts for the good of those you love and have chosen to serve, your life takes on beauty. It inspires others. It points toward God.” -Tom Patterson
Updated 3 months ago.
Wanda Nye, Parish Nurse
Parish NurseIn Partnership with Aurora Health Care.
Regular Office Hours at St. Matthias: Wednesday: 12:15 pm-5:00 pm Thursday: 6:30 am-2:00 pm
I am usually at the parishes on the third weekend of the month.
I have been a registered nurse since 1977 and I have worked in many different areas. I have worked as a parish nurse for 11 years. I am married. You may see my husband, Lowell, at some events. He is a PNA, parish nurse assistant, when needed, to help me in my ministry. We have one son who is married and 2 grandchildren. They are all a blessing. I have a combined parish nurse ministry. I work in combination with OLOL and St Matthias. Our Health and Wellness Ministry offers programs at both sites. I am part of the Health and Wellness Ministry, a group of health professionals from both parishes. We meet every other month to plan for health and wellness opportunities for the parishioners. In my role as your parish nurse I do individual health teaching, referrals, finding resources in the community, and coordinate volunteers for the many different activities. We want to promote health in body, mind and spirit.
Our Health and Wellness Ministry offers:
Monthly blood pressure screenings (I am available for individual Blood Pressure checking. Just call me to set up a time.) A grief group several times per year Home visits Living well with chronic disease class Depression class Heart health class Cancer support group
We have a different monthly health or wellness topic. You will find articles and resources in the bulletin, website, or Facebook.
Please feel free to call me. I would love to talk with you and help you in your journey of health and wellness.
Blessings to all of you.
Updated 1 year ago.
Marc Puechner, Director of Communications and Technology Integration
Director of Communications and Technology Integration
My role in the parish is to take care of all aspects of communication be it through print or technology. In this era, technology is the preferred medium for many people to communicate, so a major part of my job is to keep Our Lady of Lourdes up to speed with these methods; however, keeping in mind that there are many parishioners who favor more traditional forms of communication and continuing to use those means of passing on information as well.
I have been a member of Our Lady of Lourdes my whole life. I am very excited to be sharing my skills with the parish that has been such an integral part of shaping who I am and my relationship with God.
I earned my Master’s degree in Religious Studies from Cardinal Stritch University in 2005. I have over 25 years working and volunteering experience in Catholic youth ministry, liturgy planning, and music ministry. Part of my ministry profession was working for a non-profit organization, the TYME OUT Youth Ministry and Retreat Center in Nashotah, WI, for 8 years. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Law Studies from Marquette University in 1992 which provides me a prospective into understanding ethics and safety in regards to technology.
In addition, I have a certificate in Project Management from Cardinal Stritch University. I have also earned a certificate in Web Design from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and completed the Advanced Courses in Internet Marketing from the eMarketing Association.
As the Ministry Associate here at the OLOL office, I am the heart and soul connector for our parishioners and our staff. Under the new reorganization of the office, my position balances tasks in two different areas.
Initial contact for Baptism, Marriage, and Funeral preparation
Record Sacramental events in Parish registers
Archdiocesan notification of membership changes
Recruit, train and coordinate schedules for the many Volunteers who assist in stewardship mailings, orders of worship preparation, funeral ministries, and staffing the office after hours.
Manage the after-hours phone system
Formation Ministry Responsibilities
Generations in Faith Together (GIFT) Program—Prepare registrations, promotional information and service booklets, and record fee collections for our Formation programs.
Assist in Sacramental Preparation for First Eucharist and Confirmation by attending orientation sessions, some retreat days, and facilitating reception celebrations.
Regular Office Hours: Monday: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Thursday: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
I assist with various functions needed for the administration of the parish related to stewardship. My responsibilities include managing the contribution records for all parishioners, coordinating the weekly deposits of stewardship gifts and other monies received by the parish, bookkeeping, assisting with parish payables, and maintaining payable records, all to ensure financial security.
I have been in this position for the last fifteen years. This position is full-time and requires me to be here 40 hours per week, though I often find myself putting in overtime. My responsibilities are varied and require a vast amount of technical knowledge. I can be found simply changing lightbulbs around the building, cleaning up spills, or repairing furniture. You may also find me repairing plumbing in the restrooms, repairing equipment in the kitchen, or outside mowing the lawn and tending to our gardens. Of course, there is also work that you may not actually see me doing, on some of the equipment in our basement or on the roof. I clean, repair and operate our boiler to keep our facilities warm in the cold months, and maintain our air conditioners to keep everyone cool in Summer.
Some other tasks I perform, include ordering paper products for all of our groups functions, and the necessary supplies for our kitchen, custodial staff, and maintenance needs; wiring our building for phone and internet as needs change; and contacting vendors for more complex repairs on our facilities. Some of my work requires late hours, as I may need to turn off the water or power to the building to perform some tasks, without interrupting our staff or group functions.
I am in constant communication with parish groups and the staff to be sure everything is working properly and meeting their needs. I meet most regularly with Joe Kallenberger, our Director of Administrative Services, to discuss what needs to be done and how best to facilitate completion of projects. I also meet monthly with our Buildings & Grounds Committee to review major projects; determining project scope, setting timelines, and selecting vendors.
Updated 1 year ago.
Paul Kuenzi, Custodian
Paul is our full-time Custodian. His position is primarily responsible for providing janitorial services for the parish. Sets up, takes down and provides cleaning services for parish activities within facility. Paul works primarily 2nd shift, with frequent evening and occasional weekend hours.
Updated 4 years ago.
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