Fr. David Ambrosy is pastor of Queen of Peace Parish. Fr. David was born in Dubuque and raised in St. Lawrence Parish in rural Dubuque County. He attended Andrew High School and received his BA degree in Business Administration from Loras College and his Masters of Divinity from Mount Saint Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Dubuque in 1985. Following ordination Fr. David served as an associate pastor at parishes in Cresco, Marion, Postville/Clermont, Anamosa, Decorah/Bluffton/Plymouth Rock and Dubuque. He served in Campus Ministry at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids from 1998-2002, as sacramental priest at St. John Parish in Mt. Vernon and St. Isidore Parish in Springville from 2002 to 2006 and as sacramental priest at St. Mary Parish in Vinton, St. Mary Parish in Urbana and Sacred Heart Parish in Walker from 2006 to 2010, and St. Pius Parish in Cedar Rapids from 2010 to 2013. He served as chaplain at St. Luke Hospital in Cedar Rapids from 1998 to 2013 and at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids from 2006 to 2013. He served on the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council from 1991 to 1994 and on the Priests' Council from 1991-94, 2008-2012. He was appointed pastor of Queen of Peace Parish, Waterloo in 2013. (07.13)
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Fr. Scott Bullock is pastor of St. Edward Parish. Fr. Bullock was born in Royal Oak Michigan in 1963. He graduated from the General Motors Institute with a BS in Industrial Engineering in 1985, after which he came to Iowa to attend Iowa State University. He received a Bachelor’s of Sacred Theology degree from the Gregorian University in Rome in 1990 and a License of Canon Law from the Catholic University of America in 1997. He has served as Associate Pastor at St. Matthew Parish in Cedar Rapids, St. Edward Parish in Waterloo, and parishes in St. Catherine, St. Donatus and Bellevue. He served as Pastor of the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque and rector of St. Pius X Seminary at Loras College from 2011-2014. He also serves as Judicial Vicar for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Fr. Bullock was appointed Pastor of St. Edward Parish and pastoral coordinator of Cedar Valley Catholic Schools in July 2014. In his spare time, he enjoys reading literature, riding his bike long-distance, and watching classic movies.
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Bev Byford is former director of faith formation for Queen of Peace Parish in Waterloo. Bev grew up in Waterloo and attended Sacred Heart Grade and High School. She has a BA degree and Masters degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Northern Iowa where she served as adjunct professor of Language and Literature from 1990 to 1993. Bev served as Director of Faith Formation for St. Mary Parish for eight years and Director of Faith Formation for Queen of Peace Parish for 12 years. She retired in the spring of 2014. Bev has served for many years as secretary for Waterloo Diocore and the Waterloo Pastoral Leaders and as the faith directors' representative on the Cedar Valley Catholic School Board. She currently coordinates the Catholic Readers Book Club and serves as an instructor in the Rites of Christian Initiation and Reception of Adults and in the Baptism preparation program in the Waterloo parishes. Bev is the parent of four adult children, 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She is a member of Queen of Peace Parish, where she serves on the Liturgy Committee and assists with the worship environment. (09.14)
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Dave Cushing is director of adult faith formation for the Catholic Parishes in Waterloo. Dave grew up in Dubuque and attended Sacred Heart Grade School and Wahlert High School. He has BA degrees in History and Sociology from Loras College and a Masters of Divinity degree from St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana. Since 1981 Dave has served in full-time parish ministry as director of faith formation and education at St. John Parish, Waterloo; St. Nicholas Parish, Evansdale; Queen of Peace Parish, Waterloo and St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center, Cedar Falls and as pastoral associate for adult formation at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Waterloo. He was appointed director of adult faith formation for the Waterloo parishes in 2006. Dave has over 800 hours in continuing education, including participation in Illuminare, a formation program for lay ecclesial ministers, and the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. Dave is a presenter in the Archdiocese's Lay Formation program and a member of the Lay Formation Board. He also currently serves on the Archdiocesan Faith Formation Commission and the Evangelization Committee for the Archdiocese's 175th Anniversary. He writes a bi-weekly column, "Faith Leaders' Corner," for the Archdiocese's Office of Education. Dave and his wife Mary Lou are parents of two young adult children. They are members of Queen of Peace Parish. (01.11)
Barb Duggan is director of faith formation for Blessed Sacrament Parish in Waterloo. Barb grew up in Waterloo and attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and Columbus High School. She has a BA degree in Vocational Home Economics from UNI and a Masters Degree in Theology and Pastoral Studies from Loras College. She has been employed as a home economics teacher at Columbus, a customer service advisor for Cedar Falls Utilities and an adult education instructor at Hawkeye Community College. She served as Marketing Director for Cedar Valley Catholic Education from 1990 to 1999 and was appointed director of faith formation at Blessed Sacrament Parish in 1999. Barb's continuing education includes participation in Illuminare, a formation program for Lay Ecclesial Ministers, and training for Generations of Faith and Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. She is a member of the National Conference of Catechetical Directors and the National Association of Parish Catechetical Leaders. Barb has served on the Archdiocesan Stewardship Committee, and the planning committee for Pentecost 2000. She has also served as chair of Waterloo Diocore and as the faith formation directors' representative on the Cedar Valley Catholic School Board. Barb and her husband Dan are parents of two adult children. (10.10)
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Sr. Michael Galles OSF is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Family in Dubuque. A native of Kingsley, Iowa, she entered the Franciscan community in 1954 and made her final vows in 1960. She received her BA and MS degrees in Biology at Briar Cliff and her MA in Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She did post graduate studies at Creighton University in Omaha, the University of Portland, Boston College and at Maryknoll. Sister Michaela taught in Catholic grade school in Chicago and Catholic high schools in Dubuque, Cascade, Sioux City, Larchwood and Pocahontas, Iowa. She served in parish faith formation ministries in Anthon, Oto, Moville, Holstein, Cherokee and Boone, Iowa. She established a religious education program and was involved in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City and taught in the Diocese of Sioux City’s Church Ministry formation program. She taught on the faculty of Briar Cliff for 28 years before retiring in 2010. Sr. Michaela presently lives in Waterloo and is involved in various ministries for the Sisters of St. Francis.
Fr. Louis Jaeger is pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Waterloo. Fr. Jaeger grew up in Edgewood, Iowa, where he attended a public grade school and private high school. He has a BA degree in History and minors in Philosophy and Latin from Loras College in Dubuque. He has a Masters of Divinity from St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana, a Masters in Education from Boston College, and a certificate in teaching and administration from Clarke College in Dubuque. Fr. Jaeger was ordained to the priesthood in 1973. Since ordination he has served as associate pastor at parishes in Manchester, Dubuque and Cedar Rapids and as pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Winthrop; St. Francis Parish, Barclay; St. Joseph Parish, Raymond; St. Patrick Parish, Epworth; St. Henry Parish, Marshalltown and Immaculate Conception Parish, Haverhill. He was appointed pastor of Sacred Heart in 2006. Fr. Jaeger has served on the faculty of St. Paul's School of Religion, Manchester; Wahlert High School, Dubuque; LaSalle and Regis High Schools, Cedar Rapids; as principal of St. John High School, Independence and as assistant principal, spiritual director and teacher at Don Bosco High School, Gilbertville. He has served as Dean of the Dyersville Deanery and on the Archdiocesan Priests' Council, the Priestly Life and Ministry Committee, the Seminary Review Board and various Archdiocesan task forces. He has been a presenter for World Wide Marriage Encounter for 15 years. Fr. Jaeger currently serves on the Board of American Martyrs Retreat House and the Board of the Archdiocese's Lay Formation program. He is also Pastoral Coordinator for Cedar Valley Catholic Schools. (10.10)
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Pam Johnston is director of faith formation for Sacred Heart Parish in Waterloo. Pam grew up in Waterloo and attended St. Mary Grade School and Columbus High School. She studied Marketing at the University of Northern Iowa completed a certificate program in Religious Studies and Theology from Loyola University in New Orleans. She was employed as a manager and buyer for women's specialty shops before becoming a resource aide in the Sacred Heart School Learning Center. She was appointed Director of Faith Formation at Sacred Heart in 1989. Pam's continuing education includes participation in Illuminare, a formation program for lay ecclesial ministers, the North American Forum for the Catechumenate, various diocesan and national conferences, and professional development opportunities sponsored by the Archdiocese of Dubuque. She is a member of the National Conference of Catechetical Directors and the National Association of Parish Catechetical Leaders. She serves on the Archdiocese's Church Design and Renovation Commission and has served for many years as chair of Waterloo Diocore. She is currently the Executive Officer of the Waterloo Catholic Faith Formation Commission and the chair of the Waterloo Pastoral Leaders. Pam and her husband Don are parents of two adult children and four grandchildren. They are members of Sacred Heart Parish, where Pam also chairs the Liturgy Committee, directs a youth choir and is a music minister. (10.10)
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Fr. Jerry Kopacek is pastor of St. Edward Parish in Waterloo. Fr. Kopacek grew up and attended public schools in Britt, Iowa. He has a BA in political science and history from Iowa State University and a law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. He practiced law in Des Moines for four years after graduating from law school. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree from St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore and was ordained to the priesthood in 1988. Fr. Kopacek has served on the faculty at Beckman High School, Dyersville and Newman High School, Mason City. He served as associate pastor at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville; St. Joseph Parish, Mason City and St. Joseph Parish, Marion. He has served as pastor of St. James Parish, Forest City; St. Patrick Parish, Lake Mills; St. Patrick Parish, Buffalo Center; St. Mary Parish, Marshalltown; and St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville. He served as pastor of St. Edward Parish, Waterloo from 1999 to 2004 and was reappointed pastor of St. Edward in 2006. Fr. Kopacek has served on the Archdiocesan Due Process Board, the Advisory Committee for Persons with Special Needs, the Seminary Advisory Board, St. Raphael Priest Fund Society Board, Priestly Life and Ministry Committee, Archdiocesan Priests Council and Archdiocesan Review Board. He currently serves as dean for the Waterloo deanery and pastoral coordinator for Cedar Valley Catholic Schools. (12.12)
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Fr. Thomas McDermott is pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Waterloo. He grew up in rural Dubuque County where his family attended St. John the Evangelist Parish at Placid. He attended grade school in the Seton Catholic System and Beckman High School in Dyersville. He studied farm operations at Iowa State University and farmed on his grandfather's farm for eleven years before attending St. Mary Seminary and University in Baltimore where he earned his Masters of Divinity and MA in Theology. He was ordained in 1997. Fr. McDermott has served as associate pastor at Holy Trinity Parish in Dubuque and St. Edward Parish in Waterloo and as pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Maquoketa and St. Ludmilla Parish in Cedar Rapids. He was appointed pastor of Blessed Sacrament in 2011. He has an MA degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha. He has served as chair of the Archdiocesan Priests Council and currently serves on the Priests Pension Board, Seminary Review Board, St. Raphael Priests Fund Board and Priests Personnel Board. Fr. McDermott is the pastors' representative on the Waterloo Catholic Faith Formation Commission. (10/11)
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Fr. Kenneth Stecher is pastor of Sacred Heart Parish.
Ellen Voegele is Director of Faith Formation at St. Edward Parish. Ellen was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she attended St. Louis Grade School and McNicholas High School. She earned BA degrees in Religious Education and Music Performance from Marian University in Indianapolis and an MA degree in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. She served as an Apprentice Catechetical Leader in the University of Notre Dame's ECHO Faith Formation Program at Blessed Trinity Catholic Parish in St. Petersburg, Florida from 2008 to 2010 and as Director of Faith Formation at Blessed Trinity from 2010 to 2012. While at Blessed Trinity Ellen served on the Young Adult Ministry Commission for the diocese of St. Petersburg. She became Director of Faith Formation at St. Edward in August, 2012 and is a member of St. Edward Parish. (06/12)
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Msgr. Lyle Wilgenbusch is the Archdiocese of Dubuque's Episcopal Vicar for the Waterloo region. Msgr. Wilgenbusch grew up in Dubuque and attended Holy Ghost Grade School and Loras Academy. He has BA degrees in Philosophy and Education from Loras College, a Masters of Divinity degree from Aquinas Institute of Theology and an Masters degree in Religious Education from the Catholic University of America. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1966. Msgr. Wilgenbusch taught religion at Newman High School, Mason City; Wahlert High School, Dubuque; and Regis High School (now Xavier High School), Cedar Rapids. He has served as associate pastor at St. Patrick Parish, Monona; Holy Trinity Parish, Walford and St. Mary Parish, Manchester; and as pastor at St. Mary Parish, Waverly and St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Dubuque. He was appointed Episcopal Vicar in 2004. Msgr. Wilgenbusch's continuing education includes a three-month Lilly Foundation study in stewardship and evangelization. He has served on various Archdiocesan boards and commissions, including the Archdiocesan Worship Commission, the Church Decoration and Renovation Committee, the Archdiocesan Stewardship Commission, the Archdiocesan Priest Council, the Seminary Board, and as Leader of the Colloquium Program for Catholic School Teachers. He currently serves on the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, the Personnel Advisory Board and the Advisory Board for American Martyrs Retreat House. Msgr. Wilgenbusch lives in Waterloo. (10.10)
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