FR. MARK DAVIS
Fr. Mark Davis is in his 24th year of pastoral service in the Diocese of Toledo. A native of South Toledo, Fr. Mark was educated at OLPH, St. John Jesuit, and the University of Notre Dame. He has always enjoyed sports, music, entertainment and being with all kinds of people. While in high school, he shared and learned about faith with people of disabilities, and worked for the New Jersey Department of Human Services in Trenton for 9 years.
During that time, he started the Office of Community Education, that helped people understand more about individuals with disabilities through puppets (“The Kids on the Block”), skits and other interactive programs. Being interested in the art of illusion since he was five, Fr. Mark has learned to share about God and our faith through stories, songs, jokes, magic effects, balloons and just about anything.
Raised by loving and devoted Catholic parents, who were both converts to that faith, Fr. Mark was also blessed with wonderful Baptist grandparents in West Virginia, who had a profound effect on his religious education and spiritual development.
Fr. Mark studied psychology and philosophy in college and started a master’s in counseling during his time in New Jersey. His innate curiosity about human nature, how the world works, and emotional health led him to begin his theological studies at St. Meinrad Seminary (southern Indiana) in 1991. Ordained in 1996, Fr. Mark was an Associate Pastor in Sandusky (Sts. Peter and Paul), Maumee (St. Joseph), and Sylvania (St. Joseph). He just finished a twelve-year run as Pastor of St. Aloysius in Bowling Green.
Having grown up on Copland Blvd. across from the “old” Beverly school, Fr. Mark feels very blessed to be “back in the neighborhood” and closer to Wixey Bakery again!
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FR. DAVID TSCHERNE
I give praise and thanks to almighty God for the gift of family and faith. Praise God! I was born and raised on the East Side of Toledo. I am the youngest of six siblings, with 3 sisters still living (a brother and sister have died.
I attended St. Louis Grade School and Holy Spirit Seminary High School in Toledo as a day student and graduated in their first graduation class in 1969. I then traveled to southern Indiana to begin my college years at Saint Meinrad College and received my B.A. from Saint Meinrad in 1973. I remained at Saint Meinrad to continue my theological training for priesthood and received my M.Div. in May.1977 and was ordained by Bishop John Donovan on June 11, 1977.
My first assignment as a priest was here at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns from July 1, 1977-June 30, 1982 as an associate pastor. From this community of faith, I learned a lot about faith, community, and love of God. From here I ventured forth to serve several hospitals as a Catholic chaplain and a pastoral staff team member (MCO, Toledo Mental Health Center & St. Luke’s Hospital). My first pastorate was at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in North Toledo (along with hospital ministry).
I resided at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in South Toledo while in hospital ministry and began a ministry of being an associate chaplain at the OANG in Swanton. I also was administrator of St. Charles Borromeo for six months I also returned to St. Patrick of Heatherdowns for two other stays. After 19 years of serving in the Toledo areA, I was moved to minister in the western part of our diocese (Defiance County, Paulding, Western Lucas County, Wood, Henry and Williams County for the next twenty three years at St. Michael the Archangel-St. Michael’s Ridge, St. Mary-Junction. St. Stephen-Delaware Bend, Immaculate Conception-Marysdae, St. Isiddore-Marysadale(Delaware Bend), St. Patrick-Providence, St. Louis-Custar, St. Patrick-Bryan, Sacred Heart (Montpelier).
I love my ministry as a priest, I know that it was not my decision but God’s calling that I am what I am today. I’m not a theologian, I‘m not a charismatic speaker. I’m a simple priest striving to serve the Lord and His people.
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DEACON JOEL JUNGA
Happily married to Kristen since 1985, three adult children - Adam(Meghan), Elizabeth, Kylie(Ricky), three grandchildren. Ordained as a permanent deacon in 2005, employed as a medical technologist at the University of Toledo Medical Center.
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DEACON DAVE KARPANTY
Deacon David Karpanty is a native of Toledo Ohio, and a 1966 graduate of Central Catholic High School, who was brought up the parish of St. Anthony.
Dave graduated from the University of Toledo in 1968, with an Associate Degree in Engineering Technology.
Ordained in 1989, he has served in the diocese for 26 years. He is a past Vice President of the Deacon Council, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Although he has always resided in the parish, his former assignments have taken him to St. Francis De Sales, the Community of the Risen Christ and St. Charles Borromeo, before finally coming home to St Pat's.
A 2005 graduate of Bowling Green State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Advanced Technical Education.
He is married to Jeanne, has one daughter Haley (Brian), and is blessed with one grandchild.
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DEACON JOSEPH KEST
Joe obtained a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from University of Toledo 1964; and a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Lourdes University 2013. Deacon Joe spent his career as an Information Technology Specialist at Owens Corning for 33 years. He retired in 2001. Member of St Patrick’s parish since 1968. He was ordained a Permanent Deacon for Diocese of Toledo in 1987. He is a member of Theta Alpha Kappa – National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology, Knights of Columbus, Maumee Elks, past president of Toledo Deacons Council. He served as past president of Toledo Deacons Council Continuing Education Committee.
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DEACON DENNIS RIFE
Deacon Dennis is married to his wife Jeannie and they have four children, Brandon, Lindsey, Jeremy, and Noah. They joined the parish after graduating from Bowling Green State University in 1995. Dennis is self employed and works with Savage and Associates as a financial planner helping both individuals and businesses with their long term planning. Jeannie is a CPA for a local accounting firm in Perrysburg. Dennis was ordained in 2013 and is very happy to be here at St. Patrick's. Three of their kids have graduated from St. Pat's and Noah is currently here in middle school. Please say "hi" if you haven't met them, they would love to meet you.
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Mary Miller has been a parishioner since March 2007 and Parish Secretary since February 2, 2010. She is a mother, a grandma and also a great grandma. Also Mary is an Associate member of the Adrian Dominican Sisters and a member and Spiritual Adviser of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Formerly Mary was in the automotive field as a supervisor and as a production scheduler. Mary says this is the best job ever, having the Blessed Sacrament around the corner and a chance to serve God's people.
If you need to offer a Mass for someone, or information on how to volunteer in the parish, and other information, come into the parish office, Mary will be glad to help.
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CONTROLLER, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Lydia has been a Certified Public Accountant for 25 years. A native New Yorker, Lydia graduated from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She currently lives on a farm with her husband Darrel and children Darien, Dillon and Victoria.
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DIRECTOR OF FAITH FORMATION FOR CHILDREN
Rebecca Reamer has been a parishioner since 1994. She has been involved in many aspects of parish life. She is married to Dave and together they have six children. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California with a Bachelors in Biological Sciences. She is the coordinator of the Family Faith Formation Program, Children's Liturgy of the Word, Sunday Pre-School, Sacramental Preparation for First Eucharist and First Reconciliation, and RCIA for children. She also is involved with the Confirmation preparation.
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DIRECTOR OF LITURGICAL MINISTRIES
Ron directs the Adult and Children’s Choirs, the Hand Bell Choir and is responsible for liturgical planning. Passionate about Liturgy and Music, he has played in churches in Toledo for more than 40 years. Additionally, he has played with The Toledo Symphony, The Toledo Jazz Orchestra and remains actively engaged in music throughout the area. Ron is a graduate of The University of Toledo.
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John Valenti is a lifelong Catholic and Master Catechist. He and his wife Pamela have three grown children and one Grandson, Luke. As Pastoral Associate, his is responsible for Adult Faith Formation, Outreach Ministries and Pastoral Care to the Sick and Bereaved.
John received his master’s degree in Theology and Religious Education from St. Louis University and has served parish, school and diocesan rolls in faith formation and evangelization.
A native of St. Louis, John served as Director of Religious Education and Pastoral Minister. Called to “missionary discipleship” he also served in the home-mission of Jackson, Mississippi and Director of Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Of special interest to John has been the training and formation of catechetical leaders and has certified over 1,000 Catechists.
As a believer that, “It is a sin to make the Good News boring,” his favorite bible verse is Ephesians 3:20-21:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!” Amen.
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Tina was born and raised in Kentucky. she moved to Ohio in 1990. She has been a parishioner of St. Patrick's for more than twenty-five years.
Tina received a bachelor's degree from BGSU in December 1993 and started working at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns in August 1994. After teaching at St. Pat's for more than twenty years, she stepped into the role of assistant principal. Tina remained the Assistant Principal of St. Pat's for two years and then became Principal in July 2017. She received a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership in May 2018.
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DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY
Born in Toledo Ohio, John grew up twenty-five miles north of St Pat's in a small town in Erie, Michigan. Graduating from Franciscan University in May 2014, John has Bachelor degrees in both Theology and Catechetics and has been involved in youth ministry for over 5 years. Growing up, one of John's greatest desires was to serve the youth and families in the church and that journey now continues as the director of the High School youth ministry program "Life Teen" here at St Patrick's
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DIRECTOR OF YOUTH FAITH FORMATION
Ryan leads our youth ministry efforts called SPH Young Church and co-leads confirmation preparation. He also aids the school with the spiritual direction and development of our students, and is active in many of the various aspects of our parish.
Originally from the state of Georgia, and blessed to have been raised in an amazing Catholic community, Ryan values the opportunity to pass on what was given to him. A family of faith, an understanding of belonging, and a love for Jesus and Catholicism. The opportunity to pass on these values to our teenage youth and their families is truly a blessing and a dream come true.
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