St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic Parish staff and leadership is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. Feel free to reach out to any staff member via email or call our church office at 419-381-1540.
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(Joe), Kylie(Ricky), ten grandchildren, (lots of grey hair!). Ordained as a permanent deacon in 2005, employed as a Point of Care Testing Supervisor 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 grew up in the parish of St. Anthony.
A graduate of the University of Toledo in 1968, with an Associate Degree in Engineering Technology, Dave has worked in mechanical engineering for 34 years, majoring in product development.
Ordained in 1989, Dave has served the diocese for 33 years and is a past Vice President of the Diocesan Deacon’s Council. Although Dave has always resided within the bounds of St. Pat’s parish, Dave’s former assignments have taken him to St. Francis De Sales, the Community of the Risen Christ, and St. Charles Borromeo, before coming home to St. Patrick.
Changing careers in 2002, Dave joined the transportation industry, while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Advanced Technical Education, which he received from Bowling Green State University in 2005.
Now semi-retired, Dave works in security and is a 2018 graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, Loyola Institute for Ministry, receiving a Master of Pastoral Studies (MPS) in Christian Spirituality for Ministry.
Dave married his wife Jeanne in 1980, and they have one daughter, Haley (Brian) Nally, who resides in the parish. He and his wife are the proud grandparents of three.
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DEACON JOSEPH KEST
Deacon Joe is a native of Toledo and grew up in South Toledo. Joe was widowed after 42 years of marriage to Carolyn whom he met shortly after high school. Together they had three children. He now has three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Joe attended OLPH grade school and is a graduate of the Central Catholic high school class of 1959. He obtained a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Toledo in 1964 and a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Lourdes University in 2013.
Joe spent his career as an Information Technology Specialist at Owens Corning for 33 years. He retired from Owens Corning in 1998. For an additional 3 years, he worked as an IT consultant finally retiring in 2001.
Joe and his family have been a member of St Patrick’s parish since 1968. In 1983, he was called by the people of the parish to the diaconate ministry. In 1987, after 4 years of study, he was ordained by Bishop Robert Donnelly as a Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Toledo. He has served as St Pat’s deacon ever since his ordination. In 2016 he was assigned senior status (retired) by the diocese but continues to minister in the parish. He has served the people of St Pats parish alongside every one of its assigned pastors after the founding pastor, Father James Brogan.
The years as a deacon at St Pats have been such a blessing and he would not trade it for anything. Deacon Joe has ministered at over 1000 funerals and baptized over 460 babies for our parish. One of his many great moments was when the first infant he baptized after ordination returned years later as a mother to have her child baptized by him.
Joe is a member of Theta Alpha Kappa – National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology, the Knights of Columbus, and was the past president of Toledo Deacons Council.
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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. All four of their kids graduated from St. Pat's. 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 in Delta with her husband Curt and daughter Victoria.
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DIRECTOR OF EVANGELIZATION
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan Richard is the son of NFL Hall of Famer Dick “Night Train” Lane. Mr. Lane was educated at Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia and went on to serve honorably in the United States Army Military Police Corps for 6 years. For nearly 20 years Mr. Lane traveled the world as a Catholic lay-evangelist, preaching, teaching, and sharing the Word of God to thousands. Having been featured on EWTN, The Journey Home, EWTN Live, Catholic Answers Live, and many other Catholic media outlets, Mr. Lane is considered an expert on Catholic Evangelization.
Mr. Lane joined St. Pats as the Director of Evangelization in late 2021; he has one daughter Alex and a Lab-Pit mix dog named Hannah. Richard’s mantra is “Each one, reach one”. “If we all reach one person daily with the Love of Christ, we CAN change the world!”
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 MUSIC AND LITURGY
Ricky Cicco is the Director of Music and Liturgy here at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns. Before joining the St. Pat’s team he was the Director of Salesian Leadership and the Choral Director at St. Francis de Sales School. Before St. Francis, Ricky worked for several years as the Director of Music and Evangelization at St. Jerome Catholic Church. His passion for music stems back to his first piano lesson at the age of six and has only grown since. Ricky has been playing piano and singing in churches for over 14 years and for St. Pat’s for over 7 years. He was instrumental in the start of the 5:30 mass, now the 5:00 mass, and continues to enjoy giving back to the St. Pat’s community.
Ricky is married to his wife, Kylie, daughter of Deacon Joel Junga. He has three children, Elijah (5), Everly (4), and Eden (3). His vocation as a husband and father gives Ricky purpose and pushes him to continue to grow in his spiritual development. His passion for music and serving others aid him in his role here at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns
Tina was born and raised in Kentucky. She moved to Ohio in 1990. 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 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.