Kristi is a multimedia reporter and blog coordinator for The Visitor. She is also a wife, mother of three and grandmother of two who loves spending time being creative in the kitchen, at the workbench and with words. She has a master’s degree in pastoral ministry which she hopes is being put to good use in helping others tell their stories.
Peter Donohue, a lifelong member of Holy Angels and St. Mary’s Cathedral parishes in St. Cloud, has been involved in theater and the arts for more than 50 years. Also a practicing attorney, he is active with the Black Box, Cathedral High School and St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Sarah is a wife and homeschooling mom of five who keeps their days steady with her planning and organizing skills. Striving for simplicity alongside grace in the every day as she and her husband raise their children and chickens in the country, Sarah says they stay bound together through faith and lots of love.
For more than 15 years, Adela has worked in the convalidation marriage program, working with unmarried couples who live together to receive a sacramental marriage. She also was an instructor in the Engaged Encounter program, RCIA program and has been host of talks for marriage enrichment. She was born into a family where marriage was for life, where if something was not working well in marriage, it was fixed, and the marriage was not thrown away. Her mission is to evangelize young couples, sharing her experiences of 42 years of marriage and the different ministries that she has participated, especially in the area of marriage.
Carol Jessen-Klixbull is a copy editor at The Visitor. She is a former Family and Consumer Science teacher who has a passion for all things “food.”
Rita is a regular columnist for the The Visitor.
Timothy is the Director of Worship for the Diocese of St. Cloud.
Stephen is a member of St. Mary of Mount Carmel, Long Prairie. He is: not a native Minnesotan; not a cradle Catholic; a former librarian; likes kids, somewhat baffled by adults and is married to the smartest and most beautiful woman in the world with whom we have six astonishing children.
Geralyn Nathe-Evans has been called to the vocations of wife, mom, Lay Ecclesial Minister, nurse and friend. Geralyn began her education following high school becoming a nurse. Geralyn continued on to receive her Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry from St. John’s University as well as a certification from the Center for Loss and Life Transition; Colorado State University in Death and Grief Education. Geralyn married her high school best friend in 1979 and after 34 years, 10 months and 6 hours, Dave died in June of 2014. They have three sons, Michael 30, Matthew 27 and Luke 23, who are of great pride and joy. While God entrusted them with their children, they are now serving in the world. Geralyn is presently the Director of Faith Formation for the Parishes of St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s in St. Cloud and a member of St. Benedict’s in Avon.
FATHER AARON NETT
Father Aaron is currently serving as parochial Vicar of St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. Augustine Church in St. Cloud.
FATHER ANTHONY OELRICH
Father Tony is the pastor of Christ Church Newman Center, St. Cloud.
Dianne Towalski is a multimedia reporter for The Visitor as well as the paper’s page designer. She worked for The Visitor as a full-time photographer from 1991 to 2005, before taking a job first as a page designer and then as a multimedia reporter with The Catholic Spirit in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, where she worked from 2005 to 2014. She and her husband, Joe, returned to work in the Office of Communications and The Visitor in 2014. They live in Sauk Rapids and have two children. Erin, 24, lives in southwestern Minnesota and works as the watershed coordinator for the Heron Lake Watershed District. Christian, 17, is a senior at Cathedral High School. They are members of Sacred Heart Parish in Sauk Rapids.
Dianne’s likes: Anything photography related, the Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks, SCSU Husky hockey, the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota United FC, country music, fashion and good red wine.
Joe Towalski is communications director for the Diocese of St. Cloud and editor of The Visitor newspaper.
TRICIA AND NIKKI WALZ
Tricia and Nikki are proud Minnesotans who were born and raised in the heart of St. Cloud with their younger sister Briana. Tricia uses her biochemistry degree to provide exceptional jokes which never fail to baffle Nikki, whose master’s degree in theology doesn’t seem to help her in this regard. When Tricia is not working at Medtronic she can be found at St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s volunteering with the youth, trying to regain her youthfulness by shooting hoops or taking full advantage of “Boneless Thursday” at Buffalo Wild Wings. Nikki, the younger of the two who uses that fact to remind Tricia that she will never be as old as her, recently embarked on a new adventure as the Faith Formation Director at St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. Augustine’s. Nikki can often be spotted in the adoration chapel, trying to imitate Taylor Swift on the guitar or keeping Cherry Berry in business with her love of chocolate. As cradle Catholics who discovered the treasures of the Church in their teenage years, they are extremely excited to share their experiences as they walk this crazy journey called life together!
Tim is the Consultant for Educational Technology at Catholic Education Ministries, Diocese of Saint Cloud, MN. With more than 35 years of experience at the parish and diocesan levels, he is continually searching for ways of journeying with others to implement proven technologies that can serve ministry (especially catechesis).
DEACON STEVE YANISH
Deacon Steve is a husband, father, grandfather and retired nursing home chaplain who is currently serving as deacon at St. Francis Xavier Church in Sartell.