The Pastoral Council election is open Nov. 11 and closes at 10 p.m., Sun., Nov. 19. Please study the following Pastoral Council candidates. You may vote online at http://tinyurl.com/SJCelection2017. Paper ballots will be available after Mass and in the church at the entrances Nov. 11 – Nov. 19. You may vote for four candidates. Thank you to all who have expressed a willingness to lead and serve the parish! Our candidates:
Amy Ostrowski: A native of Chicago, Amy has been an active parishioner at St. Joe’s since moving to Fort Collins in 2011. She is a catechist with RCIA, volunteers with High School Youth Group, and helps to coordinate Women’s You Night ministry. She has strong convictions in the Catholic faith and desires to share her knowledge and passion with others. Her professional work focuses on helping rehabilitate individuals with histories of crime, addictions, or homelessness to become productive members of society. If elected to Pastoral Council, she would strive to support Fr. Simon in serving parishioners and growing our parish.
Barbara Wallner, Ph.D.: Steve and I came to Fort Collins in 1979. We helped Fr. Ken Koehler build SEAS, breaking ground in 1981. I served on Parish Council and chaired the Education Committee. We went back to Penn State, PA, in 1988, helped start a new parish there, Church of the Good Shepherd. Came back here in 1995 to both work at CSU. I chaired John XXIII pastoral council and served on development and helped Fr. Don add on the Narthax. After Fr. Don retired from J23, we left. We have been attending St. Joseph’s, which is kind of full circle as when building SEAS, sacraments were at St. Joseph’s for our two daughters. I now make the commitment to serve St. Joseph Catholic Church if elected to Pastoral Council.
Catherine Glaser: Quite simply, I am in love with our Catholic Faith and care deeply about this parish family that we have called home for almost 19 years. My husband A. J. and I homeschool four of our five children. The oldest will graduate in May from Benedictine College. I graduated with my Bachelor’s in English and worked in PR before I started my family. My desire and prayer is to serve our Lord, our pastor, and our parish. To paraphrase a quote from St. Catherine of Siena, that we may Be(come) who God meant (us) to be and (we) will set the world on fire. God bless.
Colleen McDanald: Colleen and her husband, Brad, have been parishioners of St. Joseph’s for 11 years. Four of her five wonderful sons attend St. Joseph Catholic School. Colleen received degrees from University of San Diego, magna cum laude, and from Notre Dame Law School, cum laude. She worked as an attorney in Dallas before leaving the practice of law to raise her sons. She now works full-time as a homemaker and part-time as the Colorado State Leader of CanaVox, an international organization that seeks to promote the natural law vision of marriage. She is also a first year student in the Denver Catholic Biblical School. Should she be elected to the Pastoral Council, she prays that her participation would be for the love of God, to His greater glory, in the service of the Universal Church and for the salvation of souls.
David Lopez: Longtime parishioner.
Henry Dyjak: Henry is owner and President of Imu-Tek Animal Health in Fort Collins, an animal health supplement manufacturer since 1988. While living in Aurora, Colorado he served on the Board of Directors for the Mental Health Board for eight years. He was involved with Queen of Peace Catholic Church, serving on the Finance Committee and the Social and Recreation Committee. Henry was also president of his neighborhood homeowners association and volunteered in the mayoral campaign. Since moving to Fort Collins, Henry has been involved with St. Joseph Catholic Church and is a 4th Degree in the Knights of Columbus. He has three adult children and enjoys spending time with his four grandchildren.
Juanita Mroczko: I am a retired Postmaster. I completed four years of Biblical School and currently I am a Eucharistic Minister. I love the Lord My God and will serve him in any capacity. Thank you for your consideration.
Mark Korb: I have been a Fort Collins resident since I moved my law practice to Fort Collins in 1976. I was active at now St. John XXIII University Parish as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, Parish and Finance Council Member, and with various iterations of African ministry. J-23 is my registered K of C Council. My wife, Patricia, and I joined St. Joseph’s in 2007/08 in part to support the school. Patricia is an active volunteer at the school. I was involved in the Archdiocese’s High School Feasibility Committee, evaluating the demand and feasibility of a Catholic High School in Northern Colorado. I recently applied to join the St. Joseph Board of Specified Jurisdiction. These past experiences and my personal interest in the success of St. Joseph Catholic School motivate me and encourage me to believe that my personal skills and love of the Church will help the Parish meet its current challenges. I’m confident I can offer value to the parish through Parish Council.
Ron Harding Jr.: My family and I moved to Fort Collins in 2010, and have been parishioners of St Joe’s since then. We regularly attend 7:30am Mass where I minister as an Usher, and my children are altar servers. We are involved with other activities in the church, helping set up for the church picnic, serving donuts once a month, and our children are involved in religious education. I feel being this involved in the church will be an asset to the Pastoral Council to assist the church in continuing to move in a positive direction.
Stephanie Palmier: Longtime parishioner.