Parish Staff

Church Office: 414-425-2174
School Office: 414-425-3100
Individual phone extensions can be found below.

Pastoral Staff

Fr. Brian Mason Pastorx242E-Mail:
John Burns DeaconE-Mail:
Bill Goulding DeaconE-Mail:
Jeff Kacala Director of Youth Ministryx235E-Mail:
Daniel O'Connor Director of Liturgy & Musicx240E-Mail:
Jim Beuscher Director of Child Ministriesx249E-Mail:
Pam Lownik Social Concerns Coordinatorx256E-Mail:

Administrative Staff

Jim Podewils Director of Administrative Servicesx216E-Mail:
Marvin Kiefer Parish Accountantx221E-Mail:
Lisa Fox Parish Administrative Assistantx220E-Mail:
Anne Wycklendt Bulletin Editor/Administrative Secretaryx250E-Mail:
Dolores Sikora Lifelong Faith Formation Secretaryx247E-Mail:
Peggy Holmes Parish Contributions Recorder and Lifelong Faith Formation Secretaryx223E-Mail:
Jacque Kelnhofer Admin. Assist. to Liturgy/Web Manager/Safe Environment Coordinatorx246E-Mail:
Tom Chojnacki Parish & School Maintenancex243E-Mail:
Jim Kotras Building Grounds and Maintenance, SupervisorE-Mail:
Jake Kotras Building Grounds and MaintenanceE-Mail:
Sybil Grandeck ArchivistE-Mail:

School Office

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Mrs. Maria Schram Principalx227E-Mail:
Mrs. Linda Brumm Parish School Administrative Assistantx225E-Mail:
Mickie Mroczenski Administrative Assistantx228E-Mail:

Fr. Brian Mason

Fr. Brian grew up in Menomonee Falls. He graduated from Pius XI High School in Milwaukee and from Marquette University with a double major in history and philosophy. He attended St. Francis Seminary and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on May 22, 1993. Since ordination, Fr. Brian has served at a number of parishes in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Racine. He served the Archdiocese of Milwaukee from 2005-2008 as the Associate Vicar for Clergy overseeing the work of the Priest Personnel Office and the Priest Placement Board.

He has also served on the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission, the Archdiocesan Planning Commission, the Archdiocesan Building Commission and the Archdiocesan Council of Priests.

As a parish priest, Fr. Brian enjoys presiding at Eucharist and other sacramental celebrations, preaching and teaching. Two strong interests are Church history and the Christian spiritual tradition. Fr. Brian is also passionate about applying the 12 Steps of Recovery to his own life and to helping others to do the same. When not doing ministerial work, Fr. Brian enjoys cooking, gardening, getting together with family and friends and playing with his Black Labrador, Molly.

Phone: 414-425-2174 x242 E-Mail:

John Burns

John was ordained in 1988. He served at St. Veronica prior to coming to St. Mary fifteen years ago. His ministry includes baptism instruction and baptisms, preaching, visiting hospitals and nursing homes, and funeral services.

He graduated from St. John Cathedral High School and entered a Steamfitter apprenticeship. He worked and taught in the trade until retirement twenty years ago.

He and his wife, Joanne, have been married 64 years and have four children, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Phone: 414-425-2174 E-Mail:

Bill Goulding

Bill and his wife, Jeanne, have been members of St. Mary Catholic Faith Community since moving to Wisconsin in 1995. Bill has an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and his vocation is primarily focused on training and supporting therapists in Skilled Nursing Facilities. He attended St. Francis Seminary and was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in 2002. Besides doing preaching, baptisms, and weddings, Bill's ministries have included the RCIA program, Returning Catholics, Prison Ministry, and starting our "Gay and Straight in Christ" (GASIC) group.

Phone: 414-425-2174 E-Mail:

Jeff Kacala
Director of Youth Ministry

Jeff and his wife Laura are returning to the Milwaukee area after spending the last 15 years in Northeast Wisconsin's Fox Valley. After graduation from Pulaski high school in Milwaukee, Jeff spent 30 years in the bowling industry as pinsetter mechanic/lane installer. Soon after moving to the Fox Valley, he served as a parish catechist and began to discern a ministerial vocation. Jeff was commissioned through the Diocese of Green Bays Lay Ministry Formation Program in 2003, recently received his Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and is in his fourth year of Diaconate Formation. He also serves as an Adjunct Program Director for Just5days service trips during the summer.

St. Katharine Drexel in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, was the site of Jeffs most recent ministry where he served first as Youth Minister, and then Director of Catholic Formation. He is looking forward to working with the vibrant community at St. Mary and discovering the great spiritual energy that resides in the young church.

Jeff and Laura have been married for 34 years and have four adult children who reside in the Milwaukee area, as well. They enjoy spending time with family and friends, volunteering and exploring woodworking together.

Phone: 414-425-2174 x235 E-Mail:

Daniel O'Connor
Director of Liturgy & Music

Daniel is the director of Liturgy and Music. He has held this position September of 1982. Daniel continues to enjoy the liturgical preparation that goes with the every day challenges of a parish which has grown from 3,500 members to over 10,000 members during his time at the parish. Daniel received his Bachelor of Music Education from Clarke-Loras Colleges in Dubuque, IA. In 1999 he completed course work in choral conducting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Pastor Liturgy and Music, with an emphasis in Liturgy, from St. Josephs College Rensselaer, Indiana. Daniel is proud to be a national board member of the National Pastoral Musician's Director of Music Ministries Division. He has previously served as a member of the Milwaukee Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission for Archbishop Dolan, as well as the liturgist and primary musician for the prestigious Dehon (Neumann) Institute held at Sacred Heart School of Theology.

Daniel's primary responsibilities for the parish deal with the prayer life of the community. His works to insure that the liturgical life of the parish is true to the expectations of the Second Vatican Council; providing full, active and conscious participation of the assembly while upholding the mission statement of the parish. While at St. Mary, he has grown very passionate about the pastoral care of the families and individuals dealing with death and preparing for funerals.

He has two children and three grandchildren. Music and liturgy continue to be his passion. In his spare time, he also enjoys owning and touring vintage homes and gardening.

Phone: 414-425-2174 x240 E-Mail:

Jim Beuscher
Director of Child Ministries

Bachelors Degree in history UW Eau Claire, 1977. Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies, St. Francis Seminary, 1998. Parish Ministry for 23 years. St. Mary is the fourth parish where Jim has served in Formation areas. Fourteen years in youth and young adult ministry, RCIA, Adult Confirmation, and Baptism preparation.

This is Jim's ninth year at St. Mary. He is responsible for child and middle school formation grades K4 -8th. He also directs the 2nd grade formation year for First Reconciliation and Eucharist, and coordinate family programs such as Movie Nights, service opportunities for families, and Vacation Bible School.

Jim has been married to his wife, Kathie, for 32 years. They at St. Mary when she was Director of Youth Ministry in the early 1980s. They were married here in 1981, and their son, Aaron, was baptized here in 1984. Aaron and his wife, Bess, were married here in 2010. Kathie is Director of Pastoral Care at the cluster of east side and downtown parishes. (She was Director of Child Ministry at St. Dominic in Brookfield for 26 years). Jim loves working with St. Mary's children and families and hopes to be here for many years to come.

Phone: 414-425-2174 x249 E-Mail:

Pam Lownik
Social Concerns Coordinator

Pam began her involvement in Human Concerns ministry when she joined the Jubilee 2000 committee. Through that initiative she became active in building the relationship between St Mary and our sister parish in Latiboliere, Haiti. After eight years of active involvement in many parish outreach ministries, in July of 2008, Pam joined the staff as our part-time Social Concerns Coordinator.

Pam received her BBA in marketing and worked in medical sales and marketing for 18 years before retiring to become an almost full-time volunteer here at the parish. Dave (husband) and Pam have been parishioners for 32 years and have been active in many aspects of parish life. They have two adult children who grew up in this community and attended our parish school. Pam is passionate about parish social ministry. Her greatest reward is when a connection is made, with mutual respect and joy, between those who need help and those who can provide it.

Phone: 414-425-2174 x256 E-Mail:

Jim Podewils
Director of Administrative Services

Jim and his family are long time parishioners, even graduating from our grade school. He graduated from St. Thomas More High School and Marquette University before beginning a career in banking.

After 37 years, he decided it was time to retire from banking and considers himself very fortunate to be able to come back home to St. Mary. As Director of Administrative Services, he is able to use his talents, acquired during his banking career, to help build a strong sustainable parish.

Phone: 414-425-2174 x216 E-Mail:

Marvin Kiefer
Parish Accountant

Marv and his wife, Margaret, have been parishioners since the early 70's, and have been actively participating in the parish activities since then. They have three grown sons, all of which graduated from St. Mary Parish School. Both Marv and Margaret graduated from Marquette University.

Marv spent years in public accounting and in positions with a number of legal and nonprofit firms. After working part-time in various capacities, the position of part-time accountant with the Parish was presented to him and he gladly accepted.

Phone: 414-425-2174 x221 E-Mail:

Lisa Fox
Parish Administrative Assistant

Lisa is thrilled to be here to serve/assist the St. Mary community. She comes to St. Mary with a lifelong presence in the Milwaukee area, having grown up in West Allis where she attended St. Aloysius Parish and grade school, followed by membership at St. Matthias Parish. Her degree in Architectural Engineering from MSOE led her into the design and project management fields, working primarily in the energy industry, focusing on energy efficiency.

Although an engineer and admitting to having a geeky side, she loves interacting with people and sharing stories/experiences. She treasures time spent with family, walks with her dog, Tater, gardening, and reading. She looks forward to getting to know all of the wonderful parishioners of St. Mary and hopes she can make your day bright!

Phone: 414-425-2174 x220 E-Mail:

Dolores Sikora
Lifelong Faith Formation Secretary

Dolores Sikora is a part-time secretary in the Christian Formation office.

Dolores attended Alverno College for business Management and Computer Science. She retired from Rockwell Automation after 38 years. She provides secretarial and clerical support for the Christian Formation programs.

She and her husband, Jim, have been parish members for 17 years. They have two adult children and four grandchildren. They have been married 45+ years and enjoy traveling, relaxing at their lake home near Rhinelander, and spending time with family and friends.

Phone: 414-425-2174 x247 E-Mail:

Peggy Holmes
Parish Contributions Recorder and Lifelong Faith Formation Secretary

Peggy has two part-time positions at St. Mary. She records parish and school contributions and time-shares the Lifelong Faith Formation secretarial position.

Some of her duties as Parish Contributions Recorder include the printing monthly statements and recording of donations and pledges. She also bills and deposits school tuition and child care payments.

As secretary in Lifelong Faith Formation, she provides clerical and secretarial support to the Formation Directors.

Peggy and her husband, Russ, have been parishioners since 1987. They have three adult children. Peggy enjoys the parish spirit and working with entire St. Mary community!

Phone: 414-425-2174 x223 E-Mail:

Jacque Kelnhofer
Admin. Assist. to Liturgy/Web Manager/Safe Environment Coordinator

Jacque is a lifetime member and former student of St. Mary. Growing up, she was active in the youth programs, and enjoyed playing flute and cantoring at weekend liturgies.

Jacque began working with engaged couples as the Liturgy Coordinator in 2001. She joined the staff as part-time Administrative Assistant to Liturgy in 2008. This grew into a full-time position, handling the clerical needs related to liturgy calendaring, ministry coordination, and preparation for liturgies, as well as cantor scheduling, and preparation of practice materials and books for liturgy.

In 2010, additional hours were added as she assumed the responsibilities related to being the Coordinator of the Engaged Enrichment Program. In 2012, she relinquished some the duties related to the Liturgy Department and currently serves as Administrative Assistant to Liturgy and Web Manager, and continues to Coordinate the Engaged Enrichment Ministry and handle Liturgy planning for engaged couples.

Married at St. Mary in 1999, Jacque and her husband, Dave, enjoy being an active part of St. Mary, volunteering as an Engaged Enrichment Facilitating Couple, sharing the sacraments with their two children, Grace and Connor, and celebrating liturgy with the vibrant and welcoming St. Mary community.

Phone: 414-425-2174 x246 E-Mail:

Tom Chojnacki
Parish & School Maintenance

Phone: 414-425-2174 x243 E-Mail:

Jim Kotras
Building Grounds and Maintenance, Supervisor

Phone: 414-425-2174 E-Mail:

Jake Kotras
Building Grounds and Maintenance

Phone: 414-425-2174 E-Mail:

Sybil Grandeck

Sybil serves as the St. Mary Archivist--a continuation of her duties while employed in the Parish Office some years ago. She researches inquiries from people interested in their families connection with St. Mary, usually commencing with a question if an ancestor is among the 1100+ burials in our historic cemetery; this leads to tracing families for generations and often finding formerly unknown connections. Among the major projects she initiated and maintains is the indexing of all available sacramentary records from 1844 to the present day and completing the index of our cemetery for the Archdiocese. She also serves as a Eucharistic Minister, weekday lector, an Information Center coordinator and staffer, parish office volunteer, festival worker, fish fry hostess, and prayer shawl minister among others. She especially enjoys spending time with her husband of 41+ wonderful years Michael Jedrzejewski, their cats, friends, raising Monarch butterflies, and gardening. She highly encourages you to see our Archive Case near the Communication Center for a very interesting chronicle of our wonderful Church.

Phone: 414-425-2174 E-Mail:

Mrs. Maria Schram

Welcome! I am delighted to continue my role as principal of St. Mary Parish School. I enjoy working with the faculty, staff, students, and families of this Exemplary parish school community. Together, we will maintain our status as one of the finest Catholic schools in the archdiocese by continuing to provide academic excellence enhanced with faith, compassion, and encouragement.

I earned my undergraduate teaching degree in Broad Field Social Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. After graduation, I was proud to instruct social studies at various archdiocesan schools. During this time, I began my pursuit of a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Director of Curriculum and Instruction from Cardinal Stritch University. Over the past 16 years, I have been blessed with the opportunity to lead three Catholic elementary schools and one Catholic high school. I am thrilled to utilize those positive experiences, along with my knowledge and compassion for education, to St. Mary Parish School.

The importance of family can never be underestimated. My greatest gift is the time I spend with my husband David and children, Nicholas, 27, and Phillip, 22. Although our children are grown, we still make time to travel and get together in Door County.

Phone: 414-425-3100 x227 E-Mail:

Mrs. Linda Brumm
Parish School Administrative Assistant

As I begin my 9th year with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, I am so thankful to be a part of the St. Mary Faith Community. It is truly a blessing to work and support the wonderful students, parents and staff, in the school office!

I earned my Bachelors degree in Information Resources from UWM, and my Associate of Arts degree from MATC. My background also includes many years of Business Accounting.

I my free time I enjoy: reading, quilting, playing the violin/viola and handbells, singing in the choir, painting, gardening and walking, as well as spending time with my husband and 3 daughters.

I hope that the 2016/2017 school year is filled with success, fun and fellowship, for you and yours!!

Phone: 414-425-3100 x225 E-Mail:

Mickie Mroczenski
Administrative Assistant

I am thrilled to continue my role as Administrative Assistant at St. Mary Parish School. I have been a parishioner for over 25 years and all 3 of my children have attended St. Mary School. I take pride in being part of a hard working, dedicated staff and having the pleasure to meet so many wonderful families and their children over the last 13+ years.

I am a graduate of the University Of Wisconsin LaCrosse with a BS degree in Recreation and a minor in Psychology.

Family and friends are extremely important to me, and I especially value the time spent with my husband Mo and 3 daughters, Katie, Courtney, and Makenzie. In addition, I enjoy traveling, reading, exercising, and shopping.

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