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Father Tom Krenik

Pastor

(952) 698-1710, pastor@risensavior.org

My ministry as pastor of the Church of the Risen Savior has three interrelated dimensions: first, presiding at the celebration of the Eucharist and other sacraments and liturgies in the church; second, time spent in the office and meeting rooms for administrative matters, meetings with staff members, appointments with parishioners, and leading or teaching various programs; third, time spent “off-campus” for the sacrament of anointing in homes, Ridges hospital, and in senior residence buildings, Mass at Augustana Care Center, archdiocesan meetings, deanery meetings, and homily preparation.

Fr. Tom's Theology of Ministry

To purchase Fr. Tom's book: Praying With Both Lungs: A Communion of East and West" click here.

Fr. Roberto Plaza

Associate Pastor Latino Ministry

I was born and raised in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico, the second in a family of six children. I went to public high school and then to the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico where I studied Philosophy and Theology. 

In 1987, I joined the religious congregation of the Servants of the Holy Eucharist and of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I was ordained to the priesthood in August 2002. I served in the general administration of my religious community, living between Puerto Rico and Spain. I spent a few years helping in different parishes when the pastor was unavailable.

In January 2015, I was appointed to our St. Joseph house, living with my community in the Church of St. Francis de Sales in St. Paul. Before arriving at Risen Savior, I spent many months in ministerial service to the community of the Sacred Heart Church in St. Paul.

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Liz Arellano

Latino Ministry Assistant

(952) 698-1715, liz.arellano@risensavior.org

 

 

Marianne Brass

Communications & Community Life Coordinator

(952) 698-1714, marianne.brass@risensavior.org

My name is Marianne Brass. I have been a parishioner at Risen Savior since 1993; I joined the Risen Savior staff in 1999.

I am the Communications & Community Life Coordinator.  This job is the perfect combination of creativity and involvement with Risen Savior parishioners.  I love working with many different groups and volunteers; it gives me energy.

Risen Savior is a great place to work and a wonderful place for worship!

 
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Scott Brazil

Social Justice and Adult Faith Formation Coordinator

(952) 698-1724, scott.brazil@risensavior.org

Hello!  My name is Scott Brazil and I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve this parish community since 2011 by coordinating the Secondary Faith Formation programs. On July 1, 2014, I took over the responsibilities of Social Justice and Adult Faith Formation, which includes R.C.I.A., C.I.C. and Baptism.

A little bit about me: I have been married since 2003 to my wife Jamie, and we currently reside in Belle Plaine.  We have two beautiful daughters, Alayna  and Sofia, and also a house filled with pets (three cats and two dogs).  I grew up in Bloomington (graduate of Jefferson High School), and after serving four years in the Navy, I studied theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. 

I have been active in various ministry and teaching positions since 1997, including parishes such as St. Edward's in Bloomington and St. Thomas More in Glendale, AZ.  In addition, I was a theology teacher and campus minister at Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria for three years.   

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful community of faith!

 
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Carmen Dean

Director of Latino Ministry

(952) 698-1716, camen.dean@risensavior.org

Since June 2004 I had the privilege to work with The Latino Ministry of our Parish.

Being part of the staff of the Parish has given me tremendous growth and understanding to build community and learning to work together for the good of the community.

One of the most powerful experiences of my life is being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. It was a very painful period, but I thank God for putting me in this community, which helped me and gave me the courage and strength to fight and succeed. To this date I am happy to have been declared: “Cancer Survivor”.

My eternal gratitude to God and to you for all your support and love, "Thank you!"

 

Mary Beth Hakomaki

Receptionist/Information Services

(952) 698-1719, marybeth.hakomaki@risensavior.org

 

 
 

Poli Hernandez

Custodian

 

Deb Highberg

Parish Administrator

(952) 698-1720, deb.highberg@risensavior.org

In my position as Parish Administrator I enjoy meeting the parishioners of Risen Savior.  I also enjoy doing my part in being able to provide beautiful Masses and faith filled programs for our parishioners.  My family has been members of Risen Savior for over twenty-seven years.  I enjoy reading, crocheting, making puzzles, being with my family, vacations Up North, and taking a yearly retreat to spend alone time with God.

 

Shandy Jimenez

Latino Choir

(952) 698-1717, shandy.jemenez@risensavior.org

Debbie Kieser

Bookkeeper

(952) 698-1711, debbie.kieser@risensavior.org

 

Rae Ann Konkol

Secondary Faith Formation Coordinator

(952) 698-1727, raeann.konkol@risensavior.org

I am excited to be part of the Risen Savior community as the Secondary Faith Formation Coordinator. I have been the Director of Christian Formation at two parishes in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, WI.

I was born in Shakopee and graduated from Armstrong Sr. High School in Plymouth. I received my BA from St. Olaf College and my MA from St. John's University in Collegevill, MN, where I studies Pastoral Ministry. My favorite part of ministry with teens is seeing them realize how much God loves them and they can share that love with others. I look forward to ministering to the teens of Risen Savior and helping them grow in their relationship with God.

I have been married to my husband, Jeff, since 1995. We have two wonderful sons, Greg and Stephen. In my spare time I love to read, do crossword puzzles and camp with my family.

 

Tracy Liebl

Faith Formation Assistant

(952) 698-1718, tracy.liebl@risensavior.org

 

Marilyn Lyden

Liturgy Coordinator

(952) 698-1725, marilyn.lyden@risensavior.org

I have been on staff at Risen Savior since 2005 and have been a parishioner since 1995. I have been married since 1976 to my husband Mike, have two grown sons, who live in the area, and one beautiful grandson who I enjoy spending time with.

As Liturgy Coordinator, I help create, organize, and manage the weekday and Sunday liturgies. I work with and train all the volunteers necessary for Sunday masses and also organize and manage the seasonal decorating of the church. I am the point of contact for those wishing to be married and help manage the Prepare engaged couple marriage preparation program. I truly enjoy working with all the parishioners and volunteers I meet on Sunday!

 

Gerardo Marin

Latino RCIA Coordinator/Custodian

(952) 698-1726, gerardo.marin@risensavior.org

 

Kevin Rotty

Director of Music

(952) 698-1728, kevin.rotty@risensavior.org

 

Karen Savageau

Administrative Assistant & Bulletin Editor

(952) 698-1713, karen.savageau@risensavior.org

My name is Karen Savageau. My husband and I have been members of Risen Savior since 2007. I am blessed with the opportunity to work as the administrative assistant and bulletin editor for this parish.

It is wonderful to work in this faith-based environment with co-workers who share the same values and vision.

 

Lori Skare

Preschool/Kindergarten/Liturgy of the Word for Children (LWC)

(952) 698-1712, lori.skare@risensavior.org

My husband and I have been parishioners at Risen Savior since 1995. We have 3 children and live in Lakeville.

I have been the Early Childhood Coordinator since fall of 2011. I am also a substitute teacher in District 196.  For the 2014-15 program year I will also be coordinating grades 5-8 Faith Formation.

I really enjoy working and worshiping at Risen Savior!

 

Desiré Sobiech

Elementary & Senior High Faith Formation and Sacraments

(952) 698-1729, desire.sobiech@risensavior.org

I am in my twelfth year of ministry at Risen Savior and my twenty-first year with this Archdiocese.   I started as the Youth Formation Coordinator here and then transitioned to Elementary Formation Coordinator.  I am married and have two children who are growing up much too quickly!  I absolutely love teaching the G.I.F.T. (Growing In Faith Together) family program and empowering parents to pass on their faith and values to their children.  I also enjoy Vacation Bible School and showing kids that coming to know God is a great adventure that never ends.  In my “out of office” time, I enjoy crafting, community theatre, and writing.  I recently wrote a one-act play, “The Taming of the Shoe,” which was published by Pioneer Drama Services.

 

Chris Sorensen

Pastoral Minister

(952) 698-1722, chris.sorensen@risensavior.org

My name is Christine Sorensen and I am the Pastoral Minister here at Risen Savior.  I have been in Pastoral Ministry since 1991.  I joined the staff here at Risen Savior in July, 2012.  I am very happy to be serving in this community where our call is “to love and serve”.  My faith is strengthened by the witness and Baptismal commitment of so many of our parishioners.

 

 
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Taylor Trout

Youth Ministry Associate

(952) 698-1731, youthministry@risensavior.org

Taylor has recently begun serving as the Youth Ministry Associate at Risen Savior. Taylor leads WAVE and Sanctuary on Wednesday nights and works with students through our youth ministry events. She also leads our youth leadership team called SWAT.

 

Travis Wyman

Director of Youth Ministry

(952) 698-1731, travis.wyman@risensavior.org

I have been a Youth Minister here at Risen Savior since 2002. I greatly enjoy working with young people as they are exploring, challenging, and growing in their faith. The young people of our parish have taught me a tremendous amount over the years about faith, Christ, humility, and service. They are an incredible asset of our parish and community and I see my role as that of a mentor, guide, teacher, listener, encourager, and fellow traveler on our path toward living like Christ.

My wife Kait and I recently welcomed our first child into the world, a daughter whose name is Eden. I love spending as much time as possible with our little girl. I enjoy helping out with the church website, love reading, and am a huge hockey, baseball, and soccer fan.

 

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