Meet Our Faith Formation Staff
Kayla Rooney, Director
Blessings! I am honored to be the Director of Lifelong Faith Formation and to be a part of one's faith journey. Prior to working in Parish life, I was a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and gained experience working with people of all ages with special needs. In all of my work and volunteer experiences, I have been blessed to assist people in becoming the "best version of themselves" (Matthew Kelly). I look forward to continuing that here at St. Joseph Community. My husband and I live in Apple Valley with our 2 daughters and a dog. Our family has been blessed to grow through the beautiful gift of adoption (Heidi is from New York City; Eviana is from Seattle). I am originally from Wisconsin, and by what can only be described as a miracle, I am a Vikings fan. I enjoy going on family walks, camping, baking, decorating cakes, musicals/theatre, donuts, squeaky cheese curds (from Wisconsin!), and a good movie with a bowl of popcorn.
Scott Kieffer, Coordinator of Youth Evangelization & Discipleship
Hello St. Joseph Community! I am entering my 10th year in professional ministry working with youth here in the Archdiocese. I truly care about the people I work with (especially the youth) and the programs I am running. To me, ministry is my calling in life - not just a job. God has given me a creative mind and I put that into my programs, especially with games and activities: from homemade “escape rooms”, to cooking network competitions, to messy games. I also enjoy developing youth leader programs to allow teens and young adults to share their talents and make a difference in the parish and community. I am very grateful and honored for the opportunity to work with the youth in the St. Joseph Community and to help them grow in faith, support them in tough times, and just accompany them on their own journey as a disciple. I enjoy meeting new people and investing in the Parish in which I’m working. If you see me, please say hi and introduce yourself. I look forward to getting to know the St. Joseph Community in the coming months!
Kathy Neary, Coordinator of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
I am the Coordinator of the Sunday School and the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd programs. In 2010 I retired from the University of St. Thomas where I was an Administrative Assistant in the Teacher Education Program. Prior to working as a Coordinator with the Faith Formation department, I was a Sunday School Catechist as well as a 1st Grade Catechist. Children and education are a passion of mine. I am the proud to be the mother of 4 children, and grandmother of 7 grandchildren.
For the safety and well being of our youth participants, all volunteers with the Faith Formation program must be in compliance with St. Joseph Community and the Archdiocese's Essential 3 Components: Background Check, Code of Conduct, and Safe Environment Training (VIRTUS). Click here to learn more about the Essential 3/VIRTUS.