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.
Kathy Neary, Coordinator
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.
Mijanou Sampers, Coordinator
Greetings! I am the High School EXPO Coordinator and assist with Confirmation preparation. I am the proud mother of 8 boys and 1 girl. I have been involved in the St. Joseph Community for a number of years and look forward to each year and working with our High School youth.
Stay tuned to learn about our soon to be hired Youth Minister here at St. Joseph Community. The Youth Minister will begin in Summer 2019!
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.