Faith is a lifelong journey, and here at St. Joseph Community we are excited to walk with you and be a part of your faith journey. We offer a variety of programs for kids and adults of all ages.
COVID-19 for 2021-2022 (Last updated 9/21/21)
At this time, in consultation with the St. Joseph leadership and direction from the Archdiocese, masks will not be required for participants, volunteers, or staff, while participating in Faith Formation programming. Each family is strongly encouraged to determine if they should wear a mask or not. No one will be prevented from or stigmatized if they opt to wear a mask. Masks will be available if someone wants one and does not have one with them. Everyone will be encourage to sanitize hands upon entering the building as well as to stay home if they are not feeling well. Home taught options are available (except for the CGS program).
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 3 daughters. Our family has been blessed to grow through the beautiful gift of adoption (Heidi is from New York City; Eviana is from Seattle; Lucia is from Burnsville). 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.
Gabriel Leahy, Coordinator of Youth Evangelization & Discipleship
My name is Gabriel Leahy (lay-he), and I am 21 years old with a bachelor’s degree in Theology from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. I have been on fire with the Lord my whole life, when growing up I could not decide between the military or the priesthood so I went to Saint Thomas Academy, where I would get the best of both worlds. While there, I discerned out of the priesthood, and due to a brain injury from wrestling, the military was taken off the table. So, now I wish to share my passion for the True, the Good and the Beautiful with anyone in shouting distance. Fun Facts: I am lucky enough to be marrying into the Spindler family (long time St. Joseph parishioners) in the Spring of 2022. While I do enjoy playing videogames with my friends, I also love to go fishing and hunting. I recently got into archery, and I am very excited to try my hand at bowhunting later in the year. I currently live in Wyoming, MN, and am looking forward to moving to the south metro next spring. As cliché as its sounds, I am extremely blessed to have the opportunity to work with such an active community, together we can all grow closer to God.
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.