Deacon Denny assists with many programs at our parish, particularly serving meals at The Banquet, and our parish Welcoming Committee. Deacon Denny also assists Fr. Tschakert with marriage preparation, leading Bible studies and other adult education groups, and visiting our homebound and hospitalized parishioners.
Jennifer oversees the preparation of our liturgies; directs the Children's Choir, The Messengers ( jr. high/high school ensemble), and Adult Choir; works with cantors; helps engaged couples plan their wedding liturgies; registers new parishioners; and trains, coordinates and schedules our liturgical volunteers.
God has consistently called me into ministry as a young professional, starting with O'Gorman High School in 2010. After meeting my wife in 2016, we were led to Chicago for two years where I served the Catholic Community of Northbrook as their Director of Faith Formation. It is a joy to be back in SD serving the people of St. Katharine Drexel Parish. My wife, son and daughter, and I consider it a privilege to be a part of the parish family. It is our deep hope to add to the warmth and life that Jesus has already built up here.
My family and I are charter members of St. Katharine Drexel Parish. My husband, David, and I have 4 children: Beth is married and attending grad school at SDSU; Bekah is attending the College of St. Mary in Omaha; Caleb is in 10th grade at O'GHS and Anna is in 8th grade at O'GJH. We enjoy going to our kids' sports activities and spending time as a family. I came to my position as Administrative Assistant with over 21 years of retail management experience. I coordinate our Parish Food and Diaper Pantry, our St. Vincent de Paul home visitors, and enjoy meeting and greeting all who visit our Parish Office.
I have been a member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish since 2008 and enjoy my work as Director of Finance at our parish. My husband, Ben, and I have 3 daughters: Gracious, Mercy and Divine. I am a graduate of the University of Sioux Falls with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, and of Southeast Technical Institute with an Associate's Degree in Accounting. I have also been a proud member of the SD Air National Guard since 1997. It's exciting to be working for St. Katharine Drexel Parish and with all of our members as we continue our journey in faith together. Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time with questions about your parish support.
I grew up in Sioux Falls and was a parishioner at Holy Spirit. I was part of the first Kindergarten class and the first class to go K-6 at Holy Spirit Elementary. From there, I attended O'GJH and O'GHS. After high school, I attended Benedictine College in Atchison, KS, where I earned my undergraduate degrees in Theology and Evangelization and Catechesis. I am currently furthering my education online through Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH. I'm working toward my Master's in Theology. I have always had a great desire to share the love and joy of Catholic living with others because of the love and joy I have for it myself. I'm excited and honored to be here at St. Katharine Drexel Parish to grow in community with the parish and to be journeying with the parish's young people in their relationship with the Church and with Christ.
I grew up in and graduated from high school in Huron, then attended Northern State University where I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. I later returned to NSU and earned my Masters Degree in Education and Learning.
For the past 12 years, I have been active in the classroom environment. I taught 5th grade at Lincoln Elementary in Aberdeen for seven years. I also coached high school volleyball for Aberdeen Central HS during this time. After moving to Sioux Falls in 2010, I joined SFCS, teaching 6th grade at Christ the King School for two years and at St. Michael School for three years. My husband, Wade, is the principal at O'Gorman Junior High School. We have three children: Spencer, Tanner, and Brynnley.
I look forward to working with all of the students and families of St. Katharine Drexel School. The cooperative efforts between home and school truly assure opportunities for success.