Pastoral Council

The PURPOSE of Pastoral Council

The Pastoral Council is a consultative body that assists the pastor in planning for the needs of our faith community. Its purpose is to form community as a sign and witness of unity for the larger Parish community; to provide recommendations for Parish priorities, directions and policies through pastoral planning; and to promote communication and understanding among Parish organizations and between the Parish, the Archdiocese, and the universal Church.

WHO is the Pastoral Council

We introduce and congratulate the newest members of the Pastoral Council at Saint Patrick Catholic Church & School. Welcome Kathy Bethke, Kathey Bucholz, Mark Jensen and Andrew Kariuki Njonge! The new members join Anne Marie Jesse, Nancy Jaenicke, Emily Keller, George Lane and Greg Unruh elected in May 2016.


On behalf of Saint Patrick Catholic Church faith community, we express gratitude for the parishioners who answered the call to be candidates, for those who were elected and accepted to serve in this increasingly important role for our parish and for the parish community for voting.

Anne-Marie Jesse

Anne Marie Jesse PC16

Anne-Marie Jesse and her husband of 24 years have been a member of the parish since 1992.

They have four children – three sons and a daughter who all attended and graduated from Saint Patrick’s Catholic School. She graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations.

She is a past R.E.A.C.H. Auction Chair for Saint Patrick’s Catholic School and has been a member of Catholic Woman’s Club (CWC) for 9 years.

She has also been a member of the Junior League of Tacoma (JLT) for 23 years. She served on both the CWC and JLT board of directors and more recently as Junior League of Tacoma Sustainer Advisory Chair. She is a Past President of the Association of Visitor Information Centers of Washington (AVICW ) and was a Blockwatch Leader for 6 years. Anne-Marie has also volunteered in many capacities with Saint Patrick Catholic School, Bellarmine Prep including the Lions Den, kitchen, football fundraisers and Unity Dinners; Phoenix Housing and St. Leo’s Food Connection.

Emily Wood Keller

Emily Wood PC 16

I have been a parishioner for 46 years. My husband Paul and I have two kids, Tom, age 9, and Ellie, age 6, who attend Lowell Elementary School.

We have been active in the parish as a family for the past several years participating in Family Based Catechesis and the Cara to Cara ministry. My husband Paul went through RCIA last year, Tom celebrated his First Communion and Reconciliation last year and I became confirmed this past March.

I feel blessed and supported by the wonderful community of St. Patrick’s and feel that my experience as an active member of the parish, as well as someone who has the perspective of a lifelong parishioner would be a benefit to the council.

I am organized and a good listener. I think that both of these qualities are important for a representative of the parish.

Nancy Jaenicke

Nancy Jaenicke PC 2016

I moved to St. Patrick’s Parish about two years ago from St. Theresa’s Parish in Federal Way. I served on the Pastoral Council and Chaired it there several years ago.

After retiring from Weyerhaeuser Company, I have volunteered for the past nine years in leading programs which provide transitional housing and overnight shelter and services for homeless families and individuals in the Federal Way community. We partnered with Catholic Community Services in all in both programs.

I am in the midst of teaming with CCS again to open a day center where individuals can shower, do laundry and have easy access to available services so they can improve their lives. Soon, I hope to be able to help more in the Tacoma area!

Since St Patrick’s Parish values the Strengths Finder assessment, I decided to take it myself. Since I am a full-disclosure person, I thought it might help you in selecting your pastoral council if I shared my strengths as follows: Connectedness, Empathy, Developer, Belief and Positivity.

Since joining St. Patricks’ Parish, I have grown to love it here. As so many have said, I feel I have now found “my faith home”. I am a Eucharistic Minister and recently participated with the RCIA class as a sponsor.

George Lane

Goerge Lane PC16I have been a parishioner of St Patrick’s for most of my life and I attended St Patrick’s School.

My wife, Cielito, and I have been active at St Pat’s since 1997 and our three children were educated at St Patrick’s School.

In addition, I am a local businessman and am active in the greater Tacoma community.

As a Catholic community, we face numerous challenges today, but I believe that this is a very exciting time for our parish and I see great opportunities for growth.

As a member of the parish council, I will bring a broad perspective – as a St Pat’s alumnus and parent, as an active parishioner and as an active member of the community in which we live. I will make myself available to all parishioners and work to ensure that we maintain clear and consistent communication.

Greg Unruh

Gregory Uruh PC16As a lifelong Catholic, I have been married for 30 years to Amy, who is Principal of St. Nicholas Catholic School, Gig Harbor. We have three grown children, the oldest of whom was married at St. Patrick in June 2015.

We followed our oldest daughter to St. Patrick and were so moved by the active ministries as well as the hospitality and joy we felt at Mass. Since joining the parish 2 years ago, I have had the privilege of sponsoring two candidates through RCIA. One was my son-in-law, and the other a very dear friend who I have known since college days.

I work in Catholic Healthcare where I serve as President of the Franciscan Foundation. My community involvement includes serving on the boards of Bellarmine Preparatory School, Greater Lakes Mental Health, and the Tacoma–Pierce County Economic Development Board.

Our parish is vibrant and, I believe, a model for the future pastoral structure for many parishes in our region. I look forward to being engaged in that conversation as we move into the future.

Matt Hustead

mattMatt Hustead has served the Pastoral Council for several years. Matt will serve as the President of the Pastoral Council for the next term.

Rob Silva

Rob SilvaThis is Rob Silva’s second term on the Pastoral Council.  Rob has served as Recording Secretary in his first term.  This responsiblity has shifted to Emily Wood— one of the newly elected members.

Dominic Staheli

Dom StahaeliThis is Dominic Staheli ‘s second term on the Pastoral Council.

Anita Staheli

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Finance Council

The PURPOSE of the Finance Council

The Finance Council is a consultative body that provides the Parish Coordinator with advice concerning the stewardship of parish and school fiscal resources.  The Finance Council is involved in developing and overseeing a parish and a school budgeting process.

WHO is the Finance Council

The Finance Council is comprised of the following members:

  • Georgeann Cukjati, Finance Council, President
  • Michelle Carpenter, Parish & School Bookkeeper
  • Brent Hall, Finance Council  
  • Stephanie Cisakowski, Finance Council  
  • Steve VerValin, Finance Council  
  • Todd Ward, Facility Council   
  • George Lane, Pastoral Council & Finance Council

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Liturgy Commission

The PURPOSE of the Liturgy Commission

The Liturgy Commission has responsibility for all aspects of the prayer life of our community. Its members serve by planning liturgies for the liturgical seasons, evaluating liturgical celebrations, setting goals, and assisting the Pastoral Assistant for Liturgy.

WHO is the Liturgy Commission

The Liturgy Commission is comprised of the following members:

  • Laura Dougherty,  Pastoral Assistant for Liturgy, Funeral & Pastoral Care
  • Father Jerry Graham, S.J, Liturgy Commission
  • Lisa Beritich, Liturgy Commission
  • Donna Anel, Liturgy Commission
  • Bob McKamey, Liturgy Commission
  • Jane McDonough, Liturgy Commission
  • Susan Campbell, Liturgy Commission
  • Christine Kradjan, Liturgy Commission
  • Fred Morley, Liturgy Commission
  • Lynda Morley, Liturgy Commission
  • Shannon Hall, Liturgy Commission
  • Julia Looper, Liturgy Commission
  • Dominic Staeheli, Pastoral Council & Liturgy Commission
  • Nancy Jaenicke, Pastoral Council & Liturgy Commission

Tell me more about the Liturgy Commission

Laura Dougherty, Pastoral Assistant for Liturgy


Faith Formation Commission

The Faith Formation Commission is in the beginning stages of the formation process.

WHAT is the guiding purpose of the Faith Formation Commission?

Foster and develop the understanding and appreciation of what we believe and why we believe it in our parish community and cultivate a deeper personal relationship with Jesus through prayer.

WHO is the Faith Formation Commission?

The Faith Formation Commission is comprised of the following members:

  • Kim Ward, Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation
  • Libby Catalinich, Faith Formation Commission
  • Mark Modarelli, Faith Formation Commission
  • Jim Catalinich, Faith Formation Commission
  • Greg Unruh, Pastoral Council & Faith Formation Commission
  • Emily Keller, Pastoral Council & Faith Formation Commission

Tell me more about the Faith Formation Commission

Kim Ward, Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation


Pastoral Care Commision

The Pastoral Care Commission is in the forming process. Stay tuned for more information.

Tell me more about the Pastoral Care Commission

Laura Dougherty, Pastoral Assistant for Pastoral Care


Development Commission

The Development Commission serves the school and the parish.

The PHILOSOPHY of the Development Office

Fundraising is …a confident, joyful, and hope-filled expression of ministry. In ministering to each other, each from the riches that he or she possess, we work together for the full coming of God’s KingdomHenri J.M. Nouwen, The Spirituality of Fund-Raising

WHO is the Development Commission

The Development Commission is comprised of the following members:

  • Christy Johnson, Parish & School Development Director   
  • Rosa Allen, School Commission & Development Commission  
  • Bob Bruback, Development Commission
  • Matt Hustead, Pastoral Council & Development Commission  
  • Anne Marie Jesse, Pastoral Council & Development Commission  



  • Annual Fund
  • Endowment Tailgate
  • REACH Auction
  • Sacrificial Giving Annual Catholic Appeal
  • scrip
  • Planned Giving

Community Building

  • Back to School Night
  • Grandparents’ Day
  • Recognition Dinner
  • New Family Engagement
  • Annual Picnic

  • Newsletters
  • Bulletins
  • Social Media
  • myParish App
  • Ephemera
  • Constant Contact
  • Annual Reports
  • Website

Tell me more about the Development Commission

Christy Johnson, Parish & School Development Director