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Parish Council

Purpose

Article 2 of the Constitution and Bylaws of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church defines the purpose of the Parish Council, thus:
"The Council shall direct the work of the parish, spread the responsibility for conducting parish activities among the members of the community, and create a mechanism through which the interests, energies, and wishes of the members of the parish can be expressed and carried out as effectively as possible."

Parish Council Members

Cabrini's Parish Council members are elected for three year terms. The members of the current Parish Council are:

Pat Jones
(Term expires 2015)
Cabrini has been my spiritual home for the past 3 years. Previously, I attended the Newman Center and St. Stephen’s. Now Cabrini is the place I turn to for liturgical and prayer community support. At Cabrini, I have served as a lector and have offered reflections prior to our liturgies. Additionally, I offered an evening presentation on Lectio Divina, an ancient contemplative practice for living the Word. I see the Parish Council as a ministry of support for all aspects of parish life and would bring to council an ability to listen to all areas of need and concern.

My career path has been that of elementary and junior high teacher in the Catholic school system and then a switch to the field of psychology. I have been a psychologist for nearly 25 years and currently work in an out-patient clinic at Fairview Hospital. More recently, I received training in Tucson in order to start a small Spiritual Direction practice, which I do out of my home. I live in the Mac-Groveland neighborhood in St. Paul, where I unwind by tending to the garden.
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Bev Atkinson
(Term expires 2016)
bevatkinson@comcast.net
My husband Steve and I re-discovered St. Frances Cabrini in 2003 while searching for a new spiritual community. We immediately felt welcome and needed in ways that we had not previously experienced. Clearly, we thought, this is a community where the people are indeed the church.

I am certainly at home at Cabrini because of its individuals with such amazing faith and depth of service, in a Vatican II community that daily relates to and acts on behalf of all people. I support the recent visioning process and current Vision statement that proclaims diversity and inclusivity within the Cabrini community, and the centrality of the Liturgy as celebrated and expressed through community life and service for the common good.

My career included many years of experience as a University of Minnesota academic adviser and coordinator of advising, including one-to-one listening to and guiding undergraduate English majors, mentoring younger colleagues, and teaching and supporting faculty directors and classroom teachers. I am a compassionate listener and a strong advocate for less empowered others.

At Cabrini I am a mass coordinator (with Steve) and bread baker (now the bread ministry coordinator), and was co-leader of the 2011 Women’s Retreat. I look forward to serving (and learning) on the Parish Council in these challenging times.
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Kit Canright
(Term expires 2015)
I have been blessed throughout my life to belong to churches that believe “We are the church”, as we sang at Easter. I grew up in a small, rural church, literally built by the parishioners, moved on to a very active Newman Center at college, have now been here at Cabrini for 22 years. These words we sing capture for me not only a truth, but also a responsibility we must grow into. The Catholic Church is at a troubled time. But as we push it towards its next stage in development, we must also push ourselves toward our next stage. Where do we need to challenge ourselves, personally and as a community?

My background at Cabrini is diverse: I taught in the Atrium for 15 years, have sung in the choirs, served on the Education and Liturgy Planning Committees, and worked on several social justice projects. One thing that I treasure about Cabrini is that the people here encourage and challenge me to try new things, to be more. Let’s continue to be that gift for each other and for the larger church.
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Julia Earle
(Term Expires 2017)
healthykidsmn@gmail.com
I’m interested in sharing my leadership skills and heart-felt desire to keep St. Frances Cabrini the vibrant, progressive Catholic community it is. Our family has been members at Cabrini for six-plus years. I serve on Cabrini’s Word Team and have given guest reflections. I’m currently serving as the Women’s Retreat Planning Committee Chair. My spouse, Bill Moseley, and I have two teenaged children who keep us fully engaged as parents, aware of pop music and challenged to model patience and compassion. We enjoy serving with Loaves and Fishes. As a Parish Council member, I would like to explore further options for youth religious education at Cabrini.

My professional background has included a variety of leadership positions in nonprofit and academic sectors focused on children’s environmental health, basic education, sustainable development, environment, food security and community-based participatory learning and action. I’ve been very active as a classroom volunteer, parent advisor (site council and PTA) and advocate for healthy learning environments with St. Paul Public Schools. I’ve lived and worked in a variety of African countries for 12 years as well as with low income community members in Minnesota. I seek to live life focused on social and environmental justice.
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Rachel Nelson
(Term expires 2016)
racheljnelson@yahoo.com
I discovered Cabrini while a student at the U of MN over 30 years ago.  Wil and I were married by Fr. Slusser and we have had the loving support and help of the Cabrini community as we raised our three sons.  As I struggle with the larger Catholic label, I have always felt I had a spiritual home here at Cabrini - a place where the values of love, acceptance, support of each other and belief that every person is a valuable member of the church and of society are the essence of who we are as a community.

Over the years I have been involved with the food shelf program and various youth programs, usually as an extra set of hands, driver, or all around "gopher".  Now that my parenting duties are moving on to the next stage, it is time for me to lend this community some of the skills I've learned over the years as a realtor, advocate and mother.  In this ever evolving world, my hopes and dreams are that the Cabrini that I have known will continue to grow and thrive.  I would like to be a part of the leadership team to help us along on our journey for the next three years.
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Joe Pipp
Term Expires 2015
I have been impressed and inspired by the people of St Frances Cabrini from my first encounter, when my family joined the parish after the closing of the Newman Center in 1998. Ever since, it has been a spiritual home for me, my wife Joan, and our three sons, each of them now attending college.I have had the privilege and pleasure to serve Cabrini in many different roles and ministries; lectoring, marriage preparation, teaching religious education, participating in the musical comedy celebrations, and coordinating the Candlelight Dinners with my lovely wife.

I believe Cabrini is defined by our focus on community. As I reflect upon the elements that make the Cabrini Mass unique - homilies, music, prayers of the faithful, sign of peace, announcements - they are all direct expressions of an active and involved community.
I am hopeful I can bring consensus building, problem solving and communication skills to the council and help our parish celebrate our core values and seek new opportunities.
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Joe Reid
(Term expires 2016)
jmichaelreid@aol.com
Sharon and I returned to Cabrini a little over a year ago and have been welcomed back by old and new friends.  After I joined Cabrini in 1969, we celebrated our marriage here in August 1970, and baptized our three daughters at Cabrini in the early 70’s.   We joined St. Mark’s when the girls entered grade school.  More recently Assumption in Saint Paul has been our parish and we continue to mentor engaged couples there.

We’re happy to be back and enjoy Cabrini’s diverse community, joyful liturgies and multifaceted activities.  Our seven young grandchildren keep us busy, but we have been able to join in a few parish activities this past year.  Last fall we helped with Cabrini’s effort to defeat the marriage amendment.  We hosted a One Book One Read discussion group and a candle light dinner.  Cabrini’s Parish Council has a reputation as an effective body working within the parish community to foster all the principles of Vatican II.  If elected I would work with the other members of the Council to preserve, expand and share the Cabrini spirit.
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Rick Rocheford
(Term expires 2017)
I am a 30-year member of Cabrini and have served many committees and been involved with many parish activities during that time, including:
  • Fundraising (auction and festival)
  • Plant and facilities repair and maintenance
  • Justice and Peace
  • Word Team
  • Term on the Parish Council

I am a retired businessperson with 35+ years of sales and management experience.
I am active in many nonprofits as a volunteer, currently teaching ESL to Latinos and am serving as a block leader in Minneapolis.
I am working 20 hours per week for a nonprofit in St. Louis Park.
Monica and I live in south Minneapolis.
I am a strong advocate of the Cabrini mission and purpose and want to help bring that forward over the next 3 years.
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Bill Urbanski
(Term Expires 2017)
bjurba@gmail.com
My wife Joan and I joined St. Frances Cabrini in 2011. We wished we had done so years sooner. We found Cabrini to be a welcoming and very caring Christian community. We were members of a large traditional suburban Catholic parish for over 40 years. Even though we were active and supportive parishioners, sent our kids to the parish school, joined a Just FAITH group, became strong supporters of Catholic Social Teaching and Social Justice and started and led a Fair Trade ministry for six years, we still felt like outsiders looking in.

Finally, after getting a new, more conservative pastor, and being judged as not being “Catholic enough,” Joan and I decided to look for a new spiritual home. We became “Roaming Catholics.” After a year of visiting other parishes, a friend suggested we check out St. Frances Cabrini. We were looking for a strong Vatican II parish – living the spirit of Catholicism supported by Vatican II. We wanted a spiritual home where all were treated with dignity and respect, a Christian community where individual members truly cared for each other, and we found that at St. Frances Cabrini. As a Parish Council member, I want to work to maintain and strengthen this Cabrini tradition.
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September 2014

Date/Time of Meeting

6:30pm-8:00pm 4th Monday of every month. Tibesar Library. Meetings are open to all parishioners.

Council Members

Pat Jones (Chair)
Bev Atkinson
Kit Canright
Julia Earle
Rachel Nelson
Joe Pipp
Joe Reid
Rick Rocheford
Bill Urbanski

For further information email parishcouncil@cabrinimn.org  or contact any council member individually.