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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:

Bob Reid
(Term Expires 2014)
bevbob61@usfamily.net
These are interesting times for our Cabrini Community. Who will be our pastor come July 1? We can hope it is Leo, but may need to plan for a new pastor. Today, as in times past, we have a Parish Council that provides strong, visible, enlightened and elected lay leadership and we have been blessed with pastors who have supported that tradition. As a member of St. Frances Cabrini community with my wife, Bev, for about 40 years, I have had the opportunity to serve on the Parish Council a number of times including times of transition with a new pastor. I will bring an historical perspective and experience to Council deliberations have served other parish needs as well.

My personal goal is to be buried from this Church by this community (though not for many years to come)! I would hope to add to the wisdom, will and effectiveness of our parish Council if elected.
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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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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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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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Mary Beth St. Hilaire
(Term expires 2014)
marybsaint@hotmail.com
St. Frances Cabrini is a nourishing, caring community that strives to be inclusive and welcoming. I see the Gospel being lived here authentically and proactively. Our liturgical and spiritual practices enliven the Holy Spirit within all of us and draw us together. The values and attitude of Vatican II continue to be alive among us. We are the people of God.

As we move forward during this time of transition and uncertainty, I consider it highly important that we build upon these strengths. For whatever changes lie ahead, we must listen carefully to each other and to the spirit of our community. I am ready to listen and help prayerfully discern our next steps as our community journey unfolds.

I have been a member of Cabrini for around six years. During that time, I have served 4+ years on the Outreach Committee. I very frequently join the Word Team at its weekly meetings, and I have offered scripture reflections before Mass. I am also a lector and Mass coordinator. These experiences and duties during the past several years have given me a strong sense of who we are as a community.
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Tim Spanier
(Term Expires 2014)
tspanier11@yahoo.com
My wife, Mamoeletsi and our then 13 year old son, Eric joined Cabrini family when Newman Center closed. We have felt at home, from the very first Sunday we attended mass here. My son and I have volunteered to work on Habitat for Humanity homes every year since we have been Cabrini members. I am currently on the Habitat committee. By day, I am a Database Administrator at a local bank; but I enjoy working with my hands so much that my wife says I am a good handyman. I have volunteered to help fix things in and around the church for some time, and have been serving on the Maintenance Committee for three years.

I would like to have the opportunity to join an outstanding group of people who serve on the Parish Council, as we as a Parish navigate our way through this transitional period.
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Mike Tegeder, Pastor
m.tegeder@cabrinimn.org
 



January 2014

Date/Time of Meeting

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

Council Members

Bob Reid (Chair)
Bev Atkinson
Kit Canright
Pat Jones
Rachel Nelson
Joe Pipp
Joe Reid
Mary Beth St. Hillaire
Tim Spanier
Fr Mike Tegeder (Pastor)

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