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Faith Formation Staff

Kayla Rooney, Director
Email: Kayla.Rooney@stjosephcommunity.org
Phone: 651-423-4402 x3225

Blessings! I am honored to join the St. Joseph Community (June 2018) as the Director of Lifelong Faith Formation. I am excited to meet and get to know you as I journey with you as a part of your faith journey. Prior to working at St. Joe's, I worked at another local parish in a variety of areas: Youth Ministry, Faith Formation, VIRTUS/Safe Environment, Baptism, and Special Needs Formation. I also have years of experience of volunteering with Youth Ministry and Confirmation programs at my home Parish in Savage, MN. 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. Joe's. My husband and I live in Apple Valley with our 2 daughters and a dog. Our family has been blessed to grow through the beautiful gift of adoption (Heidi is from New York City; Eviana is from Seattle). 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. 

Kathy Neary, Coordinator

Email: Kathy.Neary@stjosephcommunity.org
Phone: 651-423-4402 x3226

I am the Coordinator of Sunday School (since 2012) and the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program (Started in 2014). 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.

Mijanou Sampers, Coordinator
Email: Mijanou.Sampers@stjosephcommunity.org
Phone: 651-423-4402
Greetings! I am the EXPO Coordinator and assist with Confirmation. I am the proud mother of 8 boys and 1 girl. I have been involved at St. Joe's for a number of years and look forward to each year and working with our High School youth.

Ann Brown, Administrative Assistant
Email: Ann.Brown@stjosephcommunity.org
Phone: 651-423-4402
Ann is a great resource and assistant to the Faith Formation team! If you have any questions about registration, billing, or Sacramental paperwork, do not hesitate to reach out to Ann.