Staff Directory

  • Father Eilen

    Pastor

    (763) 753-2011 pastor@st-patricks.org

    Fr. Eilen was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 2009. Prior to priestly ordination, he received six years of theological training at The St. Paul Seminary (2003-2009). Fr. Eilen was appointed the 7th Pastor of St Patrick by Archbishop John C. Nienstedt, beginning his ministry on July 1, 2015. A native of Delano, MN, Fr. Eilen received his undergraduate degree in Biology (BA) from the College of St. Thomas in 1983. Prior to entering seminary, he worked for twenty years in the Courier Division for HealthEast Transportation (1983-2003), as part of the HealthEast Hospital system in St. Paul, MN. If he were trapped on a desert island, Fr. Eilen would bring the Bible, the Roman Missile (so he can offer Mass), and the best book on Sacred Art.

  • Deacon George Stahl

    Deacon

    (763) 753-2011 DeaconGeorge@st-patricks.org

    Deacon George was ordained in September of 2010 and assigned to St Patrick’s by the Archbishop. His service to St Patrick’s began shortly after ordination and he has participated fully in the liturgical life of the parish and the pastoral care to our community. Deacon George's hidden talent is making delicious apple pies!

  • Deacon Kris Ringwall

    Deacon

    (763) 753-2011

    Deacon Kris will assist Fr. Eilen and Deacon George in serving the good people of St. Patrick’s. He was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Bismarck, ND in 2003. Deacon Kris and his wife Marian moved into the Andover area after living and working for 2-years in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Canada) to be closer to family (6-children and 5-grandchildren). His eldest daughter Kirstin (Cory) Kanski have been members of St. Patrick’s for several years. Deacon Kris enjoys writing, teaching, and working with God’s people to strengthen their love for Jesus and His Church.

  • Linda Abel-Thomas

    Community Life Director

    (763) 753-2011 lmabel-thomas@st-patricks.org

    Linda joined the team in 2005 and has served in a variety of capacities in religious education and youth formation. In 2015, her emphasis has shifted to discipleship, adult formation and member engagement. Linda is married and has three adult children (2 daughter and 1 son). If Linda could only eat one thing for the rest of her life it would be peanut butter! Contact Linda about all adult events (joining St. Patrick's, bible studies, RCIA, social events, marriage enrichment, small groups, discipleship, Encounter events and our annual women's retreat).

  • Rod Barfknecht

    Custodial Services

    (763) 753-2011

    Rod Barfknecht is responsible for nightly custodial services and a wide variety of other tasks including preparing our facility for community events, maintaining a clean and hospitable environment, and so much more. Rod is married and lives locally with his wife. A fun fact about Rod is that he greatly enjoys food and often spends his time daydreaming about what he'll eat for dinner. We are thankful for his service to our St. Patrick community.

  • Tim DeBiaso

    Maintenance Supervisor

    (763) 753-2011 tdebiaso@st-patricks.org

    Tim is our full-time Maintenance Supervisor and joined the team in 2018. Tim comes to us with facility management experience, and a willingness to serve. He has already tackled some projects that have been on the list for awhile, and in the upcoming year, he will work on several preventive maintenance projects to keep the buildings and grounds in tip-top shape. If Tim was a donut he said, "I would be a glazed old fashioned, because they are the gentlemen’s donut." Contact Tim about anything related to building maintenance, the parish grounds, or anything in between!

  • Maria Furness

    Communications Coordinator

    (763) 753-2011 mfurness@st-patricks.org

    Maria joined the team in 2018 and acts as the Communications Coordinator. She graduated from Franciscan University with a background in both Writing and Marketing. Maria enjoys being outside, listening to Celine Dion, and spending time with her family. If I could travel anywhere in the world it would be to Greece so I could re-enact Mamma Mia. Contact Maria about the bulletin, The Nightingale, social media, eblasts, or our SmartBoards.

  • Laura Garcia

    Director of Operations

    (763) 753-2011 laura.garcia@st-patricks.org

    Laura has been a member of our team the longest, originally hired in 1998. She has served in a variety of roles since then, most notably bookkeeping, data management, and general parish operations. Laura is married and has three grown sons. If Laura could travel anywhere, it would be to Mexico to visit her family, or on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land so she could experience how the Holy Family lived. Contact Laura about anything related to finances or the operation of our building.

  • Amee Heigl

    Worship Director

    (763) 753-2011 aheigl@st-patricks.org

    Amee has been a member of the team since 2015. She has a degree in Liturgical Music from The College of St. Benedict, and brings lots of energy as we build our music program. Amee is married with four sons. If Amee could go bowling with anyone she said, "I'd choose J.R.R. Tolkien. Even though I probably couldn’t stand up to his intellectual/philosophical genius, he knew how to chill out and be a great spiritual friend to others!" Contact Amee about our many choirs, Sunday announcements, or anything related to the Liturgy.

  • Dan Jaeger

    Business Administrator

    (763) 753-2011 djaeger@st-patricks.org

    Dan joined the team in 2014 to oversee parish operations, finance and development. He spent a career in sales, business leadership and real estate. He is married with four sons, and seven grand kids. Did you know Dan can secretly juggle and spin a basketball on his finger? Contact Dan about legacy or security giving, if you're an outside organization that wishes to rent a room, or if you have a "big picture" question.

  • Patti Jochim

    Custodial Services

    (763) 753-2011 pjochim@st-patricks.org

    Patti has been a member of the parish her entire life. As a retired school teacher, she had a desire to serve more at St. Patrick. She was hired in 2006 as a part-time custodian, but does so much more for this parish community! If Patti was trapped on a desert island she'd bring: the Bible, the complete works of Sherlock Holmes, and a book on How to Draw so she could entertain herself by drawing on the sand then let the tide wash it clean. Contact Patti if you have a question related to church cleaning.

  • Barb Karel

    Director of Formation

    (763) 753-2011 bkarel@st-patricks.org

    Barb joined the team in 2021 as the Director of Formation. She is passionate about our faith, her kids and people of all ages. She is excited to be part of the vibrant community at St. Pat’s and is looking forward to journeying alongside the families and youth of our parish. Her hidden talent is that she marched with her French horn in marching band for her high school years and never once played a note AND was never found out!

  • Cathy Mevissen

    Administrative Assistant

    (763) 753-2011 cmevissen@st-patricks.org

    Cathy retired from a career as a legal secretary, and wanted to be more involved in her parish. She started volunteering more at St. Patrick, and then joined the team in 2013 as a part-time administrative assistant serving the Pastor and Deacon with baptisms, funerals, and pastoral care. Cathy has two grown children, as well as precious grand kids! Contact Cathy if you have a question about baptisms or funerals.

  • Kristin Theis

    Administrative Coordinator

    (763) 753-2011 ktheis@st-patricks.org

    Kristin joined the team in 2014 and is responsible for several administrative roles in the parish, including front desk and reception. She is married with four children. Contact Kristin if you have questions about our online calendar, booking a room, paperwork, church records, contributions, or general information.

  • Jeremy Weakly

    Pastoral Care and Outreach Coordinator

    (763) 753-2011 jweakly@st-patricks.org

    Jeremy is the newest member of our St. Patrick team! He is excited to take on the role of Pastoral Care and Outreach Coordinator. Jeremy comes to us with a background in Marketing from St. Cloud State, and has experience serving people with developmental disabilities. If Jeremy had $1 million he said, "I would get a house in Alaska with some land and a plane to fly there. Could I have some more money to do that?" Contact Jeremy about anything related to outreach!