Pastoral Ministry

Pastoral Ministry

Presentation Sisters use their gifts to serve God by engaging in pastoral ministries in parishes, hospitals, pastoral counseling programs and a variety of social agencies. These ministries differ from parish to parish, organization to organization, depending on the needs of the people and the programs offered. In those roles Sisters share life, accompany, guide, counsel and console, as well as celebrate and rejoice with God’s people as they live through the sorrows and joys, opportunities and crises of life.

Diana Blong

Sister Diana Blong ministers as pastoral associate at Immaculate Conception Parish in Charles City, Iowa. Creative, energetic, enthusiastic and hardworking, Sister Diana juggles multiple commitments throughout the week. In addition to pastoral care ministries, she assists social justice and parish life committees, and enjoys intercultural and community outreach opportunities.

Joan Brincks

Presently she is co-director for the Associate Partnership. She also is on the pastoral care team at Mt. St. Francis Center in Dubuque, Iowa. She loves to learn and grow, expanding herself in what is evolving. She enjoys being in nature and beauty, surrounding herself with God’s presence. She loves dance movement that opens her to the Divine within and around her.

Mery Cari Paz

Sister Mery Cari Paz, currently the only native Bolivian in the Dubuque Presentation community, ministers as a missionary in her native Bolivia. She counsels individuals and families, animates family catechesis, visits and accompanies families in need.

Cheryl Demmer

Sister Cheryl Demmer ministers as director of faith formation for parishes in Muscatine and Wilton, Iowa. Sister Cheryl, an energetic and creative, as well as competent minister, exercises leadership skills wherever she serves. She is currently part of the permanent diaconate scrutinies committee for the Diocese of Davenport. Sister Cheryl tries to be of service wherever there is a need.

Benjamin Duschner

Sister Benjamin Duschner ministers to the elderly in St. Elizabeth Pastor of Epworth, Peosta, Placid, and Farley, visits the homebound, nursing homes and hospitals. She says it is a joy to visit these people because she knows most of them. They are all so gracious and thankful that she comes with the Eucharist and some good laughs.

Janet Goetz

A graduate of Bishop Garrigan Catholic High School in Algona, Iowa, Sister Janet Goetz volunteers at Garrigan, the St. Cecelia Parish office and Adoration Chapel. She stays in contact with shut-ins and nursing home residents via phone calls and written notes. She is involved with student activities at Garrigan and accompanies the Kiwinas Students of the Month. Sister Janet is secretary to the Bishop Garrigan School Board. She enjoys reading, family history, yard work, walking and spectator sports.

Michaeline Healy

Sister Michaeline Healy wholeheartedly ministers as pastoral associate at St. Mary Parish in Caledonia, Minnesota, where she offers ongoing prayer, support, and leadership for parishioners. She is co-director of a grief group at St. Mary’s in Caledonia, MN.

Annette Kestel

Sister Annette Kestel is a pastoral associate at Epiphany Parish in Mason City, Iowa. Her responsibilities include adult faith formation, welcoming new parish members, marriage preparation, working with parish liturgical ministers, and individual spiritual direction. In her free time, Sister Annette enjoys sewing, reading, walking and music.

Margaret Anne Kramer

Sister Margaret Anne Kramer, with two part-time jobs, ministers as pastoral associate at St. Anthony Parish in Dubuque, Iowa, and as pastoral care coordinator at Mount Loretto motherhouse. On-call around the clock, Sister Margaret Anne responds to a variety of needs. She enjoys spending time with friends and family members in the between-times.

Beth Kress

Sister Beth Kress is caregiver for her sister. She ministers in communications for Hotel Hope of New Orleans and also offers her expertise and skills as a proofreader and writer for Presentation Doorways. Sister Beth is a member of the Communicators for Women Religious and Sisters United News of the Upper Mississippi Valley. A talented violinist she plays violin and viola as a longtime a member of the Dubuque Community String Orchestra and collaborates with other liturgical musicians on special occasions.

Jennifer Rausch

Sister Jennifer Rausch ministers at The Glenn Hopkins, a senior living community, as pastoral care coordinator. It is her privilege to accompany the residents during their senior years as they navigate the transitions of life due to their changing physical, mental and spiritual status. She says she is blessed as they share their wisdom years with her and strive to live their lives to the fullest. Presentation hospitality animates her interactions with 330 residents, their family members and staff. She facilitates various recycling projects at The Glenn Hopkins to protect and reverence Earth. She enjoys crocheting and attending live theater productions. A variety of Minnesota parks and lakes provide opportunities to savor God’s presence through the beauty of creation.

Janet Stelken

Sister Janet Stelken currently lives in Chicago and volunteers at St. James Parish in Chicago, Illinois. She ministers as a caregiver for the elderly and elderly homebound. Her past ministries include elementary science teacher, high school religion teacher, member of the community leadership team and pastoral care coordinator.