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Bio: Father Alan Wielinski was born and raised in Little Falls Minnesota. He attended Crosier Seminary High School and Junior College in Onamia, St. John’s University and School of Theology in Collegeville, Minnesota. Fr. Alan was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop George Speltz on June 2, 1984. He has served at many parishes around the diocese. Most recently, before coming to Our Lady of Victory in July of 2013, he served for six years as pastor of the newly twinned parishes, St. Peter and St. Paul in St. Cloud. While pastoring at St. Leonard’s in Pelican Rapids and St. Elizabeth in Elizabeth, Fr. Alan also was engaged in Hispanic ministry and received a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry with a Hispanic emphasis from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas. Fr. Alan enjoys people, music of many kinds, spiritual reading and keeping up with world news, bicycling and walking, and travel. His favorite saint is Francis of Assisi who calls forth from all of us a more radical commitment to Christ and to peacemaking.
Deacon Chuck Kampa
Bio: Sharon and Chuck have been married for 41 years. They have three children and four grandchildren but are always looking for more of the latter! Chuck is retired from the Veteran’s Medical Center in St Cloud, where he worked for thirty-five years and from the Army Reserve in which he served for thirty-two years. Chuck studied at St John’s University School of Theology and received his Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry in 2006 and was ordained a Deacon on June 10, 2006 at St Mary’s Cathedral. Chuck served as a deacon at St Mary’s Cathedral for three years before coming at OLV. He moved here in June of 2009 and has said, "it has been the best move I could have asked for."
Bio: Dean Pawlowski grew up in Warren, MN. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Dakota, he took a job with Otter Tail Power Company. After marrying Sarah, Dean moved to Fergus Falls, where he continues to work for Otter Tail Power as a Principal Engineer in the transmission contracts department. Sarah and Dean have two kids, Will and Sophia. Dean was ordained to the Order of Permanent Diaconate in June of 2018. His ministries include working with the youth, teaching religious education classes, visiting the sick, social concerns, and assisting with liturgy.
Bio: Rosemary Griffin grew up on a farm in Wilkin county. She attended grades 1-8 at Assumption School in Barnesville where she and her husband Pat were classmates. For high school Rosemary went to Mount St. Benedict Academy in Crookston where she was a boarding student. She attended Moorhead State College. Her work experience includes the lab at the Fargo Clinic, offset press operator at the Valley Journal in Halstad and 28 years in various positions at Lakes Country Service Cooperative. Rosemary was retired for a year before starting at OLV. Pat and Rosemary have one daughter, Laura, who attended Our Lady of Victory Catholic School. Laura and her husband, Chad, and their two sons, Patrick and Isaac, live in Fargo. Rosemary enjoys playing the piano, reading – especially spiritual non-fiction, playing cards, and spending time at the lake. She is a Benedictine Oblate affiliated with the Sisters of St. Benedict Monastery in Crookston.
Financial Director/Faith Formation
Bio: Mayme Hofland, a Fergus Falls native has been involved in the Faith Formation area of the Catholic Church since 1999. Her first 2 years in Sheridan, WY found her with secretarial duties and coordinating Faith Formation for grades Pre-K thru 6th grade. In 2001, she moved to Douglas, WY and directed the Faith Formation Program for preschool thru Adult, along with youth ministry, Sacrament preparation, and pastoral assistance for the next eight years. The fall of 2009 found Mayme, her husband, and three children moving back to their home state of Minnesota to be closer to their families. In 2010, she worked in St. James @ Maine coordinating the Faith Formation Program of Preschool thru 5th grade; but since 2011, she has resided at OLV working within a variety of Faith Formation Programs and Finances. She enjoys traveling, reading, music, and family life.
Bio: Tonya Zierden has been the Principal of OLV School since 2014. She is originally from Bluffton, MN and is the youngest of 6 kids. She got her Elementary Education Degree from St. Cloud State and taught for 3 years before moving to Missouri where she was a stay at home mom. Tonya and her husband Dan moved to Fergus Falls in 2003 when they became partners in Cullen’s Home Center. Tonya worked in sales, marketing, Human Resources and bookkeeping for their business. During this time, Tonya was involved at OLV School as a parent. Their five children have all attended OLV School; the youngest ones are still there. Tonya is working on her Master’s in Educational Leadership through Minnesota State University Moorhead and plans to complete it by the end of 2018. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, gardening and enjoying the outdoors.
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