Born and bred in Meade County, Kentucky, I grew up on our family farm where my parents, Randall and Georgina, continue to reside and operate the farm. I am the oldest of four – one brother, George, and two sisters, Lori and Karen. I have 12 nieces and nephews and six great-nieces and nephews. My day-off is spent on the family farm and being with family; they keep me rooted and remind from whence I come. Growing up in rural Kentucky and attending the University of Kentucky, I am an avid “Big Blue” fan. I am also a huge tennis fan and enjoying playing competitively. While at UK, I “found Jesus” and then transferred to St. Meinrad College where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and then later received a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in theology from St. Meinrad School of Theology. I was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Louisville in 1990. I have served as an Associate Pastor at the following parishes: St. Helen (Shively), Holy Spirit, St. James (Elizabethtown) and St. Raphael the Archangel. I was also assigned as the chaplain for the Catholic Deaf community who patiently taught me sign language and blessed me with a new way of experiencing faith and worship. In 2003, I was appointed to my first pastorate for St. Stephen Martyr parish. Throughout my priesthood, the one cohesive element has been Mass and good liturgy. I firmly believe that if we pray well together, God will take care of everything else. I thank God for my rural roots, for the many good pastors that mentored me as their associate, for the new vision Deaf Catholics taught me and for the patience and faithful witness of the parishioners of St. Stephen Martyr. As pastor of Epiphany parish, I look forward to serving alongside the people of Epiphany and continuing to grow in faith, hope and love.
I share responsibility for the daily pastoral care of parishioners. I help plan, organize and carry to completion the parish mission as part of a team. I am present at liturgies every weekend and parish wide events and programs throughout the year. I offer assistance to a variety of ministries with particular attention given to the Adult Catechumenate, Worship and Parish Life. Since my arrival in Louisville in Sept. ’04, I have participated in many on-going educational programs to update myself in the area of RCIA from the Archdiocesan Office of Lifelong Learning; in the area of annulments from the Marriage Tribunal. I have participated in a year long program around parish administration and in April 2011 I received a Certificate of “Specialization in Parish Administration.” From 1989 through 2003 I ministered in three parishes in the archdiocese of Boston as Pastoral Associate. I have a M.Ed and have taken numerous courses in theology from Boston College and Weston School of Theology in Christology, sacraments, liturgy, morality and ethics.
Deacon Lucio A. Caruso brings 35 years of parish, diocesan and Catholic agency pastoral experience to diaconal ministry. He is employed at Louisville Catholic Charities in the area of parish and community engagement. He recently directed a yearlong Catholic Charities project responding to the needs of middle-class working people affected by the economic downturn.
Caruso and his wife Therese earned their master’s degrees in pastoral theology from St. Mary of the Woods, Terre Haute, Ind. Mrs. Caruso is director of Adult Faith Formation and Marriage and Family Enrichment at St. Barnabas parish. She is also a registered nurse.
Both have been involved in lifelong service to the church as lay ecclesial ministers.
They have three children and three grandchildren, all of whom reside in Grand Rapids, Mich., the couple’s home until 2008.
I grew up in a rural area near Troy, NY, where both of my grandfathers were farmers and my Dad owned a Precision Tool and Die business. I learned to love the land and to see how mechanical things were created, starting with a concept.
I graduated from Broome Technical Institute (Binghamton, NY) with a degree in Mechanical Technology. From there I got a job in Cleveland, Ohio and began my career of supervising and managing Maintenance departments in the Industrial Chemicals sector of products. Later I managed mechanical/electrical installations for PCL Construction Services, building large facilities for Pillsbury, Lafarge and Orlando International Airport.
I am married to Judy and have 4 children and 8 grandchildren. We love our Community of Epiphany and are active in several ministries, including Hospitality for 9:00am Sunday Mass. I also volunteer two days a week with Habitat for Humanity Metro Louisville, on Chuck Sgro’s Team.
I try to be a value-added staff member by sharing my knowledge and love of fixing things so everyone coming to our Community can enjoy the facilities and be comfortable here.
My Name is Julie Stuart, I am the Parish Nurse on the staff at Epiphany. Born and raised in Louisville’s south end. I grew up in St. Paul’s parish where I attended grade school. I graduated from Angela Merici High School and attended Spalding University for a few years. I then graduated from Bellarmine University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. I worked for 13 years as a nurse in a doctor’s office. During that time, I ministered to my grandfather on his death journey and felt God calling me in a different direction. I enrolled in the Ministry Formation program thru the Archdiocese of Louisville and was commissioned in 2005. It was then that I fell in love with the concept of blending my faith and my nursing skills, Parish Nursing. I have taken several Parish Nursing courses over the years. I then felt the calling to find out even more about my Catholic faith. Enrolling in the Archdiocese of Louisville LIMEX program. Loyola Institute for ministry extension program. I have completed my Masters in Pastoral Studies degree. I am so very excited to use my new found calling in my own parish of Epiphany. My husband Jay and I have been parishioners over 8 years and truly feel at home here. I am excited to bring the church to our sick and homebound parishioners. I hope to continue the current ministries of Community Care as well as add some new and exciting programs.
I'm blessed to be able to say I've lived in many cities in my lifetime; however, I was born, raised, and schooled in Pittsburgh, PA. When my family and I were transferred to Louisville from our third time around in Pittsburgh (GO STEELERS!), we registered our membership in what would come to be the port in the storms of our lives - EPIPHANY!. Particularly since my husband's death in 1996, I've come to accept this faith community as an extended family. Its members comforted us in our loss, shared our RCIA, matrimonial and baptismal joys, and helped my family take care of me during my surgeries. Epiphany is so great a part of who I am, which is why after 26 years of employment here, I still absolutely love what I do - secretarial work for the pastor, involvement with Baptisms and Marriages, maintaining the integrity of Epiphany's database, sacramental record keeping, reports for staff, committee heads and the Archdiocese, keep our maintenance staff apprised of upcoming community activities, and work for and with our parish membership. I'm also active in a number of stewardship ministries here. With God's help, I hope to continue to be part of your lives for many more years. I thank you for the gifts all of you are to me.
Adult Formation Minister
July of 2000 found me, Therese Brennan, beginning work at Epiphany as the Adult Formation Minister. Since then I have worked with an Adult Formation Team to create, enhance, and/or teach a variety of programs that help adults grow in the knowledge and experience of their Catholic faith. My work includes: Preparing parents to celebrate the Baptism of their children, couples to live the sacrament of Marriage, and adults completing their initiation via Confirmation. Teaching or coordinating classes that focus on Scripture, Theology, Catholic thought, Saints, Christian Art and more. Planned field trips have included the "Kentucky Holy Lands," Cathedral of the Assumption, and an Art museum. We've even tapped the Kentucky Humanities for Chautauqua programs. Recently, in September '08, I began work with the Stewardship Committee, exploring ways to encourage living an active, year-round awareness of stewardship. Since 1985, my life has revolved around Religious Education. I have served as a Director of Religious Education in inner-city, suburban parishes in the dioceses of Syracuse, Dallas, Indianapolis and here in Louisville. My work included organizing and conducting workshops, retreats and classes on the parish, diocesan and regional levels. I've earned a Masters Degree in Religious Education from the University of Dallas in 1985. In 1997, I received my Master of Arts Degree in Christian Community Leadership from Regis University, Denver. That same year, I was honored by being inducted into the National Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu for scholarship and service.
Auxiliary Music Staff
I have been blessed with the opportunity to be Choir Director here at Epiphany since March of 2009. I grew up in Chicago, Illinois and was raised a Presbyterian. My love of singing brought me to Belmont University in Nashville, TN where I majored in Commercial Vocal Performance. While there I was a member of Company, a nationally recognized song and dance ensemble. I also participated in the Gospel choir on campus, Chadasha. My Catholic husband, whom I met at Belmont, showed me a side of my faith I had never explored. This led me to join the Catholic Church in 2005. Once I graduated from Belmont my husband and I moved back to Chicago where I was a cabaret singer/dancer on the Spirit of Chicago, a dinner cruise line. In 2007 my husband took a job teaching theology at St. Xavier High School and we moved here to Louisville. Within two weeks of living here we found and fell in love with the community of Epiphany. I love being a part of this wonderful church. To be able to share my gifts and talents with this community has been especially rewarding. Now, as a new mother, I am even more grateful for an outlet that allows me to be more than “Mom” and to exercise my love of music and ministry.
Children's Formation Minister
I have been a member of Epiphany since 1987. At that time the Family/Children's Formation Minister was Sr. Marlene Brokamp. I soon became friends with her and for three years, served as one of her many helpers for all things children and families, and as her representative on the Formation Committee. As we all know, the Spirit can surprise and gift us when we least expect it. In 1992, I was very happy to become a co-minister for Family/Children's Formation. I have always had a deep respect for children and consider caring for them, body and soul, to be a privilege. I thoroughly enjoy supporting parents in their responsibility of passing on the faith to their children.
Originally a Midwesterner, who grew up in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, I moved to Louisville 20 years ago when my husband, Randy, was transferred here. Together we raised 3 children: Gina, Adam and Alex, now all in their twenties. I have been an active member of Epiphany during those years including Co-Chairing the Environmental Committee, Social Responsibility Committee, Marriage Enrichment Group, Hunger & Poverty Committee, Neighborhood Visitor Program, Bibletimes Marketplace, Berrytown Tutoring Program, ESL in Shelbyville, Bread Baking & Coffee Cup Committees and many other church activities and community-wide events. Being a scratch cook for my family and friends for the past 30 years has given me experiences to step into the position of Epiphany Cook/Housekeeper. I cook for the staff and volunteers as I do for my family... feeding them a diet of fresh & healthy simple foods.
I started working at Epiphany in June of 1999 as assistant in maintenance and became Maintenance Manager in 2003. I am a Louisville native, a member of St. Peter’s the Apostle (St. Polycarp) Church, and graduated from Bishop David High School in 1970. After graduation, I went to work for Phillip Morris USA and in 2000 retired after 30 years of service.
Parish Business Manager
I joined Epiphany’s staff in 1987 as Parish Business Manager, very excited about using my professional training and experience in Church ministry. At that time Epiphany owned only one computer, an Osborne 1 with a 5mb hard drive and construction of the Community Center was just beginning with Worship Center renovations to follow. My ministry here has been a very fulfilling one, with never a dull moment. As Parish Business Manager, I oversee all aspects of the financial operations of the community including accounting, financial reporting, budgeting, collection counting and annual audit. Working very closely with the Administration/Finance committee and the Tech Committee, I am also responsible for building maintenance, grounds maintenance and enhancement, security, technology and computer operations, webpage, personnel administration and communications. An incredible core of volunteers is required to make all this possible. I graduated from Bellarmine University with a major in Accounting and minor in Business Administration. I have worked in public and corporate accounting and have taught at the High School and Business College level. As the wife of a deacon, I completed the 3 years of formation as part of the Diaconate Program and in 1997, I completed a MSSW at U of L’s Kent School of Social Work, a program of study that has enhanced my work with individuals and groups. I continue to be challenged and energized in my ministry within the Epiphany community.
My name is Lynne Webb and I came to Epiphany as Secretary/Bookkeeper in March of 1992. After completing my Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Science from Western Kentucky University, for many years I gained a variety of business experience and was finally called to the rewarding life of church ministry. After working at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for 13 years, I joined Epiphany’s staff where I began a close working association with our Business Manager assisting in many aspects of the accounting operation. I also act as liaison to the Parish Pastoral Council, and assist our Worship Minister. Though I am a member of my neighborhood church, Our Lady of Lourdes, I feel very much a part of the Epiphany Community, to the extent of helping co-found the SEL Group, a single’s group that has been in existence for almost 14 years.
Social Responsibility Minister
Larry has a wealth of experience in social action and extensive knowledge of Catholic social teaching. Born in Hopkinsville, KY, Larry grew up in Biloxi, MS, and lived in Colorado 28 years before coming to Epiphany. He served as Director of the Office for Social Justice at the Diocese of Pueblo, where he worked for 23 years. He also served as Director of Campus Ministry for 10 of those years. More recently, he was Director of a non-profit organization, Better Pueblo. He has worked with numerous community organizations and has wide ranging experience working on issues relate to the environment, worker rights, war and peace, health care for all, immigration, prison ministry, renewable energy and sustainable development. He is a particularly avid student of U.S. foreign policy and environmental justice. He has had significant interfaith collaboration in social justice work and has skills in public policy analysis, diplomacy, negotiation, and mediation. He helped found three non-profit organizations in Colorado and in 2005 was National Finalist for the Ford Foundation's Leadership for a Changing World, in part for his application of Catholic social teaching to local community and state wide issues in Colorado. A former college adminstrator and metallurgist, Larry holds graduate degrees in theology and college student personnel, with a bachelor's degree in engineering. Larry volunteered at Epiphany in the RCIA program in the early 80s and was very excited to come work with the community in the social responsibility ministry. He's been married to his wife, Kathy, for 20 years and they have two children, Lauren and Luke. He says he simply likes people a lot and believes in the capacity to work together for greater love and justice in the community and world
Worship and Music Minister
I’m Linda Thieneman and I have been Epiphany’s Music and Worship Minister since 1982. While there have been many changes through the years, Epiphany has remained faithful to its vision of a hospitable community fully engaged in faith through involvement in prayer and action, with a commitment to vibrant liturgies, ongoing formation, transformative social justice and self-giving service. Prayer has been the heart of our community as we have continually come together to wrestle with gospel values, relevant issues, a plethora of opinions and the Spirit’s callings. The Worship Committee fosters the prayer and liturgical experiences that help us find our deeper unity in the midst of diversity, and to choose courses of action that allow the love of God to be more manifest in our world. As the prayer of our community has deepened and broadened, so have our Worship ministries expanded to include all that supports weekend Eucharistic liturgies (from planners to lectors, space arrangers to bell ringers), programs to help develop individuals’ prayer, and the breadth of prayer forms (from rosary to labyrinth prayer) that help sustain us in living out our mission. I came to Epiphany with music education and performance degrees and background, with experience of music ministry in Michigan and Louisville, and soon had my Masters in Music as well. Music has always been a valued part of Epiphany’s prayer, and our music ministry has grown to include singers and players of all ages, provided music for hundreds of programs and thousands of prayer events, and produced four recordings. In 2006 I completed a degree in music therapy that further informs me in the use of music as a tool for spiritual experience and expression. Over the years I have remained animated by Epiphany nurturing my creativity and leadership as well as challenging me to explore and develop ministries in varied areas, particularly in spirituality and music.