Fr. Dale Korogi, Pastor
Email 612 424-6201
Dale Korogi was born and raised in North Minneapolis, the youngest of four sons of Joseph and Mary Korogi. He grew up in St. Philip’s parish, where he attended grade school. He graduated from Minneapolis Central High School and the University of Saint Thomas, where he earned a BA in Theology. His seminary studies took him to the North American College in Rome. There he received an STB (Baccalaureate in Theology) from the Gregorian University and an STL (Licentiate in Sacramental Theology) from the Athenaeum of Saint Anselm. In 1983, he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. His work there has included posts as Vocation Director, Rector of Saint John Vianney Seminary, Parochial Vicar of the Basilica of Saint Mary, and Chaplain at North Memorial Medical Center. He served as Pastor of the Church of Christ the King in Southwest Minneapolis for 12 years, and became the eighth Pastor of the Church of the Ascension in North Minneapolis in 2015.
Patty Stromen, Parish Administrator and President of Ascension Catholic Academy
Email 612 424-6202
I have had the honor of serving as Parish Administrator since 2001. Serving in this position brings many wonderful experiences, the most important being the opportunity to meet and interact with so many faith-filled, kind and humble people in our parish, school and neighborhood. My day-to-day work includes working with all facets of parish life including liturgy, pastoral care, school, social justice, faith formation, finances and buildings. I truly experience Church of the Ascension as a sanctuary of hope and faith, and I look forward to our continued ministry together.
Anne (Anita) Attea, Latino Ministries Pastoral Associate
Email 612 424-6211
I have been a part of the Ascension community for many years and a staff member since 2008. It is my privilege to journey with this very diverse community, and most closely with the Spanish speaking members of our congregation. I have a deep passion for intercultural ministry, faith formation, and leadership development and immigration reform. Our parish motto, “life in abundance,” is a personal one as well – that’s what I find here at Ascension!
Debra Burgess, Development Associate
Email 612 424-6209
I come to work with Fr. Dale, and my important job is spreading joy and unconditional love.
Margaret Conroy, Volunteer Manager, Ascension Catholic Academy
Email 612 424-6209
Gerardo Escamilla, Latino Ministry
Melina Garcia, Finance Director, Ascension Catholic Academy
Email 612 424-6208
I have been a parishioner at Ascension since August of 2007 and a parish employee since August of 2009. As the full-time Finance Coordinator, I’m responsible for organizing and overseeing the quarterly forecasts and annual budget process; managing the financial portion of the school’s student database; maintaining the general ledger; completing certain elements of the payroll process; supervising the volunteer money counters; and other various accounting functions. Ascension Church is my second home, where I thrive spiritually and enjoy great friendships. I couldn’t be happier than to work with fellow parishioners for a church that means so much to me and a school that makes such a significant contribution to our community!
My job is to cook a meal for 150 kids at the YMCA the third Wednesday of every month, organize and set up funeral lunches, work in the food shelf, keep the candles in church fresh, work in the Peace Garden, cook dinner the third Saturday of every month for the Older and Wiser Supper Club, and give out bread and sweets at the end of Mass every Sunday. I came into the church April 3, 2010, and I’ve been working here since June 1, 2011. I love my church and job!
Danette Halloran, Ascension Catholic Academy Enrollment Manager and Grant Writer
Email 612 760-3927
My experience in strategic planning and communications spans 30 years. I attended Catholic schools for 12 years so I have a true appreciation for the blessings that accompany a catholic education; I consider it a privilege to help other children have a similar experience. I enjoy every minute I spend in the schools – it is energizing and rewarding to be a part of something that is so transformational to so many children.
Brad Huard, Associate
Email 612 424-6213
Alison James, Ascension Catholic Academy Lead Gift Officer for St. John Paul II School
Email 612 483-4783
After several years of volunteering in various capacities at JPII, I joined the staff in the fall of 2016. I love being the interface between the contagious joy of our scholars and the generosity of our donors. I hold an MBA from the University of St. Thomas and feel fortunate to be able to draw on my 25 years in business development experience to create meaningful connections between communities, needs and resources.
Alison Keller, Administrative/HR Assistant
Email 763 760-3887
I grew up in a Catholic household and attended Catholic schools so it is a joy to work for the Catholic Church where everyone shares my beliefs and values. I started at Ascension in March of 2017. My responsibilities include but are not limited to payroll, Essential 3 credentialing of employees and volunteers, and support for Ascension Parish and Academy staff. I strive to make the community of Ascension a better place by living in Christ’s image.
Cindy Keller, Director of Operations
Email 612 424-6203
In 2008, I began my ministry at Ascension after 26 years working for the central offices of the archdiocese. I am the office administrator, human resources coordinator for both the parish and school, and the assistant to Patricia Stromen. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve, along with my colleagues, our varied constituents.
Dorice Law, Pastoral Associate
Email 612 424-6210
I grew up on the North Side of Minneapolis, and I love this community and all its richness. I returned fully to Catholicism 30 years ago, and I love the Church. I’m a member of Ascension, and I was a member of St. Philips before the two merged. As a Pastoral Associate at Ascension, I’ve been given the gift of ministering to the needs of my community. That includes welcoming, praying, worshiping, celebrating, supporting, educating, loving, and reminding them how special they are to God and to His Church.
Mary Majkozak, Northside Faith Formation Coordinator
Email 612 521-7454
I have been gifted with the job of Faith Formation Director since 1998. I also work with adults who wish to become members of the Catholic Faith through the process of RCIA. Our Faith Formation Program for English-speaking parishioners is a consolidated program with the parish families of Our Lady of Victory and the Parish Community of St. Bridget. My job is to work closely with our volunteer teachers and staff and all children and parents in our K-9 program and all who are preparing to receive the Sacraments of Initiation. No job could be better than to know that someone’s soul has been touched by God and that I have been touched by both!
Aurora Morafka, Receptionist
Email 612 529-9684
I have been a parishioner of Ascension since the late 1970s and have worked on staff as the receptionist for more than 10 years. I have the privilege to greet and welcome all who come to the doors and call on the phone, something I very much enjoy doing. I have a strong respect for the parishioners of Ascension and the community we are located in. Ascension is my sanctuary and haven for worship and fellowship.
Gabriel Orlet, Annual Campaign and Events Coordinator
Email 612 424-6204
I started working at Ascension in the summer of 2017. Prior to coming here, I was a Jesuit Volunteer and Student Development coordinator at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. We educated many Ascension graduates, who impressed me enough that I wanted to be a part of this great community. As a student and wandering volunteer, I have lived previously in Indiana, Texas, and Oregon, but there’s no place I’ve been more excited to settle than in the Twin Cities. My responsibilities include coordinating some of our development campaigns and planning fundraising events.
Judy Romanowich Smith, Communications Manager, Ascension Catholic Academy
Email 612 424-6207
My job at Ascension has been a blessing. I began a second career here in fall of 2013 after thirty years as a newspaper journalist. My family and I have been parishioners here since 2008. I am in charge of communications, including the website and all publications, at Ascension. I am honored to work with such supportive colleagues, and I’m lucky to see the sweet faces of our school children every day.
Delfino Soledad, Plant Manager
Email 612 529-9684
I have worked at Ascension Church since 2007. I’m the Buildings Plant Manager, who takes care of security, maintenance and repairs of the entire campus.
Crystal Vrieze, Finance Coordinator
Email 612 424-6208
Laura Wagner, Chief Advancement Officer
Email 612 424-6206
I joined the staff at Ascension in 2012 and am blessed to be able to further the mission of such an incredible school and parish. My role is to connect our community with supporters who give of their time, talent and treasure to help make our mission possible. I help donors, volunteers, sister churches and institutions find a place where their philanthropy can have an impact. My career in development spans 20 years, and I am blessed that I can put to good use my passion for drawing people together to build community and make a difference at Ascension.