Director of Formation and Social Justice
I have a passion for sharing my faith while helping others to grow in their faith lives as individuals and as a part of our Catholic community. Coordinating faith formation and sacramental preparation for both our English-speaking and Spanish-speaking parishioners allows me to engage in leadership development with parish catechists and the opportunity to help create meaningful programs or events for our community. An important component of this work is promoting Catholic Social Teaching and social justice in the parish and beyond.
I joined the Ascension staff in early 2020 and serve as a Content Development Assistant in the Communications Department. I grew up in a Catholic household and took an interest in my faith from an early age. I later furthered my development as a Catholic during college at Winona State University, where I was a part of the men's cross country team, led a team Bible study, was a member of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students as well as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I graduated from Winona in 2016 with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and worked as a newspaper reporter for a period after graduation. I also currently serve in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Religious Affairs NCO and assist the Chaplain with providing religious support to the unit.
I enjoy the rewards and challenges of creating a weekly musical tapestry mirroring our complex and richly diverse congregation! While my main focus is the 9:30 Sunday mass in English, I am in close collaboration with our Saturday English and Sunday 11:30 Spanish-speaking musicians. Our bilingual unity masses are a highlight!
My work as the Volunteer Manager for Ascension Catholic Academy engages parents, parish affiliate members, corporate community cartners, local high school and college students, as well as the broader community to serve the support needs of our teachers and scholars in the classrooms and after-school programs. I came to Ascension as a parent in 2008, during which I volunteered in the school and worked as a liaison for parent involvement. I was asked to join the Ascension Development team part-time in 2014 to oversee and facilitate volunteer solicitation, engagement, and placement; my role expanded with the formation of the academy in 2016. I bring a faith-filled spirit and sincere motivation for helping to drive a future full of hope and success for our academy scholars. I remain grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the wonderful mission that is Ascension Catholic Academy.
Minerva De La Cruz
Latino Ministry Liturgy Coordinator
I enjoy working at Ascension because it has been my community for a long time. My job is liturgical, coordinating liturgical ministry for Spanish speaking masses, overseeing Quinceañeras, ministry intake, preparation, team and celebration.
I’ve been an employee of Ascension’s Finance Department since 2009. As Finance Director, I manage the Finance Department and the accounting functions of the Parish and the three schools of Ascension Catholic Academy. I have over 33 years of experience in accounting which also includes 23 years of management and supervisory experience plus 15 years of Human Resources and Payroll experience. I also have over 20 years of experience working with multiple entities within the same company or non-profit organization.
Pastoral Outreach Assistant
My job is to 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.
Development Associate - Database Management
I work within the development team entering donation information and maintaining our database. I work with donors to answer any questions they may have about stewardship gifts toward Ascension Catholic Academy schools.
Latino Ministry Liturgy Coordinator
Donor Relations Coordinator
As the Donor Relations Coordinator, I work to help donors feel connected to the parish and spread the good news of what the parish does. As someone who is fiercely passionate about community engagement and building equity, I enjoy sharing the mission of the parish and school with those interested in joining in the work.