Staff

Rev. Andrzej Wyrostek

Rev. Andrzej Wyrostek

Pastor

Deacon Walt Wilson

Deacon Walt Wilson

Permanent Deacon (Retired)


Deacon John Osnes

Deacon John Osnes

Permanent Deacon

Deacon John Osnes was ordained a Permanent Deacon in 2001. He and his wife, Joni, have been members of the parish since 1987. They were married in 1982 and have three daughters and two son-in-laws. Deacon Osnes is a native of Burke, SD, and became a Catholic in 1982. His first ministry was music and he played keyboard and led a choir at OLBH for 15 years. Deacon John currently serves as a catechist for adult faith formation, with his wife as a sponsor couple for marriage preparation, and as a member of the Evangelization Commission.”. Outside of the parish, he is a member of the Board of Trustees at Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD.

Deacon Greg Sass

Deacon Greg Sass

Permanent Deacon

Deacon Greg Sass was ordained a Permanent Deacon in 2013. A native of Webster, SD, his family joined the parish in 2001 after moving to the area from southeastern SD. Since joining the parish, Deacon Greg has been a lecture, extraordinary minister, and a faith formation instructor. He has been a member of the Administration Commission, Maintenance Committee, assisted with the Renew Program, implementation of the new Roman Missal, provided computer support to the staff and managing the website. Deacon Greg is also one of the charter members of the parish's Knights of Columbus council. Outside of the parish, Deacon Greg is involved with the Returning Catholics program and a member of the Terra Sancta Program Development Committee.

Teresa Thompson

Teresa Thompson

Coordinator of Faith Formation, Safe Environment, and Director of Youth Ministry

Teresa Thompson came to OLBH when she was in high school and fell in love with the community. She has been employed at OLBH since 2003 when she had the opportunity to work as an Office Manager. At the same time she volunteered as a catechist for the Confirmation class and soon transitioned into the position of Coordinator of Faith Formation. She received a Certificate of Youth Ministry from the Center for Ministry Development as part of her training. Teresa lives in Piedmont with her husband and they have three children, all of whom received their Sacraments in this parish. Teresa has seen the community grow over the years and looks forward to serving this community.

Joni Osnes

Joni Osnes

Adult Faith Formation Coordinator

I have been a member here at OLBH for over 25 years. I consider the people here in this parish my extended family. I have been richly blessed as I am the wife of Deacon John, mother of Jennifer, Jessica and Jacquelyn, and Grandma of Aurora Jean. Some of the ministries I have participated in: Lay Extraordinary Minister, Engaged Encounter, sponsor couple, Lector and Faith Formation. "I can do all things through him who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)

Jenny Scherr

Jenny Scherr

Cathechesis of the Good Sheperd Coordinator

Jenny Scherr has been blessed to grow up in the parish and receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist, Confirmation, and the Sacrament of Marriage at OLBH. She spent over a decade living out of state but when she returned to the parish in 2008, it felt like coming home. Jenny currently is the coordinator Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) and  has worked at the parish since 2010. She has completed CGS training for children ages 3-6 and 6-9 and plans to complete her CGS training for the 9-12 child in 2017.

Megan Hamer

Megan Hamer

Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Katie Harwood

Katie Harwood

Parish Administrative Assistant

Katie and her husband, Shawn, are excited to be joining the Our Lady of the Black Hills community from Blessed Sacrament Church. They have lived in the Piedmont area since 2011 and have three children. They look forward to growing their faith with the people of Our Lady of the Black Hills.

Tanya McCaskell

Tanya McCaskell

Office Assistant

Lorinda Collings

Lorinda Collings

Bookkeeper

Lorraine Rieth-Ptacek

Lorraine Rieth-Ptacek

Liturgy Coordinator

Todd Phillipe

Todd Phillipe

Maintenance Coordinator

Todd is an adult Catholic convert, coming into the church in Camp Crook SD in 1982. He is retired from the US Forest Service where he worked in forestry, minerals management and public affairs from 1967 to 2004. Todd then worked at a Colorado nursery and as a janitor before he and Barb moved back to the Black Hills in 2014. This is the third time they have lived in South Dakota. They met at Iowa State and were married in 1973 when he was discharged from the Army and she graduated college. They have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Both are OLBH lectors and extraordinary ministers and Todd is on the worship commission. He enjoys hiking and exploring the Hills, photography, gardening and reading.

Mary Coffin

Mary Coffin

Librarian

Mary Coffin is the volunteer librarian in the parish and grew up in Lead. She brings 28 years of experience to the position from being a library director in a SD public library and a reference and instruction librarian at a community college in Wyoming. Since joining OLBH, she developed handouts and a display for the implementation of the Roman Missal, served on the parish council and the faith formation commission, and wrote several grants. She is also developing the retreat library at Terra Sancta.

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