Fr_-Benny-MekkattFr. Benny Mekkatt, CFIC

Pastor
Email: pastor@presentationofmary.org

Father Benny Mekkatt is a member of the Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception (CFIC), founded by Blessed Luigi Maria Monti in Rome, Italy, in 1857. After graduation from high school, he joined CFIC in 1990. As part of his formation, he lived in India, Philippines and Italy. Father Benny made his final profession of vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in October 2000, at Saronno, Italy. His Philosophical and Theological studies were completed at Dharmaram Vidya Kshethram, Bangalore, India. He was ordained a priest on October 9, 2004. Father Benny also received a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Annamalai University, India. Before moving to Minnesota, he served as the Director of Snehasadan, a shelter home for street children and as Principal of St. Joseph English Medium School run by CFIC. In January of 2008 Father Benny landed in Minnesota to begin his new work for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. His first assignment was working as a chaplain in prison ministry and hospitals. For five years he worked as a hospital chaplain at Hennepin County Medical Center. During the past six months Father Benny was on sabbatical. This time was spent at the CFIC General House in Rome. Some things he enjoys are meeting new people, learning about new cultures and languages, reading spiritual books and visiting new places. For recreation he enjoys playing volleyball, badminton, basketball, biking, walking, fishing and gardening. When there is time Father Benny watches football, baseball and cricket.

Deacon Michael Martin

Email: mmartin@presentationofmary.org

Deacon Michael Martin graduated from White Bear Lake Senior High in 1970, married his wife Diane in 1973, and they now have two grown children and four grandchildren. They currently live in Shafer, just west of Taylors Falls. Deacon Martin attended the St. Paul Technical Vocational Institute and has worked in the field of Facility Services since 1972. Deacon Martin was ordained in 2008 and was assigned to St. Gregory the Great in North Branch, until his assignment to Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in February of 2012. His outreach ministry assignment involved ministering to the male offenders at the Rush City Correctional Facility. Deacon Martin is presently working under the direction of the Director of the Marriage, Family and Life Office at the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis as the Coordinator of an outreach to those struggling with pornography. His other interests include fishing and the occasional road trip.

Deacon Mike Powers

Email: mpowers@presentationofmary.org

Deacon Michael Powers was assigned to Presentation in September of 2016. He grew up in Billings, MT and came to Minnesota to attend college. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris with a biology degree and received a M.S. in veterinary physiology and pharmacology from the U of MN Twin Cities campus. He met his wife, Margery, in college, and they were married in 1978. They currently live in northeast Minneapolis. They have two grown children.

Deacon Mike works full time at the University of Minnesota in the College of Pharmacy as a laboratory research scientist. He was ordained in 2001 and was assigned to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Minneapolis until his assignment to Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in October of 2016. He was Director of the Archdiocesan Office for the Deaf from 2002 until 2010, and has worked as a pastoral minister for the Deaf from 2010 until 2016. He and his wife enjoy riding their tandem bike whenever they can, camping, movies, swimming and reading. In addition, he enjoys bike commuting, birding and racing in triathlons.

Bob Collett

Director of Finance and Operations
Email: bcollett@presentationofmary.org

Bob Collett joined Presentation Parish in November of 2016. Bob met his wife Teresa as freshmen at the University of Oklahoma and they have been together ever since; married for over 38 years. They have been blessed with 3 grown children, all with wonderful spouses, and 7 grandchildren. Many of you may have heard Teresa Collett speak around the Archdiocese on the sanctity of life and promoting sacramental marriage. Bob has been in non-profit management since 1995 and in parish business administration for over eleven years.

A lifetime learner, Bob’s educational background includes an MBA and a MS in Technology Management. He brings a great deal of practical experience in administrative and facility management, technology management, and financial management. Bob’s focus will be to create sound operating policies and procedures, well defined position descriptions, and a more inclusive budgeting process with monthly financial reporting to leadership.

Sister Kathy Rademacher

Director of Faith Formation
Email: krademacher@presentationofmary.org

Sister Kathy has served as the Director of Faith Formation at Presentation since 2001. A religious sister of the Order of St. Benedict since 1950, she received a B.A. in Elementary Education from the College of St. Benedict and an M.A. in Religious Education from the Jesuit University in Detroit, MI. Throughout her years as a Benedictine Sister, she has served in nine different parishes in a variety of roles including teacher, director of faith formation, pastoral minister, liturgist, and sacristan. She thoroughly enjoys the interaction she has with the parish community and well as her own monastic community.

Kay Mottaz

Director of Stewardship & Liturgy Coordinator
Email: kmottaz@presentationofmary.org

Kay Mottaz has been a member of the Presentation staff since 1999 and currently serves as the Director of Stewardship. In that role, she coordinates the various volunteer ministries and other stewardship efforts of the parish. She is our Liturgy Coordinator and is also responsible for parish communications and the website. A parishioner since 1962, she graduated from Archbishop Murray High School and the University of Minnesota.  She holds a Lay Ecclesiastical Minister Certificate and a Mini MBA for Faith-Based Organizations from the University of St. Thomas’s School of Business. In May of 2016 she graduated from the St. Paul Seminary’s Catechetical Institute. She is an Associate of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio. Kay enjoys music, gardening, travel and spending time with her family.

John Blanda

Music Coordinator
jblanda@presentationofmary.org 

Mary Heymans

Parish Secretary
mheymans@presentationofmary.org

Mary Heymans began at Presentation in 2014. Mary and her husband Jim have two lovely daughters who are currently attending Presentation School. Mary enjoys music, spending time with her family and weekend get-a-ways.

Jessica Nelson

Director of Confirmation & Youth Ministry
Email: yministry@presentationofmary.org

Presentation of Mary recently welcomed Jessica Nelson to its staff as Director of Confirmation and Youth Ministry. Jessica and husband Kevin have been parishioners at Presentation for four years and have come to love this parish after attending just one Mass here. Jessica shared, “I am so excited to step into this role in our church!  I served as Youth Minister in my home parish in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and youth ministry is something I am so passionate about.

Karen Simons

Admin Assistant
Email: ksimons@presentationofmary.org

Karen Simons began as Secretary in August of 2006 and now serves part-time assisting as Funeral Coordinator, Wedding Coordinator, and HR& Admin Assistant. Previously, she worked in the Human Resources Department of Control Data Corporation for 20 years. A graduate of Presentation School and Archbishop Murray High School, she has been involved in the parish for approximately 45 years. She has also served as organist, usher, and Girl Scout leader. Her three daughters are graduates of Presentation School as well. She enjoys sewing, knitting, travel, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Meghan Bothwell

Admin Assistant
Email: mmbothwell@presentationofmary.org

Meghan Bothwell has been employed at Presentation since 2010. She is a graduate of Presentation School and Hill-Murray High School. She enjoys spending time with friends, and family.

Erin Hinds

Preschool Director
Email: ehinds@presentationofmary.org

Erin Hinds came to Presentation as the Preschool Director in August of 2013. Previously, Erin was the Assistant Director at New Horizons Academy, and lead Pre-K teacher at Knowledge Beginnings, both in Woodbury, MN. Having studied Child Psychology at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, she has dedicated her life to early childhood education, and is very knowledgeable of the licensing rules for the State of Minnesota. She has also worked at NAEYC accredited institutions throughout her career. Erin and her husband have a daughter in Catholic elementary school and they enjoy time as a family traveling, riding bikes, and reading.