Fr. T.J. McKenzie was born in Duluth, MN, before his family moved back to the Twin Cities. He grew up in Maple Grove to Tom and Lori McKenzie. He is the oldest of 4 children. While attending the University of Minnesota as an Evans Scholar, he began discerning the priesthood and decided to enter the Saint Paul Seminary after graduating from the U of M in 2009. After six years at the Saint Paul Seminary, he was ordained a priest on May 30, 2015. His first assignment was as parochial vicar at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Hastings along with being the chaplain at the Convent of the Visitation School. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing euchre, tennis, and golf, and watching Minnesota sports. Read more…
Deacon Michael Martin
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
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.
Parish Business Administrator
Director of Liturgy and Music
Joshua Diaz is an up-and-coming opera singer from Texas praised for his lyrical, Italianate voice and sensitive musicality.
Josh’s liturgical experience stems from his youth; his father has been the Director of Music at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in his hometown of San Angelo, Texas. Josh attended the University of Notre Dame for his Bachelor’s in Music, and then continued on for his Master’s and a Performance Diploma at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. There, Josh was the Director of Music for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, America’s first cathedral.
He moved to the Twin Cities two years ago to continue his studies in the Doctoral Program at the University of Minnesota in Voice. Since moving here, he has helped build music programs at All Saints Catholic Church in Lakeville and Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Chaska. And while Josh eventually hopes to find himself on the greatest operatic stages of the world, he is happy to bring his talents and passion for music and liturgy to the congregation here at Presentation.
Director of Stewardship & Liturgy Coordinator
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 from St. Johns University 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.
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.
Director of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry
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 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.
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.