Fr. Anthony Wroblewski, Pastor of All Saints, St. Francis & St. Thomas of the Pines
I was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, though my family spent much of our summers in the Brainerd Lakes Area, where my parents bought a lake-place when I was about 6 years old. Some of my happiest memories come from my years “on the lake.” With my parents having been born in Poland, Polish language, culture, traditions and food were always a part of our family’s time together, and still are to this day. Of course, being Polish it was almost automatic that my Catholic Faith would play a large role in my upbringing. We attended St. Casimir Church in St. Paul during most of the year, and then St. Emily’s in Emily when we were up at the cabin.
I always loved my Catholic Faith, and loved being involved in many aspects of Church life, so I guess it wasn’t a surprise to those who know me that I eventually entered the Seminary. Because the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate had served at St. Casimir’s since my birth, I entered their formation program at Creighton University, where I earned my undergraduate degree. Seminary was in Chicago at Catholic Theological Union. I did take 3 years out of formation from 1990-1993, not ready to make a lifetime commitment as a priest. After re-entering formation in 1993, I was ordained a priest on June 10, 1995.
Since then, I have served as Associate Pastor and then Pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Duluth, Minnesota, at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois, and after I joined the Diocese of Duluth as a diocesan priest I have served as Pastor of the Brainerd and Baxter Catholic Churches of St. Francis, St. Mathias, St. Andrew’s, All Saints and St. Thomas.
My parents moved to Emily in 1995, and live on the Lake in retirement, and I have 2 sisters, both who live in the St. Paul area.
Fr. Paul Strommer, Associate Pastor of All Saints, St. Francis & St. Thomas of the Pines
I am Fr. Paul. Friday June 3, 2016, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, was the day that I was ordained a priest. I lived in White Bear Lake until the end of the summer of 2005. Both my parents (Michael and Ann) are from St. Paul. They both graduated from St.
Bernard’s High School. I have two siblings; my sister, Christina (32) and brother Jeffrey (23). Our family belongs to the Parish of St. Mary of the Lake. My siblings and I graduated from the parish elementary school. From there we went to the White Bear Lake Area Public Schools.
My sister and brother choose to attend college in Wisconsin, I choose the better part, by attending college in Minnesota. The University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) was the only school to which I applied. I declared Teaching Mathematics as my major (a vocation to the priesthood was nowhere on the radar…)
My entire sophomore year of college was spent in England studying abroad. It was during this time that God became more central in my life. When I returned back home I began to reside in Duluth full-time. While pursuing and completing a degree Teaching Mathematics became less and less appealing, my plan to remain in Duluth and the surrounding region became more and more certain. It was at this time that God brought me on the path to becoming a priest of the Diocese of Duluth.
The Newman Catholic Campus Ministry, daily Mass, Confession, and becoming part of a Men’s Catholic Bible study were all ways in which God led me on the path towards discerning His call to the priesthood.
Please know how eager I am to begin my first days, months, and years as a priest in Brainerd serving you along with Fr. Tony. Please pray for me and for all priests!
Fr. Daniel Weiske, Pastor of St. Andrew’s & St. Mathias
I am grateful to be here in the Brainerd area. The son of John and Cindy Weiske,and with one younger brother named Tim, I grew up in Duluth and went to St.Benedict’s Church.
In 2000, I graduated from Duluth East high school and went to the University of Minnesota intending to enter a career in public service at the local government level. Subsequently, I lived in Chicago for two years completing a Master’s in Public Administration. While in this program, I discerned the priesthood. It happened to also be the time my father was ordained a deacon. So thankfully there was family support.
When I entered seminary for the Diocese of Duluth, the bishop sent me to Mundelein Seminary and then to the Pontifical North American College in Rome for four years of theology.I was excited to be a part of the class of six men ordained for our diocese on June 22, 2012.
It is exciting to be here, and I am grateful for the chance to serve you and the Lord in these parishes. I should also mention that this is my Dad’s hometown, so we passed through here regularly when I was young. Now as a priest I am happy to be here fulltime as we pursue together the Lord’s call to be His disciples and share in the grace of His Cross and Resurrection.
God bless you
Dan Johnson: High School Faith Formation Director
Hello, my name is Dan Johnson and I am the Director of Religious Education for grades 9-12 and Adult Faith Formation.
I grew up on a farm just outside of Dickinson, ND and attended 12 years of catholic schooling in that area. I spent 14 years as a partner in a computer company after graduating high school. My job servicing computers brought me to Minnesota in 1996. I eventually left my position in the company feeling that God was calling me to some kind of work in His church. I went back to school and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a minor in theology. I also spent two years in seminary studying theology and discerning a call to the priesthood. I moved to Brainerd in 2011 and took a maintenance job working for the church. I began my new job with the church in July.
Britt Johnson: Middle School Faith Formation Director
My name is Britt Johnson, and I am the Director of Faith Formation for Middle School, grades 6th-8th.
My husband Dan and I live in Brainerd and attend St. Francis Church. Dan is the Director of Faith Formation for the High School and heads up the RCIA program, and we are truly excited to work together at the church.
My compassionate, kind, intelligent, and thoughtful son, Payton is 11 and my caring, generous, funny, and joyful daughter, Fallon is 9.
I have lived in the Brainerd area my entire life mostly because I can’t bear to be away from the water and the woods. My wonderful parents, Bill and Mary Kronstedt, live in the house I grew up in and they too attend St. Francis Church. My brother, Adam Kronstedt and his wife Charlene live in Nisswa with their five children. Family is very important to me and I am blessed to have them all so close.
I am excited to be a servant of God for the youth in our area and cannot wait to watch their faith continue to grow with the help of their families and those of us who are lucky enough to be called to serve them here at the church.
Celeste Badger: Elementary School Faith Formaton Director
Hello! I began working for St Francis Parish in 1997 and I currently am blessed to work with the youngest children in all four parishes.
It is truly a joy to be able to serve this age, particularly witnessing the children receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time.
My husband Rob and I have four daughters who all attended St Francis School and we are very grateful for the Christ centered education they received there.