Fr. Wratkowski (Rat-Cow-Ski) comes to us from the Church of Saint Joseph in West Saint Paul, MN. Originally from Saint Anthony, MN, Fr. Wratkowski went to St. Charles Borromeo parish and school and then Totino-Grace High School. He was ordained in 2017 after formation at Saint John Vianney College Seminary and then the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
Fr. Mike comes to us from All Saints Catholic Church in Lakeville, MN. Originally from Rockford, IL, Fr. Mike moved to the Twin Cities in 2000 for school and has lived in the area ever since. He was ordained in 2021 after formation at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, MN.
Deacon Dennis Hanson has been a member of Holy Name of Jesus since the late 1990s and served as a deacon at HNOJ since 2000. Dennis became a full-time deacon in 2012 when he retired from the business world. His ministries include Deaconate Liturgical Ministry, Baptism Program, Marriage Ministry, and Outreach Ministry. He started the Men’s Bible Study at HNOJ and the Career Transition Group. Deacon Dennis is also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Serra Club and the Men's Club.
Director of Mission and Faith Formation
Chris Kostelc grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in Theology and a focus in Pastoral Ministry. In 2009, Chris completed a master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry at the SJU School of Theology. Chris also served in youth ministry at HNOJ for over a decade before his current role in adult faith formation.
Coordinator of Senior High Youth Ministry
Eve Anders excitedly joins us at HNOJ as the Senior High Youth Minister after two years of missionary work with NET ministries. She graduated from Ave Maria University in 2018 where she majored in Catholic Studies and minored in Economics. Following college, she worked at a crisis pregnancy center/woman’s health care facility in New Orleans, LA. This Louisiana native loves the south but is excited to acclimate to Minnesota!
Elliut is a graduated from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in 2017 with a degree in Pastoral and Youth Ministry. Since then he has been working in youth ministry in the Archdiocese and is excited to be a part of Holy Name of Jesus. He and his wife, Emily, are expecting their firstborn at the end of August. In his free time, Elliut enjoys playing music, watching superhero movies and hosting dinners for friends. Elliut joined the staff of HNOJ in April 2019.
Elementary Faith Formation Coordinator
Annie LaPlante is excited to take on the role of Elementary Faith Formation Coordinator. She has recently graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology. In her free time, she likes to read a good book, drink coffee and spend time outside. She is looking forward to being a part of the community at HNOJ and helping in any way she can!
Coordinator of Mission
Tim grew up in the Twin Cities area and earned his degrees in Philosophy and Catholic Studies through the University of St. Thomas while in formation at St. John Vianney College Seminary and graduated in 2020. While discerning God’s will for his life at St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, he made the decision in peace to leave seminary formation in May 2021 to pursue the lay/married life. This is his second position in church ministry and comes from an experience where he coordinated young adult ministry and mission training at a parish in Colorado.
He is excited to work for Holy Name of Jesus and serve the people of this parish! In his free time he loves to play sports/exercise, read, adventure the Twin Cities with friends and spend time with family.
Originally from Chicago, Linda has lived all over the country settling in Minnesota in 1996. She and her husband, Bill, have three grown children and three grandchildren.
Although a born and raised Catholic, she has continued to learn more about her faith, attending the Augustine Institute to obtain her Master’s in Theology. (And she still thinks there is much more for her to know.)
Linda walks with those who are grieving the loss of a loved one and assists with funeral planning.
Nate Reinhardt coordinates music ministry for the Sunday 5:30 Mass.
Dr. Richard Owen
Director of Music
Dr. Richard Owen began his work as Director of Music at Holy Name of Jesus in July 2022. Prior to his appointment at the HNOJ, Richard served twelve years as Principal Organist at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN.
Dr. Owen loves to learn! He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in organ performance from the Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis, a Master’s degree in piano from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the College of Music at the University of North Texas. In addition to music study, Richard’s interest in theology led him to the Perkin’s School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.
At HNOJ Richard oversees the entire music ministry program with particular tasks of directing the Adult Choir and serving as the principal organist/pianist. And yes, there will be other duties too!
When not at the church, you will find Richard walking and playing fetch with his goldendoodle, Bailey. He also in attempting to learning guitar.
Paul Keefe is the Director of the Contemporary Choir at HNOJ.
Janna Webskowski joined HNOJ as the parish business administrator in July, 2023. Janna and her husband, Joshua, have been active members at St. Michael Catholic Church in Saint Michael for over 20 years, engaging in various ministries, including serving as Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion. Their two children attended St. Michael Catholic School. Janna's professional career spans more than 20 years in international banking, technology, sales and marketing. With an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, she is fluent in four languages and enjoys travel, gardening and baking. She is excited to be here and to serve our wonderful community.
Ministry Administrative Assistant and Safe Environment Coordinator
Jennifer lives in Shakopee, MN with her husband Zach, goldendoodle Coco, 21-year-old son Thomas and high school senior Edward. Her sons Nicholas and Oscar are attending graduate schools out of state, and her daughter Elizabeth lives and works in Maple Grove with her husband Spencer. Jennifer has degrees in psychology and religion from Augsburg University in Minneapolis and a BA in English writing from Winona State. Her family are members of Sts. Joachim and Anne in Shakopee where Jennifer has been involved as a sacristan, a parish council member, a catechist in faith formation and through ministry with homebound parishioners. She looks forward to meeting everyone at HNOJ and sharing in the faith life of this community. Jennifer will be in the office Monday to Friday, so the next time you are in the building, stop by the front desk, say hi and introduce yourself!
Director of Information Technology
Michelle Hudlow has worked at HNOJ since July of 2013. Michelle has a degree in Administrative Management and Network Management/Analysis. She worked for 20 years at a local printing company; starting in accounting and leaving as a systems administrator. Before coming to Holy Name of Jesus she worked for six years as a part-time adjunct instructor teaching computer networking and office programs. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, her dogs and glamping.
763-233-0241 ext. 241
Gabby Lehner was born and raised in Champlin, MN, and grew up at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church where she is still a parishioner. Gabby earned a degree in Human Services from Saint Mary’s University of MN, Winona. Gabby recently married her best friend, Ben. Together, they enjoy spending time outside with their dog, Vinny and spending time with family! Gabby loves meeting new people, so please stop by to say hi!
Grace grew up attending Holy Name of Jesus Church and School and is now very excited to be the Clergy and Liturgy Assistant! Some of her passions include spending time with her teddy bear dog, reading, sewing, singing and baking. She is very excited to serve the church and school with her new role!
Sarah Reid is excited to take on the role of communications coordinator at HNOJ! She is originally from South Dakota where she earned a degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from Northern State University. She and her family moved to Plymouth in 2016. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, cooking, drinking coffee and most importantly, spending time with her husband and their nine-year-old daughter.
Building and Grounds Manager
763-473-7901 ext. 191
Bill Kessler is our Building and Grounds Manager, overseeing building and grounds as well as maintenance at Holy Name of Jesus. He was in this role at HNOJ from 1994-2001 and returned to this role in April 2013.
Part-Time Maintenance Assistant
Cemetery Sexton and Maintenance
Bob Weinzierl works part-time maintenance at HNOJ during the week. He is a long-time member, as he grew up just a few blocks down the road. Bob currently has a daughter at HNOJ school, and his two other children went to HNOJ school as well. Bob is also a realtor, specializing in this area. Bob is a very experienced winemaker, taking a few gold ribbons at the state fair, and an old-school outdoorsman, when time permits.
Jennifer Gilliland works as nursery coordinator at HNOJ, where she has been on our nursery staff since 2007. She works with volunteers who assist in the nursery during Sunday morning Masses, as well as during Adult Faith Formation events and many other occasions at our parish.
Sunday Liturgy Receptionist
763-473-7901 extension 100
Jan Stumpf is our parish secretary during Sunday liturgies. Jan began working at Holy Name in the nursery in 1997 and since then has also worked with Sunday School and the School Age Program. She was married at Holy Name of Jesus and has two adult children and a granddaughter.
Holy Name of Jesus School
Principal of HNOJ School
Martha Laurent is the principal of Holy Name of Jesus School. Martha has enjoyed an active and diverse career in Catholic education, working at St. Hubert School in Chanhassen for 13 years--first as a teacher, then as a dean and finally as principal. She additionally served as principal at St. Pascal Baylon in St. Paul. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Minnesota, plus a master’s degree in educational leadership and an educational specialist degree from St. Thomas University. She feels blessed to be a part of the HNOJ School family.
HNOJ School Office Manager
Carla Durand serves as office manager for Holy Name of Jesus School, where she has worked for 13 years. Her responsibilities include handling all incoming phone calls and emails regarding our school. She works directly with HNOJ School’s principal and assists the teachers and parents with any questions. She enjoys greeting the kids every morning and making sure that they have a safe and happy day.