Those helping you to help the world

The office is staffed by 3 employees:

  1. Elizabeth Neville , Director
  2. Sydney Athey, Coordinator of Mission Education
  3. Lena Coe, Office Manager

In addition to the three paid staff members above, Fr. Bill Vos also serves in the office as a voluntary staff member, serving as the Diocesan Director of Catholic Relief Services.

All the staff at the Mission Office is excited to help you engage more fully in your Baptismal call to mission.  Please contact us or stop in to meet us so together we can find the right way for you to be involved and can provide you with the help and guidance you need to connect with and make a difference in our world!


Elizabeth (Beth) Neville, Director

Elizabeth (Beth) Neville is the Director of the St. Cloud Diocesan Mission Office, also known as the office for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith (SPOF). Her role as director includes the overseeing of funds such as mass stipends, shared with our global connections all over the world, doing the work of SPOF (St. Peter the Apostle Appeal, Advent/Christmas Appeal, and World Mission Sunday), including the Missionary Cooperation Plan (MCP), as well as helping with the ministry of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in the diocese (Rice Bowl, Local Rice Bowl and Bishop’s Appeal), maintaining our global solidarity partnerships with Homa Bay, Kenya and Maracay, Venezuela, offering support for our diocesan missioners as well as promoting mission vocations, promoting sales of fair trade crafts and foods, and working with the many parish mission groups and mission education in the parish and schools throughout our diocese.

Beth has previously served as Youth Ministry/Confirmation Coordinator for the parishes of St. Peter and St. Paul in St. Cloud.  She attended Peter & Paul Primary and Middle schools and Cathedral High School before obtaining double degrees in Biology and Art from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN. She recently completed a two-year undergraduate program with a certificate in youth ministry leadership from the Center for Ministry Development in Gig Harbor, WA, in collaboration with St. John’s School of Theology in Collegeville. Before working in parish ministry, Beth worked with the US Forest Service in Timber and Wildlife Management, as well as a Wildfire Forest Fire Fighter.

Beth has four children and lives in Big Lake.

Beth spent her senior year in college studying in Kenya, during which time she began giving her heart to mission. True to her passion, years later Beth traveled to Kenya again, this time to our partner diocese of Homa Bay with a diocesan delegation in 2009. She has been to Kenya several times since then, leading 5 delegations as well as trips made with her mother and children.  Beth has also traveled to 12 countries including Haiti and Nicaragua and loves becoming immersed in the daily lives of people due to her deep love for all cultures and peoples.

Beth also enjoys hiking, canning, gardening, berry-picking, reading, fishing, quilting, singing, traveling, and meeting new people.


Sydney Athey, Coordinator of Mission Education

Sydney Athey is the Coordinator of Mission Education for our Mission Office.  Her ministry includes promoting Missionary Childhood; speaking to schools, parishes and groups about mission and global solidarity; and coordinating our diocesan partnerships with the diocese of Homa Bay, Kenya and Maracay, Venezuela, including delegations to and from our partners.  Sydney also manages the Mission Office newsletter, website and social media. Sydney’s favorite part of the ministry, is interacting and building relationships with all the donors, volunteers, delegates and youth she serves.

Sydney was raised in Sauk Rapids, MN and attended St. Cloud Cathedral High School. Where she participated in the Tanzania Trip in 2011 and is a member of the Tanzania Village Fund. She attended Minnesota State University Moorhead and was very active in the Catholic Campus Ministry and particularly enjoyed spreading the Gospel to students on campus. She received her undergraduate degree in Sustainability at Minnesota State University Moorhead,where she had the opportunity to study in Argentina, Costa Rica, Nevada and Northern California. Sydney also has a minor in Spanish.

Her heart for mission local and abroad, is evident. After college she worked for a local non-profit in Fargo, ND supplying people in poverty with medical equipment. Then she discerned to enter a religious order with the Missionaries of Charity. She spent six months with the sisters in Chicago and then answered God’s call to come back home to St.Cloud.  She began to substitute teach, volunteer with Terebinth Refuge and Catholic Charities, and got involved with Young Adult Ministry. She recently married her wonderful husband, Scott. Sydney always loves an adventure and has traveled to 8 countries and over 25 states.

Sydney enjoys traveling with her husband, praying, spending time with her friends and family, hiking, and playing cards/games.


Lena Coe, Office Manager

Lena Coe is the Office Manager of the St Cloud Mission Office. Her role extends beyond the typical office duties and includes welcoming guests and community members, accepting donations, assisting with sales of Fair Trade items, and connecting those to the global church.
Lena grew up in Glenwood, Minnesota and graduated from St Cloud State University. Her major was Criminal Justice and her minor was Child and Family Studies, but it was her passion for serving others that put her on her current path. During college she volunteered at Anna Maries as a child care attendant. She fell in love with the non-profit world and after college became a domestic violence advocate and later on went to Rivers of Hope and continued as an advocate and office manager. As her family grew, so did her desire to serve her own community and accepted a position at the St Cloud Area Family YMCA as the Financial Development Administrator. She can still be found maintaining her community connection at the Y, working in the Kid Zone or on the Rock Wall, or playing with her family throughout the building.

Lena and her husband live in St Cloud and have four children. They are active members of the Churches of St Peter’s and St Paul’s in St Cloud. She enjoys reading, camping, and cooking for her family and friends.


billvosFr. Bill Vos, CRS Diocesan Director

In addition to the three full-time staff members at the Mission Office, Fr. Bill Vos, retired priest of the Diocese of St. Cloud, also serves in the office as the Diocesan Director of Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

CRS, the global outreach of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is one aspect of our Mission Office efforts.  In our global outreach CRS is a vital link between the people and leadership of the Diocese in responding to natural disasters, supporting development projects in over 100 countries and in advocacy work with civic and government offices and representatives. CRS as one of the largest non-governmental organizations (NGO) from the USA, holds a very strong reputation for prompt and effect responses to emergency situations such earthquakes, typhoons, or tsunami disasters.  CRS also receives high marks for low operational costs, efficiently getting our contributions where most needed.

Fr. Vos also serves on a national speaker’s bureau for CRS.  He served for 19 years in mission with Maryknoll in East Africa and currently is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners (a separate branch of Maryknoll).  As a former Director of our Mission Office he continues to collaborate with our current staff, particularly in promoting and maintaining our Global Solidarity Partnerships and numerous other global connections.

 


Other Leaders in Mission 

Two Committees assist with coordination of the activities of our diocesan partnerships with:

  1. The Diocese of Homa Bay, Kenya
  2. The Diocese of Maracay, Venezuela

 

Our Board of Directors, which meets quarterly, includes:

  1. Bishop Kettler / Fr. Bob Rolfes, Vicar General / Jane Marrin, Chancellor, St. Cloud Diocese
  2. Elizabeth Neville, Director, St. Cloud Mission Office
  3. Fr. Bill Vos, Diocesan Director of CRS and Board Chair for Maryknoll Lay Missioners
  4. Ginny Duschner, Faith Formation Director for Holy Spirit, St. John Cantius and St. Anthony parishes in St. Cloud
  5. Fr. Virgil Petermeier, OSC and returned missioner
  6. Sister Carolyn Law, OSF and returned missioner
  7. Rick Scheierl, Permanent Deacon for St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. Augustine’s Parish in St. Cloud
  8. Linda Kaiser, Director of Catholic Education Ministries for the Diocese of St. Cloud
  9. Scott Baynes, local business man
  10. Lucio David Hernandez, first Hispanic permanent deacon in the diocese – serves at St. Joe in Waite Park
  11. Fr. Efrain Rosado, OSB – ministers to the Hispanic community throughout the Diocese.
  12. Mary Schmit, 2019 delegate to Homa Bay