staff_2016.4Those helping you to help the world

The office is staffed by 3 employees:

  1. Elizabeth Neville , Director
  2. Kateri Mancini, Coordinator of Mission Education
  3. Lora Knafla, 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!


IMG_0442Elizabeth (Beth) Neville, Director

Elizabeth (Beth) Neville is the Director of the St. Cloud Diocesan Mission Office, also known as the office for the Society of 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 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), administering 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 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 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 St. Cloud.

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, including trips made with her mother and children.  She has also traveled to Haiti and Nicaragua; Beth 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.


KMmug-compressedKateri Mancini, Coordinator of Mission Education

Kateri Mancini is the Coordinator of Mission Education for our St. Cloud Diocesan 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.  Kateri also writes our monthly Educators Bulletins and manages the Mission Office newsletter, website and social media.  Kateri’s favorite part of her ministry is watching delegates to and from our partnerships fall in love with our global church, as well as speaking to young people about global solidarity and other cultures.  It is a joy watching others get excited about the diversity and unity we share with our brothers and sisters all over the world, as well as about our Catholic Social Teachings that call us to action for our neighbors near and far!

Kateri was raised in Kimball, MN where she attended school and was active at St. Anne’s Parish; she and her husband Mike now raise their children in Fairhaven. They are members of Christ Church Newman Center in St. Cloud.

Kateri received her undergraduate degrees in Religion and Communications from Concordia College in Moorhead, during which time she fell in love with mission through an alternative spring break trip and subsequent internship at a boys’ home in Spanishtown, Jamaica, as well as through a study abroad experience in China. She has also traveled to Guatemala and Kenya on various mission delegations since that time.  After college Kateri began working in youth ministry and faith formation in the New Ulm Diocese before moving back to the St. Cloud Diocese to be closer to family.  She began working for the Mission Office in 2005. She also holds a Masters in Theology and Pastoral Ministry from St. John’s School of Theology, and is certified by the Catholic Bishops as a Lay Ecclesial Minister with a specialization in catechetical ministry.

Kateri enjoys theater, music, flip-flops, mission travel, learning, spending time with family, and taking walks with her beautiful children Adrian, Lilly and Layla. She hopes that others can find the blessings of mission, both near and far, that she has experienced over the years.


loraLora Knafla, Office Manager

Lora Knafla fell in love with mission when she was in the eighth grade and she heard the story of the Medical Mission Sisters.  Since then she has held onto her love for mission and the Catholic faith while working in the business world in the secretary and accounting field.  She is excited to bring her work experience and her mission interest together at last with her new role as Office Manager for the Mission Office, which she began in March 2013.

Lora is a parishioner of Annunciation Church in Mayhew Lake, where she is a lector and usher and visits parishioners at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home each week.  Lora has also been quite involved in the DCCW, including maintaining their mailing database for 16 years, serving as past newsletter editor, and as the Little Falls Deanery Council of Catholic Women treasurer.  Outside the Church, Lora is also a member of the Sauk Rapids Riverside Lions Club and is the Rice Area Bloodmobile General Coordinator for two blood drives each year, collecting over 100 units each drive.

Lora is also a wife and mother.  She and her husband Bruce have two grown sons, Shawn and Patrick.  In her spare time, aside from family and her church and civic community activities, Lora enjoys reading, gardening, knitting, taking walks or biking with her husband, and touring Minnesota.

“I hope to be able to experience and share God’s love in all the people with whom I come in contact; I hope to grow in my faith and knowledge of the global church, and to also give in some way to the global church,” Lora says.


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 Diocesan Mission 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. Fr. Bob Rolfes, Vicar General, St. Cloud Diocese
  2. Elizabeth Neville, Director, St. Cloud Mission Office
  3. Rita Clasemann, Parish Life Coordinator, St. Mary’s Parish in Mora and St. Katherine’s Parish in Ogilvie
  4. Fr. Bill Vos, Diocesan Director of CRS and Board Chair for Maryknoll Lay Missioners
  5. Sister Caroline Law, Franciscan Sister of Little Falls
  6. Anthony I. Akubue, professor at St. Cloud State University
  7. Mayuli Bales,  Director, Office of Multicultural Ministries of the Diocese of Saint Cloud
  8. Deacon Rick Scheirl, Permanent Deacon for St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. Augustine’s Parish in St. Cloud
  9. Linda Kaiser, Director, Catholic Education Ministries for the Diocese of St. Cloud
  10. Scott Baynes, local business man