Those helping you to help the world

The office is staffed by 2 employees:

  1. Elizabeth Neville , Director
  2. Lena Coe, Office Manager

In addition to the two 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 are 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  Neville is the Director of the St. Cloud Mission Office, also known as the Society for the Propagation of the Faith (SPOF). Her role as director includes the overseeing of all funds and contributions for the ministry of mission.  These include but are not limited to:  mass stipends shared with our global connections and relationships all over the world; writing, educating and promoting the appeals for SPOF (St. Peter the Apostle Appeal, Advent/Christmas Appeal, and World Mission Sunday); scheduling and promoting the Missionary Cooperation Plan (MCP) which brings into  the diocese over 25 Mission Organizations, dioceses and religious orders into our parish communities each year;  promoting and educating 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; communicating with and offering support for our diocesan missioners as well as promoting mission vocations; promoting and educating in fair trade crafts and goods; working with the many parish mission groups throughout the diocese; and teaching mission education in the parish and schools throughout our diocese.

Elizabeth 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, Elizabeth worked with the US Forest Service in Timber and Wildlife Management, as well as a Wildfire Forest Fire Fighter.

Elizabeth has four children and lives in Big Lake.

Elizabeth 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 she 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 7 delegations as well as trips made with her mother and children.  Elizabeth has also traveled to 14 countries including Haiti, Nicaragua and Indonesia and loves becoming immersed in the daily lives of people due to her deep love for all cultures and peoples.

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

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. Zawadi, OSC missioner from the Congo
  6. Sister Carolyn Law, OSF and returned missioner
  7. Scott Baynes, local business man
  8. Lucio David Hernandez, first Hispanic permanent deacon in the diocese – serves at St. Joe in Waite Park
  9. Fr. Efrain Rosado, OSB – ministers to the Hispanic community throughout the Diocese.
  10. Mary Schmit, 2019 delegate to Homa Bay