Our Staff

I'm a native of Florence, SD, and have one brother and three sisters. I graduated from Northern State University and taught for several years before I went to St. Paul Seminary. After ordination, I served at St. Mary Parish and Roncalli High School in Aberdeen for 3 years before I went to graduate school to study Canon Law at the University of Ottawa. Upon returning, I was pastor at Huntimer for 6 years while also serving as Chancellor of the Diocese for Bishop Dudley. I served at St. George Parish in Hartford for 7 years and also as Chaplain at O'Gorman High School for 4 years. I then returned to St. Mary Parish and Roncalli High School in Aberdeen for 9 years, and then moved to St. Mary Parish in Dell Rapids, where I served for 6 years. After that, I directed the work of the Diocesan Marriage Tribual and was pastor at St. Dominic Parish in Canton. I've been a member of the Tribunal Staff for 30 years and have served as Judicial Vicar for 13 years. I will continue to oversee the work of the Tribunal for the foreseeable future.

Deacon Denny Seiner, Pastoral Assistant

Deacon Denny assists with many programs at our parish, particularly serving meals at The Banquet, and our parish Welcoming Committee. Deacon Denny also assists Fr. Tschakert with marriage preparation, leading Bible studies and other adult education groups, and visiting our homebound and hospitalized parishioners.


Jennifer oversees the preparation of our liturgies; directs the Children's Choir, The Messengers ( jr. high/high school ensemble), and Adult Choir; works with cantors; helps engaged couples plan their wedding liturgies; registers new parishioners; and trains, coordinates and schedules our liturgical volunteers.


Gae
 directs the Religious Education Program for students in grades 1-9. She also coordinates the sacramental preparation of students for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Gae assists with the 10th grade Confirmation program. She also helps coordinate adult education opportunities throughout the year.







My family and I are charter members of St. Katharine Drexel Parish. My husband, David, and I have 4 children: Beth attends SDSU for Nutrition and Pre-Med; Bekah is a senior at O'Gorman High School; and Caleb is in 6th grade and Anna is in 4th grade, both at St. Katharine Drexel Elementary. We enjoy going to our kids' sports activities and spending time as a family. I came to my position as Administrative Assistant with over 21 years of retail management experience. I coordinate our Parish Food and Diaper Pantry, our St. Vincent de Paul home visitors, and enjoy meeting and greeting all who visit our Parish Office.

I have been a member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish since 2008 and enjoy my work as Director of Finance at our parish. My husband, Ben, and I have 3 daughters: Gracious, Mercy and Divine. I am a graduate of the University of Sioux Falls with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, and of Southeast Technical Institute with an Associate's Degree in Accounting. I have also been a proud member of the SD Air National Guard since 1997. It's exciting to be working for St. Katharine Drexel Parish and with all of our members as we continue our journey in faith together. Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time with questions about your parish support.

Youth Ministry Director
We are currently in need of a Youth Ministry Director. If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact Fr. Tschakert.

 



                                                                                    Stacy Charron, St. Katharine Drexel School Principal
I'm very excited to be entering my first year as principal of St. Katharine Drexel School and becoming part of the strong Christian community it has become. 
I grew up in and graduated from high school in Huron, then attended Northern State University where I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. I later returned to NSU and earned my Masters Degree in Education and Learning.
For the past 12 years, I have been active in the classroom environment. I taught 5th grade at Lincoln Elementary in Aberdeen for seven years. I also coached high school volleyball for Aberdeen Central HS during this time. After moving to Sioux Falls in 2010, I joined SFCS, teaching 6th grade at Christ the King School for two years and at St. Michael School for three years. My husband, Wade, is the principal at O'Gorman Junior High School. We have three children: Spencer, Tanner and Brynnley.
I look forward to working with all of the students and families of St. Katharine Drexel School. The cooperative efforts between home and school truly assure opportunities for success.


Kevin Ordalen, St. Katharine Drexel School Custodian