Meet the Staff

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Pastor: Father Stephen Siebert
Fr. Stephen was born in Oak Park, Illinois and is the fifth of seven children. After wandering in his early adolescence, his father, having a conversion of his own, shared the good news with him. Shortly after, he heard a call to the priesthood. He entered the seminary in 1984 and later in 1987, joined the Missionaries of Charity Fathers in Tijuana, Mexico. He went on to receive a bachelor degree in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He then returned to Tijuana where he was ordained to the priesthood on July 2, 1994. After 11 years with the Missionaries of Charity Fathers, he decided to return to diocesan parish life and was received into the Archdiocese of Denver. Since then he has served as parochial vicar in Edwards, and St. John the Baptist in Longmont before becoming pastor of Holy Name in Denver. He spent the last 10 years as pastor of Our Lady of Peace in Greeley.

email:  stephenasiebert@summitcatholic.org(970) 576-6889


Parochial Vicar:  Fr. Felicien Mbala
Fr. Felicien grew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in a Catholic family with four brothers and sisters.   After ordination in 1984, he taught at junior seminary before becoming the principal of a Catholic school. Fr. Felicien then served as a pastor and oversaw the construction of a new school and church. He then went to Belgium and received his MA and Ph. D in Theology from the Catholic University of Louvain. A partnership between his home diocese and the Archdiocese of Denver brought him to Colorado as a missionary.   In June, 2016 he was reassigned as the Parochial Vicar at St. Mary and Our Lady of Peace in Summit County, "I invite you to join me in supporting each other to build a stewardship community and to make a shining community together!

email: fr.mbala@summitcatholic.org / (970) 368-2629
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Deacon: Chuck Lamar
Deacon Chuck Lamar was ordained in 1980 in the Diocese of Wilmington Delaware.  He and his wife Carolyn have been married since 1970 and have raised 5 children. The Lamar's had been second home owners in Summit County since 1989. After a successful business career that took him to Chicago and Denver, he "retired" to become a full time resident in Summit County in 2002. Chuck's ministries have included hospital chaplain, pro-life boards, marriage preparation and family ministry, and religious education. 

deaconchuck@summitcatholic.org /  (970) 389-5990


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Deacon: James Doyle
Deacon Jim Doyle grew up in Denver, Colorado as the oldest of eleven.  He attended Catholic elementary school at Mt. Carmel, St. Patrick, and St. Catherine’s. Later he attended Regis High School and Regis University. Jim spent one year in the Jesuit Novitiate in Missouri. Jim and his wife Karen have been married since 1971 and have raised 4 children in the Denver area, where they were parishioners at St. Vincent de Paul.  The Doyle’s have 7 grandchildren.  Jim started a home in Summit County in 1965, was delayed by a Vietnam Conflict, but finished his home in Dillon in 1968.  Jim was ordained a deacon on June 4, 2005 in Denver.  Jim and his son Kevin still have a successful business in mortgage lending.  Jim’s deaconal ministries have included baptism preparation, marriage preparation and family ministry, spiritual direction, and religious education.

deaconjim@summitcatholic.org /  (970) 468-9402

 


Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry: Karl Horwath
Karl was born and raised in rural Wisconsin. Attending a retreat in high school ignited his faith and lead him to study Catechetics and Theology at Franciscan University. While there he met Kaitlyn, a beautiful, smart woman from Littleton, Colorado. They got married on June 23, 2012 at Kaitlyn’s home parish. They have two children, Kolbe and Zelie. In their free time they love to take walks, watch birds, play with trucks and shovel snow. Karl also loves hiking, backpacking, playing any sport possible and watching his beloved Minnesota Gophers and favorite soccer team, Arsenal. He is looking forward to learning how to ski and being able to look at the mountains everyday.  Karl and his family feel truly blessed to have been called to serve here and to be part of this community.  

(970) 306-7034 / karl@summitcatholic.org  


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Business Manager: Carol Mendlik
Carol was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She attended Marian High School and received her      B. S. in Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  She has an MBAfrom Regis University.  Carol retired to Silverthorne in 2014 after 10 years as the Chief Financial Officer at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado. She was also in public accounting for many years as an auditor and tax preparer, specializing in not for profit organizations. Carol and her husband Dan raised two children who live with their spouses and 3 grandchildren in the Denver Metro area. 

 (970) 668-0250 email: carol@summitcatholic.org


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Parish Secretary: Eraine Oakley
Eraine was born in St. Albans, VT, the third of four girls.  After living in Vermont and Massachusetts, the family moved to North Carolina where Eraine met her husband, Larry.  They have two daughters, Kristen and Darby.  The Oakleys were introduced to Summit County by Eraine's sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Gary Nicholds.  They promptly fell in love with the area and set a goal to end up here.  Miraculously, all four family members moved here in the summer of 2014.  Eraine enjoys hiking, skiing but most of all acting.  She has had the honor of appearing in many theatrical productions and hopes to be able to continue to do so.  Her past experience includes being a school secretary/bookkeeper, arts council director, teacher assistant, purchasing agent, to name a few. 

(970) 668-0250 / email: parishoffice@summitcatholic.org


 

Director of Music: Nancy Wiedel
Nancy was born in McCook, Nebraska and is a graduate in music from the University of Omaha (now University of Nebraska at Omaha). She has 3 daughters, 1 son, and 8 grandchildren. She has had a home in Summit County since 1971 and has been a full time resident since 1990. Her main interests are in music, water therapy, and skiing. She enjoys working part time at the Silverthorne Rec Center, for the United States Ski and Snowboard Association Clubs, and of course Our Lady of Peace.  

email: nwiedel@comcast.net

 


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Facilities Manager: Barry Vande Zande
Barry was born in South Bend, Indiana, lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana for 40 years, and moved to Summit County in 2005.  Barry and Patti were married in 1972, have two children, Christa and Sabrina and five grandchildren.  Before taking the Facilities Manager position at the Parish, Barry was an Owner/Manager in the transportation industry.  Barry enjoys snow skiing, water skiing, golf, exercising and particularly skiing and hanging out with his five grandchildren.  Barry is also the Treasurer for the Knights of Columbus Council 14045 in Dillon. 

email: barry@summitcatholic.org