Parish Pastoral Council Meeting Minutes


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Parish Pastoral Council Members

  • Fr. Bob Kollath


  • Deacon Tom Gritton

    Deacon Tom has  been a parish member since 1990. He has been a Winnebago County Circuit judge since 2000. He was ordained to the diaconate on May 13, 2017. His hope for St. Gabriel Parish in the future is to provide a parish open to all people wanting to follow their Catholic faith. If any parish member wants to talk, get more involved, or has questions or suggestions for the parish please feel free to contact me. 


  • Trustee - Mike Van Dyke

    I have been a family parish member since 1991, and I have been married to my wife Lisa for 30 years. I have three daughters that live in Chicago, Minnesota, and Sun Prairie. I am a member of the parish council and heavily involved in the Buildings and Grounds committee. I am also a Parish trustee and on the Finance Committee. I have assisted Lisa in organizing the St Nick Social and the bingo for the parish. My faith journey has dramatically changed since joining parish council and attending Cursillo. 


  • Pastoral Associate - Steve Pable


    Steve came to St. Gabriel Parish in the summer of 2004, after some years of teaching and business. He met his wife at St. Norbert College. After starting as CFC director at St. Gabriel, Steve studied summers for his M.A. in Theology at the University of Notre Dame in 2011. In 2015, he shifted gears at St. Gabriel Parish to become Pastoral Associate. In this role, he has responsibility for a variety of areas, such as evangelization and discipleship formation, ministry to hospitalized or homebound, preparation for baptisms and and funerals.


  • President - Sara Van Frachen

    My husband and I were raised Catholic and were married in the Catholic Church in 1993. We had such a desire to learn more about the Bible we attended Charis Bible College in Colorado for two years. I started coming to St. Gabriel Parish because of the wonderful Thursday Bible studies and knew this would be my church to call home. I have a passion for discipleship and I want all Catholics to desire and pursue a relationship with Jesus Christ. I look forward to serving the St. Gabriel Parish community. 


  • Vice President - Bill Hanley


  • Secretary - Traci Braaten


  • Casey Auer


  • Lynn Hopfensperger

    My Catholic upbringing started at Holy Name Church in Kimberly and I have always been steered by what I learned when I was young. I love people and kids and I have made some great friends in the church. One of my favorite lines is when someone wants to judge another person I point up and say He's the only one that should be judging! I hope that all of us on the parish council can make you want to be more involved. 


  • Peter Ince


  • Tom Klinkhammer


  • Mary Koslowski


  • Jeremy Searl


  • Phil Sprangers


  • LuAnn Zimmerman