The council assists the pastor through consultation in establishing, coordinating, and directing, under the pastor’s guidance, the spiritual, moral, social, and economic life of the parish.

Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council Members

Fr. Bob Kollath

Deacon Tom Gritton

Deacon Tom has been a parish member since 1990. 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.

Casey Auer

My husband Paul and I have been married for 17 years and have belonged at St. Gabriel since 2005. We moved away from 2014-2017 to Sun Prairie where we attended Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Sun Prairie, where Paul went through RCIA and was baptized and confirmed in 2015. We have 3 children in the SMCS system. I am involved in St. Gabriel’s Mom’s Group and our children serve and usher at mass. Paul and I have both attended Cursillo. Our family life is centered on our parish life and we love to help out at St. Gabriel’s and being a part of the community there.

Vice President – Tom Klinkhammer

President – Sara Van Frachen

Beth Knapinski

St. Gabriel Parish was Beth’s parish home from 1994-2012, attending the parish with her family throughout her childhood, and again since 2019, when she returned to the Fox Cities following seven years away for college and early career moves and parish membership in other states. Beth attended St. Mary Catholic Schools (including St. Gabriel Elementary) K-grade 12, and she currently works on the executive team for St. Mary Catholic Schools. In addition to serving as secretary on parish council, she also serves as a lector, a CFC teacher, perpetual adorer, and a variety of committees and other ministries in the parish and in the greater community. The Catholic faith is the core of Beth’s life; she recognizes the parish and strong Catholic community as key parts of spiritual growth and hopes others come to experience the joy of the Church, a life lived in Christ, and our faith through St. Gabriel Parish and the witness of its parishioners. 

Mark & Lisa Blenker

Mary Koslowski