Fr. Pat Sullivan Biography
Growing up in Kansas City, Fr. Pat never envisioned being a Catholic Priest; granted he grew up in a solid Catholic family. He started his professional career in law enforcement, working as an Evidence Technician for the Kansas City Missouri Police Department for just under four years. The corporate world was next, working in Information Technology for American Century Mutual Funds for almost a decade. Through all this, Fr. Pat always thought he would be married and have a family, even being engaged twice. But that’s not what God had in store for him.
He actually fell away from the Catholic faith in his mid-teens through his late twenties. In 1998, at the age of 28, he had a life changing experience and reversion back to the Church. This came after attending a Cursillo retreat. From that point on his Catholic faith evolved. Soon after the retreat he began volunteering in different parish ministries. It wasn’t long before he began asking himself “If all these “Church” things bring so much peace, happiness and contentment, why not make it my life’s work?” So, at the age of 34, he decided to sell his home, quit his job, and enter the seminary.
Entering his eighth year of Priestly ministry, Fr. Pat exclaims “I can honestly say that I have never experienced such joy and happiness in my life. It was the best decision I’ve ever made.”
Fr. Pat graduated from Archbishop O’Hara high school in Kansas City, MO in 1988. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Park University in Parkville, MO. He did his graduate work and formation for priestly ministry at Mundelein Seminary in Chicago.
Fr. Pat enjoys volunteer firefighting, watching sports, and playing PS4 sports games with friends. He also enjoys many facets of technology and computers. Most of all, he enjoys simply hanging out with “good company” or watching a good movie or television program with friends.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Dcn. Nicholas Moragues Biography
I was born in March of 1979 on an Air Force base in Frankfort, Germany. Being Air Force “brats” as the Air Force referred to their children in jest, my siblings moved considerably. However I was fortunate enough to be the last of four children and at this time my father was starting to settle down in Texas and so I was raised primarily in Austin and Denton Texas. I loved swimming and tried my hand at both soccer and baseball but it was my participation in Karate and Boy Scouts that really developed my skills and character. I have three sisters; Jeanine, Jennifer and Cathy. Jeanine my youngest sister (deceased) shared the disease of Cystic Fibrosis with me. She and I had often come together in our battle against the disease, which allowed us to be victorious together.
Eventually I left for college at Franciscan University in Steubenville Ohio where I received a bachelor’s in Theology and Philosophy. I later finished my masters in Theology at St. Thomas University in Houston. My wife Brenda and I met in college but married a few years later and we have one daughter together named Alexandra who is preparing to enter 6th grade. We recently bought a house in Kansas City and are settling in. We love to geek out and watch nerdy shows like Star Trek and Dr. Who in our down time but we also put a great importance on our faith life.
I have been working for the Church my entire adult life and so five years ago Brenda and I discerned together that I should join the diaconate program and seek formation for ordination. With the help of heaven, family and friends I was ordained on June 3, 2017. I have always loved and served the Church but I am blessed to serve her with new zeal and new grace through ordination. Throughout my family life, both as a child and adult and from my diaconate formation, I have always been in love with the Holy Eucharist. Receiving Jesus in communion is THE reason I am Catholic and certainly the source of my salvation. While I may have many opportunities, duties, and scheduled events at Sacred Heart it will be the celebration of Christ’s Body and Blood with you each week that I will look forward to and will bond me with you as a family.
Holiness is your goal and mine, for our families and our church community. Let us grow in holiness through growth in humility. St Bernard of Clairvaux, my favorite saint, was once asked “what are the three most important virtues?” and he famously answered, “Humility, humility, humility”.
Jessica Adams Biography
“It was the best decision I’ve ever made!” says, Jessica Adams, Marketing Coordinator, regarding her decision to leave the corporate world and point her career toward ministry. After attending Christ Renews His Parish at Sacred Heart in 2014 she felt God calling her to something more.
Jessica joined Sacred Heart in November of 2015. She provides ministry and marketing support for Sacred Heart by managing all communications channels such as the bulletin, weekly emails, website, social media and photography.
Raised in Kentucky, Jessica loves the “small town” feel of Shawnee and our incredible Sacred Heart community. She comes to us with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Eastern Kentucky University, and a background in direct marketing as well as product marketing and design.
Living in Seattle for close to 8 years, she is a big Seahawks fan (sorry Chiefs fans) and more than anything, loves being a Mom to her 4 children and a Wife to her husband, Mike.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing” Romans 15:13
Mike Billquist Biography
I was raised in the Topeka area but have lived in Johnson County since 1988. I spent 30 years in Civilian and Military Law Enforcement and the last 11 years in IT. My duties ranged from police work to project management to IT support. I was raised in a Catholic family but really started living my faith over the last decade or so. I’ve wanted to keep close to the church and God provided the opportunity to leave the private sector to become the Director of Facilities and Management at Sacred Heart. I’ll be managing the maintenance and custodial staff while overseeing and planning the upkeep of the Sacred Heart property. Additionally, I’ll be implementing the safety and security of the facilities and the people who are on the property.
I’ve been married to Amy since 1999 and we have two children. Lindsay attends Kansas State University (Go Cats!) and Stephen attends St. James Academy (Go Thunder!). We’ve been parishioners at Sacred Heart since 2005. It brings me great pleasure to keep God’s house in order for all who visit.
Sue Collins Biography
Sue always imagined herself working for Sacred Heart when one day she accidentally walked in on a staff meeting being held in the school in 2004. Everyone looked like they enjoyed what they were doing. Her dream came true: she joined the staff in 2005 after 30 years as an employee of State Farm Insurance doing claim work. Her job is much more enjoyable now doing administrative work for the parish.
Sue is a graduate of Ottawa University. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, fishing, volunteering for iCare, autism events, watching KU Basketball, Royals and Chiefs games. She is the mother of three grown children and grandmother to three boys.
“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” – Mother Teresa
Julie Krause Biography
If asked what Julie Krause would be doing in 2021, she doubts she would have said she would be working for Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church as the Director of Parish Operations. Growing up in a rural community, Julie’s family made their faith life an integral part of their lives so it seemed natural when her and her family moved to Shawnee in 1998, she immediately started volunteering at Sacred Heart.
She handles all things “business” for the parish. Through the course of her 20 year tenure not only has she witnessed the great growth (both parishioners and physical space) of Sacred Heart but also has met and worshiped with amazing people that love, honor and serve our Lord.
A native of Elgin, Nebraska (yep, folks, she is a Cornhusker!), she graduated with a business and finance degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney and received her Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of St. Mary. She has been married for 36 years to Kevin and has three children, Annie (Tony), Abbie (Trey) and Austin (Mary Kate). In 2016, she got promoted to “JuJu” and happily spends her spare time with her grandchildren: Henry, Daniel, Augustine, Chiara Luce and Peter.
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.” Psalm 118:24
Linda Long Biography
I am very excited to have been given the opportunity to serve the Sacred Heart of Jesus community as a member of the church support staff. You will see me at the front desk in the parish office and I will always be happy to welcome and greet you! I retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2015 after 42 years, the last 14 serving as the Executive Assistant to the Director. I have ALWAYS wanted to work at my home parish and now I am working in a job that I would consider my dream job! I worked at St. Ann Catholic School for three years following my retirement and it was a wonderful way to transition from working in the business world for so long into to the private sector.
My husband, Clinton and I have been parishioners at Sacred Heart for 38 years and have 3 grown children, 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, with one on the way! We also have two very special fur babies, Coconut and Bailey. We truly feel blessed by the gifts we have been given through our faith and family!
Please contact me for questions, and I will do my best to assist you and this awesome community in any way that I can!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not.” Proverbs 3:5
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Tim Marino Biography
You may see Tim Marino mowing the parish grounds, painting, replacing lights or feeding our school students in the lunch room which are just part of his duties of keeping up the facilities at Sacred Heart. Tim has been with the parish for two wonderful years and loves the people that surround him. Tim’s quiet demeanor and his leading of a simple life lends itself well to parish work life – you will always see him with a smile on his face and is so willing to assist anyone who needs a helping hand!
Tim was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska (gotta love those Huskers!) and lived there for his first 26 years before moving with his previous job to Olathe, Kansas. He is not married nor does he have any children. He is the baby of five children who live in five different cities, so as you can imagine family is of top priority for him.
Maureen Reintjes Biography
Maureen Reintjes came to Sacred Heart in 2002. Many throughout this Archdiocese have known her since she was a child as she attended Cure of Ars, Bishop Miege, and Avila. She has a Masters in Psychology (2018) from Divine Mercy University and a BA in Management and Human Relations from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Others know her via Sacred Heart’s Job Club / Kansas City Metro Networking Job Club where she represents over 5,000 job seekers. Her volunteer work consists of serving on an executive board working with the families of the missing, heading up command centers to search for the missing and trafficked, and media liaison for the families of the missing. Her favorite Saint is St. Patrick, thus is why you will never find her working at Sacred Heart on St. Patrick’s Day. Any other work day though you will find her working in the Parish Office as a Resource Specialist and VIRTUS Coordinator.
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Mindy Boor Biography
I was born and raised in Shawnee and am happy to still call it home with my family. My journey to the Music Ministry at Sacred Heart has been filled with many adventures. After graduating from K-State with a degree in economics, I began my career as a business analyst and worked in the IT industry for 8 years. I left the business world in 2007 to return to school for a career change and in 2011 graduated from KU with a degree in Nursing. I worked for a short time as a pediatric ICU nurse and realized this was not my calling. It was after leaving this job that I began searching for Truth and a deeper faith. I went through the RCIA program and was confirmed as a Catholic in 2013 at Sacred Heart.
My husband, Jeff, and I have four wonderful boys who attend Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School and St. James Academy. Our whole family has always loved music and I have been a piano player since childhood when I would play the piano for my church services once a month. After being a stay-at-home mom for 10 years, the opportunity to fulfill the position of Music Coordinator opened up and I felt God calling me to share my gifts with the parish that has given so much to our family.
“Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord.” –Psalm 95
Emily Dumler Biography
Emily and her husband, Scott, joined Sacred Heart parish in 2006 and are blessed with three beautiful children. Emily was born in San Angelo, Texas but grew up in Wichita, Kansas. She comes from a big Catholic family, almost all of which attended Kansas State University. She followed in their footsteps and graduated from Kansas State in 2003 with a degree in Public Relations.
In May of 2016, Emily began to pray that God would transform her life, and within weeks Emily accepted the position of Director of Religious Education. “The Lord most certainly had a plan…far better than anything I could have planned for myself. This ministry has blessed me in more ways than I could ever explain. My prayer is that it will do the same for the ALL of the families enrolled in our School of Religion program.” Emily has been Director of Religious Education at Sacred Heart since July 2016, and First Sacraments Coordinator since 2018.
Kathy Guthrie Biography
I was born and raised as a “cradle Catholic” in East Moline, IL, with parents who made it a priority to attend Mass EVERY week, no matter what. I remember from childhood on, being marched up to the FRONT pew by my grandma. Not only did we have to sit up front, she was the LOUDEST pray-er in the whole church. I was mortified. It took a long time for me to really “get” her and her deep faith. She taught my mom, and she taught me! And guess what…now I march up front, just like she did!
I have 2 grown children, and sorry to say, no grandchildren. Fortunately, I have friends who let me “borrow” their little ones. I worked for John Deere for 41 years. After 34 years in Illinois, I was transferred here to finish out my career. After enjoying 7 years of retirement, I was recently given the opportunity to join the SHOJ staff as the Liturgy Coordinator. Already being a daily Mass goer, EME, and daily and weekend Sacristan, it made sense to take it a step further. I can honestly say that I am honored to fill this position. I love our Lord, I love our Catholic Church, and I love the Eucharist! My fervent prayer is, with His help, to please Him in every aspect of the Liturgy.
…But God proves his love for us in that while we were sinners Christ died for us. –Romans 5:8
Charlene (Char) Mies Biography
I am overjoyed to begin this chapter of my life and especially at my home parish where I have spent so many years volunteering, forming beautiful friendships, raising my children, growing in faith and fostering my relationship with Christ. I am humbled to accept this position as RCIA and Adult Retreat Coordinator. I look forward to the opportunity to walk with those individuals interested in entering our Catholic Church, sharing and teaching the truths of our faith with them and their sponsors. I also look forward to bringing others into a real and profound encounter with Christ through our many retreat opportunities.
I have been blessed to work over the last 25 years as a physical therapist. I am a people person and I have so enjoyed serving my patients, empowering them and improving their well-being. However, over the last few years, I had felt God calling me to serve Him in a different way. I didn’t know exactly how but I was feeling very unsettled so I took this to prayer. At the time, I was participating in the Consecration to St. Joseph and we were encouraged to ask something of St. Joseph, a special petition. So, I asked St. Joseph to intercede for me so that God could show me how he wanted me to best serve Him. I was so inspired by St. Joseph’s patience and reliance on the Holy Spirit. I asked for these same graces and waited. God answers prayers. This new position at SHOJ presented itself to me. And, so here I am, Lord! I am here to serve this amazing community that I call my church family.
I am blessed beyond belief with my two children, Lily and Jack. I enjoy spending time with my kids, family, friends and also enjoy cooking and flower gardening.
Kathy Rhodes Biography
At the Gaudemaus dinner when accepting the School of Excellence award, Kathy Rhodes said, “I have asked a lot of children what they want to do when they grow up, never have I heard ‘be a Catholic School Principal’ – Boy, they don’t know what they are missing!” Kathy has been a Catholic School principal for 13 years. She would say that her path has been a meandering one with stops in public school, private educational services, marketing and sales; but thanks to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in the Adoration Chapel, her deep love of the Catholic Faith, and her passion for education she has the joy of working with a team to lead Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School.
Growing up on a farm in Iowa, Kathy knows the roles that a Catholic parish and school play in the life of a family. She feels blessed to be able to call working for one her career. She attended the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel elementary school and graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School in Carroll, IA. She earned a BS in elementary education from Iowa State University, a MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University and a MS in School Leadership from Benedictine College. She has been married to her KU graduate, Jason, for 26 years and they have 4 children. She enjoys all sports (especially if it involves a good tailgate), spending time with her family (especially in Iowa) and volunteering at her parish.
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” John 15:11
Kathleen Whalen Biography
Our Director of Ministry, Kathleen Whalen, explains that she is living example that He does not call the qualified, but qualifies the call. Growing up in the St. Louis area, she attended the University of Missouri – Columbia and received both a Bachelors of Arts degree in Speech Communications and a Masters in Adult Education. Early on in her career she worked extensively in volunteer management, marketing and strategic planning.
She trusted the Lord had a plan for her when hired in November of 2009, as she didn’t have any ministry experience. He provided her with clarity of purpose after attendance at a Spirituality of Stewardship Conference in Wichita as it became evident that she had some experience that He wanted her to share with the parish community. She emphasizes that it is her extraordinary blessing every single day (and many nights!) to be here.
Kathleen has been married to Stephen since 1989 and they have three children. She is called each day to place all trust in the plans the Lord has for her as she rests in her favorite scripture verse, Psalm 139: 13-16.
Jen Zans Biography
Jen Zans is the Youth Ministry & Confirmation Coordinator and has been a member of Sacred Heart since 2018 but has been working in Youth Ministry for over 10 years. Her inspiration for Youth Ministry began with her time as a camper and staff member at Camp Tekakwitha and with the influence of her High School Campus Minister, Mary Perrini. Jen is an alumni of Benedictine College with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Youth Ministry and Psychology. After graduation, Jen help establish and co-direct a Catholic camp for Middle School students called Camp Savio and worked at a Lifeteen Summer Camp in Georgia for 5 weeks.
Jen has been married to Josh since November 2017 and they began the journey of foster parenting in August 2021. Josh also helps on the Youth Ministry Core Team. Outside of working in Youth Ministry they are involved in Teams of Our Lady and the Foster Care Ministry team at Sacred Heart.
Some of Jen’s favorite things are coffee, the outdoors, reading on her back porch and boxing at 9Round gym and taking care of the animals that show up at her doorstep.
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta