Pastoral Council Nominees


Alex McCoy

  1. What strengths/gifts do I bring to the visioning and consultative work of the Council?
    A view of someone who has been through many trials. I believe I relate to alot of minorities that have voices that are not heard.
  2. What do I see as the top priorities for the Parish as a faith community?
    Romans 11-12 -- But if their transgressions means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring. In this picture replace Israel for Catholics and how we can grow in and work with the churches of other denominations in our area.
  3. What do I see as the greatest challenges facing the Parish community?
    The 20 percent of the parish do 90 percent of the work. The 20 percent should hire three people they teach and work with programs to get more people involved.
  4. What do I like best about the Parish?
    So many saints showing the true innocence of grace from sin. The hunger for the glory of God and the strength to pursue it.


Barry Staubus

  1. What strengths/gifts do I bring to the visioning and consultative work of the Council?
    Before I converted to Catholicism, I spent much time in contemplation, study, and prayer to discover if this was what God was asking me to do. It was one of the most important decisions I have made in my life. If selected to the Parish Council I would be committed to the same seriousness of heart and mind to perform the tasks required of me as a council member.
  2. What do I see as the top priorities for the Parish as a faith community?
    I think it is important to ensure that the Parish fulfill its task to uphold and practice the teachings of the Church, to reach out to Catholics that have fallen away from regular participation in the Eucharist, and to extend an invitation to non-Catholics to become one of us. Finally, I think we have to educate our youth as to the richness of our traditions and to the truth of the Church’s teachings.
  3. What do I see as the greatest challenges facing the Parish community?
    I think the greatest challenges are passing on the Faith to the next generation, combating the forces of secularism, and insuring that the church and the school have a solid financial foundation for the future.
  4. What do I like best about the Parish?
    The opportunity to participate in the Eucharist each Sunday and sometimes during the week, and the people. During the RCIA process the congregation was always welcoming to me. This hasn’t changed. Also, I enjoy the opportunity to attend the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each month.


Dave Hall

  1. What strengths/gifts do I bring to the visioning and consultative work of the Council?
    • Now that I am retired for the most part -- it would be an honor to serve on this Council. I have been a member of St. Anne's for nearly 20 years and I worked in several groups such as RCIA, Evangelization Team, Knights of Columbus, and Bingo (7 years). Also, as a volunteer at Easter Vigil receptions and Parish Family Picnics. Knowing the members of the Council, I believe I would be a great strength because we are already friends and they already have my support.
  2. What do I see as the top priorities for the Parish as a faith community?
    • I believe as a community that we should support our priest as he leads us through our Catholic faith. I believe in supporting our School, the RCIA program, and the Boy Scouts. They are a great part of our parish future. I have even planned to help some with Bingo. Always remember -- a little help goes a long long way!
  3. What do I see as the greatest challenges facing the Parish community?
    • With the economic downturn in this area -- too many young families are leaving seeking better jobs. St. Anne's School is one of the finest in this area. I feel that we need to get families more involved with local careers for their children. I have some ideas.
  4. What do I like best about the Parish?
    • I would not trade St. Anne's parish for all the people in the world. I spend more time with my friends here than anywhere else. We have a great community here. I would like to see more members get more involved with their Church. Also, I would like to see our Parish Family Night back on Wednesdays.


Joyce Denton

Thank you for nominating me and the opportunity to submit my qualifications for Pastoral Council. I have been a member of St. Anne's Parish since 2006. I came here as a Protestant in 2005 to bring my husband, who was Catholic, for his funeral and burial. I returned out of curiosity to learn more about the faith, went through RCIA, and have been involved ever since. I believe that everyone has a responsibility to fulfill his mission in the church, and my motivation is to succeed in contributing to that collective nuss1on.

My particular strengths are my education and experiences within the Catholic Church itself. I have always enjoyed a healthy desire to learn and self-educate myself. When I retired, I enro111ed in studies in catechesis at the Universitsy of Dayton, which eventuallly led to my entering the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Program. In June of 2016, I was commissioned by the Bishop as one of the first class of Lay Ecclesial Ministers.

My experiences at St. Anne's have been as a catechist in the sacramental preparation of children for First Communion and as a catechist in adult faith formation, scripture studies, and RCIA. I also was one of the women who instituted the Council of Catholic Women here at St. Anne's; and over the past nine years, I have served as secretary, vice-president, and president. In this capacity I have been involved in numerous social ministry activities as well as promoting spirituality among our members. We have sought to include all women of the parish in our activities whether or not they were official members. I believe all of these experiences have given me a well-rounded concept of the views of parish membership and activity.

I see evangelization, both inside and outside the parish, as a top priority. Members of the parish need to become comfortable with leadership that has been passed on to us, they need to be leaders in the domestic church (their home), and as a group we need to practice Christian values. We have common interests with other Christians, and it is up to us to show them how we have similar values to their own. As a former Protestant, I am conscious of many misunderstandings, when in truth there is a wealth of commonality. Another priority I believe is to strive to do a better job of enculturating newcomers and/or catechumenates into the community.

In view of the last few months, I believe one of the greatest challenges of the parish is having staff to cover all the demands of the parish. The alternative to paid staff would seem to me to be more volunteerism. Of course, volunteerism requires both commitment and a degree of training. I believe there are many oppor­tunities here for growth in faith and expansion of purpose.

What I like best about the parish is what I saw in that initial moment of my husband's funeral. Even though my husband was Catholic, he had been non-practicing for many years and only returned to the church during his illness. I saw a people who reached out to others, who showed up at a funeral where the family and the deceased were virtually unknown, who prepared a table in our presence, who offered many prayers for me and my husband, and who comforted me at my lowest point. I shall never forget it, and I loved them for it. Also, this parish offered me the greatest gift of my life: a real sense of worship, a message that told me who I was in God's eyes and gave me a view of his plan for me. Later, I remarried and my current husband, a Protestant as well, entered the church. We were married here, and it truly feels like home.

I never know what God has in store, but I promise I will follow Jesus to the best of my ability. If I am selected, I will do my best to work for all our common goals.


Lin Ramsey

  1. What strengths/gifts do I bring to the visioning and consultative work of the Council?
    My love and devotion to the Catholic Faith. I am good at organizing groups and functions. The more the Lord reveals to a person's heart - the more He expects a response from that person. We are held responsible only for what has been revealed to us at that stage of life. And this could be that time for me to respond.
  2. What do I see as the top priorities for the Parish as a faith community?
    Making people more aware of the time they spend, giving to, thinking of, and praying to, being with Jesus and His Mother -- Devotion... especially in church, sanctuary.
  3. What do I see as the greatest challenges facing the Parish community?
    There are only a handful of people willing to give of their time, volunteer -- talents. People aren't serious about educating themselves about the Catholic Church, their religon... what it means to be a Catholic...
  4. What do I like best about the Parish?
    Lots of education available, Scripture Studies, Book Club. We are friendly and welcoming God blesses St. Anen's with great teachers and leaders and parishoners.


Rosemarie Burris

As a nominee for Pastoral Council, I was asked to address four questions beginning with what I believe to be my strengths and gifts which I bring to the visioning and consultative work of the Council. As an active member of this Parish since 1964, I think that I bring a history and experience which can be gained only through a life-long commitment as a parishioner at Saint Anne Catholic Church.

As a parishioner for over fifty years, I have been actively involved with several programs in our Church. My involvement has run the gamut from hospital ministry to religion teacher to Little Rock Scripture Study facilitator to youth ministry to homebound ministry to Living our Mission to School Board, to fundraiser, and many other activities and ministries. Ever since I first became a member of Saint Anne Catholic Church, I have loved our Parish and our parishioners, which give me the impetus to want only what is best for our Church.

The next question on the agenda is what I see as the top priorities for the Parish as a faith community. The answer to this question is easy! I believe that we need to fill up our pews again with committed Catholic Christians who love the Lord, His Holy Catholic Church and want to be active members of the Parish.

The greatest challenges facing the Parish community are many. We need to reach out to all members of Saint Anne Catholic Church who no longer attend Mass. If we were successful in touching the hearts of former members, enticing them to return to Sunday liturgies on a regular basis, we could begin to fill the pews again. Another group of individuals whom we need to nurture are the young singles who had a very active group known as "Theology on Tap". Also, we need more young, married couples with families who can become actively engaged in more offerings of family activities and programs. Also, we must encourage more parents with young children to see the benefits of a quality, first-rate, Catholic education by enrolling their children from ages three through fourteen in Saint Anne Catholic School.

Finally, the fourth question which must be addressed is what I like best about the Parish. Besides our Roman Catholic faith, I love the people the best! We are so blessed with deep faith, strong spirituality, and beautiful liturgy. We also have a loving and supportive family of parishioners. Along with this, we have dedicated priests and professional staff. Truly we are blessed!


Teresa Ingle

  1. What strengths/gifts do I bring to the visioning and consultative work of the Council?
    I have been successfully self- employed for 29 years. To run a successful business you must have a vision, a goal and bring others along toward a common goal. You must identify the strengths of others and build on those strengths and not just your own strengths. I have found that having a goal is the first step to any success and then being able to communicate the vision of that goal to others. I listen to people talk about their dreams, wants and needs all the time so it is natural to listen to the people of the Parish.
    I have more determination to accomplish a goal when the goal benefits all involved and not just myself. I know what it is like to play on a team as well as be the leader. As a leader it is so important to remember that any success depends on the “team”. . I believe that each person should always feel needed and appreciated. With all the ministries that I am involved in I believe that all who serve are on the same team. I value each person as part of that team no matter what. If someone offers to help if I can’t find something they can help with I always try to make sure they know how much their offer is appreciated and may be needed at another time.
    I am a convert to the Catholic Church and love teaching and sharing the teachings of the church with others. I became a youth Catechist because I believe the youth is where the future of the church is.
  2. What do I see as the top priorities for the Parish as a faith community?
    I see the top priority as a faith community to do as much as possible to offer opportunities for fellowship as well as continued education so that as Catholics we are continually being fed during and outside of mass. Fellowship leads to better and closer relationships within the faith community, strengthens mass attendance and participation in other areas. When we strengthen our relationships with each other we strengthen our relationship with Christ.
  3. What do I see as the greatest challenges facing the Parish community?
    I see the greatest challenge not just for this Parish but with the Church at this time as having people fall away from the Church. The Church has faced many tests over time and it is not just up to the Bishops, Priests and the Pope to bring people back. It is also up to all the faithful to find ways to reach out to those people who are staying away from the Church to come home, as well as reach outside our own faith community to non-Catholics.
  4. What do I like best about the Parish?
    The Parish is the people! I love our people!