CONTACT FR. WARREN or 651-227-7669 x 312Fr. Warren entered the Jesuits on August 14, 1964 and was ordained on June 10, 1977. He became the Pastor of St. Thomas More in June, 2016. "While there were ups and downs in my 50 years as a Jesuit, I would say the one word that most describes my time as a Jesuit is “consoling.” I cannot imagine making more of a difference in the world and in people’s lives than I have been able to as a Jesuit - whether as a teacher, vocation director or administrator. I’ve enjoyed the different ministries I’ve been called to, whether as a teacher at Marquette High, Red Cloud Indian School and St. Aloysius College in Sydney, Australia, or as vocation director for seven years, or as president of MUHS for ten years. Each has given me a vantage point on the world which has been very interesting and educational. I’ve enjoyed being challenged and discovering latent gifts through the different ministries to which I’ve been called.
Professional Experiences Since Ordination2016 - Present, Pastor, St. Thomas More Catholic Parish, St. Paul, MN2006 – 2016, President, Marquette University High School, Milwaukee, WI 1999 – 2006, Vocation Director, Wisconsin Province 1995 – 1999, President, Jesuit Partnership, Milwaukee, WI 1993 – 1995, Religious Education Coordinator, Holy Rosary Mission, Pine Ridge, SD 1991 – 1993, Director of Counseling, Marquette University High School, Milwaukee, WI 1979 – 1993, Teacher of Theology (MUHS; St. Aloysius College)
EducationM.A./1979, Pastoral Psychology, San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselm, CA M.Div./1977, Theology, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA M.A./1973,P hilosophy, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO Ph.L./1970, Philosophy, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO 1968, Jesuit College, St. Bonifacius, MN1964, Marquette University High School, Milwaukee, WI.
CONTACT Fr. R.J.R. J. Fichtinger, SJ, 37, is a native of the Twin Cities. He attended Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis and converted to Catholicism during his senior year while a parishioner at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. In 2004, Fr. R. J. received a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Entering in 2006, Fr. R. J. was sent to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota as a novice and did youth parish ministry and elementary and middle school counseling. He was next missioned to study philosophy at Loyola University Chicago and then headed to the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, where he served as a school counselor, coached football, taught theology, and guided the Students for Life group. Ordained a priest in June 2017, he was assigned to Saint Thomas More Catholic Community in St. Paul as the Associate Pastor.
CONTACT DEACON TOMTom has been an active member of our parish since 1972 and started serving as deacon in 1981. He is married to his lovely wife, Hannah (a St. Paul native) and has several children and grandchildren. His ministry includes assisting with administering sacraments, preaching on a regular basis, helping form educational programs, helping with sacramental preparation, and assisting in other areas as needed.
CONTACT PATRICK or 651-224-4836 x 303Education: B.A., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; M.A., Marquette University; Ed.S., University of St. Thomas; Post-Graduate Fellowship in Christian School Leadership, Calvin College. Experience: Pat has served as a leader in Catholic education for 27 years. He worked in student affairs administration at Marquette University for six years before he began his teaching career as a middle school teacher and assistant principal at St. Mark's in St. Paul. Pat served as principal or our parish school from 2006-2011 before serving as Associate Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Catholic Educational Association in Arlington, VA. Pat was honored to be asked to return to St. Thomas More as principal in the summer of 2017 and looks forward to many wonderful years ahead at the Jesuit elementary school of the Twin Cities.Philosophy: Pat loves seeing a Jesuit education shape students into young people who are faith-filled, intellectually curious and prepared to make a difference in the world. Hobbies/Interests: Pat loves spending time with his family, friends and community. He considers himself a jack of all trades. Pat loves to travel and enjoys music of all kinds. He is a professionally trained singer, self-taught home improvement specialist, and an avid cook who enjoys preparing meals for his family or a crowd.
CONTACT CAROL or 651-227-7669 x 305Carol grew up in the parish of St. Luke and has been working as the Wedding Coordinator since 2009. She became the Pastoral Care Associate in January of 2015. Carol and her husband, Mark, have three grown daughters.
CONTACT ARLINE or 651-227-7669 x 310Arline L. Datu is a Filipina Asian American and a native of Chicago. She received her education at Northwestern University with both a BSJ and MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism. She spent much of her professional career working in the private sector both in Chicago and in the Twin Cities in the communications field. Arline came to St. Paul in early 2001 and was joined by her husband and family later that year. She held positions at both the Saint Paul Companies in St. Paul and Nuclear Management Corporation in Hudson, Wis., as communications director. Arline has been involved in liturgy planning since the early 1980s. She developed a passion for social justice in St. Paul, and is an active member of STM’s Justice in Action team as well as a leader-organizer for ISAIAH. Arline has three adult children and one grandchild, all of whom live in St. Paul.
CONTACT PATTI or 651-227-7669 x 302Patti started working at St. Thomas More Church in 2003 when it was St. Luke, before its merger with Immaculate Heart of Mary in 2008. She grew up around the world (Libya, France, Japan, California, Idaho, and more) as the daughter of an Air Force veteran. She raised 4 children in West Central Minnesota and 1 granddaughter in St. Paul. She will be retiring this summer; her last day will be Friday, June 14th. She considers it an extreme privilege and pleasure to having served this wonderful, faith-filled Community of St. Thomas More for almost 16 years.
We are excited to welcome Anzley to our team - photo and bio coming soon!
CONTACT BRIAN or 651-227-7669 x 311Brian ministers to, with, by and for - to help all parishioners grow in their understanding of God in their lives by sacramental preparation, adult and family faith formation, and Ignatian spirituality. He helps advocate and shares our rich understanding of Catholic Social teaching and how we are called to live it in our daily lives through Immigrant support, Care for Creation, and the common good of our sisters and brothers. Brian enjoys helping share the love of Jesus Christ with youth and adults and calling forth everyone to be “Beatitude” disciples of living the Gospel. He enjoys working out, gardening and spending time with his wife and family.
CONTACT TOM or 651-227-7669 x 308Tom has been active with building maintenance for 46 years. He has a keen interest in older churches and enjoys observing the changes that they have gone through over the years. He has a Chief's Boiler License and ensures the safety and maintenance of our entire campus. He and his dedicated staff keep the grounds and buildings clean and in top working order.
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CONTACT ELIZABETH or 651-224-4836 x 302 Education: B.A. St. Olaf College; J.D. University of IowaExperience: Elizabeth practiced law with a major law firm and a corporation before joining the St. Thomas More community 15 years ago. Since joining STM, Elizabeth has taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, served on the Education and Faith Formation Commissions, volunteered in the school library, taught Art Adventure, tutored math students, chaired the Auction and been a substitute teacher in all of the classrooms. She has also served on the Boards of Directors for arts organizations in the Twin Cities.Hobbies/Interests: Elizabeth enjoys fiction reading, travel, and chocolate. She also loves animals, good restaurants,our national parks and the Great British Baking Show.