One of the directives in the Beacons of Light planning process is that pastors should name an official “Leadership Team” from among their parish staff members to help them in the tasks of pastoral leadership. While all of the pastoral staff members help the pastors and have areas of leadership, the members of this smaller leadership team are to meet more regularly with the pastor and have some special responsibilities in directing and administrating our family of parishes.
I have recently made some decisions regarding this leadership team, and I am now pleased to announce them. As announced back in the spring, Kathy Rothschild will serve as our Director of Administration. I have now appointed our family’s Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Mrs. Randi Hom, to be Director of Evangelization. I am appointing Fr. Ron Haft as Director of Worship. Fr. George and Sr. Margie Niemer will be on the team as consultants.
There are two other leadership director roles to be filled: that of Love-in-Action (Sr. Margie has been acting in this capacity) and that of Stewardship. Please pray for me and for this team as we work together to become one as a family and, eventually, one new parish community.
1st Corinthians 1:9, 2nd reading First Sunday of Advent
"God is faithful, and by him, you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
Depending on how we are handling the ups and downs of life, we sometimes feel that God is with us, and other times, we feel that God is not faithful. Advent gives us some time to think about the unwavering faithfulness of God. During this season, we see that God wanted us to feel confident of the care and concern that is ours from our faithful God. We have a unique relationship with Jesus because we are called to that by God.
Sr. Margie Niemer, Pastoral Administrator
Greetings in the name of the Lord:
I am Father Ronald Haft, one of your Parochial Vicars. I would like to share a short biography about myself. I was born in 1966 and raised in Colerain Township. Our family consisted of Dad (Dick), Mom (Ruth), and older brothers Rick and Ray. Our family is Catholic but fell away from the faith during my childhood. I attended Ann Weigel Elementary, White Oak Junior High and Colerain High School, graduating in 1985. I completed the Cincinnati Technical College Culinary Arts Program in 1987.
I worked at the North Bend Road McDonald’s from 1984 to 1986, and Evergreen Retirement Community from 1986-1988. I then worked at St. Clare Retirement Community from 1988 to 1991. During this time at St. Clare, I returned to Cincinnati Technical College and completed the Dietetic Technician Program in the spring of 1991. I also worked at St. Francis - St. George Hospital for 8 months in 1991. After successfully
completing the American Dietetics Association national exam, I began working at Lebanon Correctional Institution in October 1991 as a Dietetic Technician, Registered.
In March of 1993, I returned to the practice of the Catholic Faith, receiving First Communion in September 1993 and Confirmation, in March 1994.
I purchased my own home in February 1997. Dad died in 1998. In August 2001, I sold my home and entered Mt. St Mary’s Seminary of the West. I was ordained to the Priesthood May 19th, 2007, and received a Master of Divinity degree. I was Parochial Vicar at St. Charles Borromeo in Kettering, 2007 to 2010. I was Pastor of St. Peter in Chains in Hamilton, from 2010 to 2013. I was Administrator of St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus, Covington, Ohio, and Parochial Vicar to Immaculate Conception, Bradford, St. Denis Versailles, and Holy Family, French Town, 2013 to 2017. I was Pastor of St. Antoninus Church, Green Township from 2017 to 2022.
I have been a chaplain at Dayton Correctional Institution. I am currently the “Courage” and “Encourage” Chaplain for the Cincinnati area. I am also trained in “Integrity Restored”.
My brother Rick died in 2015 and is survived by his children, Sarah, Ricky, Becca, and grandchildren, Searra, Erika, Alaina, and Marissa. Mom died in 2018. My brother Ray lives in Dry Ridge, KY, on Williamstown Lake.
I am excited to be with you as we all embrace Beacons of Light under the leadership of our Pastor Father Umberg.
Yours in Christ,