Lumen Christi Catholic Community

2055 Bohland Ave., St. Paul, MN  55116


Staff Contacts

Parish Director
Care, Support & Justice
Director of Faith Formation
Parish Records
Director of Liturgy
Highland Catholic School Principal
Director of Music
Youth Minister
Office Manager & Communications

Bulletin Announcement

General Message to Parish Receptionist

Fr. Paul Feela, Pastor

Lumen Christi Catholic Community is actually the result of the bringing together of three small faith communities in the heart of Saint Paul. We are located just one block from the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Ford Parkway. Our greatest assets are not money or buildings, but our people — people committed to being church. Our common faith is most apparent in the way we come together to worship God. People here care for everyone; they pray for one another and they are willing to support one another through the struggles of life as we seek to live intentionally, in the pattern of Christ, together. As you get to know these wonderful folks you will become as convinced as I have that Lumen Christi is a place you can call “my parish.”

Stop over some weekend. Introduce yourself to me and speak with a few of the parishioners and I promise you that you will not leave disappointed. Finding our way to God is more difficult in today’s culture. It can only be done with much encouragement and support. Christian communities offer a unique opportunity in our world to become disciples of the One who shows us how we can love one another and to discover in our encounters here that we are held together by a love that is truly divine.

With blessings to you always,
Fr. Paul Feela, Pastor

Email Fr. Paul.  Phone:  651-698-5581 x 302

Michaela Bisanz, Office Manager & Communications

My job is to manage the parish office. Some of my responsibilities include managing the parish calendar, writing the weekly bulletin, coordinating the parish website and working with the Discipleship & Parish Life Ministry Council. Please contact me to reserve rooms for events or to submit bulletin articles. Thank you to every parishioner for all you do for Lumen Christi. In my position I see how much time you give and how together we become the Body of Christ.

Email Michaela.  Phone:  651-698-5581 x317

Lindell Blanchette, Maintenance

I oversee maintenance of all parish buildings and grounds, including boiler operations, programming of HVAC systems, repair, painting, plumbing, light, electrical, cleaning and set up for special events.  I negotiate service contracts and program the doors to lock and unlock.

Email Lindell.  Phone:  651-698-5581 x312

Eric S. Fought, Director of Pastoral Care 

As Director of Pastoral Care, I’m committed to equipping, empowering, and calling forth members of the Lumen Christi community to offer pastoral care to one another in times of crisis and need. I am a resource to all parishioners who wish to serve in pastoral ministry, offering support, prayer experiences, and ongoing formation, and look forward to the opportunity to work with each of you as we live out our call to discipleship together. That call also includes engagement in the work of social justice, and I work collaboratively with leaders from the parish, other nearby parishes and faith communities, and community partners to bring about the common good for all.

Originally from Wisconsin, I have called Minnesota home for the past 10 years. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to be formed by Franciscans, Benedictines, and Dominicans throughout my life, and my ministry and spiritual life has been influenced greatly by those perspectives. Prior to joining the staff here at Lumen Christi, I spent several years in graduate theological studies and before then worked in professional communications, social justice advocacy, hospital chaplaincy, and youth ministry.

Email Eric.  Phone:  651-698-5581 x305

Ron Johnson, Maintenance 

I manage set up and take down for parish events, cleaning, and programming of building HVAC systems.  I also work on boiler operations, repair, painting, plumbing, light, and electrical to maintain the parish facilities.

Email Ron.  Phone:651-698-5581 x 315

Karen Kirkhoff, Youth Minister

Hello, I am the Youth Minister at Lumen Christi.  I am excited to be part of this dynamic faith faith filled community.  I live here in Highland Park with my husband Jon and our son Ben.  Ben attends Highland Catholic School.  My education and background are in youth ministry.  My mission statement for youth ministry is summed up in a quote from Pope John Paul II in his homily on World Youth Day 1993 in Denver, Colorado.  “Offer your youthful energies and your talents to building a civilization of Christian love…commit yourself to the struggle for justice, solidarity and peace.”  As I consider this quote I find myself filled with faith and expectancy for what the youth of this parish have to offer.  I look forward to meeting and working with all of you!

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Martha Paar, Parish Records & Contributions


Email Martha.  Phone:  651-698-5581 x308

Mary Poepping, Director of Music

Hello! My job here is to lead our community in sung prayer.  I plan music, coordinate all members of the Music Ministry in their various roles, direct the Adult Choir, and Handbell Choir and play for our Liturgical Celebrations.  We would love to welcome you into our ministry.  Please connect with me and join us!

Email Mary.  Phone  651-698-5581 x 307









Ryan Rehkamp, Parish Director

I provide day-to-day direction for the smooth operation of the parish. This includes the development of staff & parish leadership, organizational structure, and community building. I will work with Fr. Paul on long range planning.  I oversee the Pastoral Council, Finance Council, Buildings & Grounds, and School Sustainability Task force.

Email Ryan.  Phone:651-698-5581 x 314









Lynn Schelitzche, Director of Faith Formation

As Director of Faith Formation, I am passionate about applying my personal and professional experience, and my education in the areas of theology, spirituality, religious education, and sacraments for forming people in our faith. The privilege of working side-by-side with parishioners, experiencing this together as community through the sharing of each other’s gifts in all these areas, makes my ministry even more rewarding! My husband Dave and I are blessed with two sons, extended family, and a number of rescue dogs. I enjoy photography, bicycling, nature in any form, reading, art, decorating, and vegetable gardening.

Email Lynn.  Phone:  651-698-5581 x303



Jane Schmidt, Highland Catholic School Principal

Hi, my name is Jane Schmidt and I am happy to be the principal of Highland Catholic School, serving students, preschool – 8th grade. Teachers, parents, and parishioners form a Christ-centered community fostering spiritual growth, academic excellence and commitment to justice in the name of Jesus. A strong core curriculum is enhanced by specialist-taught classes in art, phy-ed, music, Spanish, computer, performing arts and library skills. Students are encouraged to be thoughtful, creative and industrious in pursuing knowledge by following a curriculum that includes basic skills and higher-level thinking. Highland Catholic School finds the keys to success in strong parental involvement, academic rigor, and fostering responsibility.

Email Jane.  Phone:651-690-2477 x 106


Sister Jeanne Wiest, OP, Director of Liturgy

I am a Dominican Sister (Order of Preachers) of Adrian MI.

It is a blessing to be part of the staff and faith community here at Lumen Christi. As Director of Liturgy, my responsibilities include training and forming liturgical ministers, and ensuring that everything needed for “full conscious and active participation” in liturgical events is in place. I look forward to working with everyone to engage and enhance our worship life.

Email Sr. Jeanne.  Phone  651-698-5581 x 316