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Oak Ridge has a rich history in the United States
Since 1943 St. Mary's has been a part of it!

The story of Saint Mary's Parish is unusual in the annals of modern Church history as it grew out of the Atomic Age created by the development of Oak Ridge. Founded in 1943, it has served well the religious needs of the faithful for now over 65 years. Today, Saint Mary's Parish is a vibrant, growing Catholic community whose foundation was laid by many of the original parishioners who are now complemented by the on-going influx of new parishioners throughout the years.

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Fr. Brent Shelton
Pastor
Office: (865) 482-2875 Ext. 1
pastor@stmarysoakridge.org
Fr. Shelton grew up in East Texas. He answered the call to the priesthood graduating first from Conception Seminary College in 1996, and then Saint Meinrad School of Theology in 2001. He has been a priest of the Diocese of Knoxville for 14 years and arrived at St. Mary’s Parish in 2015.
Fr. Dustin Collins
Associate Pastor
Office: (865) 482-2875 Ext. 2
parochialvicar@stmarysoakridge.org
Fr. Dustin grew up in Jonesborough, TN and was baptized at Notre Dame in Greeneville. He attended seminary at Conception Seminary College in Missouri and Saint Meinrad Seminary in Indiana and was ordained a priest on June 2, 2012.
Dcn. Gary Sega
Pastoral Associate
Office: (865) 482-2875
deacon1@stmarysoakridge.org
Deacon Gary has been serving at St. Mary’s since his ordination in June 2007. He is the RCIA program coordinator, assists at daily Mass and other liturgies, helps with Baptismal classes and assists those seeking annulments so that they might be in full communion with the Church.
Dcn. John De’Clue
Pastoral Associate
Office: (865) 482-2875 Ext. 9
deacon2@stmarysoakridge.org
Deacon John was ordained June 11, 2016 and Ministers to Couples. This encompasses marriage preparation and enrichment, serving as Chaplain for the St. Vincent de Paul, serving on Divine Liturgy Committee, and assisting at Masses in English and Spanish including nursing homes, and visiting the sick.
Dcn. Joseph Armento
In Memoriam
1940-2017
Ordination: June 9th, 2007
Deacon Joe was ordained in June 2007, he served first at Our Lady of Fatima in Alcoa, TN. He was transferred back to St. Mary’s Parish in Oak Ridge, his home parish since 1962, in March 2010. His primary duties included assisting in the Liturgy and ministry to the sick and infirm.
Cyndi Panter
Office Manager
Office: (865) 482-2875 Ext. 3
officemanager@stmarysoakridge.org
Cyndi has been a parish member since 1994. She joined the office staff in 2001. Cyndi has been married to her husband John for 32 years and have been blessed to raise their two amazing children Zach and Meghan at St. Mary’s and look forward to the same with their precious granddaughter, Hope.
Laura McKenna
Director of Religious Education
Office: (865) 482-2875 Ext. 5
dre@stmarysoakridge.org
Laura came to St. Mary’s 13 years ago and has been actively involved in the school and parish ever since. She has coordinated the Little Lambs program for religious education since 2007 and as of July 1, 2015 became the new Director of Religious Education.
Omar Carmona
Youth Ministry Assistant
Office: (865) 482-2875 Ext. 6
youth@stmarysoakridge.org
Kathy Mesmer
Parish Director of Music
Office: (865) 482-2875 Ext. 7
music@stmarysoakridge.org
Kathy Mesmer has been an active member of the St. Mary’s music ministry for 15 years. She currently serves as the parish music director and coordinates choirs, cantors and musicians for all parish masses and events. Kathy resides in Oak Ridge with her husband and three children.
Pedro Palacios
Director of Hispanic Ministry
ministeriohispano@stmarysoakridge.org
John Proteau
Parish Bookkeeper
Office: (865) 482-2875 Ext. 4
bookkeeper@stmarysoakridge.org
George Golightly
Facilities Supervisor
Office: (865) 482-2875
facilities@stmarysoakridge.org
Laura Palacios
Administrative Assistant
adminassist@stmarysoakridge.org

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