November 1, 2017

Parish Staff

Father Brent Shelton, St. Mary's Pastor - Phone: (865) 482-2875 Ext. 1

Father Shelton grew up in East Texas. He is a graduate of Conception Seminary College (BA 1996), Saint Meinrad School of Theology (MA 1999, MDiv 2001), and the joint Pastoral Leadership Institute of Mundelein Seminary and Northwestern University (CPL 2017).  Bishop Kurtz of Knoxville ordained Father Shelton to the Order of Deacons in 2000 and to the Order of Presbyters in 2001.  Father Shelton has been pastor of Saint Mary Parish since 2015.
Father Pontian Kiyimba, A.J. - Associate Pastor Phone: (865) 482-2875 Ext. 2

Father Pontian Kiyimba, A.J.

I was born in Uganda. I’m a religious and missionary priest belonging to the order of the Apostles of Jesus. 

After high school (minor seminary) in Uganda I went to Kenya and joined the Apostles of Jesus scholasticate; an institute affiliated to the Urbaniana university in Rome for philosophy and Theology. I went to Tanzania for Novitiate. 

I was ordained to the priesthood in Uganda on August 6 2005. After ordination I worked in Kenya in the minor seminary and at the Apostles of Jesus generalate(headquarters) 

I’ve been working in the diocese of Knoxville since November 1, 2012.

Deacon Gary Sega, Pastoral Associate - Phone: (865) 482-2875

Deacon Gary has been serving at Saint Mary Parish since his ordination in June 2007. He ministers to new adult Catholics, assists at daily Mass and other liturgies, helps with Baptismal classes and assists those seeking annulments.
Deacon John DeClue, Pastoral Associate - Phone: (865) 482-2875 Ext. 9

Deacon John was ordained in 2016 and has served at Saint Mary Parish since his ordination. His responsibilities include 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.
Deacon Joe 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 Saint Mary 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, Director of Religious Education - Phone: (865) 482-2875 Ext. 3

Cyndi has been a parish member since 1994. She joined the office staff in 2001. Cyndi has been married to her husband John for many years, and they have been blessed to raise their two amazing children Zach and Meghan at Saint Mary Parish and look forward to the same with their precious granddaughter, Hope.
Kathy Mesmer, Parish Director of Liturgical Music Phone: (865) 482-2875 Ext. 7

Kathy Mesmer has been an active member of the Saint Mary Parish music ministry since the early 2000’s. She currently serves as the Director of Liturgical Music and coordinates choirs, cantors and musicians for all parish masses and events. Kathy resides in Oak Ridge with her husband and three children.
George Golightly, Facilities Supervisor - Phone: (865) 482-2875

George Golightly has a degree in engineering from the University of Portland (run by the Congregation of the Holy Cross).  George worked at several nuclear power plants and ALCOA before coming to Saint Mary Parish.
Karen Wilkens-Butz - Lay Pastoral Associate Phone: (865) 482-2875

Karen Butz holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans.
John Proteau - Parish Bookkeeper - Phone: (865) 482-2875 Ext. 4

John Proteau is the Parish Bookkeeper.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University.   He has worked in management for over 30 years during his time in the South East and South West Florida.

John has been a parishioner at Saint Mary Parish since 2012.

He is married to Lisa, with two children and four grandchildren.

Sara Stoetzel - PT Assistant Bookkeeper - Phone: (865) 482-2875

Sara Stoetzel has been a member of St. Mary Parish since the 1970s. She and her husband, David, were married here in 1967 and both daughters were baptized here.  After retiring with a lengthy background in the bookkeeping/accounting field, Sara started working in our parish office as the Assistant Bookkeeper in December 2015.

Omar Carmona, Director of Youth Ministry - Phone: (865) 482-2875 Ext. 6

Monse Cabrea - Parish Secetary Phone: (865) 482-2875

Monse grew up as a member of St. Mary Parish and is so happy to be serving our beautiful parish. If you have any questions regarding the bulletin, mass announcements, or sacraments please feel free to call or email. Si necesitas ayuda en español estoy disponible en la oficina parroquial, lunes a viernes de 9 a 4 o llame al numero que se muestra arriba.

Diane Wright - Part Time Parish Secretary Phone: (865) 482-2875

Diane was born in Upstate New York and has lived in several different states as well as Saudi Arabia and Trinidad, and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, Far East, Mediterranean, Europe, Sweden, Ireland, and Russia.  She moved to Oak Ridge in 1984 when she joined the St. Mary’s Church family.  She is married to Tony Wright and together they have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.  She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and has worked in the field of aging for over 30 years in long term residential care facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities and has been the executive director of two adult day care centers in Knoxville and Oak Ridge.  She has facilitated caregiver support groups in the area for more than 30 years.   Diane failed retirement, and currently is working part time at St. Mary’s as the office assistant secretary.

Pedro Palacios - Director of Hispanic Ministry -

Laura Palacios - School Administrative Assistant -

Sister Marie Blanchette, O.P. - School Principal - Phone (865) 483-9700

Sr. Marie Blanchette, O.P. has been a Dominican Sister for 30+ years. She taught for 17 years in 5 states and in British Columbia. She has been an administrator for 17 years. She is in her seventh year at St. Mary’s. Her biological sister, Sr. Matthew Marie, taught at St. Mary’s from 1991 – 1998. 

Allison Hatton - Director of Admissions Phone: (865) 483-9700

Allison Hatton may be new to Admissions at St.Mary’s, but she has almost a decade of previous admissions experience! Her first calling is that of Mother to her three boys, who all attend St. Mary’s, and a wife to her supportive husband. She also has the enormous blessing to being a teaching assistant in the P-3 classroom. Allison is an optimistic person who truly values her connections with God and the people around her. In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her family and dog, baking, and enjoying the outdoors!

Darcy Welch - Director of Development Phone: (865) 483-9700

A Chattanooga native, Darcy has served for over 15 years in the non-profit community, specializing in development, public relations and organizational management. She and her husband Zach, along with their two boys Griffin and Lucas, are new members of the Oak Ridge Community and feel blessed to have landed in the St. Mary Parish and School family.

Tiffany Scragg - School Office Manager - Phone: (865) 483-9700

Denise Miller - Safe Environment Coordinator

Denise Miller was initiated into the church at St. Mary’s Parish in April of 1990.  She and her husband Dennis were founding members of All Saints Parish in 1994 and attended there until they returned to St. Mary’s in 2003.  Their 3 children, James, Sarah, & Mary are all graduates of St. Mary’s School and Denise worked as a full-time teacher there for four years.  Denise currently serves as a substitute teacher at the school and is the Safe Environment Coordinator for the Parish.