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.
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

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

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

Monse Mayorga - Office Assistant Phone: (865) 482-2875

Diane Wright - Office Secretary Phone: (865) 482-2875

Pedro Palacios - Director of Hispanic Ministry -

Laura Palacios - Administrative Assistant -

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

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

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