Leadership & Parish Staff
Fr. John W. Kerns, Pastor
Father John W. Kerns was ordained in 1985. He first served at St. Francis Parish in Sherwood and its Mission of St. Cyril in Wilsonville, then St. Mary's in Corvallis (1986-1990). After that, Fr. John served as Director for Worship for the archdiocese, as well as Director of Vocations.
Fr. John served as pastor of All Saints in Portland for eight years (1994-2002) before accepting the assignment as founding pastor of St. Juan Diego Catholic Church in Northwest Portland. Finally, Fr. John was assigned pastor of our Lady of the Lake in 2012.
Fr. Kerns has also served as Director of Continuing Education for Clergy at the Archdiocese of Portland and on the Board of Directors for Oregon Catholic Press. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors for Serenity Lane, a residential drug and alcohol treatment center in Eugene.
Fr. Gregg Bronsema, Parochial Vicar
Father Gregg Bronsema was born in 1956 in Chicago. He graduated from Portland Christian High School in 1975 then earned an architecture degree at the University of Oregon. He graduated in 1986 from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. and ministered at Portland Foursquare Church from 1986 to 1993. He worked for Christian Supply Center in Portland until his entrance into Mount Angel Seminary for pre-theology studies in 2009. He completed the bachelor’s degree in theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome in 2014. After his ordination to the priesthood on June 5, 2015 he served as the summer interim priest at St. Thomas More parish until returning to complete post graduate studies in Rome. He will begin his first assignment as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego at the beginning of July, 2016.
Tom Tomaszek, Pastoral Associate
As Pastoral Associate, Tom Tomaszek provides overall direction to Our Lady of the Lake’s faith formation, youth ministry, and liturgical music efforts, and leads the OLL music ensemble at 9 am on Sundays. Tom helps coordinate our pastoral services and parish communications.
Following a diverse ministry career that included leadership and teaching roles for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Cardinal Stritch University, and Alverno College, Tom moved to Oregon in 2004 to become Director of Artists and Repertoire for Oregon Catholic Press (OCP) and manager of its Spirit & Song contemporary music division.
Tom and his wife, Kimi, co-direct the online apostolate of The Five Loaves, (www.thefiveloaves.com) creating free, weekly video reflections on the upcoming Gospel and leading parish missions and diocesan retreats around the country. Tom holds a master’s degree in Theological Studies from St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Sharon Burk, Business Manager
Sharon grew up in western Montana, where her dad was in the Forest Service. Eventually the family moved to Bend, where Sharon went to high school. After college at the University of Oregon, Sharon took a four-year detour to Chicago, where she worked as a bookkeeper for St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. There she met the love of her life, Jay Burk, who followed her back to Oregon. This year, they celebrated their 26th anniversary. They have a daughter, Alana, who is a surgical dental assistant at Lake Oswego Periodontics.
Sharon has worked in a plethora of business management related jobs including as an accountant, Accounting Supervisor, Controller and Professional Services accounting.
Sharon and her husband, Jay, have lived in Happy Valley for 15 years.
Corinne Buich, School Principal
Mrs.Corrine Buich comes to Our Lady of the Lake from St. Christopher Catholic School in San Jose, California, where she was the Principal. Mrs. Buich was raised in Lake Oswego and educated at Jesuit High School in Beaverton. She attended the University of Montana, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Education and minored in curriculum and instruction. She continued her education at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California, completing a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. She has worked and taught a variety of grades from 1st to 8th for the past 16 years. She has also been an administrator in several public schools, including the role of Assistant Principal. Mrs. Buich has a strong commitment to the Catholic Faith and to Catholic Education, and brings with her an abundance of strengths in administration, curriculum, instruction, language development and a wealth of technology experience.Mrs. Buich is happy to be "home" with her husband, Alex and two young sons.
Gerardo Butalid, Director of Youth Ministries
Gerado grew up in the Catholic Church and fell in love with his Catholic faith as a teenager. It is that passion and love for God that inspires him in his service and mission as he lives out Romans 8 in his everyday life.
In 2011, Gerado graduated from Biola University with a degree in Political Science and minor in Biblical Studies. Before coming to OLL, Gerarod served for five years youth minister at Holy Family and St. Martin de Porres in Orange County. He enjoys all things that have to do with nature, playing guitar, and basketball.
Laura Patton, Director of Faith Formation
Laura grew up in Ohio and has a BS in Education from Illinois State and worked as a special education teacher. After receiving her Masters in Theology from the University of Dallas, she worked as a Pastoral Associate at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Portland Oregon.
Laura Patton directs the Religious Education program and sacramental preparation for Pre-K to 6th grade, Baptisms and First Holy Communion, and RCIA for adults.
Christine Shepard, Office Manager
Originally from the Chicago area, Chris has lived in Oregon for over 30 years. She in trained in business management at Lane Community College and computer support at the University of Oregon. With her extensive background in the graphic arts, she worked as Reprographics Manager for the City of Eugene, Office Manager for the Commission on Children & Families for Lane County, Office Manager for Crestec, Inc. in Portland.
Mary Brunette, Coordinator of Faith Formation
Mary grew up in Tennessee and has lived in Oregon since 1989. She received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Memphis and has been a corporate trainer and consultant for more than 20 years. She has taught professional development courses for a variety of companies and the Speaking For Fun program at OLL School since 2007.
As a long-time parishioner, Mary has volunteered in ministries including Lector, Pastoral Care, Salt & Light, and the School Advisory Council. Her responsibilities are focused toward supporting all the catechists in the Religious Education program.
Lynne Huston, Music Coordinator
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Lynne studied music, church music, and organ at Lewis and Clark College. In 1980 she established her music studio in Lake Oswego and taught piano, performed in the piano/marimba duo Nouveau Duo, and recorded three albums, including “Lo, A Rose”, Music of Christmas.
A lifetime Pastoral Musician, her passion is hearing the assembly sing. Lynne coordinates music, cantors and musicians for all Sundays, Holy Days, and Sacramental celebrations including weddings, and funerals.
Tom Tomaszek, Director of Liturgical Music
Helping people sing and pray has been a lifelong devotion for Tom. Following a diverse ministry career, he moved to Oregon to become as Director of Artists and Repertoire for Oregon Catholic Press (OCP.) Tom leads the ensembles at 9am and 5pm on Sundays, and provides overall direction to our parish music program.
Tom and his wife, Kimi, minister together at The Five Loaves, creating weekly videos and leading parish missions, conferences and retreats nationally. Tom holds a master’s degree in Theological Studies from St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Denise Le Chevallier, Bookkeeper
Agnes Zueger, Ministries Coordinator
Denise is the bookkeeper for the parish. She and her husband Rob have raised their family right here in Lake Oswego and have been a parishioners for many years.
Agnes grew up in Vale, Oregon and received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education and master’s degree in Music from the University of Portland with emphasis on piano, voice, choral conducting, sacred music and ministry. While serving as part-time liturgical musician at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Tigard, Agnes taught classroom music in the Archdiocese of Portland schools and later as a substitute teacher in the Portland, Beaverton and Tigard School districts before working in the financial industry in the residential lending division. Most recently, Agnes served in full-time parish ministry at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Tigard as the Director of Liturgy and Music followed by The Grotto: The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother in Portland as Volunteer Coordinator.
In addition to serving the parish as Ministry Coordinator, you can also find Agnes at the Saturday 5:00 PM Vigil Mass leading the music ensemble and a frequent cantor at the Sunday 7:30 AM Mass.
Robin Hudson, Administrative Assistant
A graduate of Portland State University, Robin received a Bachelor of Science degree in English and Advertising/ Communications.
Robin serves the parish with several office responsibilities as an administrative assistant.
Robin has been involved with the OLL choir and volunteered with the Art & Environment Committee.
Georgeann Boras, Administrative Assistant
Georgeann Boras is originally from Chicago Illinois. She graduated from Washington University in Missouri with a Masters in Education and taught for 10 years in the Chicago Public School system. She later pursued a career in veterinary medicine and has worked for the last 32 years in the veterinary profession in several states as a licensed technician. Georgeann has been an active member and volunteer of OLL parish for the last 10 years and during that time received her Doctorate in Ministry in the spring of 2013 from George Fox University.
St. Michael School to Thank Local First Responders
Throughout Maine Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 28-Feb. 3), students of all ages at St. Michael School in Augusta will carefully craft, create, and color special cards with a message of thanks to a group of local heroes: first responders.
A Message for the New Year from Bishop Robert P. Deeley
As we begin a new year, may we find new ways to bring the love of God we know in Jesus into our world. This year we treasure, in particular, two of God’s most precious gifts of love: family and peace.
St. Michael School in Augusta and Salvation Army to Join Forces
For the second year, St. Michael School in Augusta will team up with the Capital Region Salvation Army to distribute toys to over 200 local families in need on Wednesday, December 20.
Augusta food giveaway shows students that holidays ‘are more about helping than receiving’
More than 200 bags of food were distributed Monday afternoon at St. Michael School
Bishop Deeley Ordains Anthony Cipolle to the Priesthood in Portland
Cipolle was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert P. Deeley on Saturday, November 18, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland
Funeral Arrangements - Rev. Fr. Clement D. Thibodeau
The family of Reverend Clement D. Thibodeau has provided the Bishop’s Office with the following funeral arrangements:
Statement from Bishop Robert P. Deeley on Fr. Clement Thibodeau
“The news of the finding of Father Clement Thibodeau’s body leaves us, the people of the Diocese of Portland, profoundly saddened. Though relieved that the uncertainty following his disappearance has been resolved, we feel now a deep sense of loss. On behalf of all of us, priests, deacons, religious, and faithful in the Diocese of Portland, I ask you to join in prayer for the eternal rest of Fr. Thibodeau and for the consolation of his family and friends.
Festival in Augusta Celebrates the Ministry of Altar Servers
Approximately 75 altar servers gathered with family members, priests, and Bishop Robert Deeley at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Augusta on Sunday, August 6, for the second annual Altar Server Festival.
Bishop Deeley Invites Young People in Maine to Participate in Survey
To involve them in preparations for the synod in Vatican City, Pope Francis has asked young people around the world to “make your voice heard, let it resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherd of souls.”
Maine Parishes and Schools Contribute Over $57,000 to CRS Rice Bowl in 2017
PORTLAND---Parishes and schools in the Diocese of Portland combined to raise over $57,000 for the Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Rice Bowl program during the forty days of Lent in 2017. CRS Rice Bowl is a faith-in-action program that encourages Catholics to fill cardboard bowls with monetary donations, giving alms to those in need and honoring Jesus’ call to serve our neighbors.
Bishop Deeley ordains Kevin Upham to the Transitional Diaconate
Kevin Upham, a native of Portland, was ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Robert Deeley in a Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland on Sunday, June 18.
St. Michael School Hosts Walk-A-Thon
After weeks of collecting pledges, members of the school community spent hours walking laps around the school and church property, raising funds for a foundation that has offered warmth and support to countless heroes.
Maine Catholic Women's Conference Draws Hundreds
Three hundred thirty women from across the Diocese of Portland and beyond came together to celebrate and be strengthened in their faith at the sixth annual Maine Catholic Women’s Conference, held in Portland on Saturday, April 29.
St. Michael School and Travis Mills Foundation Walk-A-Thon Set for May 3
For weeks, students at St. Michael School in Augusta have gathered pledges from their families, friends, and community members. Garnering support has not been difficult once potential donors are told of who will benefit from their generosity.
Bishop Deeley Announces Six Priest Assignments and a Retirement
Bishop Robert P. Deeley has announced six priest assignments and a retirement with effective dates noted
Hundreds of Maine Teens Gather for 2017 Catholic Youth Convention
Nearly 230 teens and adult chaperones traveled to Samoset Resort in Rockport on April 21-23 for a weekend of celebrating the Catholic faith and the gifts that young people bring to the life of the Church.
Celebrating the "Joy of the Family" in the Diocese of Portland
The Diocese of Portland has launched the Joy of the Family initiative. A specific theme featured in Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) will be highlighted each month. Bishop Deeley encourages you, individually and as a parish, to use these resources to help protect, promote, and strengthen marriage and families in our world. To read Bishop Deeley’s column about the initiative that appeared in Harvest, visit www.portlanddiocese.org/from-the-bishop-march-2017.
Former 'America's Next Top Model' Contestant to Share Her Inspiring Journey
Leah Darrow has spoken to countless audiences while touring the country as a full-time motivational speaker, but her goal is always the same: teaching an appreciation for the true meaning of beauty, mercy, true love, and God’s design while promoting the virtue of modesty.
Middle School Rally Helps Teens Build Bridges
One hundred thirty middle school-aged youth and their parents gathered in Augusta on Saturday, March 4, to learn the fundamentals of bridge building, not the kind that span waterways, the type that connect people.
Bishop Deeley Announces Day of Prayer and Penance for Friday, March 3
PORTLAND---Bishop Robert P. Deeley has designated Friday, March 3, as a diocesan-wide Day of Prayer and Penance to seek forgiveness for past harm while offering prayers for the healing of victims/survivors of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The day will also reaffirm the Diocese of Portland’s continuing pledge to provide a safe environment for children.