Who We Are
Pastor – Father Kitzhaber
- Name: Rev. Keith Joseph Kitzhaber, aka Padre Jose
- Ordained: June 28, 2008
- Parents: Bernard and Patricia Kitzhaber
- Background: Grew up on a dairy farm near Greenwood, WI. He is the eighth of nine children.
- Secular Education
- A.S. in Science – UW Marshfield
- Seminary Education
- Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus OH (2003-2008)
- B.A. in Philosophy; Masters of Divinity; M.A. in Ecclesiology
- Chaplain – Pacelli High School (2008 – 2009)
- Pastor – St. Mary’s Ridge, St. Augustine, Norwalk; St. John the Baptist, Summit Ridge (2009-2011).
- Pastor – St. Rose of Lima, Cadott; St. Anthony, Drywood; Sacred Heart, Jim Falls (2011-2012).
- Pastor – Holy Rosary, Owen; St. Anthony, Loyal; Hispanic Ministry – St. Bernard, Abbotsford (2012-2013).
- Pastor – St. Peter, Middle Ridge; Hispanic Ministry – St. James, La Crosse and St. Patrick, Sparta (2013-2014).
- Associate/Administrator – Holy Cross Parish, Santa Cruz, Bolivia (2014-2016).
- Pastor – St. Patrick, Sparta; St. John the Baptist, Summit Ridge (2016-2018).
- Presbyteral Council (2017-present)
- St. Joseph’s Priest Retirement Fund (2018-present)
- Pastor – Sacred Heart, Marshfield; Corpus Christi, Bakerville (2018-present)
Permanent Deacon – Rev. Ray Draeger
- The 5th of 10 children raised on a family farm west of Marshfield
- Graduated with honors from Marshfield Senior High in 1972
- Attended the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County earning an Associate Degree in Science
- Employed at Norwood Health Center since 1974
- Client Services Assistant on an Acute Psychiatric Unit.
- Married to his wife Joey
- Father to two children, Isaiah and Angie
- Ordained as a Permanent Deacon in 2010 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman to serve the Diocese of La Crosse
- A 4th Degree member of the Father John Eisen Council of the Knights of Columbus
- Has been a Catechist for 30 years
- Director of Religious Education for 12 years entrusted with developing the Joint Religious Education Program for Sacred Heart and Corpus Christi
- Maintains Advanced Certification in Religious Education and Advanced Certification as a Marian Catechist as well as a Certificate in Youth Ministry
- A graduate of the Lay Formation Institute XIII
- Although he loves to work with children, he has been focusing on Bereavement, Hospice, and Jail Ministries since his Ordination
- Favorite Bible Verses
- “Be Still & Know that I Am God” and “With God All Things Are Possible!”
“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”