Who We Are

Staff

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

 Assignments

  • 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.”

– Psalms 46:10