Parish Staff


   Parish Secretaries
        - Michelle Thomsen
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- Jessica Gunther(Part Time)

        - Natalie Thomsen (Part Time)


  St. Joseph's Parish Custodian       St. Michael's Parish Custodian

       - Steve Boser                                  - Ron Kahl


Father Ken Popp

 I was born to Arthur and Regina Popp in Rice, Mn. I have six living siblings and one brother who has died and gone to heaven. I
 grew up in Rice and attended Rice Elementary School.  From there I went to Cathedral High School and graduated in 1971.  Following high school I studied for ten years out east with the bulk of the time in Washington D.C.  My studies included
 philosophy and theology.  I completed my theological studies for the priesthood at St. John's Seminary in Collegeville, MN and
 was ordained a priest in 1983.  During all my priesthood, I have served in several parishes in the St. Cloud Diocese.  At present I
 am pastor at St. Joseph in Pierz and St. Michael in Buckman.

St. Joseph & St. Michael

Parish Staff​

 I am honored that the Lord has led me to serve the people of these two parishes and to help the Pastor, Fr. Ken Popp, provide 
 Pastoral care and leadership.  I have been married for 25+ years to my best friend, Mary Kay, and we have three children, Ruth
 and Beth who are adults and Charles who is with us here in the Pierz school.  Our unofficial family motto has become,
 “Remember, life is an adventure and that is OK if you remember Who is in control, if you let Him.” Among other things, our
 adventure has included 20 years of parish ministry, a Masters in Theology, meeting many people longing for closeness to the
​ Lord, seeing great acts of God, and a warm welcome from the parish communities here.

Pastoral Associate Michael Pekar

St. Joseph's Catholic Church

Pierz, MN


St. Michael's Catholic Church

Buckman, MN