Rev. Philip Mensah
My name is Philip Mensah, ordained and incardinated into Archdiocese of Cape Coast, July 14 1991. Having served in a parish for three years was asked to go to Ghana military academy to become a military chaplain. Having served in the Ghana Air Force as chaplain for twenty-two years as chaplain,I finally retired from my military career as chaplain in February 2017. I Am here in the Archdiocese of Dubuque to server the Christ faithful at the request of my Archbishop back home in Ghana.
Deacon Tom Lang
Deacon Tom grew up on a farm near the small community of Manson, Iowa, along with six sisters and one brother. After completing high school, he graduated from Loras College with a major in history and minors in philosophy and education. A few months after graduation, Tom was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent most of his tour of duty in Germany.
It was during these years that Tom married Kris and together they enjoyed their first year of marriage in Germany. Tom and Kris have four children. Tom entered into the formation process for the permanent diaconate and was ordained on his 34th birthday at the Cathedral in Sioux City. Tom and Kris moved several times. Their move to Manchester brought them to the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Shortly after that, they moved to Ames for a few years and then, about seven years ago, moved to Dubuque where Archbishop Hanus assigned Tom as a deacon to St. Joseph Parish, Key West.
Deacon Tom is employed by the Archdiocese of Dubuque as Director of the Permanent Diaconate. He works with the 88 deacons and their wives of the Archdiocese and is responsible for the five-year formation process for new deacons. In addition, Deacon Tom works with the Jail and Prison Ministry throughout the 30 counties of the Archdiocese. This ministry continues to grow and offers visitation, spiritual guidance, and re-entry support to many offenders. Tom works with the more than 170 volunteers that support this ministry.
Deacon Tom and Kris, who is a music teacher, are blessed to have five grandchildren, who bring them great joy.
Lynne Fluhr, Secretary & Bookkeeper
Linda Frommelt, Director of Faith Formation & Youth Ministry for St. Joseph
Linda Frommelt is the Director of Faith Formation and Youth Ministries here at St. Joseph’s, key West Parish. Linda earned her B.A. in Elementary Education and Religious Studies from Clarke College in 1993. She then continued her studies in Theology and received a Masters in Parish Ministry from Loras College in 2008. Linda has also received her certification as a Pastoral Associate in 2009 from the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Linda has worked as a Director and Youth Minister for the past 20 years. Her love of Jesus Christ and his gospel message compels her to continue her own Faith Formation and encourage others to do so. Jesus’ example of love for people and his understanding gives her motivation to work joyfully with children, parents, Catechists, and staff. Linda has six adult children and lives in Dubuque.
Kay Goedken, Coordinator of Religious Education & Youth Ministry for Holy Family
MaryBeth Wagner, Coordinator of Religious Education & Youth Ministry for St. Catherine and St. Donatus