fr ray pictureFather Ray is the Rector/Pastor of the Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation and is the Guardian of the local Friary.  The Shrine has always been a part of his life.  It was at the Shrine that he professed Solemn Vows and was ordained a Deacon, 40 years ago.  During his 40 years of ministry, he has been a Pastor, an Associate, high school teacher and administrator, missionary (Honduras and Scotland) and formation of young friars.
He feels privileged to have been asked to come to the Shrine – the very place that nurtured his vocation as a friar.  God’s abundant grace is very evident here.  It is a blessing for him to be a part of this wonderful ministry.

FrVinceFr. Vince joins us in ministry as both associate pastor for the parish and a member of the pilgrimage ministry.  He has been an ordained presbyter (priest) for 30 years and has ministered in a variety of settings including retreat centers and Franciscan formation houses.  He has ministered in more than 8 parishes and most recently was pastor of a parish in New Mexico.  He speaks Spanish and enjoys working with all sorts of people.  His interests include music, the promotion of the Church's teachings on justice, peace and the environment loves to walk and is an avid painter of God's creation.  He is from a big family in Minnesota and enjoys gardening.

Bro-RandyBrother Randy is the Pilgrimage and Retreat/Program Director of Our Lady of Consolation.  Before coming to the Shrine Brother Randy was involved in the teaching ministry to children with special needs for 12 years.  He then moved into formation work within the Province, as well as working in the Vocation Office.  After leaving the Vocation office, Brother Randy worked as a Pastoral Associate at Saint Cecilia’s Parish in Ames, Iowa.

His love for working with Young Adults led him to working as the Province Retreat Minister to Young Adults.  He ministered in Louisville, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota and New Mexico at our retreat centers for several years.

Brother Randy has been stationed in Carey since 2004 and has been a Conventual Franciscan Friar for over 25 years. 

Bro-AngeloBrother Angelo J. Catania, OFM Conv. is the Assistant Pilgrimage Director for Hospitality for the Shrine and the Retreat House at Our Lady of Consolation.  Before coming to the Shrine Brother Angelo was in charge of the meal preparation for our major Seminary when it was located in Chaska, Minnesota and at Franciscan Retreats Prior Lake, Minnesota. He ministered at Mount Saint Francis, Indiana on the Retreat Team, as Guest Master, Sacristan and Receptionist for retreatants and visitors to the Mount.

In 2005 Brother Angelo returned to Carey for a second time since his previous assignment here from 1976 – 1988.  Brother Angelo has served as a hospitality minister for many years throughout the Province of Our Lady of Consolation.  He has been a Conventual Franciscan Friar for over 40 years, and enjoys Religious Life and his ministry to the people of God very much! 

jacks-pic_edited-2Mr. Jack Gerding serves the Shrine as our Director of Music Ministries.  Growing up at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Glandorf, Ohio, he started his vocation in church music at a very young age by singing in the choir and playing for school Masses.  After completing his degree in Sacred Music, Mr. Gerding served St. Cyprian Catholic Church in Riverview, Michigan, and St. Patrick of Heatherdowns in Toledo, Ohio and now the Shrine. 

Here at Our Lady of Consolation, Mr. Gerding is responsible for coordinating the weekday and weekend music ministers as well as directing the Shrine Chorale, Resurrection Choir, Jubilate Children’s Choir, Cantor Guild, Assumption Choir, and the 100 voice Carey Ecumenical Choir.  Mr. Gerding has had the privilege to travel to Italy with his choirs and to sing for Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.