Staff



Fr. David Reichling OFM, Cap.

Pastor

davidr@stbernardblgs.org

I am a member of the St. Joseph Province of Capuchin-Franciscans, headquartered in Detroit & one of 9 Capuchins assigned to ministry in Montana from Ashland to Billings. I was ordained in 1967. A great joy for me is sharing weekend Eucharist; another is sharing those special moments of joy, and sometimes pain too, in the lives of so many people, marriages, births & baptisms, first communions, anniversaries, reconciliation’s and transitions. Folks open their lives so generously in the significant moments of their lives. I enjoy Montana, especially trips to the mountains with my faithful dog Eli. Besides, St. Bernard’s, I also am pastor of Sts. Cyril & Methodius in Ballantine, MT about 20 miles East of Billings.

Laurie Ewalt

Bookkeeper / Business Manager

lewalt@stbernardblgs.org

I joined the staff in April of 2014 as Bookkeeper. My husband Frank and I have been members of St. Bernard’s since 1978. We were married in 1977 and moved to Billings from South Dakota. We met teaching school in Iroquois, SD. Our 4 children were raised in this parish and have scattered across the country. As a couple we have helped with the youth programs as teachers and we volunteer in many capacities. We enjoy spending time with our grandbabies when we can. The Ewalt’s own and manage a self-storage rental company, South Shepherd Storage, and Ewalt Construction, a concrete construction business. I do the bookkeeping for both. My higher education includes a B.S. degree in Home Economics from SDSU and an accounting and administrative certificate from Billings Public Schools Adult Education.

Mary Strauss

Secretary/Receptionist/Bulletin/Web

marys@stbernardblgs.org

I joined the parish staff December 1, 2006. I am the “church secretary” or ask Mary – she’ll know the answer person. I have been a member of St. Bernard’s since 1982. I chair the Worship and Liturgy Committee, help with weddings, am a lector and sacristan. In the past I have been involved with the music, teaching CCD, and RCIA. Outside of church I am involved with the Cum Christo, and Cum Christo Renewal. My hobbies include photography and sports. Before joining the parish staff, I worked in dentistry for 23 years as an assistant and receptionist. I was born in Missoula, MT and raised in Polson, MT, graduated from Polson High School and Montana State University – Bozeman, with a degree in teaching. I enjoy traveling back to the Flathead Valley for visits and returning to her roots and what she calls “God’s Country.” My side kick is a black kitty named Pearl.

Donna Choriki-Ayers

Music Director

dayers@stbernardblgs.org

I have been a music director in the Diocese of Great Falls Billings since 1989-part time, then since 1995 full time. I was at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral and then at Holy Rosary and Little Flower Churches, and stayed through the transition into Mary Queen of Peace. I started here at St. Bernard’s in January 2012. My position here at St. Bernard’s includes planning the music for all Masses, preparing the weekly song sheets, directing the youth choir, the Sunday Choir, various music groups, working with cantors, and instrumentalists, and playing the piano and singing. I also coordinate the music for weddings and funerals and other events and services. My husband and I have 6 adult children, and 5 grandchildren. We live in the “extreme heights” about 8 miles out of town toward Shepherd, with our dogs, cats, turkeys and chickens.

Brian Shea

DRE / Youth Minister

brians@stbernardblgs.org

I was born and raised in Billings, MT. I received my undergraduate degree in religious studies from Gonzaga University and Masters in Theology from Creighton University. I found my love for youth ministry while I ran the middle school and high school youth groups at St. Aloysius Catholic Church during college and spent summers working at Legendary Lodge, a Catholic summer camp in the Helena Diocese. After college, I spent a year doing Jesuit Volunteer Corps, working at a homeless shelter and on a crisis hotline in Portland, Maine. I started working at St. Bernard’s Church in the fall of 2003. I currently lead three youth groups (4th/5th grade, middle school, and high school), coordinate the adult education program, and oversee the religious education department. I am married to Erica and we have two children, Gracie and Connor. When I am not at work, I love to spend time with family, reading, playing games, and doing anything that gets me outdoors in God’s creation.

Tim McDonald

Children’s Faith Formation Director

tmcdonald@stbernardblgs.org

I joined the staff in August 2015 as the director for the children’s K-3 Faith Formation program. I enjoyed growing up in St. Bernard’s Church and always enjoyed being an active member of the faith formation and youth groups. I have volunteered with VBS, youth retreats, youth group, and many of the family fun events while in highs school. I graduated from Skyview in 2009 and college from the University of Montana in 2014. While in college I studied entertainment business and took many Religion classes from the University of Montana. After graduation a spent a year in JVC working for an after school program in Bridgeport Connecticut, where I helped facilitate an after school program.

Roy Brown

Adult Faith Formation (RCIA)

rbrown@stbernardblgs.org

Roy joined the staff in 2011 as the director of RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). The Browns have been parishioners at St. Bernard since 1994. Both their children are grown so Roy and Kari spend most of their free time with their “fur-baby” Chubbs, an English bulldog. Roy has been active at St. Bernard as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Sacristan, and Lector. He enjoys sharing the Catholic faith with those just entering the Church as well as lifelong Catholics. He is also the Executive Director for Billings Catholic Radio, KJCR and spends any free time golfing, reading, and enjoying time with friends and family. His wife Kari, is a surgery tech and helps with funeral meals as well as leads our outreach to our sister parish in Haiti. She loves reading so much she installed a Little Free Library in the front yard. She loves to share and swap books and always is looking for something fun to add to it. They love the people they have come to know through St. Bernard Church and pray you find a home here too.

Priscilla Moorhouse

Parish Nurse

priscillam@stbernardblgs.org

I have been the Parish Nurse Coordinator since 2000. I retired from School District #2 that spring after 17 years as a school nurse. We moved to Billings from Worland, WY, with 3 children in 1984. My early years of nursing include floor nurse at St. Vincent’s, Public health nurse for the Division of Indian Health at Ft. Washakie, WY and substitute teacher in Worland. John and I married, traveled to several other Indian Reservations, and raised 3 children, Judd, Jennie and Mary-Margret. We have been at St. Bernard's since l984, active in parish living as past council member, pro-life, CCD teacher and lector. My favorite time is spent spoiling the 13 grandchildren, fishing, gardening, knitting & crocheting, reading and people.

Steve Klang

Janitorial / Housekeeping

I joined the staff in October 2015. I married Barb in 1976. We have 5 adult children and 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. I am retired from the Military and worked for UPS and Billings Catholic Schools. I love to golf, hunt and enjoy life with my family.

Kathy Majerus

Janitorial / Housekeeping

I joined the staff in August 2013 as part of the janitorial team. I have been a member of St. Bernard’s in 1987. Presently I am working for RDH on Demand temp service, the church and have my massage business. I enjoy being active in parish life at St. Bernard’s.