FATHER RICHARD KLEPAC, SOLT
Father Richard arrived at St. Alphonsus July 1, 2017 after serving for 6 years as an Associate Pastor for Holy Redeemer Parish, Detroit. Prior assignments include SOLT missions in Belize and Phoenix, AZ. He was ordained on the 24th of June 2006 after 4 years of study at the Pontifical College of St. Thomas Aquinas. He likes most sports but football and golf are among his favorites. Other hobbies include learning guitar, cooking, reading a good book on spirituality, watching DIY shows or movies that contain thought provoking themes and walking in God’s creation.
SISTER MARY ELIZABETH ALBERS
Convent House Servant
Arriving at St. Alphonsus in August 2018, Sr. Mary Elizabeth has served in SOLT missions in Texas, North Dakota, and New Mexico. Originally from Kansas, she graduated from Benedictine College and served for two years as a lay missionary with SOLT in Belize, Central America, before entering the Sisters in 2006 and professing final vows in 2014. At St. Alphonsus, she will continue her work as vocation servant for the SOLT Sisters, along with being the aspirant formator and convent superior. Within the parish, she is delighted to be working with the youth group, helping out in the school office, and growing in relationship with the whole St. Alphonsus family.
John was hired as the Facilities Supervisor at St. Alphonsus in 2013. He has been a lifelong member of our parish, attending St. Alphonsus Parish School, O’Dea High School, and then the University of Washington.
Kathleen Cifu has been an educator for over 15 years in both private and public school. She started her career in education as a preschool teacher in Southern California and most recently taught Social Studies, Language Arts, Art, and Drama to middle school students on Mercer Island. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in history at California Baptist University, her Masters in Teaching at Seattle Pacific University, and will shortly complete her doctorate. Kathleen’s areas of expertise include curriculum development and design, instructional methods/practice, teacher evaluation models, and developing school/teacher/program growth plans both from an administrative and teaching perspective. When Kathleen finds time to be a human being she likes to cheer on the Mariners, paint in her art studio, and read as many books as she can. She might also be found trying to play her ukulele on occasion.
Andrew is a doctoral student of organ at the University of Washington under the tutelage of Dr. Carole Terry. Originally from Baltimore, MD, Andrew has arrived in Seattle via Greenville, SC where he completed his Bachelors in organ performance at Furman University, and South Bend, IN where he earned a Masters in Sacred Music from the University of Notre Dame. An avid cyclist and hiker, he loves exploring the Northwest’s natural beauty and overwhelming opportunities for adventure. Andrew is honored to serve the St. Alphonsus community and blessed to be at the helm of the world-class Fritts-Richards organ.
Angela joined the St. Alphonsus team in 2012 and is excited to take our music program to new heights! She is in charge of coordinating all the music and choirs for Masses.
Pastoral Assistant for Administration
Lizzy joined the St. Alphonsus team in 2011. She converted to Catholicism while at Gonzaga University, where she graduated in 2005. Lizzy spent the following year volunteering at a parish in Liverpool, England and then 4 years working in administration. She is a parishioner at Holy Rosary in Edmonds where she lives with her husband and two children.
Pastoral Assistant for Parish Involvement
Melanie is happy to join the St. Al’s team in her role as Pastoral Assistant for Parish Involvement. She looks forward to planning, organizing and directing efforts to promote parishioner involvement in the parish mission, programs and services. Melanie is a believer in a collaborative approach and welcomes all to contact her with your interests and ideas.