Meet Our Clergy
Father Joel's Bio
Fr. Joel Sember was ordained a priest in 2007 for the diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin. He became pastor here on August 3, 2020. Prior to this assignment he served as associate pastor in Oshkosh and De Pere and pastor of three parishes in southern Oconto County. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and Catholic studies from the University of St. Thomas, a bachelor’s in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, and a license in sacred theology from the Pontifical University Santa Croce in Rome. He is the second-oldest of seven children. His parents live in southeast Wisconsin. Between ministry and parish meetings, Fr. Joel rides a motorcycle and paddles a kayak around great Wisconsin lakes. You can listen to his homily podcast every Sunday at PilgrimPriest.us
Father Callistus' Bio
I attended Ss Peter and Paul Major Seminary from 1996-2000, where I attained my bachelor’s degree in philosophy. My Pastoral Year experience followed, and from 2001 2004, I obtained a second bachelor’s degree in Theology from Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome. In 2014, I earned my master’s degree in Philosophy of Religion from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma Edo State, Nigeria.
Following my Ordination in 2004, I worked in my home diocese for two years after which I was employed to teach in the Seminary from 2006-2009. I was then assigned to the Green Bay Diocese from May 2010, to the present. In June of 2020 I became a naturalized citizen of the U.S.
While in the service of the Diocese of Green Bay, I have served in the following capacities:
Parochial Vicar of Nativity of our Lord, Green Bay, from September 2010, to June 2011
Parochial Vicar of the Quad Parishes of: Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, St. Jude, and St. Patrick from July 2011 through July 2012
Administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Crandon, WI, where I served from July 2012, to August 2020
Appointed Charismatic Liaison to the Bishop from 2011 to 2019
Spiritual Director of Koinonia for the Diocese of Green Bay from 2016-2018
Appointed a member of the National Service Council for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in 2016 on which I continue to serve
I love prayer, and I have a passion for helping people with their spiritual needs. Earlier this year at my parish, I conducted a Life in the Spirit Seminar which made a deep impression on the participants. I ask that whenever you are called to assist in improving our parish life that you say yes and use your gifts to the glory of God and the good of all. I believe in divine providence; by His grace, my goal is that together we grow deeper in our faith.