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
Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Rev Fr Callistus Isioma Elue, and I was born on July 7, 1972, to the family of the late Dominic and Theresa Elue in Akumazi- Umuocha, Delta state, Nigeria, West Africa. I am the youngest of eight siblings. My eldest brother, Michael Elue, is the Bishop of my home diocese. I was ordained a priest on September 11, 2004, for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Issele-Uku in Delta State. 

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.

Deacon Andy's Bio
Deacon Andrew Paul Bures was the second born of eleven children to Robert and Florence Bures. He has three brothers and seven sisters. He grew up on a small dairy farm in Deerbrook, Wi. He entered army basic training four days after high school graduation and spent the next four years on active duty. Most of this time was spent serving in Germany. Upon returning home he continued in the army reserves for the next sixteen years. During that time, he studied at St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN earning a BA in psychology and at UW Madison earning an MS in Social Work. He met his wife during this time and married after graduation in 1988. During the following ten years working as a school social worker with the Shawano-Gresham School District, Andy and Stephanie had three children, Nicholas, Emily and Jacob. In 1999 they all moved back to the farm Andy grew up on and purchased it from his parents. Since then, he has operated the farm as an organic dairy with help from an apprentice whom he is teaching to farm. During this time Stephanie taught in various schools, the children all graduated from college and Dcn Andy was ordained on May 18, 2013. He loves playing sports but is best at softball. He currently plays on a slowpitch softball team. He also really enjoys the peace and solitude of living in the country. He likes to sing and enjoys a variety of music including country, classic rock, hard rock, Christian rock, jazz and the blues. He even remembers a solo he sang in a Christmas play during second grade.