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 Rommel's Bio
I’m Rev. Fr. Rommel Rodriguez Dacoco and born on May 1, 1975 in Talojongon, Tigaon, Camarines Sur, Philippines. I’m presently 46 years old and I came from a big and poor family. My father’s name is Jose P. Dacoco (deceased) and my mother’s name is Emerenciana S. Rodriguez. I’m the fifth among the 7 siblings but I have also one half brother and 3 half-sisters.

I was ordained by the Most Rev. Jose R. Rojas, Jr last June 10, 2006 at the parish of St. Clare of Assisi, Tigaon, Camarines Sur. I was assigned in five different parishes as Associate Pastor before I was appointed Pastor in 2 different parishes. My last assignment as Pastor was in the parish of Immaculate Conception, Quipayo, Calabanga, Camarines Sur which I served for four years with humility and gratitude. I’m now in my fifteenth year of service to the Lord as a Diocesan priest.

I play basketball and football to keep myself physically fit. I love to sing variety songs – religious songs, love songs and country music to lighten people’s hearts. I cook and prepare simple Filipino dishes.

As part of the mission program of the Archdiocese of Caceres, my present Archbishop, the Most Rev. Rolando J. Tria Tirona, O.C.D., D.D. sent me here in the Diocese of Green Bay to join my 10 companion priests in order to be of service to achieve the very core vision and mission of the Diocese of bringing the people to discover, follow, worship, and share Jesus to others as his disciples.

It is indeed a great privilege and honor for me to be part of this mission and I’m looking forward to learn more about your culture, lifestyle and expression of faith moving forward.

GLORY AND PRAISE TO GOD!

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.