Menu

Staff Directory

Parish Office                  (513) 922-0715

In case of emergency, call Fr. Len at (513) 608-0201

Staff

Rev. Len Wenke
Pastor
(513) 922-0715
fr.len.wenke@gmail.com

  Edit    Sort: 010

We enthusiastically welcomed Fr. Len Wenke as Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes effective July 1, 2016!


Father Len completed his term as the Director of Pastoral Services of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in June of 2016.

As Director of Pastoral Services, he oversaw diocesan offices including Campus Ministries, African American Catholic Ministries, Family and Respect Life Office, Missions Office, Hispanic Ministries, Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and Chaplains in public facilities (hospitals, jails and prisons). He assisted parishes with the implementation of the Futures Project [Pastoral Regions]. He served as liaison to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Associates, and Cursillo.

Fr. Len is a Cincinnati native and an Elder High School graduate. Fr. Wenke was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Bernardin in 1979. He studied at St. Gregory and Mount St. Mary’s Seminaries.

His first assignment was to the faculty at Carroll High School in Dayton, while a resident associate at St. Agnes Parish (1979 to 1982). 

Fr. Len directed the Archdiocese’s Office of Youth Ministry from 1982 to 1991 and during this time he lived at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Monfort Heights and St. Agnes in Bond Hill.

In 1991, he began work as Executive Director of the National Federation for Youth Ministry in Washington D.C. He returned to Cincinnati in July 1997 and served as pastor of St. Anthony, Madisonville until May 2010.

From June 2007 until June of 2010, Fr. Len served as the Director of Priests’ Personnel Office.

He has served as Dean for the St. Francis de Sales Deanery, and as member of the Presbyteral Council.

Fr Len now serves as pastor of Holy Family and Our Lady of Lourdes parishes.

Sharing a pastor is definitely met with challenges but Fr. Len is confident in coordinating his schedules.

Fr. Paul Ruwe
Weekend Associate
(513) 922-0715


  Edit    Sort: 020
Father Paul Ruwe is the son of Lois Enzweiler and the late Joe Ruwe. He was raised in Saint Teresa of Avila parish with three older brothers (Joe, Steve and Dave) and graduated from Elder High School in 1992. He earned a BA in History from Northern Kentucky University in 1997. Entered Mount Saint Mary’s of the West Seminary in 1999 and was ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 2005 after completing divinity studies. Has served as parochial vicar of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Liberty Township (2005-07), pastor of Saint Mary, Hyde Park (2007-2009), was in residence at Saint Benedict (Bronx, New York) while earning an MA at Fordham University (2009-2011) and is currently in full-time assignment on the faculty of Mount Saint Mary’s (2011-present). In addition to serving as seminary spiritual director and instructor of spiritual theology, he has offered weekend Mass assistance at Saint Anthony in Madisonville and Saint Margaret of Cortona / Saint John Vianney in Fairfax. 
Mr. Thomas Westerfield
Deacon
(513) 922-0715
twesterfield@lourdes.org

  Edit    Sort: 030
Deacon Tom and his family have been members of Our Lady of Lourdes parish for over 50 years.  In 1992, he was ordained a deacon and assigned to Our Lady of Lourdes Church.  His ministry entails performing two sacramental faculties-- baptisms and marriages.  He has been involved in social outreach programs and evangelization efforts; e.g., Welcoming Masses for our new parishioners, "Come Home" programs for inactive Catholics, and a facilitator for small group biblical studies. Deacon Tom’s liturgical duties include diaconating at weekend Masses and occasionally preaching.  He is also a eucharistic minister to the home bound and patients in hospitals and nursing homes.
Mr. Ed Bayliss
Parish Administrator
(513) 922-0715
ebayliss@lourdes.org

  Edit    Sort: 040

Ed Bayliss is from Cincinnati and is a parishioner of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. He and his wife Kim have 5 children - Nate, Anne, Marie, Alyson and Vanessa - living across the country from California to Texas and here in town. Along with their 5 kids, they have 7 grandchildren. He has one brother that lives in Buffalo, NY.

Ed came into the Church at the Easter Vigil in 2001, having been raised Jewish and experiencing all the rituals associated with that faith. He’s very active in the liturgy as a commissioned Lector, Eucharistic Minister, adult Altar Server and Mass coordinator at IHM, and you’ll see him from time to time at daily and weekend Mass here at Lourdes. He will tell you that along with coming into the Church, a mission trip he took to Nicaragua last year are the two most significant events in his recent faith journey; and he will again be going to Nicaragua this year in June to serve at a cultural center in Batahola.

Outside of Church, Ed has worked in various management roles for pharmacies, software development and health care companies. He attends classes at the Seminary in Mt. Washington pursuing his lay pastoral minister certification, all of which will be most helpful to us here at Lourdes in the Administrator’s role. He and his wife enjoy maintaining the gardens at their home, travelling to see their children and grandchildren and summertime grill-outs with family and friends. 

Dr. Robert Gerth
Pastoral Associate
(513) 922-0715
bgerth@lourdes.org

  Edit    Sort: 050
Bob Gerth serves as our Pastoral Associate here at Our Lady of Lourdes.  Bob spent a lot of time in school, and has been involved in various parish and educational ministries over the years.  At Our Lady of Lourdes, Bob takes a leadership role in activities such as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Baptismal Preparation for New Parents.  Bob also exercises staff oversight and participates in a number of other ministries in the parish such as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Adapted for Children, Adult Faith Formation, our Bereavement Ministry , Home Visitation and Jail Ministry.
Ms. Heather Bessler
Principal
(513) 347-2660
hbessler@lourdes.org

  Edit    Sort: 055

Ms. Bessler is a 1986 graduate of OLL, Heather taught for 22 years in both public schools and the Archdiocese, including Our Lady of Lourdes. With a BS in Education from Bowling Green State University, Heather taught English and History in her first teaching position at her alma mater Mount Notre Dame HS. She received a Master's degree from both Miami University and the University of Cincinnati. Heather married her best friend, Michael Dudek, and has two beautiful stepdaughters, Katie and Emily.

Mrs. Carol Clark
Music Director
(513) 922-0715
cclark@lourdes.org

  Edit    Sort: 060

If there is anything I can do for you, or if you would like to share your talents with us, please let me know. I am generally at all of the 4 p.m. Saturday Masses, the 8:30 a.m. and the 11:30 a.m. Sunday Masses, as well as the weekday 8:30 a.m. Masses.


As the Music Director, I would like to welcome you to Our Lady of Lourdes. I am so excited to be a part of such a great community here. Our liturgical music program is constantly growing. We have a wonderful adult choir, under the direction of Mia Williams, which sings each week at the 10 a.m. Sunday liturgy. We also have various instrumental and vocal ensembles, cantors, children's choirs, Jr. High choir and instrumentalists, youth (high school and college) choir and instrumentalists, and various handbell choirs.

Ms. Kristina Krimm
Dir. of Religious Education
(513) 347-2646
kkrimm@lourdes.org

  Edit    Sort: 070
This is Ms. Krimm’s fourth year as the Director of Religious Education for Our Lady of Lourdes parish. Prior to becoming the DRE at OLL, she served for many years as one of the Assistant Directors in the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. In that capacity she supported catechetical leaders and Catholic school principals by providing resources, skill development opportunities, and consultation in various areas of faith formation. She also has experience as a Director of Religious Education at Little Flower Parish in Mt. Airy and as a Catholic high school Religion teacher in Columbus, Ohio. She is an alumna of Mount St. Joseph University and received her Master’s degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame. She is delighted to support your efforts to pass on the Catholic faith to your children.
Mrs. Mary James
Bookkeeper
(513) 922-0715
mjames@lourdes.org

  Edit    Sort: 080
Welcome to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. I have been the bookkeeper for the parish and school since 2002. My husband Dan and I have been members of the parish since 1993, and we have three children who attended Our Lady of Lourdes School. We enjoy being part of this faith community.
Mrs. Pattie Bauer
Administrative Assistant
(513) 922-0715
pbauer@lourdes.org

  Edit    Sort: 090
I have been the parish secretary since January 2008. I enjoy coming to work each day meeting the new people and seeing our longtime parishioners. I am a lifetime member of Our Lady of Lourdes. I grew up in the Lourdes Parish Family, married my husband, Ray at Lourdes and we raised our 2 daughters in the Parish Family. They received their religious instruction through our excellent Religious Ed program from Early Childhood through High School. If you have any questions please call the Parish Office Center and we will be more than happy to help.
Mrs. Claire Rack
Administrative Assistant
(513) 922-0715
crack@lourdes.org

  Edit    Sort: 100

I am blessed to be working at the parish office in the Parish that I call home. I am responsible for managing memorials, donations, purchasing, inventory, and assisting our bookkeeper with various tasks. I am committed to making OLL a welcoming and spiritual home for all.

Ms. Nikki Dickson
Administrative Assistant
(513) 347-2648
cdickson@lourdes.org

  Edit    Sort: 110
Nikki is from Cincinnati and is a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes. Coming into the Church at the Easter Vigil in 2017, Nikki is part of our Administrative Assistant staff, works with the office of Religious Education and helps update our websites and social media. She enjoys Cincinnati sports, spending time with her children, family and friends.
Mr. Mike Noonan
Maintenance
(513) 922-0715
mnoonan@lourdes.org

  Edit    Sort: 120
Mike began working at Our Lady of Lourdes in 2000 as head of Maintenance of our large campus.  His favorite part of his job at OLL is meeting and working with the people from the parish.  Mike is married to Debi and enjoys spending time with their four children and three grandchildren. 
Mrs. Rhonda Stacey
Maintenance
(513) 922-0715
rstacey@lourdes.org

  Edit    Sort: 130
Hello my name is Rhonda Stacey I am married to my husband Mark and I have two children Ashley and Brandon. I am so blessed to a part of OLL for 5 years.
Mrs. Karyn Reno
Maintenance
(513) 922-0715
kreno@lourdes.org

  Edit    Sort: 140
My name is Karyn Reno. I have been a member of the OLL community since I was a child attending school and graduated OLL in 1981. I have two children who graduated here as well. I've been working at OLL for a few years and really enjoy working with my coworkers. Our parish community is a family that is centered on faith and trusting God.