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Fr. Matthew Robben
Pastor
(513) 922-5400
frmattrobben@gmail.com

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On February 17, 1972, I was born the 13th of 14 alphabetically named children. As a child, I grew up on a working holstein dairy farm milking as many as 250 animals. I attended St John the Baptist Church and grade school in Harrison, Ohio. I graduated from Elder High School and attended 1 year at the University of Cincinnati. Starting when I was 16, I worked in the restaurant business. First, with LaRosa’s and then as general manager for Pizza Hut for 3 years. At that point, I switched to managing at several Jersey Mike’s locations. I returned to UC in 1999 and graduated with a BA with honors in History with the intention of teaching high school. Lacking the funds to pay for graduate school I was able to get a job at Thomas More College in Northern Kentucky working in the maintenance department and taking education classes at the same time. It was at Thomas More that my vocational call was reawakened. I entered Mount Saint Mary Seminary where I earned a Master of Divinity and was ordained a priest on May 19, 2012. My 1st assignment was as chaplain and teacher at Chaminade Julienne High School in Dayton Ohio where I taught Scripture (I am currently working on my thesis for a Masters of Biblical Studies). My weekend assignment was to St Peter Parish in Huber Heights, Ohio. Earlier this year, due to the medical retirement of the pastor, I was named co-administrator of Region 12 (St Peter, Holy Cross, Our Lady of the Rosary, St Stephen’s, and St Adalberts). Other ministries I have been involved with include Project Rachel and the Respect Life Office. In my spare time, I like to play most any sport, especially basketball, ping pong, golf bowling or just walking in the woods. I also like to play cards (Pinochle with Euchre a close second), watch movies, and cook (baking in particular). I love volunteering each year for the FAM OHIO convention usually held in Columbus dedicated to helping educate those with bleeding disorders. I also like volunteering for the Over the Rhine and Walnut Hills Soup Kitchens as an active board member. Finally, I like to spend time with family and friends. I hope this gives you a snapshot of who I am, the rest you will learn in time.
Fr. Jim Romanello
Parochial Vicar
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Fr. Jim is from Norwood, Ohio where he has lived his whole life. He is the eleventh born of fourteen children, seven boys and seven girls. Most of the oldest seven still live in the greater Cincinnati area, while most of the younger seven have moved away, all over the country. He grew up in a traditional Catholic family, across the street from St. Mathew parish in Norwood, which is now a consolidated parish with two other Norwood parishes, now known as Holy Trinity Parish. Before joining the seminary he worked as a cook at the Hyatt Regency in Cincinnati and at the Marriot in Covington, KY. He also worked as a Technical Services Representative for Fifth Third Bank. He joined the seminary in September of 2005 and was ordained a priest in May of 2013. He likes to camp and fish. He is an avid sports fan, both the Reds and the Bengals. His first assignment was as Parochial Vicar at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Liberty Township Ohio. He was assigned to Our Lady of Good Hope and St. Henry in 2015 as Parochial Vicar, where he has served for the last four years until being named Pastor in July of 2019
Mr. Thomas Westerfield
Deacon
(513) 922-0715
twesterfield@lourdes.org

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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.
Deacon Mark Madden
Deacon
(513) 922-0715
mmadden@fuse.net

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Deacon Mark and his family have been members of Our Lady of Lourdes for almost 40 years. He has been an active member in our church community throughout the years in school activities, scouting, sports, teaching and leadership roles in many different parish ministries. In 2022, Deacon Mark was ordained a deacon and assigned to the Southwest-7 Family of Parishes, which is inclusive of Our Lady of Lourdes. His service will entail the ministry of the Word, ministry of the liturgy/worship and the ministry of charity and justice throughout the five parishes in this new “family of parishes.”
Ms. Heather Bessler
Principal
(513) 347-2660
hbessler@lourdes.org

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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.

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

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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.
Ms. Erin Dwyer
Pastoral Associate
(513) 922-0715
edwyer@lourdes.org

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Erin is originally from Southern Indiana, near Louisville, KY. She obtained her master’s in Pastoral Theology from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. Currently, she is pursuing her doctorate in Ministry with a specialization in Evangelization at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Erin worked in parish ministry for over three years in Louisville, KY as a Pastoral Associate of Stewardship and Evangelization. In this position, she helped establish and oversee the parish St. Vincent DePaul conference, maintained oversight of all communications and the implementation of the parishes 5 year strategic plan. Erin continued her passion for Stewardship theology by accepting the position as Coordinator for Stewardship and Annual Giving for the Archdiocese of Louisville. Working with 110 parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Louisville, Erin was responsible for the Archbishop’s Catholic Services Appeal and parish Stewardship education. Erin currently resides in Aurora, Indiana with her children Luke (13) and Lydia (9) and their Boston Terrier, Lucio.
Mr. Keith Minnery
Music Ministry
(513) 922-0715
kminnery@lourdes.org

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Keith Minnery is very grateful for the opportunity to share and offer his time and talents to the community at Our Lady of Lourdes. Keith began as a liturgical music minister at Resurrection Church in Price Hill with just him and his guitar at 18 years old. Since then, Keith has played/subbed at numerous parishes on the west side and throughout the city, as well as served as Music Director for 10 years at St Margaret-St. John Parish on the east side where he met Fr. Len. Outside of liturgical music, Keith has also been a music teacher in the private and public sectors for many years, teaching at Cincinnati Public, Purcell Marian, Waynesville Schools and even out in Colorado. Keith currently teaches Elementary music in the Oak Hills school district. Outside of music, you can find Keith enjoying a run around the block or on some trails as he gets ready for his next race!
Mrs. Mary James
Bookkeeper
(513) 922-0715
mjames@lourdes.org

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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
Parish Secretary
(513) 922-0715
pbauer@lourdes.org

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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. Caroline Seta
Administrative Assistant
(513) 922-0715
cseta@lourdes.org

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Caroline has worked previously in a parish office in Finneytown and now comes to Our Lady of Lourdes as an Administrative Assistant to the DRE & PA. She enjoys working in a parish setting and is happy to be working at a parish close to her home. She has been a member of St. Jude Parish in Bridgetown for 23 years. She and her husband have been West-side residents for 24 years.
Mrs. Claire Rack
Administrative Assistant
(513) 922-0715
crack@lourdes.org

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I am blessed to be working at the parish office in the Parish that I call home. I am responsible for purchasing, social media; (Facebook, Instagram, Ads & Live streaming events), Friday email blast and handling memorial donations. It is my goal to make Our Lady of Lourdes a welcoming, friendly parish. I have been a member here since the day I was born, receiving all my Sacraments here as well as sending my children to school here. This is home.

Mr. Mike Noonan
Maintenance
(513) 922-0715
mnoonan@lourdes.org

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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. Karyn Reno
Maintenance
(513) 922-0715
kreno@lourdes.org

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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.