Staff



Fr. David Reichling OFM, Cap.

Pastor

davidr@stbernardblgs.org

I am a member of the St. Joseph Province of Capuchin-Franciscans, headquartered in Detroit & one of 9 Capuchins assigned to ministry in Montana from Ashland to Billings. I was ordained in 1967. A great joy for me is sharing weekend Eucharist; another is sharing those special moments of joy, and sometimes pain too, in the lives of so many people, marriages, births & baptisms, first communions, anniversaries, reconciliation’s and transitions. Folks open their lives so generously in the significant moments of their lives. I enjoy Montana, especially trips to the mountains with my faithful dog Eli. Besides, St. Bernard’s, I also am pastor of Sts. Cyril & Methodius in Ballantine, MT about 20 miles East of Billings.

Laurie Ewalt

Bookkeeper / Business Manager

lewalt@stbernardblgs.org

I joined the staff in April of 2014 as Bookkeeper. My husband Frank and I have been members of St. Bernard’s since 1978. We were married in 1977 and moved to Billings from South Dakota. We met teaching school in Iroquois, SD. Our 4 children were raised in this parish and have scattered across the country. As a couple we have helped with the youth programs as teachers and we volunteer in many capacities. We enjoy spending time with our grandbabies when we can. The Ewalt’s own and manage a self-storage rental company, South Shepherd Storage, and Ewalt Construction, a concrete construction business. I do the bookkeeping for both. My higher education includes a B.S. degree in Home Economics from SDSU and an accounting and administrative certificate from Billings Public Schools Adult Education.

Mary Strauss

Secretary/Receptionist/Bulletin/Web

marys@stbernardblgs.org

I joined the parish staff December 1, 2006. I am the “church secretary” or ask Mary – she’ll know the answer person. I have been a member of St. Bernard’s since 1982. I chair the Worship and Liturgy Committee, help with weddings, am a lector and sacristan. In the past I have been involved with the music, teaching CCD, and RCIA. Outside of church I am involved with the Cum Christo, and Cum Christo Renewal. My hobbies include photography and sports. Before joining the parish staff, I worked in dentistry for 23 years as an assistant and receptionist. I was born in Missoula, MT and raised in Polson, MT, graduated from Polson High School and Montana State University – Bozeman, with a degree in teaching. I enjoy traveling back to the Flathead Valley for visits and returning to her roots and what she calls “God’s Country.” My side kick is a black kitty named Pearl.

Donna Choriki-Ayers

Music Director

dayers@stbernardblgs.org

I have been a music director in the Diocese of Great Falls Billings since 1989-part time, then since 1995 full time. I was at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral and then at Holy Rosary and Little Flower Churches, and stayed through the transition into Mary Queen of Peace. I started here at St. Bernard’s in January 2012. My position here at St. Bernard’s includes planning the music for all Masses, preparing the weekly song sheets, directing the youth choir, the Sunday Choir, various music groups, working with cantors, and instrumentalists, and playing the piano and singing. I also coordinate the music for weddings and funerals and other events and services. My husband and I have 6 adult children, and 5 grandchildren. We live in the “extreme heights” about 8 miles out of town toward Shepherd, with our dogs, cats, turkeys and chickens.

Brian Shea

DRE / Youth Minister

brians@stbernardblgs.org

Brian Shea serves as the DRE and the youth minister here at St. Bernard’s Church. He has been here since 2003 and is in charge of the 5th/6th Grade, Junior High, and High School Youth Groups here at the church. Besides working for St. Bernard’s Church Brian puts on retreats for Billings Central and helps run the Search program. He also occasionally helps work some of the Cum Christo weekends. Brian graduated high school from Billings Central in 1998 and graduated college from Gonzaga University in 2002. While at Gonzaga he got a major in Religious Studies and minors in History, Sociology, Philosophy, and a Certificate of Youth Ministry. After graduating from Gonzaga, Brian headed to Maine for a year and worked at a homeless shelter and crisis hotline for the Jesuit Volunteer Corp. In the summer of 2006 Brian got married to Erica and the two of them had their first child Grace in April of 2008 and Connor joined them in 2011. Brian has plenty of experience working in youth ministry. While at Gonzaga he also was the director of the junior high and high school youth groups at St. Aloysius Church for three years, director of Gonzaga’s annual Pilgrimage Retreat for two years, and led a Bible Study all four years. Brian also spent two summers working for the Diocese of Helena as a counselor at Legendary Lodge in 2001 and 2002. Brian’s interests other than work and family are reading, all sports, board games, road trips and anything that gets him outdoors in God’s creation.

Tim McDonald

Children’s Faith Formation Director

tmcdonald@stbernardblgs.org

I joined the staff in August 2015 as the director for the children’s K-3 Faith Formation program. I enjoyed growing up in St. Bernard’s Church and always enjoyed being an active member of the faith formation and youth groups. I have volunteered with VBS, youth retreats, youth group, and many of the family fun events while in highs school. I graduated from Skyview in 2009 and college from the University of Montana in 2014. While in college I studied entertainment business and took many Religion classes from the University of Montana. After graduation a spent a year in JVC working for an after school program in Bridgeport Connecticut, where I helped facilitate an after school program.

Roy Brown

Adult Faith Formation (RCIA)

rbrown@stbernardblgs.org

Roy has been a member of St. Bernard parish since 1995 with his wife Kari and their two children; Cody and Brady. Roy and Kari are native Montanans and enjoy the beauty of the Big Sky. When not taking care of their busy family schedule, Roy enjoys golfing, reading and gathering with friends and family. Roy is also the General Manager for Billings Catholic Radio, KJCR. Kari is an avid book reader, enjoys scrap booking and entertaining friends and family. Cody is a graduate of Billings Central Catholic High School and is attending Montana State where he plans to receive his degree in Physics and Math. Brady is a Junior at Billings Central and stays busy with cheer leading, dance and hanging out with friends. Roy and his family are active in the parish community of St. Bernard with Roy serving as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and Sacristan before taking the role of Director of the RCIA program. Kari is a member of the funeral meal ministry and leads the Haiti Committee with an annual medical mission trip to Haiti. Brady is a volunteer for our Sunday School classes.

Priscilla Moorhouse

Parish Nurse

priscillam@stbernardblgs.org

Priscilla Moorhouse has been the Parish Nurse Coordinator since 2000. She had retired from School District #2 that spring after 17 years as a school nurse. They moved to Billings from Worland, WY, with 3 children in 1984. Her early years of nursing include floor nurse at St.Vincent's, Public health nurse for the Division of Indian Health at Ft. Washakie, WY and substitute teacher in Worland. She married John, traveled to several other Indian Reservations, and raised 3 children, Judd, Jennie and Mary -Margret. The Moorhouses have been at St. Bernard's for 25years now, active in parish living as past council member, pro-life, CCD teacher and lector. Her favorite time is spent spoiling the 13 grandchildren, fishing, gardening, reading and people.

Steve Klang

Janitorial / Housekeeping

I joined the staff in October 2015. I married Barb in 1976. We have 5 adult children and 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. I am retired from the Military and worked for UPS and Billings Catholic Schools. I love to golf, hunt and enjoy life with my family.

Kathy Majerus

Janitorial / Housekeeping

Kathy joined our staff in August 2013 as part of the janitorial team. She joined the parish in 1987. She has worked as a Dental Hygienist in Billings since 1985. In 2009 she went to Massage Therapy School and became a Licensed Massage Therapist. Presently she works with two Dentists, the church and has her private massage business. At the Church Kathy is also involved with the Liturgy Committee, the RCIC program, CCF program and Secular Franciscans.