Board of Directors

At this time, we are looking for more eager individuals to inquire about serving on our Board.  Please pray about it. Click HERE for board member expectations.  If you are interested, please call the office at 763-571-5314.

Mary Kohlhaas, Current – President (2018)

Mary Kohlhaas has been a board member since 2010.  She has been active in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal since her college days at both the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota and Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.   As a Youth Minister for over 30 years, Mary has been involved in all aspects of youth ministry from evangelization and discipleship to sacramental prep and summer missions. She is a strong advocate of relational ministry, believing it to be foundational for all other ministries. As for the power of the Holy Spirit, as found in the Charismatic Renewal, Mary believes it is necessary for one standing firm against the obstacles and attacks on one’s Faith these days. Mary is presently working as the Coordinator of Family Ministries at Saint John the Baptist Parish in New Brighton, Minnesota.

Jessica Balzarini, Past- President (2017)

Jessica has been in church ministry for 14 years, working at St. Mary’s in Waverly, St. Paul’s in Ham Lake and in the New Ulm Diocese. She currently works at St. John the Baptist Church in New Brighton as Director of Discipleship and Mission.  She was introduced to the charismatic renewal at Franciscan University, where she obtained a degree in Theology and Religious Education.  Her and her husband Mark are members of the Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake.

Mary Hagar  President-Elect (2019)

Mary is Director of multiple religious education and Family Formation programs, and teaches in adult ministry, faith formation, & evangelization programs locally as well as nationally.  She is a long-time Charismatic Renewal leader, a member of the national Alpha USA Catholic Team and consults with Alpha International. She is a frequent conference speaker and presenter at national evangelization schools in cooperation with Renewal Ministries.  Mary and a colleague, Deacon Mike Thoennes founded CORE Ministries in 2004.

 Deacon Mike Thoennes

Ordained in 2001, serves in Confirmation & adult education programs in multiple dioceses in MN. He also serves as the liaison for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office in the Diocese of New Ulm as well as helps with diaconate formation for the Diocese of New Ulm. He has presented talks at various conferences and is a co-presenter with Mary Hagar at Renewal Ministries’ Schools of Evangelization. He serves on the national Alpha USA Catholic Team. Mary Hagar and Deacon Mike formed CORE Ministries in 2004 for evangelization resources and adult education.

Peter Yurek  

Past Chairman of the Board, 2010-2011 and in 2015-2016. An active member of St. Peter’s Church in North St. Paul. He has held a leadership role in St. Peter’s prayer community for the past 10 years. His deep faith and commitment to Christ is a foundation in his life. Peter’s life was changed in 1985 when he attended a retreat at what was known as the CYC in St. Paul. That encounter with Christ changed his focus and put things into a new perspective.  His love of the Lord continues to grow, as he constantly seeks to come closer to Jesus. It is most important to him that his faith be reflected in his life, and his greatest joy is sharing Christ with others.

Mary Nawrocki

Served on the Board of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office for over 18 years. She experienced the Baptism in the Holy Spirit in 1973 and has been active in charismatic renewal ever since. Mary is a member of the Immaculate Conception Prayer Group, where she serves on its core group, in the music ministry, and as occasional teacher. She is the Faith Formation Director at her Parish, Immaculate Conception in Columbia Heights.  Mary is originally from Puerto Rico. It was there that she met her husband Larry Nawrocki. Mary and Larry have four adult children and nine grandchildren.

 Sister Mary Anne Schaenzer, SSND    

Sister Mary Anne has experienced the Charismatic Renewal since 1968. She served on the steering committee of the Association of Diocesan Liaisons from 1987 to 1993. She served on the NSC Advisory Committee and later on the NSC Council from 1992 to 2002. Sr. Mary Anne was elected to the National Service Committee for Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the United States in 2002. She currently serves as Pastoral Care Director at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Anoka. Previously, she served as Pastoral Associate at the Church of the Holy Rosary in North Mankato, Minnesota. Her past experience includes teaching, full time work in Charismatic Renewal, hospital/hospice chaplaincy, pastoral care to the Sisters in her own SSND community healthcare in Mankato, Minnesota and parish ministry including R.C.I.A. coordination and adult faith formation.

 Sara Dahlerup, Administrator
Sara took over this position in late October 2015.  Sara was baptized in the Holy Spirit in August of 2013 and has been following the renewal by attending the CCRO conferences and other retreats and  Archdiocesan events.  Sara volunteers as the speaker coordinator for Circle of Women at St John the Baptist Catholic Church and also is a Faith Formation teacher at the Church of St Williams.  Sara is married and has four beautiful children.  She is blessed to serve the CCRO community and to help it grow.  Come, Holy Spirit!


Sylvia Hoff

Sylvia has recently resigned from the board after serving for many years.  We thank you for your years of generous and humble service.  May God continue to bless and anoint you.