Julianne Stanz | Director of New Evangelization
Julianne Stanz

Julianne Stanz
(920) 272-8270
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Primary Responsibilities/Tasks/Roles

  • Inspire and equip parishes in the New Evangelization to form disciples of the Lord Jesus through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit
  • Manage and provide oversight for the Department of New Evangelization including the following offices:

    adult faith formation, campus ministry at UW Oshkosh and UW Green Bay, young adult ministry and RCIA
  • Assist parishes with creating a culture of intentional discipleship in their parish and being a holy, fully engaged and fully alive parish
  • Reach out to all Catholics with new ardor, methods and expressions to bring Jesus Christ through the Catholic Church alive in their hearts and in their lives

Holy, Engaged and Alive!

I am an Irish Catholic mother (although not necessarily in that order!) and the Catholic Church is my home, my refuge and my strength. Through 2,000 years of history -- through war, strife, struggles, joys, happiness and change, the Catholic Church is a beacon of hope and love around the world.

There is no greater gift in life than to receive Jesus in the Eucharist and know that he loves me through any struggle, sadness or joy in my life.

The Blessed Mother has always been a special part of my life, through reflecting on and praying about her life I have learned so much about Her Son Our Lord Jesus Christ. My faith life is marked by deep gratitude for the abundance of God's blessings and a great joy for our faith and for the world!

Blessed with three children

My husband Wayne and I have been blessed with five children, three earthly and two heavenly. My greatest accomplishments are my children and in striving constantly for a holy, faith-filled marriage.

Our favorite moments as a family are often spent fishing on the pier where we live and we strive to live a simple life grounded in Mother Teresa's words "Live simply so that others may simply live."

Being Irish I love to envelop my family in the songs, history, traditions and culture of Ireland hoping that my children will love Ireland as much as I do.

We are members of St. Mary Parish in Algoma.  We enjoy the sense of history in the parish but most of all the breathtakingly beautiful and yet simple Church.

Highlights of My Career

There are many unseen ministry moments that have been highlights for me. Whether it is a handwritten letter from a grateful pastor, or the emails from those who attended a talk that I gave with a question or to express their appreciation, to the phone calls from parish staff trouble shooting an issue, it is these moments that are often the most fulfilling and satisfying. These moments form a tapestry of story for me that sustain me in prayer.

Other career highlights include:

  • Co-establishing the C'YA (Catholic Young Adult) Ministry in Green Bay.
  • Providing over 250 women from all walks of life the opportunity to refresh, renew and deepen their faith at the "Girlfriends in God" events
  • Serving as Director of New Evangelization for the newly created Department of New Evangelization
  • Consulting on the USCCB Committee for Evangelization and Catechesis
  • Providing workshops, training and retreat opportunities for parishes and other Dioceses across the country

My Favorite Food

My mother's fish pie was one of my favorite comfort foods. When I would go home to Ireland my mother would always make this special pie with smoked haddock and topped with whipped, fluffy, cheesy Irish potatoes. Before she passed away she told me how to make it and while I haven't perfected it, I must admit, it is very good!