Our Staff

Our staff is devoted to the parish, because they believe in our mission of growing the Church, and forming growing disciples. Their role is to help provide an environment in which members can grow in their love of Christ, and use their God-given gifts to help others do the same. And they do this with a smile; after all, what we have to share is "good news of great joy." (Luke 2:10)

  • Fr. Paul Haverstock, Parochial Administrator

    Fr. Paul became our parochial administrator July 1, 2020. He was ordained a priest by Archbishop Hebda in 2016 and spent his first year of priesthood finishing theological studies in Rome. Once back home, Fr. Paul was the parochial vicar of the Parish of Saints Joachim and Anne in Shakopee for three years before being assigned to St. Gabriel.

    “There is no doubt in my mind that God’s providence has led me here. I grew up in Eden Prairie, but my family attended Zion Lutheran Church right here in Hopkins. Not once did I ever imagine that I would find myself back in Hopkins as a Catholic priest, serving one mile from where I was baptized. Only God could have planned this…I am delighted to be your new priest.“


  • Deacon Francis Tangney

    Deacon Francis was ordained a Permanent Deacon in 1996. Following ordination, he was assigned to St Joseph's, and continues to serve St. Gabriel's. He and his wife, Alice, reach out to those in need, specifically through Families Moving Forward. He has the distinction of having the fullest head of hair among all the permanent deacons of the parish.


  • Deacon Darrel Branch

    Coming in second is Deacon Branch. He has been a deacon at St. Gabriel the Archangel since it was formed in 2013. He joined St. John the Evangelist in 1968, and was ordained a Permanent Deacon in 2004. He and his wife, Chris, have a heart for walking with those who need help, coordinating Loaves and Fishes at the St. Joseph campus, and facilitating support groups for couples who are grieving.


  • Lori Thul, Parish Business Administrator

    Lori joined the staff at St. Gabriel's October 1, 2018. She was the Parish Administrator at St. Anastasia in Hutchinson, MN, for 20 years prior. Lori holds an undergrad degree in fine arts from St. Catherine's, a masters in business communications from St. Thomas, and a masters in pastoral ministry from St. Mary's. Needless to say, Lori likes to always keep learning, and has the goal of providing a firm foundation for St. Gabriel to achieve its gospel mission.


  • Sheila Przesmicki, Ministry Coordinator

    Sheila is not a real person, which is why there is a random photo here and she has an obviously made-up name. The staff insisted on having an imaginary friend, so long as she passed a background check. We may be a little overworked here.


  • Elaine Sinkala, Administrative Coordinator

    Elaine joined the staff as our Administrative Coordinator in April 2019. She manages many administrative functions - such as producing the weekly bulletin - and is also helping to manage St. Margaret’s Cemetery. Elaine is the daily staff presence at our St. Joseph Campus, monitoring the activities there and ready to help when needed. Her only requirement on accepting this position – a piped-in line of continuous hot coffee! 


  • Katie Schafer, Worship

    Katie is under the debatable impression that everyone can learn to sing. Whether or not that's true, you are welcome to make a joyful noise at St. Gabriel's!


  • Cindy Novak, Youth Formation

    Don't get Cindy started on the importance of sharing the faith with our children. Actually, do, it's a lot of fun to hear her passion.