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, Pastor

    Fr. Paul became our parochial administrator in 2020 and was installed as pastor on July 4, 2021. 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 spent three years as the parochial vicar of the Parish of Saints Joachim and Anne in Shakopee 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."

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  • Deacon Francis Tangney

    Deacon Francis was ordained a Permanent Deacon in 1996. Following ordination, he was assigned to St Joseph, and continues to serve St. Gabriel. 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.

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  • 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 St. Joseph campus, and facilitating support groups for couples who are struggling with infertility issues.

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  • Lori Thul, Parish Business Administrator

    Lori joined the staff at St. Gabriel in October 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. She is also an Accredited Business Communicator with IABC. 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.

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  • Sheila Przesmicki, Ministry Coordinator

    It was recently discovered that Sheila is a real person, despite a last name that sounds made-up. Although she tries not to take herself too seriously, she does take her faith seriously and served the Church in various capacities in Wisconsin, Mississippi and Guatemala before coming to St. Gabriel in 2017. As Ministry Coordinator, she now supports the people doing ministry and tries not to be too “bossy.” Yeah, the Holy Spirit and her guardian angels have full time jobs.

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  • 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!

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  • Andrew Allen, Director of Faith Formation & Pastoral Ministry

    Andrew began serving at St. Gabriel on July 1, 2021. In collaboration with the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus, he is responsible for children’s, youth, and adult faith formation and sacramental preparation at the parish. In addition, Andrew oversees and assists the Pastor with the Marriage and Family Life ministry.


    Andrew received his formation and education at the University of St. Thomas, receiving a B.A. in Catholic Studies (2009), and an M.A. in Theology (2013). From 2013-2021, he served as the Director of Children & Adult Faith Formation at St. Bartholomew in Wayzata. He lives with his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters, Eloise and Lyla, in Plymouth.   

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  • Brittany Anderson, Nursery Coordinator

    Brittany leads the church nursery and volunteers. She is a Hopkins graduate, outdoors-loving sports mom, animal lover and holds an associate degree in Early Childhood Education. She loves spending time with kids and watching their imaginations run wild!

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