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)

  • Father 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 pastor."

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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. In addition to assisting at Mass and preaching, he and his wife, Alice, have led St. Gabriel's in ministering to those in need of housing through the organization Families Moving Forward. Deacon Francis 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

    Deacon Darrel has served at St. Gabriel the Archangel since 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 in need,  especially by coordinating Loaves and Fishes (a ministry which serves free, healthy food to those in need five days a week at the St. Joseph campus), and facilitating support groups for couples who are struggling with infertility issues. They are also responsible for Baptism preparation.

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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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  • Eric Duffert, Parish Life & Operations Manager

    Eric comes to St. Gabriel from The International School of Minnesota, where he had served as a residence supervisor to international high school boarding students since 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in film and media arts from the University of Tampa and is an avid movie buff, trivia player, and music connoisseur. Having spent much of his post-collegiate years working in the cruise and travel industry, Eric has spent extensive time traveling throughout Europe and South America. 

     

    Having been raised actively in the faith, the roots of Catholicism were solidly planted in Eric. It was the witnessing of his brother going through the discernment process, seminary, and finally to priestly ordination in the spring of last year, however, that had a profound effect on Eric’s spiritual journey and has since set him on the steadfast path to grow, live, and share the Catholic faith to all. Eric is excited to begin his journey at St. Gabriel!

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  • Katie Schafer, Director of Music & Funeral Ministry

    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 Evangelization & Catechesis

    Andrew began serving at St. Gabriel in July 2021. He assists the pastor in the evangelization & catechesis of the parish in collaboration with the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus. This includes implementing a pathway of discipleship, overseeing sacramental preparation, RCIA, youth/adult faith formation, and organizing retreats, missions, pilgrimages, and service opportunities.


    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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  • Teresa Edalí Mendez, Directora del Ministerio Latino