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Within the Office for Diaconate Formation, we are prepared to assist you on behalf of the Church in discerning a response to your vocation. Let us introduce ourselves to you!

Dc. John Ebel

Deacon Dale T. Nees

I am Deacon Dale Nees.  I was born in 1957 and grew up right here in the Milwaukee Archdiocese in the town of Sturtevant with my mother, father, brother, and sister, along with scads of aunts, uncles and cousins close by.  I happen to be the youngest in my family and came by my work ethic through my father who was a cement contractor.  I have a creative side as well and initially aspired to be an artist.  While I still love the arts, I was more fulfilled caring for others and became a Registered Nurse.  I met my wife Barb while a student nurse and we married upon graduation at my home parish St. Sebastian’s (Sturtevant).  We raised 3 boys (Joshua, Jason and Peter) and 1 girl (Aharon) then started all over with another boy (Adam) who will soon be twelve.  I have been enriched by thirty-five amazing years ministering in healthcare assuming increasing leadership responsibilities. 

I was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in 2009 and I has been ministering in the church as a deacon for the last nine years. When I look back I saw God’s providence in the whole admissions experience and discernment process.  I am reminded daily, by our class ordination photograph which hangs in our living room, of the blessing that those men and their wives have been for Barb and me in our lives in general and specifically in diaconal ministry. Some of the ministry that I am involve in are Truck Stop as a Chaplain; Native Ministry among the Ihanktonwan (Yankton) Sioux; formation teacher, prayer and worship and many more.

The thing I like most about being a deacon is assisting people to see and share their giftedness recognizing how intentionally living out the grace of their baptisms as disciples of Jesus is a blessing in and outside the parish. 

Manuel Maldonado-Villalobos

Manuel Maldonado-Villalobos
(English or Español)
Associate Director

I was born in Puerto Rico in 1970. I have involved in catechesis, youth groups and adult formation for almost 27 years. I have a Bachelor Degree in Philosophy from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico and a Master Degree in Theology from the Dominican College of Theology in the Central University of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. I was a teacher in Catholic School in the area of Religion Education.

I moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2000 to develop formation programs for the Latino Community in the area of catechesis, lay ministry formation and liturgy. With this back ground and studies, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee granted me the Advance certification in Religious Education.

Part of my work in the Archdiocese was the translation and adaptation of the Religious education Curriculums, developing a Spanish Catechist Formation (trainings) Programs for the growing Latino Community. I have been a teacher for the Diaconate and Lay Ministry Formation Program at Saint Francis Seminary in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. I was assigned as Associate Director for the Office of Child Ministry and Sacramental Preparation for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and now I am working as Associate Director in the Office for Diaconate Formation in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. My experiences in the multicultural environment and my knowledge of the Popular Religiosity bring an awareness of a Multicultural Church and the unity in the diversity.

Charmaine Pfeifer

Charmaine Pfeifer
Administrative Assistant

I was born and raised in the Hartford, WI area. I have been married to Scott for 23 years. We have two children, Philip and Catherine.

I served at St. Catherine of Alexandria (Granville) for 4 years as a volunteer catechist before being hired as Christian Formation Assistant, a position I held for 10 years. The last two years of my tenure at St. Catherine I was Administrative Assistant for the Parish and the Christian Formation Program. My background and experience in both positions has led me to join the staff at the Office for Diaconate Formation.

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