Fr. Jim Romanello


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Fr. Jim is the eleventh born of fourteen children, seven boys, and seven girls. Most of the oldest seven still live in the greater Cincinnati area, while most of the younger seven live all over the country. He grew up in a traditional Catholic family, across the street from St. Mathew parish in Norwood, which is now a consolidated parish with two other Norwood parishes, known as Holy Trinity Parish. Before joining the seminary he worked as a cook at the Hyatt Regency in Cincinnati and at the Marriott in Covington, KY. He also worked as a Technical Services Representative for Fifth Third Bank. He joined the seminary in September of 2005 and was ordained a priest in May of 2013. He likes to camp and fish. He is an avid sports fan, both the Reds and the Bengals. His first assignment was as Parochial Vicar at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Liberty Township Ohio. He was assigned to St. Henry in 2015 as Associate Pastor, where he has served for the last four years until being named Pastor in July of 2019

Fr. Jerome Bishop

Associate Pastor

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Fr. Bishop is a native of Springfield, Ohio. Father is a graduate of Wright State University.

Prior to entering the seminary, Fr. Bishop worked as a municipal police officer for thirteen years. He was subsequently employed by the Common Pleas Court of Clark County, Ohio, as the Director of Intensive Supervision Probation.

Father completed his Master of Divinity degree at the Athenaeum of Ohio / Mount Saint Mary of the West Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mary Ehret

Pastoral Associate

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As the Pastoral Associate, Mary is responsible for SafeParish/Child Protection Decree compliance, Bereavement Ministry, Prayer Blanket and Shawl Ministry, RCIA and anything else that lands on her desk! Mary has a BS in Education and an MA in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Dayton and a Doctorate in Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Mary was the Associate Director for the Family Life Office of the Archdiocese for over seven years. Mary has been married to Gerry since 1971. They have two adult children, two granddaughters, and one grandson. As a charter member of the parish and a member of the first graduating class of St. Henry grade school, she is a “walking archive”!

Nate Haller

Facility Manager

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Nate joined the St. Henry staff in 2011, taking the role of Facility Manager in 2013. He graduated from West Carrollton High School and MVCTC, and he takes care of any and all maintenance needs of the parish facilities and grounds. In his free time, Nate enjoys anything from rock climbing and four-wheelers, to camping and hiking. If it’s outdoors, he’ll be there!

Steve Homan

Choir Director

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Steve has been involved in church music since he started playing in sixth grade at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Kettering. Steve was the music director at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church in Miamisburg for twelve years. Following his time at Our Lady of Good Hope Steve and his wife Carla began their family. They live in Miamisburg and have three children. Since leaving Our Lady of Good Hope Steve has stayed busy subbing at most of the Catholic Churches in Dayton. Steve holds a Lay Ministry Certification from the University of Dayton in Music and Liturgy and in Junior High and High School Youth Ministry. In addition, he has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Dayton. Steve is the Human Resource Director for Miamisburg City Schools. Prior to this, Steve was a teacher, assistant principal, and principal at Miamisburg City Schools. Steve is glad to be part of the St. Henry’s Parish.

Angela Kunka

Office Manager

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Before joining St. Henry’s staff in 2012 she worked for a local country club. Angela joined the Catholic faith through the RCIA process ten years ago with St. Charles Parish in Kettering. Angela graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Wright State University. She and her husband have two wonderful kids, and she loves to read in her free time.

Deacon Mike Mahoney

Deacon Mike and his wife Ann moved to Dayton from New York and joined the parish in 2005. Together they served as our Directors of Faith Formation from 2006 until 2012 when they retired. Though retired, Mike continues to serve the parish as a permanent deacon and assists with the RCIA program. He has extensive experience in the education field as a teacher and school administrator, and in parish ministry as a DRE and Youth Minister. He was ordained to the diaconate in 1996 for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY. His professional education includes the fields of biology, teacher education, educational administration, Biblical studies, and is currently doing graduate work in theology. Mike and Ann have three children and six grandchildren. In addition to enjoying being a grandparent, Mike enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, and model railroading!

Christina Mays

Business Manager

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Christina joined the St. Henry staff in the summer of 2012. She has her Bachelors of Science in Business from Wright State University with a focus in Finance. Before joining the St. Henry team she has worked in the banking industry and also for a global accounting firm. Christina was baptized as a baby at St. Henry and has been a parishioner ever since. She and her husband have two beautiful children. She is an avid boater, coaches volleyball and softball, and enjoys vacationing with relatives and spending time with family!

Mary Ruth Shearer

Music Director

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Mary Ruth found her calling to music ministry when she started playing the organ at St. Albert the Great Parish in Kettering in the fifth grade! She’s been involved in music ministry ever since. Mary Ruth joined the parish in 1995 with her husband, Mark, and has been a part of the music staff since 1998. She has a Masters Degree in Clinical Laboratory Technology from the University of Dayton, and has worked as a medical technologist for a lab at Miami Valley Hospital. More recently, she currently serves as the Director of Enrollment Management and the Director of Liturgical Music for Archbishop Alter High School. In addition to coordinating music ministries at St. Henry, she enjoys being a mother, reading, and going on cruises! Her favorite place to vacation is with Mickey Mouse.

Deacon Terry Martin

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Jennifer Sens

Director of Youth Evangelization

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Jen was born and raised in Northern Ohio, where her love for the Church started from getting involved in her home parish youth ministry. In 2017 she completed a Bachelor’s degree in theology and English at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Before coming to work at St. Henry she volunteered for a year with the Mercy Volunteer Corps in Cincinnati, advocating for social justice issues. In her free time, Jen enjoys hiking, playing her flute, and reading.

Laura Tringali Sobieski

Communications Coordinator

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Laura and her husband moved to Dayton at the beginning of 2020 to be close to extended family when they were expecting their first son. She and her family have been parishioners at St. Henry since then, and Laura often cantors the 11:00 Mass. Laura has earned a Master of Theological Studies and a Master of Theology and Ministry from Boston College. Prior to moving to Dayton, Laura was a Youth Minister at a parish in Boston, MA. As a new mom here in Dayton, Laura began freelancing to work from home as a virtual assistant, content creator, and copywriter. Laura enjoys reading, writing, baking, and working out.

Jennifer Zwiers

Parish School of Religion

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