A Note From Fr. Oswaldo In this time of Advent, the Universal Church prepares for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. It is a time to meet and to receive the messenger of God. We are to receive the message and the messenger. Open your heart and be docile to the message of love ... Read moreRead More
Together As One is lead with grace by our two pastors, Fr. Jeremy Ploof and Fr. Brady Keller, and our parochial vicar, Fr. Oswaldo Roche. Learn more about their years of experience, personal interests, and background. All of our priests are available to you, regardless of your parish – in times of joy, sadness, and everything in between.
Fr. Jeremy Ploof:
Father Jeremy grew up with his older brother in Southeast Saint Cloud and graduated from Tech High School. His family attended Saint Marcus parish in Clear Lake. Father Jeremy was a parochial vicar in Saint Cloud from 2012-2014 and then in Little Falls from 2014-2016. Father Jeremy was first assigned as pastor to the Church of Saint Olaf, the Church of Saint Charles, and the Church of Saint Gall in 2016 and later became pastor of the Church of Our Lady of the Runestone in 2021. In the Summer of 2023, Father Jeremy moved back to the Saint Cloud area to become Pastor of Saint Peter & Saint Paul and be a part of the Together as One Area Catholic Community.
Father Jeremy is a fan of college and professional football, professional hockey, college basketball, and major league baseball. In theology, Father Jeremy is especially interested in historical theology – the study of how we came to understand the Word of God.
You can follow Fr. Jeremy on social media:
- on Facebook /FatherJeremy
- on Twitter @Father_Jeremy
Fr. Brady Keller:
Father Keller grew up in Nashua, MN (a small town in Northwest MN where the nearest town over 10k people is Fergus Falls) and graduated from Campbell-Tintah High School. Growing up, his family attended Saint Gall in Tintah. After high school, he studied math education for three years in Moorhead, MN, before entering the seminary. Father Keller was ordained in 2020. Fr. Keller’s first assignment was parochial vicar at St. Augustine, St. John Cantius and St. Mary’s Cathedral, all in St. Cloud. Father Keller was assigned Pastor of St Joseph’s, Waite Park and St Michael’s, St Cloud in Summer of 2023 and to be a part of the Together as One Area Catholic Community.
He has two older sisters, the elder being a religious sister with the Sisters of Mary Morning Star in Italy and the other being a wife and mother of seven, living in Kansas. Father Keller enjoys bike riding, hunting and taught himself how to play the banjo, which he has played at the St Mary’s Block Party the last 2 years. Father Keller has a deep love for the Eucharist and the Mass and has talked to youth and adult groups on these topics, including the June 17th, 2023 “Come & See” Eucharist Retreat featured in the Central MN Catholic magazine that was held at St Anthony’s church in St Cloud.
Fr. Oswaldo Roche:
Fr. Oswaldo Roche is part of the Diocesan Partnership between his Diocese of Maracay in Venezuela and the Diocese of Saint Cloud, in Minnesota. His mission here began in October 2012, serving the Hispanic communities. He is currently the Parochial Vicar of the ACC “Together as One” in the parishes, St. Michael, St. Joseph in Waite Park, St. Peter and Saint Paul, in Saint Cloud and you can often find him in the office at Centro Hispano attached to the rectory at St Joseph’s Church in Waite Park.
Being a missionary has taught me to live with people very different from me, in race, food, language, customs. My first challenge was the cold, in my hometown, the highest temperature is 115 ° F and the lowest is 65° F. When I started to feel that the highest here was -10 ° F, I said that I would not live through it…The last challenge was to understand not only the different language, in this case, English, but also the idiomatic nuances of Spanish, since when I spoke, not even Hispanics understood me. It is not the same to say “torta” in my country, which means “Cake”, than to say, “Torta” in Mexico, which means “Sandwich.”
You can read more about Father Oswaldo on the Mission Office page: https://www.stcloudmissionoffice.com/global-connections
From the Pastor's Desk
A Note From Fr. Brady A blessed beginning of Advent to one and all, As it is for myself, Advent is one of the favorite seasons of the liturgical year for many Catholics. There’s something about it that draws us into the mysteries of our Catholic Faith that infinitely surpasses the frenzied secular understanding of ... Read moreRead More