Clergy

Pastor
Fr. Ben Uhlenkott

Fr. Ben Uhlenkott
Ordained June 8, 2006


Father Ben is a native of Idaho having been raised in Cottonwood, Idaho. After high school, he attended Lewis Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho and found his calling to the priesthood and his educational development at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon. He was the Parochial Vicar at Holy Apostles in Meridian and Risen Christ in Boise prior to becoming the Pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel and now, St. Mark’s. He is an avid hunter and outdoors person and loves encouraging the youth of our community in their spiritual walk with the Lord.

 

Parochial Vicar

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Fr. Vitalis Onyeama
Ordained July 24, 2010


Father Vitalis is from the South Eastern part of Nigeria. Father Vitalis entered the Seminary in 1999 after High School and studied Philosophy and Theology at Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu, and Seat of Wisdom Seminary Owerri, respectively.

Father Vitalis served as the Secretary General of his Order (Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy) and as the Spiritual Director and Chaplain to two Mission High Schools for five years. He also served as the Director of Communication to his Order for two years.

Father Vitalis said he is glad to be among the people of God in Boise! And will happily serve the people of God in St. Mark’s as the Parochial Vicar. He said that he enjoys serving the people of God and being with them in their journeys of life gives peace to his soul. He prays that God gives him the missionary zeal of St Paul the Apostle.


 

Deacons

 Deacon Clyde Brinegar

Deacon Clyde Brinegar
Ordained October 26, 2013 

Deacon Clyde is a native of Idaho, born in Weiser and raised in Burley. He and his wife Kathleen met at Idaho State University and have been married over 34 years. They have three children, Katy, Keriann, and Mark.
In addition to helping as a Spiritual Advisor and the Sacraments; Mass, Weddings, Funerals and Baptisms; Clyde focuses his ministry efforts on: Mercy Night (Spiritual Works of Mercy of being there for those needing quiet prayer after Reconciliation), and Wednesday’s School Mass, and Ecumenism (to promote mutual understanding and, ultimately, unity among all Christians).

 Deacon Mike Lowe

Deacon Mike Lowe
Ordained September 10, 2005

 

Deacon Mike and his wife (Linda) are actively involved in St. Marks. He and his wife met in high school 54 years ago, they have three boys and seven grandchildren. Linda is involved in the Quilting ministry and Extraordinary Eucharistic Outreach. In addition to helping as a Spiritual Advisor and the Sacraments; Mass, Weddings, Funerals and Baptisms; Deacon Mike focuses on Corporal Works of Mercy: The Lazarus ministry, comforting the grieving and praying for the living and the dead, helping families plan a vigil or funeral; providing support for the training Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for Mass or Outreach to the Homebound (visiting the sick); does the weekly Prayers of The Faithful and represents the Deacons on the Liturgy Committee.

   
 Deacon Terry Nelson

Deacon Terry A. Nelson
Ordained October 27, 2012

Deacon Terry was a Pharmacist for 40 years. He and his wife met through their children and have been married for 22 years. They have 6 children and 10 grandchildren in a combined family. Interests include family, model trains and, fly fishing in a float tube. Rita's interests include art work and fishing and she is involved in divorce survival and St. Vincent de Paul. In addition to helping as a Spiritual Advisor and the Sacraments; Mass, Weddings, Funerals and Baptisms; Terry focuses his ministry efforts on: Corporal Works of Mercy: St Vincent de Paul (I was hungry and you gave me food,… Lending a listening ear to those going through a tough time) , Spiritual works of Mercy and healing through Divorce survival and annulments and outreach (visiting the sick) at Valley View nursing home.

 Deacon Jim Pasker

Deacon Jim Pasker
Ordained October 26, 2012

Deacon Jim and his wife Mary have played a vital role at St. Mark’s and the community. In addition to helping as a Spiritual Advisor and the Sacraments; Mass, Weddings, Funerals and Baptisms; Jim focuses his ministry efforts on: Corporal works of Mercy and healing through Respect Life and Grief Support (Being open to listening and comforting those who are dealing with grief).

 

Deacon Chris Privon                               

Ordained October 10, 2020

Deacon Chris and his wife Keron met in college and have been married for 39 years. They have 3 sons and two grandsons. Keron sews/embroiders the Baptismal gowns for youth and infant Baptisms. In addition to helping as a Spiritual Advisor and the Sacraments; Mass, Weddings, Funerals and Baptisms; Chris focuses on the Spiritual Works of Mercy: Helping St. Mark’s parishioners learn about our faith and helping them be open to talking with others about our beliefs. Chris teaches RCIA, various Bible Studies and some of the Youth Group classes. He is working with the team that is developing plans to engage the NONES (not religiously affiliated youth and adults), works with the Cursillo Men’s Team and represents the Deacons on the Pastoral and Finance Councils.

 Deacon Joe Rodriguez

Deacon Joe Rodriguez
Ordained September 10, 2005

Deacon Joe is fluent in both English and Spanish. He and his wife, Alma, have been an integral part of the St. Mark’s Catholic Community for many years. In addition to helping as a Spiritual Advisor and the Sacraments; Mass, Weddings, Funerals and Baptisms; Joe focuses his ministry efforts on: Latino ministry, Corporal works of Mercy- Jail ministry(‘in prison and you visited me’), Outreach (‘visiting the sick’); Cursillo ministry, Legion of Mary ministry and helps out at the Nazareth Retreat Center when he can.