Meet The Staff
Msgr. John Schulte - Pastor
Msgr. Schulte was ordainded a priest for the Diocese of Covington in 1977. He has served in the diocese as a member of the Diocesan Tribunal Staff, a teacher, and a chaplain or resident in several parishes. In 2000 he was appointed to be the pastor of All Saints Church in Walton,KY where he served 16 years. He was appointed to be pastor of St.Thomas Parish in 2016.
Fr.David Ludwig - Parochial Vicar
Fr.Al Ruschman - Retired In Residence
Deacon Charles Hardebeck
Deacon Charles Hardebeck has served at St. Thomas Parish since his ordination in 2010. He has been a parishioner at St. Thomas for the past 30 years. He is currently involved in the Parish Health Ministry, RCIA, St. Thomas Elementary School, Parish Council, and Vacation Bible School. Outside of parish ministry, he is a part-time Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University. He is married (Teri), has 4 daughters, and one granddaughter.
Charles Marks - Lay Pastoral Associate
Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Charles fell in love with Christ and the Church during his high school years through a radical encounter with Christ in the Eucharist. He has a passion for sharing the Gospel and especially the universal call to holiness. He graduated from Franciscan University and is currently pursuing his MA in Theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado. Since college graduation, Charles has worked as a Chastity speaker, Theology teacher and campus minister. He married his wife, Kaitlin, in June, 2012. They have three beautiful daughters.
Worship & Missions
Will Panagakos has been working with teens in faith formation for the past ten years. He is passionate about the Theology of the Body, philosophy, and worshiping with others. Will has served as speaker and worship leader for groups like The Culture Project in Philadelphia, PA, LifeTeen’s Cove Crest summer camps in Tiger, GA, the Theology of the Body Institute in Lancaster, PA, and the diocese of Allentown’s Youth Evangelization Program. Will lives in Fort Thomas with his wonderful wife, Catie, and their daughter Margaret Mary.
Catie Panagakos has a passion for reminding women of all ages their unique value and delightfulness. She has served in several ministry settings, mainly focused on spreading the life-changing message of Theology of the Body. She spent the previous five years working for The Culture Project, where she had the privilege of speaking to teens and young adults across the country, working on content development, and cultivating a missionary formation and mentorship program. Most importantly, through mission work she met and fell in love with her husband, Will, and now her mission is to her sweet husband and daughter well while finding time to exercise, breathe fresh air, and bake often enough to never have a clean kitchen. Catie is honored to serve the women of the St. Thomas community in their journeys with the Christ and one another, and can’t wait to see the beauty that flows from hearts united to Christ in this parish.
Judy is a native of Newport, KY. She joined the staff at St. Thomas during the pastorate of Fr. John Riesenberg in 1990. She has served as an administrative assistant to Fr. John Riesenberg, Msgr. William Neuhaus, Msgr. Roger Cooney, and now, Msgr. John R. Schulte.
When the workload of the parish secretary/Administrative Assistant began to increase significantly during the pastorate of Msgr. Neuhaus, it was decided that another secretary needed to be hired on at least a part-time basis. Mrs. Jean Cate, a member of St. Thomas parish, was offered the position and began work in the parish office in 2006 during the period of transition between Msgr. Neuhaus and Msgr. Cooney. She has worked with Judy since that time.