Fr. Charles Shonk, O.P.
Fr. Charles is originally from Lancaster and has many fond memories of growing up in the rolling hills of Fairfield County. Proud to be a Cardinal (St. Charles Prep, Class of '99), he studied Philosophy and Classics at Denison University, then worked as a schoolteacher in New York City for four years. He entered the Dominican Order in 2007, left briefly to look into Benedictine life, returned to the Dominicans in 2009, and was ordained a priest in 2015. He sometimes needs people to bring him down to earth, so it's a good thing he lives in community, works in a parish, and runs youth ministry!
As the Director and Co-founder of Dead Theologians Society (DTS), Eddie brings over twenty years of youth ministry experience to St. Patrick's, where his family has roots going back 125 years. The DTS apostolate often takes him to Ireland and Northern Ireland, and the missionary work he does there is very near and dear to his heart. Prior to his career in youth ministry, Eddie was a Social Worker with Catholic Social Services, Director of the Juvenile Court of Hardin County, and (in the "Big 80s") drummer for the popular rock band, The Bellows. An old hand at the bodhrán, he also plays internationally with the traditional Irish band, The Kells. He and his wife Katie have been married for 30 years, and they have two adult children, Rory and Maeve.
Core Team and Coordinator
Kathleen, born and raised in Columbus and the youngest of seven children, is a lifelong Music teacher in the Upper Arlington City Schools. She has three sons (Matthew, Michael, and Peter), and this is her second year serving on the Core Team. In her free time she enjoys playing the piano, directing musicals, and spending time in the outdoors. Her favorite saint is St. Catherine of Siena.
Sister Leonarda Zielinska, O.P.
Sister Leonarda, originally from Poland, has served in the United States for the last sixteen years. If you ask her what congregation of Dominican Sisters she belongs to, she will ask whether you want the long answer or the short answer. The long one is "Immaculate Conception Province of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Dominic." Which is why we recommend the short one: "Polish Dominican Sisters." She currently serves as the Director of Religious Education at St. Patrick's, overseeing a CCD program that serves hundreds of children from pre-schoolers through seniors in high school. One of her favorite saints is St. Michael the Archangel (Sister definitely has friends in high places), and her favorite image of our Lady is Our Lady of Ostra Brama (the Narrow Gate) in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Rory is from Columbus but grew up in Wisconsin, where he attended the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, and got his BA in International Relations. For five years he was a Navy Corpsman (Fleet Marine Force) and served as a Medic attached to the Second Marine Division based in Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. He currently works at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery alongside fellow Core Team member, Keene Marstrell. In his spare time he enjoys basketball, throwing darts, and hanging out with his Irish Wolfhound, Rocco. His favorite saints are St. Michael and Our Lady, and his favorite prayer is the Anima Christi. He has one younger sister, Maeve, and together with their mom they do their best to keep their dad in line! (See Eddie Cotter, above.)
Bekah, a Columbus native, is the oldest of six children. She is currently a sophomore at Ohio State University, where she is studying Agroecology. In her free time, she enjoys baking sourdough bread, gardening, and reading lots and lots of books. Some recent favorite books include John Paul the Second's Love and Responsibility and Wendell Berry's Andy Catlett. A couple of her favorite Saints are St. Benedict and St. Clare of Assisi.
One of five children, with four sisters, Keene O. Marstrell III grew up in the great Ohio farm country near Dover. He is a graduate of the University of Akron, where he got his BA in Political Science and played baseball for the Zips. Since college he has mainly worked in local government in the areas of campaigning, fundraising, and civil service. He is currently employed by the Diocese of Columbus at St. Joseph Cemetery, where he works alongside fellow Core Team member, Rory Cotter. He is an avid snow-skier and lover of dogs, especially Saint Bernards. (During the pandemic lockdown, his 13-month-old Saint Bernard, Greta, enjoyed tuning in with him to the live-streamed Masses.) His favorite saints, so far, are St. Germaine Cousin and Bl. Margaret of Castello, and his favorite prayers are the Hail, Holy Queen and the St. Michael Prayer.
Maggie hails from Grove City and has six brothers and one sister. Having just graduated from OSU with a Masters in Speech Language Pathology, she is currently working as a nanny while searching for a job in her field. She loves reading, baking, and spending time with her twin baby nephews. St. Gianna, St. Thérèse, and St. Joseph are a few of her favorite saints. The Litany of Trust is one of her favorite prayers.
Ian, a seven-year veteran of the St. Pat's Youth Group, is from Powell, Ohio. The oldest of five, with three younger sisters and one younger brother, he is currently in his second year of studies at OSU, where he is pursuing a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. In his spare time he enjoys playing the guitar and watching/playing various sports. Pope John Paul II is his favorite saint.
AnnMarie is from Carroll, Ohio, and has been a parishioner at St. Patrick’s for over twelve years. The fourth of five children, she was homeschooled through high school and is now in her second year at Ohio Dominican University, where she is majoring in Exercise Science. She enjoys hiking, being outside, and spending time with her family. She plans to go on to study Nursing. A proud alum of the St. Patrick’s Youth Group, she is known for her quick laugh and easy smile.