Meet the Pastoral Team
Rev. Kevin Russeau, C.S.C.

Fr. Kevin grew up in southeastern Michigan where he attended Saint Joseph Parish and grade school. He met the Congregation of Holy Cross during his senior year of High School and entered Old College, the Undergraduate Seminary Program for the Congregation of Holy Cross, as a freshman at Holy Cross College. Fr. Kevin was ordained a priest in April, 2001. He served in parochial ministry at Saint Gregory the Great Parish in Phoenix, Arizona, and then served his community in vocation promotion and formation of seminarians. Fr. Kevin recognizes that his vocation was born at home and nourished in his parish. Becoming Pastor in August 2013, he is excited to be serving in a parish again and thrilled that this parish is under the same patronage as his first parish -- Saint Joseph!
Phone: (574) 234-3134, ext. 20

Rev. Daniel Ponisciak, C.S.C.
Parochial Vicar

Fr. Daniel comes to Saint Joseph Parish in July of 2015 after serving his diaconate year at Saint Ignatius Martyr Parish in Austin, Texas. Prior to professing his Final Vows, he most recent service includes the adult Bible study program at Christ the King Parish in South Bend (2009-2010), as chaplain at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs (2010-2011), and homeless ministry at Saint André Bessette Catholic Church in Portland. 

Fr. Daniel earned a bachelor’s degree in 2002 from the University of Richmond, an M.Ed. from the College of William & Mary in 2005, and his M.Div. in 2014 from the University of Notre Dame. He entered formation with Holy Cross as a Postulant in 2009. He made his First Profession of Vows on July 30, 2011, and was ordained a priest on April 11, 2015.
Phone: (574) 234-3134, ext. 16

Suzanne Wiwi

Mrs. Wiwi grew up right here in South Bend and is an alumna of Saint Joseph Grade School. She completed her undergraduate degree in elementary education at Ball State University. She received her master's in education and her licensure in administration at Indiana University South Bend. Mrs. Wiwi began her career as a second grade teacher at LaPaz Elementary School in LaPaz, Indiana. She was there for 13 years before she came to Saint Joseph. She taught second grade for five years before becoming Principal in the fall of 1989. Mrs. Wiwi and her husband Mark have been married for 32 years; their son Christopher lives with his wife Amy in Morristown, New Jersey.
Phone: (574) 234-0451

Erin Seeley
Director of Christian Action & Community Life

Erin Seeley was born in South Bend, Indiana, but moved around quite a bit before her family settled in Atlanta, Georgia, for high school. Erin is a 2004 Notre Dame graduate and earned an M.Ed. from Seton Hall University in 2006. Since 2006 she has been back in South Bend raising her three sons, two of whom attend Saint Joseph Grade School. Erin joined the parish staff in the summer of 2011 as director of CCD programs, and in 2015 became the Director of Christian Action & Community Life for the parish.
Phone: (574) 234-3134, ext. 21

Fatima Monterrubio Cruess
Director of Christian Formation

Fatima was born in Mexico and grew up in Houston, Texas. She studied theology as an undergraduate at Notre Dame, and went on to earn her M.A. in theology through Notre Dame’s Echo Faith Formation Leadership Program. Before coming to Saint Joseph, she was involved in the Religious Education and Sacramental Preparation programs of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Saint Jerome in Houston; her Echo parish, Holy Family in St. Petersburg, Florida; Saint Ignatius in Boston, Massachusetts; and, during her four years as an undergraduate, Saint Adalbert’s Confirmation program here in South Bend. She married her husband, Greg, in 2012 and moved to Boston, where she taught at Saint Columbkille Partnership School. She and her husband are very excited to be back in South Bend and be part of this parish community.
Phone: (574) 234-3134, ext. 14

Sean Kennedy
Director of Marketing and Communications

Sean grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, and graduated from Boston College in 1998 with a bachelor of arts degree in English and economics. He went on to earn his master's degree in education from Boston College in 2000, and spent 12 years working in information technology at his alma mater. Sean and his wife Karen moved to South Bend with their three children in 2012. Their older two children attend Saint Joseph Grade School and their youngest is in the preschool. In his ministry here, Sean oversees marketing and communications initiatives, helping to publicize and promote all of the wonderful ministries and events taking place in the parish.
Phone: (574) 234-3134, ext. 17

Jessica Springer
Director of Music and Liturgy

Phone: 574-234-3134, ext. 15

Katie Ball-Boruff
Director of Youth Ministry

Katie Ball-Boruff was raised mostly in South Bend and is a graduate of Holy Cross Grade School and Saint Joseph High School. She holds bachelor of arts and master of theological studies degrees from the University of Notre Dame. Katie worked in development for the American Cancer Society prior to coming to Saint Joseph in 2010. Katie oversees the junior high and high school youth groups and coordinates the youth mission trip, in addition to providing pastoral care to the youth of our parish. She is also a volunteer catechist in the CCD program. Katie and her husband Todd have two young children.
Phone: (574) 234-3134, ext. 22

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