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

George Azar

Prior to becoming principal at Saint Joseph Grade School, George completed a successful three-year stint as principal at LaSalle Intermediate Academy, the only public school in South Bend to receive Indiana’s four-star status last year. Previously, Mr. Azar was principal at Rise Up Academy in South Bend for three years where he helped turn around a school that was previously on probation. After completing his Master’s degree in education from Indiana University, he began his career in education teaching biology at Adams High School. He completed the K-12 principal licensure program at Bethel College in 2010. He and his wife Joanna have been parishioners at Saint Joseph since 2007, and they have children enrolled in both the grade school and preschool. Previously, George was a member of the school board and served on our school’s technology committee.
Phone: (574) 234-0451

Peter Mueller
Director of Religious Education

Peter joined Saint Joseph Parish in September 2016, after recently completing his Master of Divinity at Notre Dame. From 2010 to 2013, Peter served as a pastoral associate for Saint Mary's and Saint Patrick's Catholic churches in upstate New York, overseeing numerous ministries and projects including religious education, sacramental preparation, and social outreach. He previously worked as a grants associate and staff writer for Franciscan Mission Service of North America. Peter has a B.A. in liberal studies from Notre Dame, and also spent one year as a postulant in the Congregation of Holy Cross. In his ministry at Saint Joseph, Peter oversees the CCD and RCIA programs as well as sacramental preparation for Baptism, First Communion, Reconciliation, and Confirmation. He also oversees continuing formation opportunities for adults, children, and families in the parish.
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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