Parish Pastoral Team
Fr. Pike Thomas, Pastor
Fr. LaVerne 'Pike' Thomas, first-born of four siblings, saw the world first at Colorado Springs, Colorado (hence his nickname Pike) in "the summer of '42," at the beginning of WWII. He grew up all over Louisiana, and spent precious years in Northwest Louisiana 1950-53, which he loved then and still does. Educated mostly in Catholic schools, he graduated from Tulane University in 1964 with honors in history, was in the Navy in Japan as engineering officer, and then spent three years in New York and Chicago in sales. He returned South to New Orleans and became assistant director and director of Tulane Alumni Giving, then to Southern California as VP for Development for Chapman College. His last position before going to Seminary in 1982 was as VP of the national capital fund-raising firm of Brakeley, John Price Jones, where he was responsible for over $40 million in philanthropy.
Fr. Pike entered seminary in 1982 at St. Mary in Baltimore, the "mother-seminary" of the US, and after graduating in 1986 with a Masters in Sacred Theology, was the last priest ordained for the Diocese of Alexandria-Shreveport in 1986, asking to remain in Shreveport when the diocese split one month later. From 1986-93, he was assistant and then pastor of a five-church cluster east of Shreveport, the Communities of the Holy Spirit, headquartered in Minden. He then received a sabbatical to pursue doctoral studies in Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana). He is presently working (slowly) on his dissertation. He returned to Shreveport in 1995 and became the third pastor of the newest parish in the Diocese, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, where he remained for ten years, overseeing a period of growth and building in that church. In summer of 2005, he was assigned to St. Jude. Fr. Pike has filled many positions in the Shreveport Diocese, including President of the Presbyteral Council, Vicar for Clergy, Vicar for Evangelization, member of Diocesan Liturgical Commission, professor in the Greco Institute, and Master of Ceremonies for the diocese. He is also active in several local organizations as board member or officer, including Rotary Club of Shreveport, Volunteers of America, Shreveport Symphony, Habitat for Humanity, Northwest Louisiana Free Pharmacy, Sons of the American Revolution, and the Holy Angels Residential Facility. His interests are travel, genealogy, history, classical music, skiing and tennis.
Rev. Mr. Larry Mills, Deacon
Deacon Larry Mills was born in 1952 in Houston, TX and his family moved to Shreveport, LA in 1965. He married Lynn at St. Joseph Catholic Church in 1976 and they have two unmarried children. Their son, John, lives in Shreveport and their daughter, Nicole, lives in Dallas.
Deacon Mills attended Louisiana Tech and LSU. In Baton Rouge he helped create the Louisiana State News Radio Network where he worked as Chief Announcer and covered the state capital. In 1982 they moved to College Station, TX where they opened a new business He served as choir director at St. Anthony Parish as well as numerous other ministries, included lector, cantor, EMHC, retreat committee, liturgy committee, prison ministry and other outreach programs. Lynn served as president of the Ladies Altar Society.
In 2002, Deacon Mills entered diaconal formation in the Austin Diocese in conjunction with St. Mary's Seminary in Houston. His profession brought him back to Shreveport in 2005 where he was ordained for the Diocese of Shreveport in November 2006 and is currently assigned to St. Jude Parish. He assists in liturgy, music, retreat programs, prison ministry. He is also an advocate for the Marriage Tribunal, coordinates the parish RCIA program, and coordinates parish Social Concerns Ministries.
Rev. Mr. Freeman Ligon, Deacon
Deacon Freeman Ligon was born in February, 1959 in Shreveport, LA. Deacon Ligon is deaf, having partial hearing in his right ear only, a condition resulting from his mother contracting German measles during her pregnancy. He and his wife Debora were married in May, 1986 at St. Mary of the Pines. Debora is a special education teacher at Broadmoor Middle Lab School, who loves working with young teens, teaching them the life skills they need. They have two children, sons Andrew and Joseph. Andrew is a graduate of C.E. Byrd High School and recently began attending college at Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, TX. He is majoring in History and minoring in Military Science, and is the recipient of the ROTC scholarship. Joseph is in the seventh grade at St. John Berchmans Catholic School in Shreveport. He is a member of the Science Olympiad team, which last year won the state championship.
Freeman attended Gallaudet University, the only liberal arts college for the deaf, in Washington, D.C. During his time there, he learned American Sign Language (ASL) and acquired an in-depth understanding of Deaf Culture. He received his B.A. in Government in 1982, and is currently attending both Bossier Parish Community College and St. Thomas University. He expects to graduate from BPCC in December, 2009, earning an Associate degree in General Studies with a concentration in AutoCAD (Computer-Aided Drafting), and St. Thomas University in May, 2010, earning a Master's degree in Pastoral Ministries with a concentration on Deaf Ministry.
When not in school, Deacon Ligon is employed as a mechanical drafter for ACT Industrial Process Service. In 2001, he entered the diaconal formation in the Diocese of Shreveport and was ordained as a deacon for the Dioces of Shreveport on May 7, 2005, along with 17 other men. In addition to being assigned to St. Jude Parish, he is the coordinator for Diocese of Shreveport Deaf Ministry. He assists in liturgy, hospital ministry, prayer service for the Waterford Senior Living Center in Shreveport and is a sacristan.
Mr. John Blank, Parish Administrator
John is responsible for the oversight of accounting and day-to-day operations of St. Jude. He is married to Robin, and they have four children, Jessica, Jenna, Julia, and Connor.
John is originally from NJ, but has been in the Bossier City area off-and-on for the past 25 years. He holds a Master’s degree in Accounting from The University of Phoenix, and a B.S. in Finance from Oklahoma State University. He has over 19 years experience in directing accounting and operations at the senior management level. Such activities have been performed for companies ranging in size from $20 million to $1.5 billion in annual revenue, single and multi-location operations, and public and private in structure. While living in Miami, FL, John served on the Parish Finance Council of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Additionally, he was the volunteer Controller for that parish’s Catholic School, which included grades Pre-K3 through 8th and an annual operating budget in excess of $1MM.
In his spare time, John coaches his children’s softball and baseball teams, and he likes to engage in outdoor activities.
Mr. Mike Wise, Executive Assistant
Mike was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 27, 1954. He spent his first 10 years as a farm boy in southern Indiana. In 1964, his family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is where he calls home. Elementary school was in Catholic schools where Mike was an Altar Server, sang in the children's choir and was in the Legion of Mary. Mike graduated in 1972 from Manzano High School and then joined the Air Force. Mike attended Louisiana Tech University from 1979 till 1986, majoring in Bio-Medical Engineering with minors in Chemical and Electrical Engineering. Mike married his lovely wife Anne in September, 1986. In 1987, he was employed by GPC, a Fortune 500 company, where he worked his way up to the upper management level. Mike moved his wife and three children, Stephanie, Robert, and Elisabeth to Anne's hometown of Shreveport in 2001, where he entered the propane business. After an interesting time as partner in a small business, Mike took the position here at St. Jude.
Mike was a member of the Pastoral Planning Council and is a member of the Basket Ministry, Empowerment Ministry, a LEM, and sings in the adult choir.
Mrs. Peggy Moran, Pastoral Associate
Peggy Moran serves as the Pastoral Associate. Peggy comes to St. Jude from the former Parish of Holy Rosary where she held the positions of Director of Religious Education (DRE) and Youth Minister until its closure in 2004. Originally from Natchitoches, Louisiana, she is married to Chris and they have two beautiful children, a daughter Mallory and son Brad.
Mrs. Marcie Rankins, Director of Spiritual Formation
Marcelle Rankins serves as DRE. Marcie, as she is known around the High School, came to Saint Jude from Germany where she served as DRE at Saint Michael's, a military parish in Baumholder. Originally from Minnesota, Marcie is one of twelve children.
Mr. Blake Royall, Director of Youth Ministry
Blake was born and raised Catholic. He graduated in 2008 with a BA in Catechetics and Theology with a specialization in youth ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville. His favorite part about the Catholic Faith is the Eucharist. Blake chose a position in youth ministry because, "The youth today are not presented with the truth often enough. [He hopes] to give the truth a little better representation."
Mr. Jeremy Dixon, Director of Music & Liturgy
Jeremy was born Sept 29, 1977 in Pickerington OH and in 1983 moved to Charlotte, NC. Music was in his blood early, as he began to teach himself to play the organ on Grandma Dixon's old Wurlitzer Organ. He started taking piano lessons in the 3rd grade then the saxophone in the 5th and later in the 8th grade switched to the bassoon.
Jeremy graduated from East Carolina University in 2001 with a Bachelor's of Music in Music Education.
Jeremy's "Liturgical Life" began in 1989 when he began playing in a contemporary group at St. Gabriel Catholic Church. He remained with this group, named "New Spirit" all the way through college graduation. While in college, he became the Music Director for the Newman Catholic Student Center, preparing music for three masses each week, a position he held for four years. After 14 years with "New Spirit", he also joined in the parish choir after Steav Congdon was hired as the new Director of Music a man who would grow to be his good friend and mentor. At Steav's recommendation, Jeremy became a member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
Jeremy married his better half, Shannon, on June 22, 2002. They moved to Louisiana after St. Jude's national search for a "Director of Liturgy and Music. They have one son, Elijah Thomas, and two dogs, Tucker and Bailey.
Mr. Tim Glennon, Building/Maintenance Manager
Tim is responsible for the Building and Maintenence of St. Jude Catholic Church. He is married to Margie and they have four children, Tim II, Kathleen, Sean and Shannon.
Tim spent 17 years in New York City as Northeast Regional Technical Service/Information Technology Manager for Ticketmaster Corp. He moved to Shreveport in 1999 and worked at the Ticketmaster Call Center until it closed in 2000. He then was co-owner of Advanced Concrete Designs LLC in Shreveport until its closure in 2006.
Tim has a passion for both music and golf. So when he's not cantoring a mass or singing at some local (and not so local) establishment he can be found tearing up the fairways at Querbes Park Golf Course.
Mrs. Rebecca Jamroz, Accounting
Rebecca Jamroz, known as Becky to family and friends, was born in Japan in 1957 while her father was serving in the U.S. Army. She grew up in west Shreveport, graduated from St. Vincent’s Academy and attended Northeast Louisiana University and LSU-S. In 1982, she married her high school sweetheart, Mark and together they have two beautiful daughters, Alicia and Amanda. Becky and her family have lived all over the South from Baton Rouge to south Florida, then to Atlanta and Houston before returning to the area and settling on Cypress Lake.
Becky serves in many ministries at St. Jude. She was the facilitator for the Adult bible studies, the originator of the adult retreats, served as Vice President of the Ladies Guild and as Secretary of the Pastoral Planning Council. She is a Lay Eucharistic Minister and a past receiptant of the Diocesan Medal of Honor.
Becky’s interests are reading, hosting parties, working a variety of puzzles (her email address is “puzzlequeen”), motorcycling and traveling to locales around the world with her husband.