I grew up in south St. Louis, the oldest of the four children of Ed and Anne Turek. I am a seminary, "lifer", having attended Prep South, Cardinal Glennon College, Kenrick Seminary (M.Div.) and Boston College (M.Ed.). John Joseph Cardinal Carberry ordained our class of 16 to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of St. Louis on May 22, 1976. An interesting note . . . Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, is a classmate.
My first 21 years were in high school ministry, teaching and coaching at Valle HS (Ste. Genevieve, MO), Mercy HS, and Rosati - Kain HS, and serving as president of St. Francis Borgia Regional HS (Washington, MO) from 1990 - 1997.
I have served at: Ste. Genevieve in Ste. Genevieve, MO (1976-1981); Our Lady of Lourdes, University City (1981-1987); Holy Cross, Baden (1987-1990); and pastor of St Ann, Clover Bottom (1990 -1997); St Norbert, Florissant (1997-2003); and most recently at St Joan of Arc, South City (2003-2015).
In addition to parish ministry, I have in the past, and continue currently, to sit on several Archdiocesan committees and boards. I am also a trustee of the Aquinas Institute of Theology.
I love being a priest and serving the church Christ established. I am grateful for the opportunity to minister at Christ the King and collaborating with you. May Christ the King continue to inspire us and fill us with hope, deep faith, and love.
Fr. Kamanzi from Tanzania is a member of the Apostles of Jesus Missionaries, which has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya – East Africa.
He is chaplain and Instructor in Religion at Fontbonne University. Ordained on June 20, 1993, he taught in the Junior and Major Seminaries of his Order (1993-1996), before going to Leuven Catholic University in Belgium (1996-2002) for post-graduate studies in Theology (PhD, STD).
He served at Alvernia University in Reading PA (2002-2008) as Faculty and Staff. In 2008 he was elected Superior General of his Order (2008-2014). Before coming to Fontbonne and resident at Christ the King he was lecturer in Theology at Jordan University College in Morogoro, Tanzania.
Born and raised in Richmond Heights, St. Luke's Parish. Attended Maplewood-Richmond Heights schools, graduating in 1944. Served in the Army, June 1944-December 1946. Graduated from St. Louis University in 1949. Also attended South Dakota College of A&MA, Yale and University of Minnesota. Married Jane Lux in June of 1959. They have four children (one deceased), 14 grandchildren and one great-grandson. Deacon Ray has been a parishioner at Christ the King since 1961. He was ordained a Deacon in June 1994.
I converted to our faith in college. I made my Profession of Faith at the Easter Vigil during my senior year and Karen and I were married the following summer. I quickly became active in parish and school life and that activity continues to be a source of strength today. I was inspired to become a deacon by our parish deacon, Ray Kiely. His example of joy in his ministry spoke volumes to me in my calling. He has been my mentor, colleague and friend. Deacon Dave was ordained June 4, 2016.
Director of Music Ministries
Growing up on a Wisconsin dairy farm was a fine beginning for my life. Church was important to our family, and my love for music was nurtured through school choirs singing in church, fine music played on the pipe organ, and the encouragement of the larger community. My first piano teachers were nuns! Choral and instrumental training throughout my educational years were part of my journey to a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies with an emphasis in Sacred Music. What a joy to be serving Christ the King, where the blessing of music is deeply appreciated. Soli Deo Gloria.
Kate is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and moved to University City in 2012 when she married her husband, Gavin. She grew up in Kansas City, MO and Dallas, TX, and has also lived in Des Moines, IA and Madison, WI. As a teen, she participated in her church's youth ministry and loved attending Catholic HEART Workcamp.