For the past 18 years, Saint Mary’s Parish has been blessed by the ministry of Mark Yeager, who has served as our Director of Building Administration. In November of 2020, Mark will reach retirement age and he has announced that he will be departing from his parish staff position on November 14.
Mark has played a crucial role in the life of our parish community for almost two decades. Every parish needs buildings and spaces within which the ministries of the church can take place. Thanks to Mark’s attentive leadership, Saint Mary’s is blessed with an outstanding set of buildings in which the life of the parish can thrive.
Over the years, Mark helped to shape a set of building projects which radically transformed the physical plant of our parish community. Because of the generosity of parishioners, excellent architects, tradespeople, artists, volunteers and project supervisors, we:
- built the new church (worship space)
- built the ECDC
- transformed the ‘old’ church into our Commons
- built the Daily Mass Chapel
- built a new school office and renovated the oldest portion of the school building
In addition to these major building projects, Mark directed the work which upgraded the electrical systems in our buildings. We installed new lighting fixtures, insulation and windows, leading to a major decrease in energy use and utility costs. As he prepares for retirement, Mark is also coordinating the installation of new technology which will improve air quality and safety throughout every part of our church and school.
When he is not managing these major projects, Mark uses his ‘spare time’ to attend to his daily tasks at the parish, including the supervision of our landscaping team, coordination of the janitorial efforts which insure that our spaces are clean and safe, direction of all parish vendors and maintenance professionals, the development of long-term capital maintenance plans, and so much more. And on his actual 'day off', you can often find Mark right here at Saint Mary’s, tending to the roses, watering plants, and removing leaves and debris from the sidewalks!
Our parish has been blessed by Mark’s leadership, service and love. He has played a key role in creating a safe and hospitable atmosphere within our community, and he did all of this with a spirit of generosity and professionalism.
Let us join together in prayer, thanking God for the gift of Mark’s presence in our midst!
Fr. Michael Renninger