Staff Member: JULIE ENGMAN
Julie found a worship community as the Music Director of Choirs at Holy Name of Jesus. She was the second oldest and only girl with three brothers where they grew up in North Lake, WI. She attended North Lake Elementary, followed by Arrowhead High School in Heartland. After high school, Julie pursued Music Education at Carroll College. In college, she began directing a small church choir in Duplainville, WI, where she also met her husband, Tom. Tom and Julie have three children. She is also a retired Music Teacher and former Music Director.
The church community has always been an essential part of her life, mainly influenced by her family. Her mother, especially, was a strong role model for attending Mass and becoming involved in parish ministries. It has always seemed natural to her that as children of God, we are to serve as the hands of Christ in the way we best know-how. Under that influence, while she was a stay-at-home mom, she was involved in the church choir serving as a cantor wherever they lived. She immediately became a choir member and cantor at Holy Name of Jesus when they moved to Sheboygan in 1988. In 2004 she took over the role of Music Director, conducting the choirs and sharing the music ministry duties with the organist, Frank Trcka. At the same time, she spent 16 years teaching music at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, retiring this past June.
Her favorite part about serving with the Music Ministry is the sense of family among the choir members. She said, "We do more than make music. We share our faith, we pray for one another in difficult times, and rejoice with each other in happy times”. The members encourage each other to reach out to other ministries beyond music, especially regarding human concerns. “We sing together and serve together!”.
In her free time, she loves to knit, sew, and garden. She keeps a vegetable and perennial garden at home and maintains the garden areas around Seton school with her husband. Julie also loves taking walks in the early mornings along the Sheboygan lakefront. She hopes to travel more in the near future, mainly to Michigan, where she and her husband can visit their second grandchild born last year.
Julie strongly encourages people to come to the Sheboygan North Catholic parishes to experience the distinct flavor of Catholic identity and atmosphere between St. Clement, St. Dominic, and Holy Name of Jesus parishes. She believes that you will find something to fulfill your worship needs within the parishes and experience the bond of unified faith. Julie thinks that you will find opportunities to grow your knowledge and understanding of God through group bible studies and enrichment programs. You will find fellowship in prayer through the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and group praying of the Rosary. You will find purpose by becoming involved in a parish ministry. Most of all, you will find the Holy Spirit moving the Sheboygan North Catholic Parishes.