Faith Formation Staff
Phone: 704.536.6520 | Fax: 704.837.8243
8451 Idlewild Road Charlotte, North Carolina 28227

Faith Formation Staff

Benita Bryson                                 Faith Formation Secretary

Benita joined the Faith Formation staff 15 years ago after 5 years of volunteer work in the office.  She graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Office Administration.  Benita and her husband, Jim, have two adult children who went through the St. John Neumann Faith Formation Program.  Benita enjoys working with the families and staff at SJN and watching the children as they travel through their faith journeys.

Jiadira Choque Fernandez              Faith Formation & Youth Ministry Support Staff

Jiadira joined our staff in 2014 as a translator and office support staff. She is also helping with Middle School Youth Ministry. Jiadira is currently studying Middle Grades Education and hopes to be a middle school science and math teacher.

Katie Dunne Knoefel                       Director of Faith Formation

Katie joined our team in August of 2013. She graduated with a degree in Youth Ministry from Pfeiffer University where she served as a Peer Chaplain, Vice President of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, played softball for the Lady Falcons, and co-founded Catholics at Pfeiffer. Katie loves being a part of the St. John Neumann family and all the different aspects of working in Faith Formation and Youth Ministry. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, speaking at youth events, woodworking, and spending time with family. Katie and her husband Blake welcomed their first child, Liam Patrick, in March of 2015.

Jose Figueroa                                  Faith Formation Program Assistant

Jose joined our staff in September of 2017. He started his ministry as a volunteer during Totus Tuus and the Summer Camp of 2016. He then joined us as a catehchist for 2nd grade and RCIC1. He enjoys spending his free time with his many neices and nephews and helping out with children's ministry.

Carolyn Coutu                               Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
Carolyn joined our team in the spring of 2016. She has over 12 years of experience in church ministry and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Silver Lake College with a major in Theology. Carolyn became Catholic through the RCIA program in 1999 at the same Easter Vigil her youngest son was baptized so working with candidates and catechumens holds a special place in her heart. 

Meg VanGoethem-Stasko                           Youth and Young Adult Minister

Meg joined our team in July of 2014. Meg grew up as a part of youth ministry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, in Crystal Lake, Illinois. She graduated with a degree in Catechetics and Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville where she was a member of Regina Angelorum household, FOP music team, Franciscan Missionary Outreach,  as well as EDGE ministries. Meg has a great passion for youth and relational ministry, and is extremely excited to be a part of the Faith Formation team at St. John Neumann. In her spare time, Meg enjoys playing soccer, playing guitar, going on adventures, and spending quality time with friends and family. Meg relocated to Charlotte in June of 2014, and loves finding new things to do around North Carolina.

Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil: 5:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm (Spanish), & 5:00pm
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday: 9:00am
Wednesday: 6:00pm
Friday: 6:30am
Holy Days: Call Parish Office

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Wednesdays: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Fridays: 7:00am through
Saturday at 8:45am


Wednesdays: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Saturdays: 4:00pm-4:45pm
And by appointment


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St. John Neumann Catholic Church

8451 Idlewild Road Charlotte, North Carolina 28227
Phone: 704.536.6520
Fax: 704.837.8243



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