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Pastoral Committee

The Pastoral Committee of St. Elizabeth of Hungary is a discerned body of dedicated church leaders who represent the community, serve as liaison with the various ministries of the parish, act as a sounding board for the good of the community and advisors to the pastor.


Colleen Brisnehan, Chairperson

Colleen has been a member of the St. Elizabeth’s community since 1996 when she moved back home to Colorado. She began attending St. Elizabeth’s in 1991 during visits to Colorado, and her son James was baptized and received first communion at St. Elizabeth’s. Colleen is currently a member of the Stewardship Committee and helps out behind the scenes with the sandwich line. She previously volunteered as a Children’s Word catechist. Colleen has worked in the environmental cleanup industry since 1990 and currently works for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She enjoys hiking and bike riding, is an avid hockey fan, and enjoys traveling when time and finances permit.

John Girten

John started attending St. Elizabeth’s in 1988. In 1996, he and his wife Leslie became members. In 1997, he worked at St. Elizabeth’s as parish coordinator until 2000. “I loved the ownership that our community had in the church, and their willingness to step up and lead.” His children Nick, Dan and Sophia were all baptized at St. Elizabeth. Leslie, John’s wife has been active in the Good Shepherd program, but mostly liturgical music as a member of the choir. John currently works as a chaplain at National Jewish/St. Joseph Hospital full time on a Palliative Care Team. John is very excited to be working on the pastoral committee again. “We really have a great group of people on the committee.” John enjoys bicycling, camping & skiing and working on his 1920’s house and spending time in the outdoors.

Matthew Taylor

Matthew was transplanted to Colorado from the small sailing village of Itchenor, England.  The wonderful St Elizabeth community has been his spiritual home for nearly twenty years. He is a proud husband to Susan, and father to two fabulous children, Maitland and Alastair, who continually keep him on his toes and laughing constantly. He has been a professional actor, improviser, storyteller and writer for the last twenty years, working throughout the United States and internationally. He formed Persuasion through Narrative in 2010 to teach communication skills through the use of narrative. When not working Matthew loves to bike, ski, and sail.

Fred Wambolt

Fred moved to Denver in 1989 with his wife, Marianne, daughter, Krystyna, and son, Alex. After years of attending Blessed Sacrament Parish, one Christmas we attended Divine Liturgy with the Saints Cyril and Methodius Russian Byzantine Community, which until recently shared our historic Saint Elizabeth of Hungary church. At that liturgy we received a wonderfully warm welcome, which we also found within the Saint Elizabeth Roman Catholic Community. Since Fred grew up Roman Catholic and Marianne grew up Ukrainian Catholic, we were drawn to a parish where in the words of Pope St. John Paul II our church was able “to breathe again with its two lungs.” Although we now dearly miss our beloved Byzantine brothers and sisters in Christ, we continue to find the St. Elizabeth community to be an extremely vibrant and life-promoting community that we have fully embraced Since coming to Denver, Fred has been a physician scientist at National Jewish Health where he works primarily on community and public health promotion activities throughout Colorado. He spends his free time cooking, traveling, and pursuing his “wife-approved mid-life crisis,” birding!


Other members bios and pics coming soon...

Brian Bates

Tim Boh

Michael Brin