PARISH OFFICE HOURS
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
We close for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Phone (970) 242-6121
Fax (970) 256-0276
Reverend Chrysogonus Nwele was assigned as Pastor to Immaculate Heart of Mary in January 2019 by Bishop Stephen Berg. Father Chyrsogonus attended Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York, wrote his thesis entitled “Fatherhood and a Child’s Education” exploring the effects of a father’s absence on the social, moral, and religious lives of children in 2009.
Father Chrysogonus was ordained a priest in August of 1995. You can reach Fr. Chrysogonus at the parish office by calling 970-242-6121 ext. 205. or CLICK HERE to send Father an email.
Good day my dear Parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Grand Junction. I am Father Timothy Chigoziem Okeahialam – the new Parochial Vicar. I am from the South-Eastern part of Nigeria. I was ordained a Priest through the Catholic diocese of Ahiara Mbaise in Imo state of Nigeria on August 3, 2002 by our late Bishop – Victor Adibe Chikwe. Before coming over to the Diocese of Pueblo, I have carried out some pastoral duties in different capacities in my home diocese which includes: Associate Pastor, Pastor and Principal at a diocesan Co-educational boarding school.
I come from a family of eight – two girls and six boys. I am the seventh child and the fifth boy in the family. By the grace of God, two of the boys are now Catholic Priests – an elder brother and myself. I love doing sports, especially soccer and ping pong (table tennis). I speak Igbo (my local dialect) and English (our lingua franca).
I promise to be serviceable and to always do my best for the good and salvation of my parishioners.
Remain blessed, Father Tim
You can reach Father Timothy at the parish office by calling 970-242-6121 ext. 208 or CLICK HERE to send Father an email.
Deacon Leo Truscott
My wife Diane and I moved to Grand Junction in 2000. I work as a Machinist for the Union Pacific R. R. We have three daughters and one son, four granddaughters, two grandsons, one great grandson. I service God in the Diocese of Pueblo as a Deacon and I’m assigned to Immaculate Heart of Mary and our Mission in Palisade, St. Ann. I serve our parish in many and diverse ways for example at Mesa Corrections Facilities. My ministry is to serve! I love to read, preach, and teach the word of God. CLICK HERE to send Deacon Leo an email. You can also leave a message for Deacon Leo at the parish office by calling 970-242-6121.
Deacon Luke Konantz
Deacon Luke Konantz has been a longtime parishioner at Immaculate Heart of Mary before his ordination into the permanent diaconate on August 2th in 2017. Deacon Luke currently leads the Mesa Catholic ministry at CMU along with serving his deacon duties within the parish. His wife Susan and two adult daughters Ramana & Lily are also very active in the church. Deacon Luke favorite scripture passage is, Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.” You can leave a message for Deacon Luke through the parish office at 970-242-6121 or CLICK HERE to send Deacon Luke an email.
My husband Mark, and I have been members of the parish since 1975, and over the years I’ve had the privilege to work in both volunteer and professional capacities. These include Grand Valley Peace & Justice director, Western Slope Family Life coordinator for the diocese of Pueblo, and IHM’s Volunteer coordinator before becoming Pastoral Assistant in 2003. I enjoy working with our wonderful parishioners and being able to serve their needs. CLICK HERE to send me an email or you can reach me at 970-242-6121 ext. 206.
Director of Liturgy Music
I have been employed at IHM since November 2008 as Pastoral Associate for Liturgy and Music. My wife Tricia and I have two sons, Chris and Jon and a daughter, Jennifer. I went to college at Colorado School of Mines and Divine Word Seminary College in Epworth, Iowa. I love to play guitar, fish, hunt and spend time in the outdoors. God has blessed me to serve in this position and I pray we can keep the Good News of Jesus Christ alive in the Grand Valley and the world! CLICK HERE to send me an email or you can reach me at 970-242-6121 ext. 212.
Children’s Religious Education/ Pre-K through 5th
Hello, I am Irene Jurewicz Fritzler. I have the joy of ministering to our parish families and children through weekly educational programs offered by our parish. Preschool through 5th grade public school students enter at a variety of faith formation levels and participate in classes instructing them on our Catholic faith and traditions, helping them grow their faith by experiencing Holy Mass, celebrations and festivals including social justice activities, Christmas plays and Vacation Bible School. I also enjoy coordinating special family events for the entire parish like the “Living Last Supper” and a pilgrimage to see the live “Passion Play” in Oberammergau, Germany. To send me and email, CLICK HERE or you can reach me at 970-242-6121 ext. 204.
Christian holds a B.A.in Philosophy and Religious Studies with a minor in French from Truman State University (2013). He has been with FOCUS for the past three years; first as a Campus Missionary, and then with the Alumni Relations department with an emphasis on ongoing formation and catechesis, and aiding them in transitioning to the larger community wherever they were going to work. Here at IHM, Christian will be working in our middle school and high school youth ministries, as well as with the Confirmation program. You can reach me at 970-242-6121 ext. 207 or CLICK HERE to send me an email.
Hello, my name is Sue Miller. I am the parish secretary. I have resided in the Valley since 2005. I have been IHM’s secretary for 9 years and have a total of 17 ½ years experience as a church secretary. CLICK HERE to send me an email or you can reach me at 970-242-6121 ext. 201.
My name is Margaret McWilliams. I have been on the staff at IHM for 12 years. I share in the financial duties of posting contributions, updating the database and the sales and record keeping of the Columbarium. I also assist with other clerical duties as needed. To contact me, CLICK HERE and send me an email or you can reach me at 970-242-6121 ext. 210.
Finance / HR Officer
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Hello, my name is Wendy Williams. I received my Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a minor in Business Administration in 2003 from CMU. I have been involved with the bookkeeping at Immaculate Heart of Mary since 2001. I was born and raised in the Grand Valley and love this area. My husband, Cory, and I have 4 wonderful children. We like to spend our time hiking, fishing, boating, camping, and watching our kids play soccer. CLICK HERE to send me an email or you can reach me at 970-242-6121 ext. 214.
Support Staff Associat
My name is Cheryl Morelli and I am part of our parish’s administrative staff. I assist visitors and parishioners who call or stop by the office, work with subsidy families and setup/support media services and specialized software within the parish. CLICK HERE and send me an email or call the parish office at 970-242-6121 ext. 221 to determine how I may best serve you.
My name is Lorena Trujillo. I have been the bookkeeper at Immaculate Heart of Mary since 2017 and have worked alongside the Financial Director in order to record daily transactions within the church. I received my Bachelor of Science in General Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources and Economics in 2017 from CMU. The parishioners within our parish are amazing! Please feel free to leave me a message at 970-242-6121 ext. 211 or CLICK HERE to send me an email that I may assist you.
Hello, my name is Maverick Burns. I am maintenance staff here at Immaculate Heart of Mary and work along with the Office Manager to address the upkeep of the church and rectory. It is a pleasure getting to know the parishioners in the parish as I setup for the ongoing activities scheduled throughout the day, evenings and weekends! You can reach me at 970-242-6121 ext. 227 or CLICK HERE to send me an email.