Find out more about the staff of Holy Cross Catholic Church by selecting from the list below.

Pastor Rev. Phil Ackerman
Parochial Vicar Fr. Prabhakar Marneni
Parochial Vicar Fr. Riley Durkin
Deacon James Eggl
Director of Religious Ed/Youth Ministry Brenda Mears
Administrative Assistant Margaret Keller
Business Manager Penne Soucy
Communications Heather Heger

All staff can be reached at 701-282-7217.

Fr. Phil Ackerman- Pastor


Fr. Prabhakar Marneni- Parochial Vicar


I’m Prabhakar Marneni, born on 02/20/1974 in Bheemanapally, Nalgonda district, India. I was ordained on 1st May 2003. I worked in several capacities in my mother diocese and have come to USA on 4th August 2017.

Father Riley Durkin – Parochial Vicar


Fr. Riley Durkin was born in Grand Forks and raised in the small town of Inkster, ND, about 35 miles northwest. After graduating from high school in 2011, Dcn. Riley attended NDSU for one year studying broadcast journalism and political science. After his freshman year of college, he decided to follow his call to seminary. Dcn. Riley studied philosophy for four years at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, MI and theology at the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, MN.

James Eggl – Deacon


Hi, I am Deacon James Eggl.  I grew up on a farm at Cando in north-central North Dakota. I am the youngest of eight children.  I graduated from high school in 1968. and went on to get a 2 year degree in auto­-mechanics from Lake Region Junior College in Devils Lake, ND. I was united in the Sacrament of Marriage to my wife, Sue, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cando on July 18, 1970. Sue & I made our home on the farm at Cando, farming with my father until his death in 1987, then continuing on our own until 2000, when we rented the farm out. We also owned and operated a grain cleaning facility, which was right on the farm, where I cleaned grain for other farmers.

God blessed us with five beautiful children. James W. (Alison) Eggl, Jacksonville, Fl., Tami (Lee) Cariveau, East Grand Forks, MN., Serena (Jaydee) Weigand, Grand Forks, Melissa Eggl, West Fargo, and Christopher Eggl, Fargo.  In addition, God so blessed us with more special blessings, six loveable grandchildren.

God leads us down only one path with its little trails that sometimes let us get sidetracked. But, He seems to always have a way of bringing us back to where he wants us, if we only keep in contact with him. God has always been a part of my life in one-way or another. I, in my wildest dreams, never dreamt that I would be doing what I am doing today.  When I was growing up, I think I was one of the shyest people on this earth.  But, if we just allow ourselves to be molded as God wills for us through His grace and blessings, good things do happen.

I was ordained a Deacon in the Diocese of Fargo on May 17, 2003. I had been assigned to assist in serving the spiritual needs of the faithful at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cando until our move to Fargo. I thoroughly enjoy working and visiting with people and assisting them in any way that I can. At the present time, I am employed at Villa Maria Living Center as a full-time Chaplain. After living in the Fargo community for even this relatively short time, I truly feel that this is where God wants me to serve at this point in my life. I feel so comfortable in my ministry here and everyone makes me feel a part of a Big-Happy-Family. This is something that I am so used to since having been raised in a sizable family. It makes me feel like I’m having a family reunion every day.

I would like to thank everyone for their patience and encouragement and hope and pray that God will give me the grace to be His instrument to bring the love and joy of His Son, Jesus Christ, into the hearts of all that my life touches.

Brenda Mears – Director of Religious Education / Youth Ministry


My husband Claude and I are both originally from Rugby. We were High School sweethearts. We have four children.  Claude works at Mid-America Aviation as Production Foreman.

Both of our parents still live in Rugby, ND. I have one brother and three sisters. Three of my siblings live in MN and one lives in Florida. Claude has two brothers, one who lives in Horace and one in Rugby.

We also enjoy going to our lake place on Leaf Lake, bowling, softball, walking, watching the Vikes, and watching NASCAR racing. Have a Sunshine Day!

Margaret Keller – Administrative Assistant


Hi, I’m Margaret Keller, I am an Administrative Assistant here at Holy Cross.  You will find me in the front office meeting and greeting all who come into the office.  I have been very blessed with this position; it has allowed me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people here at Holy Cross!  I truly have found my home.

I am originally from Harvey, ND.  My parents are Emanuel & Leona Volk, and I have 5 brothers and 3 sisters and countless nieces and nephews.  I am married to Darin Keller.  We have 2 daughters Kassandra, and Casaundra & 3 sons Eric, Brian and Joshua.  We have 3 grandsons Kaden, Carter, and Carson (Carson is an angel in heaven), and one granddaughter, Alli.

I’m a member of the adult choir, cantoring, Thursday @ Sunset, a Eucharistic minister, prayer blanket ministry and play volleyball in the Cross Way Center Volleyball League.  I also work part time at West Acres Mall at Customer Service.  I enjoy reading, family time and outdoors.  If ever you are in the church, stop by and introduce yourself.  I would love to meet you!  I look forward to many more years here at Holy Cross.

Penne Soucy – Business Manager


Hi, my name is Penne.  I have had many ‘jobs’ since beginning my career at Holy Cross in 2005 but for the last few years, I have settled in my current position as the Business Manger.

I grew up in Fairview, Montana and in Bismarck, North Dakota so I’m native to the midwest.  I spent my college years at NDSU and graduating from MSUM.

My family consists of my husband Tom, daughters Jessica and Michelle, and son-in-law Joshua. Most of my family now lives in West Fargo.

In the summer, I enjoy campfires, camping, and boating.  My favorite season is winter.  I love the snow.  I also like watching movies or playing board games with family and friends.  I am involved in the Prayer Blanket ministry and Social Action.

If you see me around please say hi!

Heather Heger – Communications / Ministries


Hi, my name is Heather Heger.  I am married to Brian, and we have two teenage boys – Logan and Sawyer.  I started at Holy Cross in February of 2012 as the Communications & Ministry Coordinator.  If you have an comments/suggestions about the bulletin, newsletter, or website I am the person to talk to!

Our boys are very active young men, so we can usually be found on some kind of sports field.   In my spare time I enjoy scrapbooking, rubber stamping, and other crafts.