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

Pastor Very Rev. James Meyer
Parochial Vicar Fr. Chinnaiah Konka
Parochial Vicar Fr. William Slattery
Deacon James Eggl
Director of Religious Ed/Youth Ministry Brenda Mears
Administrative Assistant Margaret Keller
Business Manager Penne Soucy
Communications Heather Heger
Youth Ministry/Stewardship Jeff Benda

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

Fr. James Meyer – Pastor


Hello, I think it would be good to review again who I am and where I came.  I was born in Madison, South Dakota on September 28, 1967.  I was raised in Fargo and went to Fargo South High School.  Our family attended St Anthony of Padua parish where I was active in many areas but mostly as an altar server.  Following high school I went to NDSU and Cardinal Muench Seminary where I received a BA in Communications and a minor in Philosophy.  I was then sent to the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus Ohio where I finished my Master in Divinity.

I was ordained in 1994 on June 4 where I was sent to Jamestown to the Basilica of St James for (2) years. I was then moved to Shanley High School where I was the chaplain and taught Religion.

While I was at Shanley, I was also in charge of  the Wyndmere parish as their Pastor and assisted several other churches in the process.   Following that eight year stint I was moved to Mayville and Hunter where I resided for 5 years.  Now I have been placed in the midst of West Fargo looking forward to many great and wonderful years.

My family consists of my folks, Ray and Rita, who live in south Fargo.  I have 3 sisters and 1 brother.  I love family and have enjoyed the move to be closer to all of them as well.

Some of my hobbies and likes are, should I say just about everything but that may not be fair.  So, I do enjoy people.  I love to be invited out to meet and visit with families.  I enjoy food, I love all kinds of food, I do like to cook.  I enjoy working around the house inside and out.  I enjoy sports, all kinds but mostly football and basketball.   I also love the arts; I enjoy plays & musicals.  All in all I am a well rounded young man.  I enjoy lots of things from lots of areas of life.

And lastly, if you have a need, or an issue or just want to ask a question to see if something is possible, ask me!!  I do not bite and I have always been known to be willing to listen.  Just remember that you may not always get what you ask for and it could be that it was for the better of the church as a whole.  Parents should be well versed in this kind of diplomacy as you may have used it with your children.  God bless you and your families.

Fr. Chinnaiah Konka – Parochial Vicar


Fr. William Slattery – Parochial Vicar


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 Soucy.  I am the new Business Manager for Holy Cross.

I was born in Minot, but I lived in Fairview, Montana until the age of 12.  At that time, we moved to Bismarck.  I graduated from St. Mary’s Central High School.  I attended North Dakota State University for 3 years and then transferred to the Minnesota State University, Moorhead to finish my BS degree in Elementary Education with a Child Development and Family Science minor.

I am married to Tom and we have 2 daughters, Jessica and Michelle.  My parents, Tim and Diane Lenertz, live in Bismarck.  My sister plus my brother and his family all live in West Fargo.

In the summer, I enjoy campfires, camping, and boating.  But my favorite season is winter! I love the snow.  I also like watching movies or playing board games with family and friends.  No matter the season, I love hanging out with my family and friends.  I am involved in the Prayer Blanket ministry and Social Action.

Heather Heger – Communications / Ministries


Hi, my name is Heather Heger.  I am married to Brian, and we have two wonderful 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 the soccer fields.   In my spare time I enjoy scrap booking, rubber stamping, and cake decorating.

Jeff Benda – Youth Ministry / Stewardship


Jeff Benda served as the Coordinator of Catechesis, Preschool – Grade 12 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fargo for the last 14 years.  He has also worked as a substitute Religion teacher at Shanley High School, and continues to be a regular guest speaker at both Sullivan and Shanley retreats.  He has taken teens to multiple Steubenville Youth Conferences around the U.S., as well as World Youth Days, Mission Trips, and Pilgrimages to Germany, Portugal, Spain, Poland, Italy, and Mexico.  He lives in Fargo with his wife Melissa, and their 2 year old daughter, Lucia.