Our Team


Rochester Catholic is an initative of the Rochester parishes seeking to connect young adults to Christ and His Church. Our staff is a mixture of paid and volunteer coordinators representing all the parishes in the city. Contact any one of them for more information about getting involved in a parish and to see what's going on for young adults in the local Catholic Church.

Zach Rawson
Pax Christi

Zach is originally from the Twin Cities, but like many left town for college. In his second year at the University of Minnesota Duluth he met somebody who loves Jesus more than anything or anybody and the encounter changed his life. The following year he transferred to the University of Saint Thomas for it's Catholic Studies program and is currently putting that experience to work as the Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry at Pax Christi in Northwest Rochester. Zach is married to Suzanne, a pediatric nurse at St. Mary's, and they have two energetic and crazy, but beautiful, little girls named Sydney and Juliette. Zach loves to read, throw a Frisbee, and sit around campfires on cool fall nights. Steer clear of Zach whenever the Wild, Twins, or Patriots lose.

Philip Lomneth
Saint John the Evangelist

After growing up in Omaha, Nebraska and wandering around the Midwest for school, Philip arrived in Rochester to serve at St. John’s.  He’s grateful for the opportunity to share with people the faith that has been so formative in his life.  He enjoys listening to people’s questions about God, the Church, and life as a whole. Philip is curious about what drives and sustains people and has worked with interfaith organizations, with communities striving for the common good, and in groups that seek ways for all people’s voices to be heard.  He graduated from St. Olaf College, majoring in religion and ethnic studies, and recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame’s Master of Divinity program.  Philip is joyfully married to his wife, Lisa.  They enjoy exploring the outdoors all seasons of the year.