Blessed Sacrament Leadership

Father Gary Luiten

Father Gary joined Blessed Sacrament at the end of June 2016, and was installed as pastor in the middle of August. His responsibility is to shepherd the people of Blessed Sacrament.

He was born and raised in New Rockford, ND. Father Gary was ordained in June of 1992, and has served parishes in Jamestown, the cathedral and Nativity in Fargo, Ellendale, and in Park River. His mother is still alive and lives in Fargo. He has one sibling – a sister, who lives in Walhalla, who is married and has seven children

Father Gary’s vision for the future is to live out the mission statement of the parish: “As loving disciples, we the faith community of Blessed Sacrament, strive for full and active participation in joyfully serving Christ while recognizing the gifts and dignity of all.”

 Father Gary enjoys playing the piano and keyboard, fishing, biking, playing cards, traveling, and down-hill skiing.  

Father Gary Luiten
701-282-3321 ext. 104
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Karen Beets
701-282-3321 ext. 105
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Karen Beets

Karen has been a member of Blessed Sacrament since 1987 and the Parish Life Coordinator for the past 10 years. She is responsible for coordinating Parish events and lining up volunteers for almost everything that takes place here at Blessed Sacrament. Karen co-leads WOW, Faith Formation for our High School students, and she also assists anyone who might come ‘knocking’ at the Parish door seeking help.

She is originally from Wisconsin, but also lived in Arizona, South Dakota and Minnesota before moving here to west Fargo.

Karen has 4 grown daughters and 10 grandchildren. She enjoys reading, cross-stitching, the Green Bay Packers and spending time with her family. 

Lucy Elshaug

Lucy is the Director of Faith Formation as well as the Youth Minister here at Blessed Sacrament. She began her duties in September 2007. Prior, she worked for nineteen years at Southeast Human Service Center as a Developmental Disabilities Case Manager, specializing in services for children with special needs.

Lucy has been a member of Blessed Sacrament for over twenty years. As a member she volunteers as a cantor, lector, and a member of the choir, bell choir and woman’s trio group. She lives right here in West Fargo and has two grown sons.

Lucy loves all things musical, has a great affection for dogs, and enjoys long walks, reading and spending time with her friends and family. Her long term goals are to learn to play the violin and guitar, take a trip to Norway and to the Holy Land, as well as continue to work for as long as possible. She hopes to become a grandmother soon and to volunteer in other areas of interest!

Lucy Elshaug
701-282-3321 ext. 108
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Mary Beth Odegaard
701-282-3321 Ext. 101
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Mary Beth Odegaard

Mary Beth began working at Blessed Sacrament as secretary in June of 2015. She can’t think of anything finer than to support this wonderful group of staff and the parish community.

Mary Beth and her husband Wally have two children, Ethan and Erin. They joined the Blessed Sacrament community in 1992 and have all volunteered their time and talent at one time or another.

She loves music and it shows through her involvement in Music Ministry. She sings in several adult choirs and directs the SonShine Choir for the youth.

Mary Beth belongs to groups such as the VFW Auxiliary, West Fargo Urban Forestry and Family Community Educators (FCE) club. She enjoys reading and loves to spend time with her family.

She has her Associates of Applied Science Degree and One year certificate in Computer Operations. 

Parish Council:

Thomas Paulson

Jenie Aberle

Darren Rohrich

Margo Kern

Marilyn Geary

Thomas Eskro


Finance Council:

Damon Herzog
Dianne Nechiporenko
Brad Novak
Linda Sample
Gail Plummer
Eduardo Pablo

Funeral Coordinators (Staff):

Father Gary

Karen Beets

Lay Directors:

Jeanine Allmaras
Dean Krogen


Jim Mattson