Let me introduce you to the church staff:
Father Niby Kannai, St Edward pastor:
Rev. Fr. Niby Kannai is originally from Mothirakkanny, Kerala, India. He was ordained on December 29th, 2005. He served in the Jerusalem retreat center, India as Assistant director. He later served as Parochial Vicar in St. Henry’s parish and at Mary Queen of Heaven parish in Erlanger, Kentucky. He also served as chaplain to St Henry’s High School.
He is passionate about preaching, teaching, writing, and healing ministry. His publications include five books. Two of them are on Eucharistic adoration. Holding a doctorate degree in Mental Health Counseling allowed him to serve the community and families more effectively with compassion and love. He also taught at the University of Cincinnati. Fr. Niby volunteered one year in Tender Mercies, a homeless shelter in Cincinnati.
Being a frequent traveler, he visited 24 countries either for giving retreats, including regular Belize youth conventions, or for leading pilgrimages, including Holy land pilgrimages. For fun, he does water skiing, jet skiing & snow skiing, along with biking and badminton.
Dr. Beth Laytart, Music Director:
I am a native of Harrison County and I have worked at St. Edward's since 2009. My educational degrees include a Bachelor of Arts from Transylvania University in Lexington, a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. I am a private piano teacher and I have maintained a studio in Cynthiana since 1997.
Adriana Haas, Religious Director:
Adriana was hired last August as the St. Edward Parish Director of Religious Education and as the Religion teacher for the school. Although new to the parish, Adriana had been a catechist for over eight years at St. Teresa Parish (Titusville, Florida). She also served as an assistant first grade teacher and an after-school tutor. Adriana and her husband, Rick, moved to Kentucky after his retirement to enjoy the seasons. They have been involved in church ministries for over twenty years.
Kayleigh Evans, Church Office Manager:
I was hired in November 2021 as a part time business manager, focusing on bookkeeping. I have been a parishioner at St. Edward Church since 1995, and am an Alumni of St. Edward School. My husband, Tom Zack Evans, and I are proud to be current St. Edward School parents! Our daughter Audrey is in 4th grade, son Julien is in 1st grade, and our son Gordon will start preschool next school year.
Resa Hersel, Website Manager:
Hello! I am the newest staff member. I am a retired teacher from HCMS and taught computers, careers, and language arts there during my 14 years. I have a Bachelors in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Teaching with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems, both degrees earned from EKU, but I originally started my bachelors degree at Texas A&M. I am a Texas native. I have been the St Edward school tech coordinator since Aug. 2021. I manage the school website, the school Facebook page, and the church website. Kentucky has been my home since 1986. I have 4 adult children and 9 grandchildren. I visit my children and grandchildren frequently, from Texas to Indiana and in Kentucky. In my spare time I enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and kayaking. I also love to travel and have visited every state except for Alaska. I also love to read and my favorite genres are science fiction, fantasy and historical fiction. Here is a picture of me with our Bishop and (from Christmas) with my 4 children: from left are Andrew, Kristy, Keith and Michael. And also a picture taken at Christmas with my 9 grandchildren: twins Lexie and Alyssa, Wesley, Lorelei, Dylan, Sophia, Jonah, Noah and Scarlett. We are blessed to all get together at least twice a year.