KEVIN EUTENEUER (Executive Producer / Creative Director)
Kevin Euteneuer is the founder of XIV Ministries, its Executive Producer and Creative Director—which basically means he does everything the more talented people on the Leadership Team don’t have time for. What he enjoys most is writing and working with the priests, staffs and congregations of the parishes.
Way back in college (1983), Kevin fell in love with theater in general and the ancient Greek tragedies in particular. He was fascinated by the characters like Oedipus and Agamemnon who grappled with fate and struggled to know themselves, the divine, and truth. He was awed by the wisdom and beauty playwrights like Sophocles and Aeschylus put into their character’s words. The passions of the characters and those around them, tragic faults and yearnings for truth and redemption and especially their sorrows and sufferings reminded Kevin of the readings of the Holy Week liturgies and another love of his: The Stations of the Cross.
Kevin graduated from UNL in 1983 and for seven years taught English, journalism and theater at Shelby Public Schools in Nebraska. Kevin then moved to Omaha where he became an English, reading and technical theater instructor at Omaha Northwest Magnet High School. One of the first plays he helped with as tech director was The Second Shepherd’s Play where again faith and theater met in a delightful and beautiful way.
Shortly after moving to Omaha, Kevin became involved in youth ministry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish. As a nearly 30-year volunteer for the parish’s Life Teen and later Overflow high school programs, Kevin has written and helped present numerous retreats and presentations, many of which included both humorous and serious skits and dramas. Seeing how a touch of the theatrical helped engage teens and draw them into a deeper communion with Christ over the years, Kevin was moved to attempt to do something similar with the Stations of the Cross. “XIV from the Crowd” followed, and XIV Ministries.
Currently, Kevin still teaches at Northwest Magnet High School and is still has a heart for youth ministry. Kevin and his wife Jen are also on the board of Catholic Engaged Encounter of Omaha and help present retreats for couples preparing for marriage.
First Mentioned Last
Though mentioned last, first in Kevin’s life after God are his wife Jen, his children Jill, Allie, Clare, Lucy, Mary and Louis, his sons-in-law Danny and Mike, and his grandchildren Matthew, Andrew, Benjamin, Rosie, Julia, Hazel and Joanna. And of course, the children would never forgive him if Wiggles, the family dog, wasn’t included too.
XIV LEADERSHIP TEAM
Cassie Sheik Production Coordinator
Christina Rohling Performer / Director
Daena Schweiger Audio Producer / Director
Duane Karmazin Spiritual Director
Karl Rohling Performer
MEET SOME OF OUR PERFORMERS / CREW
RHONDA (ZARUBA) ROBINSON (Station IV Performer, XIV from the Crowd)
I grew up at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish (Omaha) and now attend St. Charles Borromeo (Gretna) with my two teenage sons. Family time, playing cards and watching sports are some of my favorites. In 2014, the performer doing Station IV was unable to do so, and I was asked to fill in. I’ve participated every year since. One of the reasons I stay involved is the actors and actresses have become one big family. I am proud, as the fourth-station performer, to talk to Mother Mary.
JOANNE BLAYLOCK (Station VI Performer, XIV from the Crowd)
I am a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church (Omaha). I work at Fiserv Corporation. In my free time, I enjoy reading and watching British crime dramas. More recently, I have discovered the peace that comes with praying the rosary each morning on my patio. My husband Chris and I were invited to take part in XIV from the Crowd in 2011. We each have our own monologue. Each year we come back because this presentation has become part of our Lenten journey. My favorite part of this experience is the reflective questions between the stations. Each year, I am at a different place in my life. These questions challenge me to take a hard look at how I live my life.
CHRIST BLAYLOCK (Station II Performer, XIV from the Crowd)
I am a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Omaha) and work at Ryder Logistics. My wife Joanne and I enjoy traveling and meeting new people. I am also a bit of a military history buff. Joanne and I began performing for XIV from the Crowd in 2011. I return each year for the comradery of the team and the strength it gives my faith. It is easy to fall into a rut. However, when you take something you have heard or read many times, and put a face to it, you gain a new perspective. You have the chance to ask yourself, “How would I react if I were in the crowd?”