The mission of St. Mary's Parish is to proclaim the
Good News of Jesus Christ by worshiping God in word and Sacrament.
We provide on-going opportunities for growth in the Catholic Faith so that the Risen Christ may become more real for each one of us, enabling us to go forth and be leaven in society. We are all to become Holy Disciples on the path to heaven. In the midst of a welcoming community we learn the teachings of our faith by celebrating Word and Sacrament as we grow in our personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Rev. Jay Buhman

Fr. Jay Buhman, is originally from York Nebraska and was ordained a priest for the Lincoln Diocese in 2004. He has served in several parishes close to Columbus as well as the Newman Center in Lincoln. After working for FOCUS for three years, he is now serving at St. Mary’s in David City for the past 3 years.  “As a priest I love to offer the Mass and I love talking to people about their prayer and their life of faith. I also love traveling (I think the latest count is 28 countries that I've been to), baseball, and boogie boarding the waves of Hawaii.”

Rev. Carson Kain
Assistant Pastor

Fr. Carson Kain was ordained for the Lincoln Diocese in 2019. St. Mary's is his first assignment as a newly ordained priest. 

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Heather Oltmer 
Parish Secretary/Office Manger 
Sr. Mary Kansier, M.S. 
Evangelization Coordinator 

Heather has been the Parish Secretary/Office Manager since May 2019. 

Heather was born and raised in David City, NE.  She is a graduate of Aquinas High School and attended Wayne State College obtaining a Counseling Degree in 2004. 

Heather is married to Adam and they have 5 children, AJ, Avery, Anthony, Andrew, & Alyvia. 



Sr. Mary Kansier is a Marian Sister from Waverly, NE.   After professing her vows in 1986, she taught for 14 years, worked at the Diocesan Education Technology office for 16 years and is now working at St. Mary’s as the Evangelization Coordinator.  Currently enrolled in the Cenacle of Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spiritual Direction, she looks forward to spiritually supporting women of all walks and encouraging growth in prayer and discipleship.  Outside of work, Sr. Mary enjoys praying, spending time with other Marian Sisters, reading, and coloring. 

Parish Council

Paul Krivanek

Brenda Eller 

Andrew Buresh 

Sharon DeWispelare 

Andrew Daro 

Cherie Kobza 

Members serve a three-year elected term as a parish representative who supports and advises the pastor and works for the continued unity and success of all organizations within the parish. Meetings are often held the last Monday of every month. Parishioners are invited to contact a council member with any questions or concerns. 

St. Mary's 


Chuck Andel, Kevin Andel, Jerome Andel, Lori Focher, and Sharon
Kovar & Nicole Sylvester

The Veil Removed (a must see video) —
The Mass: Heaven and Earth Coming Together

View The Veil Removed, a short (5 minute) film that reveals the coming together of heaven and earth, as seen by saints, mystics, revealed by sacred scripture and in the catechism of the Catholic Church.