Bridget Kelly Wenk has served as Director of Music Ministries at Christ the Redeemer since 2009. She oversees all aspects of the musical life of the parish and personally directs the children’s, teen and adult choirs.
Christine Marté has been singing her whole life. Christine has made a joyful noise since childhood, and keeping music a family affair, two of Christine’s three adult children sing in the CtR Choir – her oldest son Alex and her daughter Aimee. Aimee’s twin, Austin, is a film editor for KTRK.
Christine has lived in Michigan and California, but has been in Houston with her husband and three children for over 20 years. She quickly joined the choir when she arrived in Houston in 1993. Then, the choir had only about five singers – now it has about 50. She became a cantor and later sang with the Contemporary Ensemble for a few years, but she loves being an alto with the 9 a.m. choir the best. She has been blessed to be able to participate in Archdiocesan choirs including the Co-cathedral Dedication Choir, singing in Rome with the Festival Choir when Daniel Cardinal DiNardo was elevated to Cardinal, and singing at Carnegie Hall with the Archdiocesan Choir.
In 2000, along with her dedication to the choir, Christine worked for the CtR Prep School, now the Genesis Early Childhood Program. She taught a class of 3 year olds for a couple of years and Bible to all students in the program for several more years. But when the Director of the Music Ministry Bridget Wenk needed an assistant during Lent in 2011, she knew exactly who to ask.
As the Music Assistant, Christine takes care of all the Choristers, Youth Singers and CtR Choir, which includes making sure they have their music, coordinating the cantors, working with the Choristers and Youth Singers, and working with and corresponding with parents. It’s a big job, and Christine is always ready to lend a helping hand when necessary.
Christine lives near CtR and has been married to her husband, Andre, since 1985.
As a boy, Mark Dolce heard his neighbor playing guitar from his bedroom window. Inspired by the music, Mark asked his neighbor to begin teaching him to play. He found pieces of an old guitar, glued them together and learned a few tunes. The neighbor later asked him to be a part of his church group, and, without realizing it, Mark was forging a musical lifestyle that he never expected.
Mark has been playing guitar at Masses since 1970 in various parishes around Port Arthur, Texas, where he was raised. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and a teaching certificate, but chose to work for Proctor and Gamble, which allowed him to relocate to Houston in 1981. He retired from P&G after 28 years and accepted a teaching position at St. Ambrose Catholic School in Houston. He was hired there in 2012 to teach religion. At St. Ambrose, Mark also co-directs the school choir for the all school Masses, is the Jr. Beta Club sponsor and the Religion Coordinator.
Directing the Contemporary Choir at CtR is one of his many “hobbies.” In 2006 Fr. Sean invited him to direct the contemporary choir at CtR. He is also on the Music team for the CtR Men’s ACTS Retreats and is currently teaching a Eucharist Sacrament Prep program for Jr. High
Mark has two sons and two grandchildren. His oldest son, Rev. TJ Dolce, is the Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Mark lives in the Jersey Village area with his wife, Sandy, who sings in the choir and also teaches at St. Ambrose.