Lynn accepted the position of Executive Director in February, 2012 following five years at OCSJM in the position of Parish Social Ministry Coordinator. Lynn brings to the new position a wealth of experience working with parishes throughout the Archdiocese, as well as intimate knowledge of the challenges of parish social ministry from over 20 years of involvement in her own parish, St. Patrick Church in Farmington.
A passionate advocate and practitioner of social justice, Lynn is a graduate of the JustFAITH program and has a Masters Degree in Non-profit Management and a Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Administration from Regis University. Lynn and her husband Tom have three sons and are members of St. Patrick Church in Farmington.
Sarah Watson Hillier
Parish Social Ministry/Justice Education Coordinator
Sarah joined our staff during the summer of 2012 after working for Astor Services for Children and Families in Poughkeepsie, NY. She has an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Women’s Studies, with a Certificate in Urban Social Analysis, from Saint Louis University.
After studying Catholic Social Teaching for four years while at SLU, she is excited to be the youngest member of the team and to help share the Catholic church’s “best kept secret.” Sarah and her husband, Drew, live in Hartford and are members of St. Patrick - St. Anthony.
Stephanie has been with the office since 1991 and is an important part of our team. Stephanie is the friendly and hospitable person who will most likely greet you when you call or meet you at the door when you stop by for a visit.
Parish Social Ministry / Justice Education Coordinator
Arturo joined our staff in January, 2010, reprising the position of Parish Social Ministry Coordinator which he held from 2001-2005. Prior to 2010 he worked as the Archdiocesan Hispanic Youth Ministry Coordinator at the Hispanic Evangelization Office.
Arturo is fluent in both Spanish and English. For over 20 years he has worked with Hispanics and youth in the areas of education, community organizing, and counseling on immigration policies. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, participated in HomeFront for eight years, and has been a member of the Advisory Board of Directors for Catholic Charities Southern region since 2004.
Arturo has a BA in Physical Education from Catholic University of the North in Antofagasta, Chile and received social action training at Trinity College, Hartford, and St. John's University, New York. He lives in East Haven and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
Global Solidarity Coordinator
Mary joined the OCSJM staff in January, 2010 thanks to a grant received from Catholic Relief Services to increase capacity in parishes in the area of global solidarity. No stranger to the work of OCSJM, she has been part of the Cooperative Parish sharing Committee since the early 1970’s, and is a long-time supporter of the office’s efforts on behalf of social justice.
Mary holds degrees in Sociology/Anthropology and Psychology from Central CT State University, and spent many years in social service work. She serves in leadership with United Action CT, a local CCHD-supported non-profit that works to encourage community efforts for social change.mMary is an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in New Britain, and is a lifetime resident of that city.
Finance and Development Coordinator
Linda joined the OCSJM staff in December 2009 after working for over 30 years as Administrator and Finance Coordinator for the Center for Ministry Development, a national non-profit church leadership and training organization. A JustFaith graduate, she volunteers weekly at the St. Vincent de Paul Shelter in Waterbury and is active as a lector and member of the Parish Social Action Committee at St. John of the Cross Parish in Middlebury.
Linda has a BA in English and Secondary Education from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She and her husband John live in Naugatuck, and have three children and three grandchildren.
Program staff who donate their time
Environmental Justice Coordinator
Jeanie Graustein has been the Environmental Justice Ministry Coordinator, within Parish Social Ministry, since 1995. She develops and presents programs to educate parishioners in the riches of Catholic teaching and spirituality on care of God’s creation and the many interconnections with protecting life and health, social and economic issues, clean air and water, environmental justice, land use, and global climate change. She belongs to the worshiping community of St. Thomas More Chapel. Jeanie and her husband have lived in New Haven since 1972. She has a B.A. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley; M.Ed., University of Utah; and M.Div., Yale Divinity School.
Cooperative Parish Sharing Coordinator
Nancy has been a board member since 1999, on the Cooperative Sharing Committee since 2002, of which she is currently the Committee Chair, and has been very active in parish social ministry at her parish since 1992. She is a grateful graduate of Just Faith and the Just Matters Program on the Climate Crisis. Nancy is active in environmental justice and serves on three different energy committees in Wethersfield. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Masters in Theology, and works part time as a registered nurse. Nancy is married to John and they have two adult sons. They are members of Corpus Christi Church in Wethersfield.
John is a pastoral associate focused on social ministries at St. Bridget Parish in Manchester, after volunteering there for 25 years. He has volunteered with The Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry for ten years and this year coordinates our new JustFaith Leadership Team. He and his wife Suzanne have four children and seven grandchildren. He believes that "social ministry is essential to a Catholic parish" and that biblical justice calls us to direct service for today and systemic change for tomorrow.
Peace Ministry Coordinator
Graziella, a native of Italy, and a graduate of the University of Padua, came to this country because of her scientific research in Astronomy. While raising with her husband their three children, she continued to be involved in matters of faith and science. She has been part of the work of our office for the past 15 years, first coordinating the Action for Justice Network and now educating parishes and groups on the Peace Teaching of the Catholic Church. She and her family are active members of St. Rita Parish in Hamden.
- President – Ms. Patricia Daly Verde
- Vice President/Secretary – Mr. Ronald F. Shea
- Treasurer – Deacon William Gilles
- Ms. Marjorie Berry
- Sr. Elaine Betoncourt, CSJ
- Ms. Katie Byrnes
- Ms. Nancy Kiely - Ex Officio
- Deacon Edward Lopez
- Ms. Iris Ramos
- Bishop Peter A. Rosazza — Archbishop's Representative
- Ms. Carol Sue Schmidt
- Ms. Rose Alma Senatore — Ex Officio
- Rev. Thomas Shepard
- Rev. Stephen M. Sledesky
- Mr. Louis Terzo
- Attorney Philip Walker