Pastoral Services Team
Milissa ElseMilissa Else, Director of Pastoral Services Milissa was Vice President and Director of the Church Division for Ruotolo Associates, where she served the Catholic Church for nearly 20 years working with a wide variety of Catholic organizations directing strategic planning efforts, conducting planning studies, and consulting on capital campaigns. Milissa has presented workshops on missionary discipleship and stewardship for national and regional meetings of International Catholic Stewardship Conference and has also been a frequent presenter for NCDC (National Catholic Development Conference) at their national and regional workshops. She holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College. Milissa is active in her parish and serves as St. Mary’s program coordinator for “Be My Witness”, a RENEW International program. Milissa is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry at Seton Hall University.Manuel HernandezManuel Hernandez ministers in various dioceses helping to implement RENEW's programs in the Latino community. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY, and an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Fordham University. Before coming to RENEW in 2002, Mr. Hernandez was involved in parish ministry in the Dominican Republic, in the Archdiocese of New York, and in the Diocese of Paterson.
Jerry BrownRev. Jerry Browne serves as the Director of the RENEW Africa National Office in South Africa. He conducts RENEW workshops and leadership training sessions, and promotes RENEW Africa to dioceses throughout South Africa. Fr. Jerry also heads the Pastoral Development Office for the Diocese of Port Elizabeth.Alejandro_Lopez_CardinaleFather Alejandro López-Cardinale was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Caracas, Venezuela and currently serves the parish of St. Mary's in Waltham, MA. He also works in the Archdiocese of Boston's Hispanic Ministry Office. Fr. Alejandro is the President of La RED (National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana). Fr. Alejandro holds an MA in Catechesis from Catholic University, Paris. He is also a consultant for Familia, Vida y Juventud Department at the Latin American Bishops Council, CELAM.
Joanne CahoonJoanne M. Cahoon holds a BA in Religious Studies; MA in Religion/Pastoral Ministry; Graduate Certificates in spiritual direction and in spirituality studies; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where her specialization was spirituality and practical theology. Joanne has also taught in elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate school settings. She’s also served as youth minister, high school campus minister, consultant, writer, national trainer, diocesan staff member, staff member of a graduate school, spiritual director, facilitator of retreats and professional coach.Sr_Honora_Nicholson_RSMSr. Honora Nicholson, RSM is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. She holds a degree of Master of Arts in Theological Studies as well as certificates in Canon Law for Religious Institutes and in Spiritual Direction. Sister Honora is an educator who has also served in parish ministry and Community leadership and has extensive experience in leading retreats and small faith sharing groups.
Maureen Colleary Sr. Maureen Colleary, FSP, is a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Peace of Haverstraw, New York. She holds the degree of Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and Bereavement from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. Sr. Maureen joined RENEW in 1997 and is currently a member of both the Pastoral Services and Sales Teams. Her international work has included serving parishes and dioceses in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America. Before coming to RENEW, she ministered as founding Director of Development for her Franciscan congregation, taught on both the primary and secondary levels and was a member of the Archdiocese of New York Parish Mission Team.Sr. Elizabeth O'Donnell, OP is a Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose, California. She holds numerous degrees including an Ed.D and M.A. in Private School Administration. In 2016 she earned a Certificate in Spiritual Direction and serves as a spiritual director in local parishes. Sr. Elizabeth served as Director of Adult Faith Formation and Pastoral Associate at the St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center in Tucson, AZ and has extensive experience as a Director of Campus Ministry and classroom instructor.
Dr. Sœurette Fougère is an Education Administrator with over two decades of experience in the New York City public school system. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Science, and Technology, a Master’s in Education with a concentration in Bilingual Education, a Doctorate in Education, as well as several other professional certifications. She works extensively with the Haitian Catholic community in the New York area, where she founded a Haitian prayer group and has organized numerous prayer days and retreats. She is also a member of the Haitian Charismatic Council and has been a keynote speaker at several religious conferencesRosa María Sánchez, OP, a native of México City, developed a love of Dominican Spirituality studying under the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose and is a professed member of the Dominican Laity. She holds a Master's degree in Education and served in Catholic, charter, and public schools for 27 years. She has a wide range of experience in parish ministries including small Christian communities, social justice, RCIA, and bible study. She was invited to attend the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in March of 2018.
.Janet SchaefflerJanet Schaeffler, OP is a facilitator of days of reflection/retreats, parish missions, workshops/presentations, author, university teacher, and facilitator of online classes for the University of Dayton and Boston College. She continues the ministry she was involved in for many years in parishes, and as Director for Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Detroit. Sister Janet is also the author of numerous books and articles, with an emphasis on resources for catechists.
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