Sharon Perkins is the Director, Secretariat for Formation and Spirituality as well as the Director, Office of Evangelization, Catechesis, and Family Life (ECFL) for the Diocese of Austin, Texas. Reporting directly to Bishop Joe Vasquez and Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Garcia and serving on the Bishop’s cabinet. Immediate supervision of three associate directors—Evangelization, Catechesis (bilingual English and Spanish), and Family Life—and two support staff in the Office of ECFL as well as oversight of personnel at Cedarbrake Retreat Center and in the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. Created the first diocesan position for the support of evangelization ministries. She also has long-time experience in parish ministry.
Paulist Evangelization Ministries Advisory Board 2019
Fr. Michael Briese is pastor at St. Mary Parish in a rural part of Charles County, Maryland. The parish has about 220 families. Fr. Briese went to the parish in an effort to rebuild St. Mary Parish as many families had left and were going to different Catholic parishes or, sadly, some stopped attending Mass. St. Mary’s has seen its Mass attendance steadily increase: from about 150 to now about 190 – with over 200 attendees on some Sundays. In just three months here there have been 10 Baptisms with another 4 now scheduled.
In Fr. Briese’s efforts to rebuild St Mary Parish, he realized that no priest can rebuild a parish by himself–it takes the parishioners. On his first Sunday at all Masses, he reminded parishioners that through Baptism and Confirmation they have a share in the royal priesthood of Jesus Christ, and that we are called by Christ to live out our vibrant faith by putting our faith into action–through our words and deeds. The parishioners’ responses have been great. Though early, they have many planned activities and new people joining ministries. Fr. Briese shares this with you to let you know that building up the parish, the Church is a paramount concern for him. What he brings to the table is a genuine concern for building up, renewing, and strengthening our Church.
Jonathan Lewis is the Director of Evangelization, Youth, and Young Adult Initiatives for the Archdiocese of Washington. He is an alumnus of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and holds a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame as well as completion of the ECHO: Faith Formation Leadership Program. Jonathan is originally from the Kansas City area and has served in parish catechetical ministry as a Director of Religious Education for five years in the Diocese of Wilmington and Archdiocese of San Francisco before moving to Washington, DC.
Elsie M. Miranda, DMin, is the President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS); and is Director of Ministerial Formation and Associate Professor of Theology at Barry University. Dr. Miranda attended the University of Florida where she earned a BS in Psychology with a Minor in Religion; Boston College where she earned a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry with a concentration in Religious Education, and Barry University where she earned a DMin in Practical Theology. As a Cuban American, Practical Theologian her research interests lie at the intersection of faith, and how socio-culture and socio-political realities impact human formation.
Miranda began her tenure at Barry University in 1996 as the Associate Director of Mission and Ministry. Since that time, she has continued to serve the local and national community by promoting the mission and core commitments of the University. In 2006, she joined the Department of Theology and Philosophy as director of Ministerial Formation. In addition to teaching and mentoring students, Miranda has served as an elected member of the Ethics Committee, the Faculty Welfare Committee, and the Graduate Council. As associate professor of Practical Theology, her academic interests are in the areas of: inter-culturality, Latinx theology and Minsitry, liberating / contextual theologies; queer theology; and the paradigmatic shifts that continue to impact the social, ecclesial, and political realities that promote or challenge peace and justice at local and global levels.
Miranda has contributed to the edited volumes Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Urgent Matters (Convivuum Press, 2016) Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Present and Future (Convivuum Press, 2010) and was co-editor and contributor to Calling for Justice Throughout the World, Catholic Women Theologians on the HIV AIDS Pandemic (Continuum Press, 2009). In her research and teaching, Miranda continues to explore contemporary theological issues in the church and the world.
Ted has served for years in the Diocese of Brooklyn in the areas of religious education and faith formation. He was approached five years ago by Bishop DiMarzio about beginning a “school of evangelization—a way to think about forming people for evangelization throughout the diocese. The diocese has undertaken a number of initiatives under his direction, provided annual renewal events for parish leaders and catechists, sponsored ARISE in English and Spanish, and encouraged parishes to look at evangelization.
Ann Pinckney is Senior Director Department of Evangelization for the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia. She is a southern raised born and bred Catholic. Her parents who are both deceased had the most significance in her faith life and growth. She has five siblings and a niece and nephew.
It seems she has always been involved in Church life. Before her work with the diocese, she was a Catholic high school history teacher at St. Vincent’s Academy 1980-82. She also served as a lay volunteer in the Diocese of Pueblo, Colorado in their Volunteer In Diocesan Action (VIDA) program from 1982-1984.
Ministering in the Diocese of Savannah since 1984, she was first, Parish DRE at St. Anne, Columbus, Georgia 1984-1994. She began her work at the Diocesan Offices in Savannah 1994. First as the Director of Religious Education then to Director of Faith Formation and finally to the current position as Senior Director of Evangelization. Duties include evangelization efforts, RCIA and adult formation and supervising offices of Family Life, Youth and Young Adult Ministries including Campus Ministry, Hispanic Ministry, Black Catholic Ministry, and Catholic Charities. She has been involved with NCCL since 1994 and has served on several committees in that organization including the Board of Directors. She also belongs to NALM and NCEA. She has an MS Religious Education degree from Fordham University and a Certificate of Pastoral Studies from Loyola New Orleans.
V. Rev. Eric Andrews, CSP is the President of the Paulist Fathers. He began a career in media with the Muppets after graduating from NYU, and has served as pastor of St. John XXIII campus ministry at the University of Tenn., and president of Paulist Productions in California before his election to lead the Paulists in 2014.
Rev. Frank DeSiano, CSP, has been President of PEM since 2009. Before that, he has served as pastor twice; as president of the Paulists and then, later, as first consultor; as a consultant to the US Bishops Committee on Evangelization during which he was the main drafter of Go and Make Disciples, and as a developer for programs like Seeking Christ and Awakening Faith. He has authored many books on spirituality, discipleship, and evangelization, and travels for parish missions and priest convocations.
Rev. Kenneth Boyack, CSP, has served at PEM for over 30 years in a variety of roles. He was the main developer of Disciples in Mission, which over 3000 parishes used one way or another, as well as the developer and strategist behind Living the Eucharist. He currently serves as Vice President of PEM.
Evan Cummings, CSP, is finishing his third year of theology and preparing to be ordained a deacon in September. He hails from Layton, UT, just north of Salt Lake and has always expressed interest in evangelization and ecumenism.