Paulist Evangelization Ministries Advisory Board 2017

Jonathan Lewis

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.

Rev. Mike Briese

Fr. Michael Briese is the pastor at St Mary Parish in a rural part of Charles County, Maryland. The parish has about 220 families. Fr. Briese was sent to the parish in an effort to rebuild St Mary’s. Many families had left and were going to different Catholic parishes and sadly, some stopped attending Mass. Since he has been at St. Mary’s, their Mass attendance has steadily increased. In his pastoral efforts to rebuild St Mary Parish, he realizes that no priest can rebuild a parish by himself. It takes the parishioners. On his first Sunday at all Masses, he reminds parishioners that through Baptism and Confirmation they have a share in the royal priesthood of Jesus Christ. And that we are all 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, the parish has many planned activities and new people joining in their ministries. Fr. Briese says that building up the parish, the Church, is a paramount concern for him.

Dr. Elsie Miranda

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.

Diane Kledzik

Diane Kledzik is in her eighteenth year of service to the Diocese of St. Petersburg, currently serving as the Associate Director for Evangelization, Small Christian Communities and Adult Faith Formation. Diane earned an MA in Pastoral Ministry from St. Thomas University in Miami, FL and a Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies and an Advanced Studies in Ministry Certificate from the Center for Ministry Development and has previously ministered in parishes (Dioceses of St. Petersburg and Orlando) and on the diocesan level (Diocese of Venice) in the area of Youth Ministry.

Nationally, Diane serves on the National Strong Catholic Families Strong Catholic Youth (SCFSCY) Team, is on the Board of the North American Forum for Small Christian Communities (NAFSCC) and represents this organization on the Representative Council of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL). In collaboration with three other diocesan leaders, she has helped to design and maintain the Strong Catholic Family Faith website and Facebook page. In St. Petersburg, she coordinates the Diocesan Core Community, Evangelization Team, Scripture Study Team and Strong Catholic Families Strong Catholic Youth Team and is a member of the Diocesan RCIA Committee. In her parish of St. Patrick in Largo, FL, Diane is a member of a Small Christian Community, an Infant Baptism Ministry catechist, an occasional RCIA catechist and recently served as PTO President of St. Patrick Catholic School (2013-2015)  Diane has been married to Geof for 23 years and is mother to Luke (20) and Andrew (12).

Ralph Sommer

Ralph Sommer was baptized on July 1, 1956 and has been working on living that out ever since.  He has a BA in Psychology from Adelphi University, Garden City NY, and then attended the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington NY after which he was ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1983,  despite the best efforts of the then Vocation Director of the Paulist Fathers (Frank DeSiano).

Ralph served as Associate Pastor of Our Holy Redeemer Parish, Freeport NY;  then Associate Pastor of St Thomas More Parish,  Hauppauge NY;  then as Diocesan Director of RENEW 2000.  In 2001, he became pastor of St. Brigid’s parish in Westbury NY, a 7500 family multi-cultural parish that celebrated 11 Masses each Sunday in four languages.

Ralph is currently the pastor of St Bernard’s in Levittown, a 5000 family suburban parish.

In the past, Ralph has coordinated the diocesan committee on the New Evangelization and served on the diocesan RCIA commission and often is invited to speak in parishes and diocesan workshops on both of these aspects of the church’s mission.

He is adept in using various forms of media, but still prefers preaching and one-to-one evangelization as effective ways to bring people to Christ and the church.

Terrie Baldwin

Terrie Baldwin is the Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Cleveland, OH where she is dedicated to promoting evangelization for everyone. Terrie attended Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, Ohio where she received a Master of Arts in Ministry in 2009. In her role as Director of Evangelization, she is committed to lifelong faith formation and catechesis and devoted to bringing people closer to God and recognizing Christ’s presence in one another. Terrie is a Master Catechist and Certified Lay Ecclesial Minister. She is also a National Speaker on Evangelization.

Spiritual Gifts:  Leadership, Administration, Evangelism, Prophecy, Pastoring


Paulist Members

V. Rev. Eric Andrews, CSP

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

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

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.

Stuart Wilson-Smith, CSP

Second-year theology student for the Paulist Fathers (CUA), hails from Quebec. He joined the Paulist Novitiate three years ago. Strong interest in preaching and in music. He plays the guitar and writes songs.