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Meet the Parish Pastoral Council

Catholic pastors consult pastoral councils in order to be better leaders. In brief, the work of the pastoral council is pastoral planning. Although pastors preside, councillors may serve as chairpersons and facilitators, especially if they are good at helping the flow of discussion and the achievement of consensus. The goal is to help councillors make present the wisdom of the community.

Andrew Berezowski – President

Serving as a Catholic Church organist since 1974 in New Britain, East Berlin, and Northford, Andrew joined Saint Pius X Church in 2006 where he has very much enjoyed his experience with the Sunday team music ministry, serving as organist and working with the cantors and choir. Andrew holds a Bachelors degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut, and is an ACS Fellow of Engineering at Honeywell International, Inc.

Timothy Patrick Brady – Vice President

Unlike everyone else on the Council, Tim does not remember when he joined Saint Pius X, just that it was many years ago. He does remember that he is a Lector, a member of the Adult Faith Formation Team and the Tithing Committee, and is part of the team that serves breakfast at St. Vincent de Paul during the winter months. He somehow managed to remember his lines in the new musical about Pius X, where he played Cardinal Oreglia. And no matter how hard he tries to forget sometimes, he has three sons. Tim works in Hartford and lives in Wallingford.

Kathy Carr

Kathy is relatively new to Saint Pius X, having moved from the Boston area to Middletown 3 years ago to be closer to family. She is delighted with her new spiritual home, and has found the parishioners to be welcoming and kind. She is a retired social worker, having worked mostly in community mental health in the area of addiction and mental illness. She is married and has 4 grown children and 7 grandchildren. Currently a member of the JPIC ministry at Saint Pius X, Kathy enjoys travel, time with grandchildren, and reading. She is especially interested in social justice issues.

Jan Oros – Secretary

Jan was born and raised in Middletown, and has been a parishioner at Saint Pius X since 1969. She is married, with two grown daughters and two grandsons. Jan is a Eucharistic Minister, a member of "Why Catholic?", Co-Chair of the Parish's "Sleigh Bells Ring" holiday fair, a member of the Shepherd Home Ministry and Barbara Miller's "I Have a Friend Youth Center", a Respect Life Ministry committee member, and oversees refreshments for the Living Rosary events. Favorite hobbies are reading, knitting, and traveling (especially taking her grandsons on special vacations).

Joan Konareski

Joan is a retired elementary school teacher who has become involved in several volunteer positions since her retirement. She has been a member of Saint Pius X parish since she moved to Middletown in 2013. In her previous parish, she served on the Parish Council, as a lector and Eucharistic Minister, and was a founding member of the Women's Club. She joined the Saint Pius X Council to learn more about her new parish and to become more involved.

Maureen DePierro

Maureen has been a Saint Pius X parishioner for 15 years, and had previously served on the Parish Council in 2013 and 2014. She has served with the choir, lector, and Eucharistic ministries, and participated in the Saint Pius X Musical. She is thrilled to be back on the Council and hopes to help bring her ideas and enthusiasm to fellow parishioners. Maureen and Vincent, her husband of 37 years, are the proud parents of daughters Christine and Jacquelyn, and enjoy the loves of their life, grandsons Vinny and PJ, who accompany them almost every week at the 10:30 Mass.

Stephanie Lesick-Hernandez

Stephanie has been a member of Saint Pius X parish since 1994, after moving to Middletown from East Haddam. Stephanie had been a CCD teacher, a member of the Folk Group and the Fellowship Group at St. Bridget's of Kildare in Moodus. Stephanie is currently a member of the Saint Pius X Choir, and has been a Cantor over the years at other churches in Connecticut. Stephanie also plays the guitar and has been playing since 1979. Stephanie is the Corporate Secretary, Operations Manager, and assistant to the President/CEO at a consulting engineering firm in Middletown.

Christine Newton

Christine has been a member of Saint Pius X all her life. Her parents Edward and Genevieve Dypa were two of the founders of the parish. "While growing up, I felt that Saint Pius X was like my second home and I still do." Chris has lived in Middletown all her life and was married at Saint Pius X in 1990. She and her husband Rick have two sons. Chris is a Kindergarten teacher at Farm Hill School in Middletown. She serves as a Eucharistic minister and a lector.

Susan Petrosino

Susan joined Saint Pius X parish in 1985 after moving from Yonkers, NY. Now retired, she was formerly the Registrar at Central Connecticut State University. Susan is a commissioned Lay Minister with the Diocese of Norwich, was a founding member of the Advent Giving Tree program, and is presently a member of the Liturgy Committee and a substitute Eucharistic Minister. Susan lives nearby with her rescue dog, Ivy.

Justin Pianka

A life-long resident of Middletown, Justin has been a parishioner at Saint Pius X since the mid 1980's. During that time, he served as an Alter Server for 10 years, and is currently a Eucharistic Minister. Justin is employed by Middletown Area Transit (MAT) as a Transit Operator.
Ex-Officio Parish Pastoral Council Members

Fr. John Gallagher, OFM Cap

Fr. John was born in the Bronx, NY and entered the Capuchin Order in 1971. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1978 and has served in parish ministry in Brooklyn and Yonkers, NY and Manchester, NH. He has also served in Administration and Formation Ministry for the Province of Saint Mary in New York and New England. Fr. John is currently the pastor of Saint Pius X Parish and Guardian of the Capuchin community.

Fr. Scott Surrency, OFM Cap.

Originally from Florida, Fr. Scott graduated from the University of Georgia, then attended Yale, studying Italian literature. After teaching at Penn State for a number of years, he moved to New York City, where he eventually met the friars. A convert to Catholicism, Fr. Scott was invested in the Capuchin habit in 2011 and ordained a priest in 2017. Having lived in New Haven for seven years, Fr. Scott feels very much at home in Connecticut and is delighted to be a part of the Saint Pius X parish family. In his spare time, Fr. Scott enjoys reading, classical music, movies, visits to art museums, and walking.

Br. Eugene Sheehan, OFM Cap

Br. Eugene was born in Brooklyn, NY and entered the Capuchins in 1965. He has served the Province in many capacities as cook, porter, tailor, and maintenance supervisor in Milton, MA, Hudson, NH, Garrison, NY, New York City, and Yonkers, NY. Br. Eugene has been at Saint Pius X since 1981 fulfilling all of the above positions in addition to serving as the Province's Provincial Tailor. He has been the driving force behind much of the social outreach at Saint Pius X during his time here and the organizer of many social and fund-raising events.

Dale Aldieri

Dale is a current Parish Trustee and Chairman of the Parish Finance Council. He has been a Parishioner of Saint Pius X since 1986, after marrying his wife Sandy (a Middletown resident). All three of his children were baptized at Saint Pius X. Two are already confirmed, and one in will be confirmed this Spring.

Edward Dypa

Ed has been a Saint Pius X parishioner since the first Mass at Spencer School in 1957. He is currently a Parish Trustee, a member of the Finance Committee and the Parish Pastoral Council, a Lector, a Funeral Server and a member of the Men's Club and the Rolling Deck Ministry.

Kathy Lampron

Kathy has been a member of Saint Pius her entire life; her parents are founding members Bill and Joanna Fortin. She lives in Meriden, has two sons, and has been an Administrative Assistant at St Pius X since 1993. Previous to working here, Kathy attended Stone School of Business, worked 17 years in accounting, and ran her own business for 8 years. Besides family and friends, her favorite hobbies are gardening and baking. She enjoys her supporting role within the Parish, and says "It's a great feeling to work for, and with, so many wonderful, dedicated people!"

Carol Butler

Carol has enjoyed sharing her faith with both students and adults since 1992. Her first introduction to the Capuchin Friars of the Province of Saint Mary began in 1994 and has been ongoing since that time, both in Garrison, NY and here at Saint Pius X Church. She became an employee of the Parish in the Faith Formation Center in 2008, and as a family formally joined as parishioners in 2009.

Kimberly Molski

Kim is the Coordinator of Faith Formation for preschool through grade five. In addition to overseeing Faith Formation classes, Kim directs the annual Vacation Bible School camp and co-leads the Youth Ministry Program here at Saint Pius X. She grew up in Middletown and lives here with her husband and three children. Kim has been a parishioner since 1992 and has worked here since 2009.