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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.

Charlie Jackowski – President

Charlie has been a parishioner of Saint Pius X for over 33 years. In addition to serving on the Parish Pastoral Council, he is also a Eucharistic Minister and assists with the Peer Ministry. He previously served on the Parish Council from 2003 - 2007, and was President for 3 years. Charlie lives in Middletown with his wife, Patti, and is employed as the Senior Accountant for The Tomasso Group in New Britain.

Justin Pianka – Vice President Email Icon

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 Altar Server for 10 years, and is currently a Eucharistic Minister. Justin is employed by Middletown Area Transit (MAT) as a Transit Operator.

Barbara Doczy – Secretary

Barbara has been a member of St. Pius since 1995. She has sung with the church in the choir, in the folk group, in Godspell, in St Pius: The Musical, and is now cantoring. Barbara taught religious ed for a short time. Barbara served 3 years on the parish council some time ago, and found it rewarding, she is doing it again. Barbara is an IT professional, and sometimes an actor and stage manager. She resides in Middletown with her son Maxwell.

Kathy Carr Email Icon

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.

Vincenzo Dastoli Email Icon

Enzo joined Saint Pius X when he met his now wife Michele back in 2005. You can often see his family at Mass with their two young daughters. Enzo and Michele also help with the baptism classes – helping the new parents who are seeking to have their child baptized in the church. When he's not working in Hartford or spending time with his family, Enzo enjoys gardening, fishing, and golfing.

Ann Kokoszka Email Icon

Ann Kokoszka has been a member of Saint Pius X Church for most of her life, only recently becoming active in Church life, beginning with the annual Goods and Services auction in 2012. Since then, she has taught 8th grade Catechism, participated in Vacation Bible School, and was elected to the position of Secretary for the 2013-2014 Parish Council. She is a middle school Language Arts teacher, and is currently working as a substitute in several local school systems. She and husband Paul live within walking distance of the Church along with their cats, Jake and Kitty, whom they spoil shamelessly.

French Lewis

French grew up in central NJ, he joined Saint Pius X in the early 2000's after moving to Connecticut for a job. He has been a lector for several years, and has recently gotten involved with the CYFM Center in Garrison, NY. French enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, two birds and dog.

Stephen Kelsey

Steven has been a parishioner since 2007 and has found the parish of Saint Pius X to be a very welcoming and caring community. He is also a member of the parish's Men's club and Tithing committee, and performed in X: A Pius Musical. Stephen also helps out with the Middletown High School Marching Band, assisting them in learning to march and by moving equipment for their performances. Stephen lives in Middletown with his wife Emily, sons Alex and Matthew, and dog - Cooper. He currently works for a local physical therapy clinic, and enjoys golfing and watching the Boston Red Sox.

Regis O'Neill, Jr.

Regis is a lifelong Middletown resident who has been at Saint Pius X for every one of his 23 years. He works as a Youth Minister at St. Bridget of Sweden Parish in Cheshire and does freelance voiceover work on the side! While at Saint Pius X, he's been involved with a variety of ministries and programs, including the choir and the Peer Ministry Team. You'll usually catch him at the 9:00 or the 10:30 on Sunday mornings with his family. This is Regis' second term on the Parish Pastoral Council, having served as Youth Liaison to the Council in 2013-14.

Paula Stuckart Email Icon

Paula most often attends 5pm Mass and serves as a lector. At St Pius, she is on the communications committee and was the producer of X: A Pius Musical. In other parishes, before finding a home at Saint Pius X, Paula has been a lector, faith formation instructor, and youth group leader. Paula lives in Middletown and is employed as a medical editor.
Ex-Officio Parish Pastoral Council Members

Fr. John Gallagher, OFM Cap Email Icon

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. Email Icon

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.

Dale Aldieri Email Icon

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 and confirmed at Saint Pius X. He has served as Lector and Eucharistic Minister; was a member of the Men's Club and Justice and Peace Ministry.

Jennifer Antognini-O'Neill – Trustee Email Icon

Jennifer has been a parishioner since 1992 when she married and moved to Middletown. She and her husband Regis have three children. They have worked in youth ministry, and have been helping couples prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage for over 15 years. Jennifer has also served as a lector, catechist and member of the women's ministry. She is an attorney who devotes a portion of her practice to assisting refugees and immigrants.

Kathy Lampron Email Icon

Kathy has been a member of Saint Pius X her entire life; her parents were founding members Bill and Joanna Fortin. She has been an Administrative Assistant at Saint Pius X since 1993. She enjoys her supporting role within the Parish, and says "It's a wonderful feeling to work for, and with, so many dedicated people!" The joy in Kathy's life are her two granddaughters, her family, friends and her two Siamese cats. She also enjoys gardening and baking.

Carol Butler Email Icon

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 Email Icon

Kim has been a parishioner at St. Pius since 1992 and began working as Coordinator of Faith Formation here in 2009. Kim and her husband Marshall have three grown children and are learning to enjoy their empty nester lifestyle. She has lived most of her life in Middletown where she has liked volunteering in Scouts and Middletown schools over the years. Kim enjoys reading, cooking and spending days at the beach.