2015 Diocesan Stewardship & Communications Day

Speaker Biographies


Keynote speaker, Reverend Thomas E. Gentile
The Spirituality of Stewardship

Reverend Thomas E. GentileRev. Thomas E. Gentile is a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville for 42 years. Father is the current pastor of Mary Queen of Peace. It was established on January 1, 2009 combining the former parishes of St. Basil, St. Denis, St. Helen and St. Matthias. He is also one of the founding pastors of Notre Dame Academy, the first regional school in the Archdiocese. Father Gentile is also currently Chairman of the Board of the Catholic School Athletic Association. He has twice served as Chair of the Board of Directors of St. Francis DeSales High School and currently serves vice Chair of the Board of Directors and the DeSales Foundation Board. Father Gentile is currently the Spiritual Advisor to the Archdiocesan Office of Stewardship and Development. He served as chair of the committee that implemented Stewardship Education in the Archdiocese. Father has several times been a presenter at the International Catholic Stewardship Conference as well as a presenter at the ICSC Winter and Summer Institutes. He has helped implement stewardship in the many Archdioceses and Dioceses around the country. He has been a presenter at many stewardship renewal days throughout the country.

Keynote speaker, Gregory R. Erlandson
How to be an Evangelizing Parish in the Digital Age

Gregory R. ErlandsonGregory R. Erlandson has been president and publisher of the Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division since November 2000. He is also president of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada and has been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as a consulter to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. As president of the Catholic Press Association, Erlandson is an advisor on the U.S. Bishops' Communications Committee. He also serves on the advisory board of the Our Sunday Visitor Institute. Last year, he was named to a committee focused on reforming Vatican Media. He is one of only six international experts on the committee, along with several members of Vatican staff. He studied journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism of the University of California at Berkeley; and received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in English literature at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he graduated magna cum laude. Erlandson is married to Corine Bischetti Erlandson. They have four children.

Speaker, Joseph Citro

Joseph CitroJoseph Citro, M.S.W., Vice President of Greater Mission has served the Catholic Church for more than 28 years in a variety of positions including the Director of Stewardship and Development and the Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of St. Petersburg and the Executive Director of the Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida. Mr. Citro has spent 35 years working with the Hispanic community as well. He has testified about the Hispanic Family before a House Committee on Children and Families and was chosen as “A Top Ten Provider of Services to the Hispanic Community of Washington, D.C.” Mr. Citro has trained professional and paraprofessionals on working with Hispanics for organizations as diverse as Georgetown University Hospital, New York City’s Children’s Aid Society, and a number of Dioceses and parishes throughout the country. A former lecturer in Catholic University’s Graduate School of Social Service, Mr. Citro has frequently presented at ICSC conferences, numerous regional and national conferences, and internationally in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica and Guatemala.


Joseph Citro, M.S.W., Vice presidente de Greater Mission, ha servido a la Iglesia Católica por más de 28 años en una variedad de puestos tales como, Director de Administración y Desarrollo, Director Ejecutivo de la Fundación Católica de la Diócesis de San Petersburg y Director Ejecutivo de Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida. El señor Citro lleva 35 años trabajando para la comunidad hispana. Ha testificado acerca de la Familia Hispana ante el comité de Niños y Familias de la Cámara de Representantes de los Estados Unidos y fue elegido como uno de los diez mejores proveedores de servicios a la comunidad hispana de Washington, D.C. El señor Citro ha capacitado a profesionales y para-profesionales para trabajar con la comunidad hispana en diferentes organizaciones tales como, Georgetown University Hospital, New York City’s Children’s Aid Society, así como en un sin número de parroquias y diócesis en todo el país. El señor Citro antes fue conferenciante de Catholic University’s Graduate School of Social Service, y muy frecuentemente realiza presentaciones en las conferencias de ICSC, entre otras numerosas conferencias regionales y nacionales, y también a nivel internacional como, en Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica y Guatemala.

Speaker, Marjorie Durante

Marjorie DuranteMarjorie Durante is the director of Buena Nueva FM, the diocese of Orlando radio ministry. She has served in that position since 2006. She is a member of the Catholic Radio Association and has attended workshops at the national Catholic Media Conference on radio and podcasting. She produces and hosts Conversando, a news/talk radio show that airs 8am to 10 am, Monday thru Friday on Buena Nueva. She has a master’s degree in communications from Sacred Heart University in San Juan, PR and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. She has a bachelor’s degree in TV and radio production. Prior to joining the diocese, she worked as associate producer for a children’s syndicated television program. She has a strong interest in photography and started a photography business in 2012 for providing services in this area. She is married and has two children and is a parishioner of Holy Family Parish.


Marjorie Durante es la directora de Buena Nueva FM, el ministerio de radio de la Diócesis de Orlando. Sirve en esta posición desde 2006. Es miembro de la Asociación Católica de Radio y también ha asistido a talleres de radio y podcast. Marjorie produce y conduce Conversando de lunes a viernes de 8am-10am en Buena Nueva. Tiene una maestría en Comunicaciones de la Universidad Sagrado Corazón en San Juan, PR, y una maestría en Administración de Empresas de University of Phoenix. Tiene un bachillerato en Producción de Radio y Televisión. Antes de trabajar en la diócesis, trabajó como productora asociada de un programa de televisión para niños. Ella tiene gran interés por la fotografía y comenzó un negocio de fotografía en 2012 para proveer servicios en esta área. Marjorie está casada y tiene dos hijos y pertenece a la parroquia Holy Family.

Speaker, Melissa Findley

Melissa FindleyMelissa Findley has been the steward for time, talent and evangelization at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Parish in Altamonte Springs, Florida, for the past six years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business management with an emphasis in human resource management and completed the Tending the Talents program from Catholic Leadership Institute. Certified as a Gallup Faith Strengths Advisor and trained in team strengths, Ms. Findley is now pursuing a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University Chicago.

Speaker, Dennis Johnson, Jr.

Dennis Johnson, Jr.Dennis Johnson, Jr. is the Secretary for Evangelization and Family Life for the Diocese of Orlando. He held similar positions with the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia and the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has worked in cross-cultural ministry on the diocesan and parish levels, and as a consultant. He has been a popular speaker and presenter at numerous dioceses, parishes, and national events. He has contributed to various professional journals and publications. Dennis is bilingual in English and Spanish and served as a missionary in South America. He is the past-president of the National Organization for Catechesis with Hispanics. He has served on representative council of the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership. He was the first member of the Sociedad de Catequetas Latinoamericanos from the United States of America. He has also been a member of the National Catholic Education Association and several other ministry organizations. His education comes from nine years of seminary training on the undergraduate and graduate level. Dennis has served as a parish catechetical leader, a parish youth ministry leader, and as a pastoral associate. He is married and has two children.

Speaker, Jim Kelly

Jim KellyJim Kelley, CFRE, has been a professional fundraiser for 26 years. He is the Director of Development for the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina and he is also Executive Director of the Diocese's Foundation. Jim has been certified by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) since 1993 and serves as presenter for two national training programs. In 1997 he was recognized as the Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Charlotte Chapter of AFP. Jim has served on the International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC) board since 1994 and was elected president of the board in May 2007; and has served in several ICSC committees. He authored, co-authored and edited several Catholic stewardship manual publications. In 2000 Jim received the Bishop Connare Award for Excellence from ICSC. Mr. Kelly has significant board experience having chaired 21 nonprofit boards over the last 20 years. Jim holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University. In the past ten years, Jim has been recognized with five major awards for his service and volunteerism. Two of these awards have been named in honor of him –one from the local Homeless Services Network and one from the United Way of Central Carolinas.

Speaker, Lois Locey

Lois LoceyLois Locey currently serves as the pastoral associate for administration and stewardship at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs, Florida where she is responsible for developing a holistic vision of year-round stewardship and serves as director-of-operations. Each of the parishes where Lois has served over the last 20 years has received the ICSC awards for having both the most outstanding total stewardship effort and materials. This year ICSC awarded St. Mary Magdalen the Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy Award, which is presented to the parish that best exemplifies stewardship-in-action. She was part of the inaugural ICSC Stewardship Institute in Australia, where she traveled extensively to assist 17 dioceses and their many parishes. She served as the project manager to author a recent book for ICSC of best practices collected from all over the world with a myriad of samples on a CD titled: Keeping Stewardship Alive: Proven Stewardship Ideas and co-authored ICSC’s Children’s Stewardship Manual. Lois has received two master’s degrees, one in not-for-profit administration from the University of Washington and one in pastoral ministry from Gonzaga University. She is currently a Doctor of Ministry Candidate at The Catholic University of America.

Speaker, Teresa Peterson

Teresa PetersonTeresa Peterson is the Diocese of Orlando Director of Communications. She produces videos for the Diocese of Orlando such as “40 Years of Faith” and video segments for “Faith Tube” the Diocese of Orlando video web page. She oversees Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter for the Diocese of Orlando and oversees the diocesan social communications policy. She oversees the diocesan website, media relations and advises parishes and schools on media matters and also conducts media training for diocesan leaders. Prior to starting with the diocese in 2007, she worked in television as a producer and writer and as a freelance writer for various newspapers, such as the Tampa Tribune and Orlando Sentinel. Teresa is married and has two children. She is a parishioner of Annunciation Catholic Church.


Speaker, Reverend Patrick Sheedy

Reverend Patrick SheedyFr. Pat Sheedy was ordained a priest in 1965 in County Clare, Ireland. He has served in the Diocese of Orlando for 46 years, and as Pastor of Blessed Trinity parish in Ocala, Florida, since 1988. Blessed Trinity has been a total stewardship parish since 1992. Under Fr. Pat’s leadership and direction the parish has grown spiritually, has experienced an increase in parishioner involvement, maintained perpetual adoration, and has become involved in numerous outreach projects locally, nationally, and internationally. All Catholic parents at Blessed Trinity Catholic School in Ocala, regardless of their economic conditions (from 0 to millionaires) who are serious about living the Stewardship Way of Life, currently receive a full Catholic education from K to high school graduation. Blessed Trinity parish has been the recipient of the Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy award for outstanding Christian stewardship and has also been recognized for excellence for its parish stewardship video. Fr. Pat and members of the parish stewardship committee have presented sessions at the ICSC annual conferences in San Francisco and Boston, and have been invited to speak at Diocesan stewardship days in Florida, New York, Texas, California, and Illinois. In addition, Fr. Pat and members of the Blessed Trinity stewardship committee have developed materials and short presentations for numerous parishes throughout the United States to assist them “Parish to Parish” in the introduction of stewardship as a way of life and also with the follow-up “How To” keep stewardship alive and well in the parish.


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