Pastoral Council

 The purpose of the parish pastoral council (hereafter “parish council”) is to serve as consultants to the pastor by investigating, reflecting on, and making recommendations about pastoral concerns.  It is our goal to support the current and future ministries of our parish, thus enabling the Church of the Ascension to continue our mission to Proclaim the Gospel, Celebrate the Eucharist and Serve the Community. 

As representatives of our parishioners, we prayerfully reflect and advise on the needs of the community and the purpose of the parish in the light of the mission of the Church of the Ascension, the Diocese of Richmond, and the greater Catholic Church.  We deliberate openly and carefully in our efforts to arrive at a consensus regarding parish goals and their attainment. 

Our role, together with Fr. Daniel, is to vision, plan, develop policy, and to evaluate decisions and recommendations for the parish. The members of the parish staff and committees, out of their expertise, provide resource to the council in the visioning process and in goal setting and policy formation.  It’s our intention to keep our focus on the spiritual well-being and future of the parish. 

Finally, the parish council continuously develops and articulates a deep and mature understanding of the identity and purpose of the parish.  It reflects the unique personality of the parish as it evolves, using the mission statement of the parish as our foundation.

You can reach the Pastoral Council Chair via email at  


Pastor: Daniel Malingumu 

Parish Council Members:
  • Don Poole - Chair
  • - Vice Chair
  • Teresa Alfes
  • Julie Bressette
  • Kate Burns
  • Carol Clemons
  • Jessica Cooper
  • Lou Marconyak
  • Becky Macchia
  • Robert Minich
  • Kevin Petersen
  • Nancy Poole
  • Tom Steffens


  • Advisors and Ministry Heads
  • Deacon Tom McFeely
  • Deacon Gary Harmeyer
  • Ruth Brogan (Justice and Peace)
  • Jim Fowler (Community Life)
  • Janet Jones (Religious Formation)
  • Lisa Liedl (Finance and Operations)
  • John Sokolowski (Litrugy)
  • Joe Burke (Strategic Planning sub committee)
  • Ron Vessel (Strategic Planning sub committee)