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 evaluate decisions and recommendations for the parish. The members of the parish staff and committees, out of their expertise, provide a resource to the council in the visioning process and in goal setting and policy formation. We intend 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 contact the Pastoral Council Chair via email.


Parish Council Meeting Minutes

Did you know that anyone is welcome to attend a Pastoral Council.  If you have a specific topic that you feel needs to be addressed please contact the parish chair at least 1 week prior to the meeting to be added to the agenda.  Pastoral Council meetings are normally the 3rd Wednesday of each month (no meeting in August).  

Pastor: Daniel Malingumu

Parish Council Members:
  • Amy Petersen - Chair (contact via email)
  • Dr. Joe Burke - Vice-Chair
  • Jon Szewczak -Secretary
  • Mike Anders
  • Ken Levins
  • John Maiorana
  • Bill Rockwell
  • Valerie Rockwell
  • Tom Steffens
  • Grace Shaw
  • Mark Shaw
  • Aaron Banyai
  • Diana Banyai

Advisors and Ministry Heads:

  • Deacon Tom McFeely
  • Deacon Gary Harmeyer
  • Ruth Brogan (Social Ministry)
  • Jim Fowler & Bridgett Passauer (Community Life)
  • Janet Jones (Religious Formation)
  • Lisa Liedl (Finance and Operations)
  • John Sokolowski (Liturgy)
  • Ron Vessel (Strategic Planning sub-committee)