Parish Pastoral Council
The Parish Pastoral Council provides the vision and direction for the parish, establishes pastoral priorities and ensures their implementation. The Council is responsible for calling and enabling all members of the parish to discover, develop and offer their gifts in service to the parish and to the wider community.
2017 Parish Pastoral Council Members
Please contact any of our Council Members with your questions, comments, or suggestions.
Msgr. William Carr
Gina Prettitori Austin - About
Bill Cardullo - About
Kela Campbell - About
Ann Slough - About
PC Chair, Women's Ministry - About
Youth - About
New Evangelization Team, Liturgy - About
Pierre Morel - About
Ross Grogg - About
Andrienne Morales - About
Barbara Gorla - About
Pam Sweeney - About
My family and I have been part of Saint Bridget parish for 2 years. In addition to the parish council, I try to use my organizational skills to help ministries such as NET with the day of service and build the parent community linked to the religious education ministry.
Born in Lyon, France, I love to combine and admire Catholic traditions from both sides of the Atlantic.
Gina Prettitori Austin
In 2002, my family and I enthusiastically relocated to Richmond. After attending Mass at many churches, we decided to join Saint Bridget Parish family because of the deep faith of the parishoners and the church's diverse, vibrant ministries. Over the years, together my family enjoyed involvement and support for Catholic Heart Work Camp, Caritas,Christmas Sharing and the Contemporary Choir. Personally, I have been honored to serve as a Lector and Pastoral Council Member, which has deepened my faith and fellowship. Also, I have leveraged my Human Resources background to help Saint Bridget Church with their evangelization efforts including for RCIA, the new Millennial Ministry, parish engagement survey, and strategic planning, as well as interfaith dialogue. All of these involvements are the best way for me to use my passions and gifts to serve God, spread the Good News of the Gospel, and live out a Christ-centered servant leadership philosophy.
An interesting personal fact to share - I love to cook, garden and travel internationally with my family which includes our three Maltese dogs who have been to almost as many U.S. cities as my husband (Jay), daughter (Alana) and me!
I was born and raised in a small town in upstate New York, Millbrook. Raised Episcopalian, my family was very active in the church. Both parents served on the vestry and the whole family was involved in special programs at the church.
Admittedly I was not great about going to church in college or even right after college; to me, attending church had always been about community. However, I was lacking a permanent community but still felt I had a relationship with God. Once Istarted my career and settled down, one of the first things I did was join a church, albeit in the Episcopal tradition. It wasn’t until I met my wife, Nicole that I was really led to Catholicism.
As I started praying about conversion, I realized just how many people in my life were Catholic. Most of my best friends from high school all the way to my first job, were all catholic and found subtle ways to share their faith with me. I am convinced they were there for a reason.
I’ve always believe in God, that his Son died for my sins, andnow I believe He is truly present each time I am at mass, however the path to that last belief was not easy. Transubstantiation forced me to question my logic and my decision throughout the RCIA process. However, while my mind questioned, my heart knew I made the right decision. Right after my first communion there was a moment when it hit me and I knew I was in the right place. As Monsignor Carr said recently, “my heart was on fire with the love of Jesus.” Truly in that moment my heart burned with his love.
That moment coupled with the strong community at Saint Bridget has made me love God and our church even more. Nicole and I usually attend Mass on Sundays at 5:00pm; I usually Usher and she lectures. This opportunity with Parish Council is the next way for me to give back and I believe my journey will provide a unique perspective to the Council.
My name is Adrienne Morales. I was born in Roanoke, VA, lived in Richmond during elementary school, Fairhope, AL, during middle school, and landed in Atlanta, GA, where I attended high school, went to Georgia Tech, and began my career. During this time, my faith life included attending mass and Sunday school until I was confirmed in 7th grade, and then when Life Teen became optional, I opted out and mass became the definition of faith for me.
Despite my minimal involvement with a church community from HS on, there are still a few conversations with God that resonate with me. The first was in 2012, and it’s what got me involved with Catholic Heart Work Camp. Since then, each year I have chaperoned and worked in sweat and faith with teens to do good in the community and watch God work through us.
The second followed in 2013. I was working in Atlanta and had been offered a job in Richmond. I was struggling to decide, so went to mass. When I walked into the Basilica there was music playing on a stereo. Usually there is no music at daily mass. I knelt to pray and noticed I was humming along to the instrumental tune, wracking my brain for what it was. “Be not afraid. I go before you always. Come, follow me. And I will give you rest.” I walked out of mass, accepted the position, headed to Richmond, and have been here and at Saint Bridget for almost four years.
Saint Bridget has become my home and the contemporary choir in particular, my family. My husband and I met at choir and were married here in November 2016. We are excited to continue to grow here and bring children into this community of faith.
In the meantime, I look forward to getting further engaged with the parishioners through my service with the Pastoral Council, by brainstorming how best to shape the Saint Bridget community for the future and how to most effectively communicate to the masses and encourage participation in our ministries and in our broader community.
I have been attending Saint Bridget Church for 9 years and became a member 4 years ago. I am involved in the Welcome Committee (2nd Sunday New Member Meeting), the Fellowship Committee, volunteer often in special Parish Liturgical, Fellowship, School events (3 of my grandchildren attend Saint Bridget School) and Pastoral Council. I serve because it strengthens my relationship with God and I always find myself spiritually enriched, fulfilled and joyful. A little unknown fact about me is that I sailed from Newport, Rhode Island to Newport Beach, California...and survived!
Mark and I have been parishioners at Saint Bridget for more than 25 years.
During the last several years I have been involved in the following ministries and activities: Eucharistic Minister, Welcoming Committee, Blackwell volunteer, numerous Bible studies and Stew and Brew.
My mom was born and raised in Italy.
I choose to serve because Saint Bridget has enriched my life in so many ways. I want to help the parish grow and increase the participation of its parishioners.
I have been a member of Saint Bridget’s for nine years. I moved to Richmond when I married my husband Alex. I have served in the following ministries/activities: Bible Study, Alpha, Westport Ministry, Catholic Heart Work Camp, Women’s Ministry, Stew and Brew, Welcoming Committee, and Pastoral Council.
I serve because I love the Lord. I love the joy and feeling of peace I get when I am with others who feel the same. Serving helps me build relationships with people who understand and can support me on my faith journey.
An interesting fact about me…hmmm…I ran a marathon in Anchorage, Alaska.
Charlotte and I have been members of Saint Bridget Church for 6 1/2 years. I personally am involved with the Alpha program, a team member of Saints and Sinners, I help count the weekly collections (twice a month), of course, the Pastoral Council. As for an interesting fact, I have had over 12 different occupations in my work career, spanning from auto mechanic, owner/project manager of construction companies, computer technician, to a senior IT position for a large mutual fund company and a variety in-between.
Ron and I have been members of the Parish for 5 years.
Ministry involved: Pastoral Council, Women's Bible Study, Funeral Ministery, St. Bridget-St. Mary's Rosary Ministry, Tuesday Morning Book Discussion, Saints and Sinners, Volunteer at St. Bridget School,
Interesting fact. The most interesting thing about me I think is I've been married for 39 years , Mother of two sons, Grandmother of 7 and Great Grandmother of 1. Life is Good. (I also used to sell motorcycles and now work at a funeral home).
I serve because I have been so blessed and now its time to give back to help others while continuing my own faith journey.
I've been a parishioner at Saint Bridget for 3 years volunteering with Youth as a Confirmation Facilitator and with Liturgy.
I'm married to my high school sweetheart, and we've been together since we were 15!
I serve because our parish enriches and encourages my faith journey, and I want to give back to the place that means so much to me.
I love serving on the Pastoral Council as it has enabled me to grow in my love for Jesus Christ and our Catholic faith as well as having the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people at St. Bridget. I am thankful we have become more and more focused on the spiritual growth of our parish in the last few years! I have been a member of St. Bridget for 15 years and have been involved with the Welcoming Committee, Pastoral Council and the New Evangelization Team. An interesting fact... I met Bruce Springsteen back stage at a concert at Virginia Tech before he was a big star....who knew?!?
How long have you been a member of Saint Bridget? Thirty years (minus seven years at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Glen Allen)
Your Ministry Involvement (Past/Current): Taught baptism preparation classes and religious education classes; participated in Mom's Ministry (aka How to Morally Raise Children in an Immoral World). I have remained friends with seven (7) of those moms, now 22 years later; made my Cursillo; served on the first team at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Glen Allen for Christ Renews His Parish (CHRP); served as a RCIA sponsor; participated with my family in the FIRE program (Families In Religious Education); sponsored candidates for Confirmation; served on various committees for Catholic Heart Work Camp; served on By The Light Committee (study the Church documents, review what our Parish ministries are presently doing, recommend job description for Director of Faith Formation, review resumes and recommend candidates for interview); serve as member of Pastoral Council.
Interesting Fact? My Catholic friends in Baltimore, MD, told me that I would never meet a Catholic in Richmond, VA. On my first date with my husband, a blind date, he mentioned that he had been an alter boy. We married at St. Bridget Church in 1987, the same church where he had served as an alter boy.
Why do you serve? I serve because I am called. We are all called to serve each other. My daughter as a child repeatedly said to me, "Mom, you don't have to help everyone." And I said to her, "Madeline, that is exactly what we are called to do."