At the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, we have two lay bodies of representation: the Parish Trustees and the Parish Pastoral Council. Parish Trustees are fiduciary and require responsibility for the care and preservation of the property of the parish. Trustees have responsibilities to the Diocese of Brooklyn on the behalf of the parish.The Parish Pastoral Council is a leadership body within the parish whose role is to develop and implement a mission-focused pastoral plan for the parish. As servants to the wider community, Parish Pastoral Councils provide parishioners with forums for consultation and reflection on the mission of the Church in light of the signs of the times in the local neighborhood and the world. Parish Pastoral Councils develop pastoral plans, based on the insight of the community, to enable the faith community to continue to live out the mission of the Gospel.Follow this link to learn more about the role of Parish Pastoral Councils at the Diocese of Brooklyn.
To read past Parish Pastoral Council minutes, click here.
Carolina serves as one of the trustees of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. She previously served as a member of the Parish Pastoral Council.She is a special education teacher who teaches dual language at the Department of Education of New York City. She also offers conferences of best teaching practices and tutoring to children in need. She has served as a catechist among other roles in her life as an active Catholic. Carolina currently writes a column inNuestra Voz, the Spanish newspaper of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Contact Carolina
Parish Pastoral Council
Parish Pastoral Council President
Tom joined the parish when he moved to Crown Heights in January 2015. He hails from Akron, Ohio, and moved to New York City after he finished law school. He practiced litigation at two firms in Manhattan before joining the New York City government, where he worked as general counsel to the Parks and Homeless Services departments and also served as Commissioner of Homeless Services. For the past fourteen years, Tom has been a professor of political science at Touro College. He teaches political theory, presidency, public administration, and constitutional law, and also advises students planning to attend law school. He also does part-time legal work for individuals and small companies. His principal hobby is bridge. He and his wife Sue oversee the parish Facebook page and post notices on the parish website, so please contact Tom if you want to publicize an event or just talk about the parish ministry.
Efi da Silva
Director of Religious Education
Jessica has been a parishioner at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph for the past 36 years. For the past 15 years, she has responded to Gods calling as an educator for the Department of Education serving low-income students and their families. Two years ago, after Sr. Mary Juliets passing, she became Director of Religious Education for St. Joseph. Sister Juliet left her with two missions: obedience and to read the Book of Joshua.Jessica looks forward to serving her catechists, children and their families by using her educational background and personal encounter with Christ to echo Gods wonders.
Linda was born and raised in Brooklyn. She attended Queen of All Saints elementary school, and then Bishop Loughlin High School, where she graduated as class valedictorian. She attended St. Joseph’s College and earned a B. A. in Economics. After graduation, she began working at TV Rental Company, and has continued working there for 32 years. She currently holds the position of district manager for the Brooklyn territory, and has been recognized many times for her outstanding performance. Linda credits her parents for teaching her the values of honesty, integrity and hard work. In her spare time, Linda enjoys being with her long time friends and family. She loves hearing the stories of how her family “made it here in America” as immigrants from Jamaica and Nicaragua. Other loves include travel, listening to Latin music and salsa dancing.