Pastoral Planning

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.

Parish Trustees

Carolina Zafra
screenshot_2016-09-03-22-01-24-1Carolina 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 in?Nuestra Voz, the Spanish newspaper of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Contact Carolina

Gerardo Quinones
Biography and picture coming soon

Parish Pastoral Council

Tom Rozinski
Parish Pastoral Council President
IMG_0607Tom 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 for several years. After his partner Rudy Giuliani was elected Mayor, he joined the New York City government and served as general counsel to the Parks and Homeless Services departments. For the past fifteen years, Tom has been teaching, first as a law professor at the University of Michigan, and for the last ten years at Touro College. Currently, Tom teaches political theory, judicial politics, international relations and constitutional law and serves as Touros principal prelaw advisor. He does pro bono work for refugees in the Middle East. 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.

Jessica Figueroa
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.

Lea-Suzanne Avila
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Lea-Suzanne became a parishioner at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in September 2015 and joined the parish pastoral committee in March 2016. Lea-Suzanne moved to New York in March 2015 from Kansas City, Missouri and currently resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She works as a Federal Building Manager in Tribeca and oversees the property management for the Moynihan Federal Courthouse. Lea-Suzanne toured numerous churches in several boroughs but always returned to the Co-Cathedral for the sense of peace felt upon entering and the diversity among parish members. In her time away from church, Lea-Suzanne enjoys watching sports with her friends, working out, and exploring New York City.

Marlene Cordero-Burgos
dsc_0949-1Marlene grew up in the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.? In September of 2013, she visited Saint Joseph’s Co-Cathedral with her husband, who enrolled in RCIA so he could be confirmed.?They fell in love with Saint Joseph’s on their first visit,?and had an amazing experience with the RCIA and other study groups in the parish.??They were married at Saint Joe’s on October of 2014. Marlene is a former health care administrator, and now runs a craft business where she creates Scrapbooks and other crafts for her clients.

Poy Divinagracia
Biography and picture coming soon

Ede Fox
Ede is a?Social Justice Committee Member at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. She has had a long career in public service, currently working as the Director of the Economic and Community Development Division at the New York City Council for Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. Ms. Fox also served as chief of staff for Council Member Jumaane Williams, and prior to that Legislative and Budget director for Speaker Mark-Viverito. She has deep roots in civic life, running in a competitive race for City Council in 2013, as well as serving on Community Board 8 for ten years. Ms. Fox was born and raised in New York City. She attended Vassar College then graduated with a BA in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, an MA in Anthropology from UCLA and advanced to candidacy for her PhD in Anthropology at UCLA, including three years in the Netherlands conducting research for her Dissertation. She has been a member of the Co-Cathedral of St. Josephs for over 4 years and lives in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. ?

Eli ?Soriano
Eli became part of the St. Joseph’s community in 2011. A year later, he was invited to be an assistant coordinator for the Brooklyn Diocese’s Mexican Ministry, and in 2014 he joined the Parish Pastoral Council. It is his hope that his service to the parish will help spread the Good News. Eli?is a graduate of Fordham University. He is currently a television producer at New Evangelization Television (NET?TV), where he produces bilingual content and evangelizes the Hispanic community. He won an Emmy for his work as a producer of “City of Churches.

Anafidelia Taveres
Anafidelia is the?co-chair of the Social Justice Committee and a lector. She joined the parish in 2008 when she moved across the street from the church. Anafidelia has experienced such an extraordinary warmth and sense of community at St Joseph’s which has been a unique and important part of her faith life. She is trained as a physician and epidemiologist and works as a consultant with nonprofit and governmental organizations to improve the health of communities. Anafidelia volunteers with local community groups to improve access to healthy foods for low income New Yorkers. If you have ideas or want to join in volunteer activities of the Social Justice Committee, call 347-974-3470 or send her an email.

Lida Wickham
Biography and picture coming soon

Noreen Yarwood
Parish Pastoral Council Secretary
Noreen joined the parish when she and her family moved to Prospect Heights in July 2012. She was raised in LaGrange, NY, and moved to New York City in 2003 to pursue a career in the performing arts. In 2005 she and her husband John moved to Boston for six years where she attended graduate school at Emerson College for Theater Education. Noreen began her teaching career at Phoenix Charter Academy in Chelsea, MA, in 2008 where she taught Humanities and Theater to students who struggled in traditional public schools or had previously dropped out of school and were seeking a second chance. After returning to NYC, she took three years off from teaching to raise her then two small children. In 2014, she was called back to the classroom. Noreen currently teaches 8th grade English at a small charter school in Bedford Stuyvesant. When Noreen isn’t teaching or spending time with her family, she enjoys singing, running and growing her non profit organization, Shake It Out, Inc. Contact Noreen.