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 inNuestra Voz, the Spanish newspaper of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Contact Carolina

Gerardo Quinones
Biography and picture coming soon

John Yarwood
John joined the parish in 2012 when he moved to the Prospect Heights neighborhood with his wife, Noreen, and two children, Olivia and Jack.  He grew up all over, including Okinawa, Japan, as the son of a Naval officer.  He joined the church in 2008, receiving confirmation in Boston.  Initially trained in theater at Boston University, John later went to law school at the same university and is now a litigator at a large New York law firm.  He also provides pro bono legal services to a death row inmate and survivors of domestic violence.  When not working or spending time with family, John enjoys reading, running, cooking and soccer.  Please contact him at if you have any questions or suggestions.”

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 for five years at two firms in Manhattan. 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 twelve years at Touro College. Currently, Tom teaches political theory, judicial politics, international relations and constitutional law and serves as Touro’s principal prelaw advisor. He also does legal work for COFFEED, which runs several restaurants and coffee shops in New York City. 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.


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. 


Betty Ann Hassan
Bettyann is an Assistant Director for a leading nonprofit organization in New York City and holds a Masters of Arts (MA) degree from Brooklyn College.  Bettyann also worked as a part time teacher for special education students at a location near St. Joseph Cathedral.  During that time it was convenient for her to attend daily mass at the Cathedral and she soon became a registered member and lector at the church. Bettyann has been a Girl Scout leader at St. Catherine of Genoa Church for 20 years and she embraced the opportunity to develop a Girl Scout Troop at the Co Cathedral for the past 5 years.    Bettyann is fond of biking, running, crocheting and cooking.

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Linda Johnson
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.

Jose Palacios

Biography and picture coming soon

Szymon Radziszewicz

Biography and picture coming soon

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.