Fr. Tom Newton

Pastor
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Ext. 323 Fr. Tom Newton, the Pastor of Christ Our Light, comes to this position after being the pastor of St. Peter Celestine for almost six years and the pastor of Queen of Heaven for three months. Fr. Tom has a Master of Divinity degree from Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, NY and a Master of Public Administration degree from Rutgers University. Fr. Tom was previously the Vicar for Human Services of the Diocese of Camden.  

Today, Fr. Tom serves the Diocese of Camden as the Consultant for Priests’ Health and Wellness, a member of the Priest Personnel Board, a member of the College of Consultors, a member of the Presbyteral Council, president of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities, a member of the Diocesan Housing Services Corporation Board of Trustees, and a member of the Board of Trustees for St. John of God Community Services. 
 

Fr. Philip Ramos

Parochial Vicar
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Mr. Mike Bedics

Pastoral Associate
for Worship and Music
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Ext. 324

Michael Bedics, Pastoral Associate for Worship and Music, comes to this position after serving as Director of Music for St. Peter Celestine Church for four years. He has previously served the Catholic Church as musician and youth minister full-time at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, Whitehall (Allentown), PA and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, in Cary (Raleigh), NC. Mike lives in Cherry Hill with wife, Molly, and has four children, Alyssa, Isaac, Ceili, and Joshua. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Education, Major instrument – Organ, from Moravian College, in his hometown of Bethlehem, PA.

 

Mrs. Cathy Johnson

Pastoral Associate for Lifelong Formation
Director of Adult Faith Formation 
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Ext. 349

Cathy Johnson, Assistant for Worship and Music, co-founded and currently co-directs Heartful Ministries, a non-profit organization assisting faith communities in spiritual formation and liturgical preparation. Her education includes a BS in Biology from the University of Scranton, an MA in Religious Studies from Villanova University, and an MS in Pastoral Care/Spiritual Direction from Neumann University. Cathy previously served as Director of Ministry, taught 12th grade theology, and coached soccer and basketball at Merion Mercy Academy. She and her husband Paul are members of the 7 PM Music Ministry.

 

Ms. Pat Slater

Pastoral Associate for Justice
and Community Outreach
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Ext. 327

Pat Slater, the Pastoral Associate for Justice and Community Outreach, comes to this position after work both in justice ministries and hospital chaplaincy. Pat has a Masters in Communication from Bowling Green State University, a Masters in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College and completed a residency in chaplaincy at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Pat previously served as the director of the Romero Center in Camden, an associate director in the Office of Justice and Peace for the Diocese of Richmond, VA and a staff chaplain for Bon Secours Hospital system in Richmond.

 

Mrs. Ginny Grogan

Director of Elementary Faith Formation
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Ext. 347

Ginny Grogan is the Pastoral Associate for Elementary Faith Formation. Prior to the merger, she had previously served as the Coordinator of Religious Education at St. Peter Celestine for thirteen years. She has been a member of the parish for twenty-seven years. Ginny hopes to engage the children registered in our faith formation program and their families in activities that will generate enthusiasm for understanding the Catholic faith and for embracing what it means to live that faith.

 

Ms. Sherine Green

Director of Youth Faith Formation
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Ext. 345

Sherine Green serves as Pastoral Associate for Youth Faith Formation. Prior to working for the Catholic Community of Christ Our Light, Sherine worked for the Romero Center in Camden where she developed retreats for high schools, colleges and parish groups. She was a Mercy Volunteer in NY and completed her graduate studies at a Sister of Mercy school, St Joseph’s College of Maine. She is originally from the island of Jamaica, growing up in Jamaica gave her a great appreciation for people, cultures and travel. One of her greatest peace and justice opportunities came during an immersion experience to Northern Ireland.

 

 

Mrs. Mary Lou Lymper

Assistant for Lifelong Faith Formation
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Mary Lou Lymper is an assistant for Lifelong Faith Formation. She has served as an assistant for Elementary Faith Formation for 13 years, but because of own children, has been a part of the Parish Faith Formation program for 30 years. She feels privileged to journey with the young people of our parish as they grow in their love for God, in the realization of how very much God loves them, and in the responsibility to treat all with compassion. Mary Lou looks forward to joining all the members of the Catholic Community of Christ Our Light as together, we continue to build the Kingdom of God with Christ as our Light.

 

 

Mrs. Nancy Douglass

Assistant for Worship and Music 
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Ext. 325

Nancy Douglass, Assistant for Worship and Music, comes to this position having served in diverse roles at the Church of St. Andrew the Apostle in Gibbsboro, NJ; the Office for Divine Worship in Philadelphia, PA; and Camden County College in Cherry Hill, Camden, and Blackwood, NJ.  Nancy lives in Cherry Hill with husband Michael, and has three children, Steven, Emily, and Matthew.  She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Romance Languages and Secondary Education from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC, and Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

 

 

Mr. Cort Hrivnak

Assistant for Communications
and Information Technologies
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Ext. 322

Cort Hrivnak, Assistant for Communications and Information Technologies, Cort received his BS in Psychology from St. Joseph’s University in 1998. He then worked as a IT System Administrator and Human Resource Benefits Specialist for nine years before returning to school. He received his Masters in Theological Studies from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in 2009. Cort attended St. Peter Celestine School and has been involved in various parish ministries.

 

Deacon Joe Seaman

Parish Deacon
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Deacon Joe Seaman, a deacon at Christ Our Light, comes to this ministry after serving as a deacon at St. Peter Celestine for seven years and as a deacon at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Maple Shade for five years. Deacon Joe is also assigned by the bishop to minister outside of the parish community in prison ministry and teaches for both the Diocese of Camden and the Diocese of Trenton. Deacon Joe has a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, PA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA. Deacon Joe is an educator by profession with over twenty-six years of experience in education and religious education.

 

Mrs. Mary Jo O'Rourke

Parish Business Manager
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Mary Jo O’Rourke serves as the Parish Business Manager and is responsible for the financial activities of Christ Our Light Parish and Resurrection Catholic School. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from Drexel University. In her corporate experience, Mary Jo has held positions as both a project engineer and a financial analyst. She was an active volunteer during the 11 years that her children spent at St. Peter Celestine School. Mary Jo feels very blessed to be able to pursue her interest in business while supporting the mission of our parish and school communities.

 

Fr. Terry Odien

Priest in Residence
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Ext. 337
   

Mary Del Rossi

Parish Secretary and Receptionist
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Ext. 321

Mary Del Rossi is originally from Milwaukee, WI. Her bachelor's degree is from St. Norbert College in Elementary/Middle School Education, Spanish and English as a Second Language. Since then, she has worked as a caregiver for elderly with dementia and in immigrants services in New York City. She studied Theology at a school lesser than Boston College. During those two years, she worked at St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral in Camden with families and youth of the Confirmation program, catechists of religious education, and young adults of Romero Center Ministries. While in New Jersey, Mary met her husband Andrew. They are grateful to have shared their wedding day with the community of Christ Our Light. Mary hopes that though her ministry as the parish secretary, she can contribute to the welcoming environment of the parish.