Parish Staff

Fr. John Firpo

Pastor

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Rooted in God's love, St. Charles Borromeo parish is a vibrant and caring faith community. We strive daily to proclaim God's abiding love in our words and our actions. Our willingness to serve, to share our gifts, and to offer hospitality are hallmarks of our faith community. I know from parishioners' testimonies, this is what attracts others to our parish.

I am grateful to our parishioners to be a member of Saint Charles Borromeo parish. I am grateful for their witness and commitment ...

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Fr. Pius Pathmarajah

Parochial Vicar

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In 1998, Fr. Pius left his country of Sri Lanka to come to the United States to work for the Diocese of Rochester. He was hired to work in the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal. Since then, he has been working the Tribunal and has been helping out different parishes as a Parochial Vicar (most recently at St. John's the Evangelist-Greece and Sacred Heart Cathedral/The Cathedral Community).

He has degrees in Theology and Canon Law. He also conducts the Healing Mass on a monthly basis ...

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Fr. Thomas Statt

Weekend Assistant (May - January)

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Father Tom Statt, who assists at weekend masses, was ordained on May 31, 1958.

In June 1964, Father Tom was assigned to Geneseo by the Bishop of Rochester. He faithfully served the students, faculty, and staff of the College until June 1976. During his ministry at Geneseo, he worked tirelessly with the religious and lay leaders of the various Christian and Jewish faiths serving the college community. These ecumenical efforts led to the construction of the InterFaith Center on Franklin Street. The Center was opened ...

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Dan Callan

Deacon

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Let me serve you. Service is the Deacon’s job whether at the Lord’s Table of out on the streets. While my theological specialty is Religion and Science, if my particular spirituality and background does not connect with your spiritual needs, it would be my privilege to help you find that connection with other souls on your journey.

I was born and raised in the City of Rochester before going off to schools from 1978 until 1998. Yes, schools. The United States Air Force ...

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Dick Lombard

Deacon

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My name is Deacon Dick Lombard; I retired from active ministry in November, 2014. It is a blessing and a pleasure for me to minister on a part-time basis at St. Charles Borromeo. I am married to Rose Marie, who is a Pastoral Minister at St. John the Evangelist in Greece. We have three children and seven grandchildren. I was ordained in 1987 and began my ministry as a full-time pastoral associate at Holy Name of Jesus parish. Subsequent assignments include chaplainships at Rochester General ...

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Margaret Gray

Christian Formation Administrator

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When I entered first grade at St. Charles I couldn't have imagined how this parish would become such an important part of my life. It is where my husband, Andy, and I got married, where our three daughters attended school and celebrated sacraments, where Andy went through the RCIA process, where we mourned the loss of loved ones, where our granddaughter was baptized. Throughout the years I've seen many changes at the parish including transition of pastors and staff, building renovations and updates ...

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Mary Eggleston

Christian Formation Secretary

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Hello! My name is Mary Eggleston. My involvement in faith formation started as an 8th grader -- volunteering on Saturday mornings at St. John the Evangelist (Greece). Along with being a catechist, I have also been involved with Confirmation and Baptismal preparation, children's liturgy, summer camp, RCIA and RCIC, home visitation, scripture study, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. I look forward to meeting and working with our families who are enrolled in the various Christian Formation programs here at St. Charles. To me, there is ...

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Jill Kinsella

Youth Minister

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Hello! My name is Jill Kinsella. I am very excited and happy to be the Youth Minister here at St. Charles. I was born and raised right here in Greece. I attended St. Charles school from Kindergarten to 8th grade. Although I attended school here, I was a member of Holy Name of Jesus church for most of my life. I officially became a member of St. Charles Parish about 10 years ago. When I was young, I was extremely involved in youth ministry. I ...

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Mary Carter Toot

Parish Minister--Baptisms & RCIA

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Mary is pleased to be part of the ministry staff at St. Charles Borromeo. She finds much joy meeting with families who bring their children forward for the sacrament of Baptism into the Catholic faith!

Mary also feels it is a privilege to work with the Visitation Ministry Team members of our parish as they minister to the sick in homes, hospitals and nursing homes.

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Patricia Scouten

Parish Minister--Funerals

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Hi, my name is Patricia Scouten. For fifteen years, I served the St. Charles Borromeo parish as Administrator of the Borromeo Prayer Center – the best job that anyone could ever have. When I decided in retire in July 2008, the Prayer Center was closed and the building demolished. Fr. John was one of the people responsible for hiring me as Administrator and I retired as he was coming to the parish as Pastor.

In 2013, Fr. John asked me to come back to St. Charles ...

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Peggy Malvaso

Parish Minister--Visitations

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Hello – my name is Peggy Malvaso, and I’d like to introduce myself as your Coordinator of Home Visitation, which of course includes nursing homes and hospitals. Just a little about myself – my husband Frank and I have been married for seventeen years – a blended family. Between us we have five children, a wonderful bunch of grandchildren, and another wonderful bunch of great grandchildren. We are completely blessed! I am a retired registered nurse, having spent the bulk of my nursing career in community health ...

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Chris DiMartino

Business Manager

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Thank you for the warm welcome into the St. Charles Family. I am excited to be working again within the Diocese of Rochester. In the early 1990's, I worked at the Diocese as the Coordinator of Parish Computerized Accounting Systems. I have worked in accounting for over 25 years.

My husband, Joe, and I have 2 children, Nathan and Emily. We live in the Village of Hilton where I have been active supporting Music Education in our schools as the Treasurer of the Music ...

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Joan Bigham

Parish Secretary

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I'm Joan Bigham and have been at St. Charles since October of 2006 as your Parish Secretary. Before coming to St. Charles, I worked in various jobs over the past 30+ years (Seneca Park Zoo, Kodak, Danka, Census Bureau, Wegmans, St. Anne Church on Mt. Hope Ave.), but none compare to the St. Charles family. The parishioners that I have met over the past few years are very friendly and welcoming. I feel very much at home here. I have to say that the ...

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Bob Borelli

Maintenance

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Hi, I’m Bob Borelli. Since 1998, I have been responsible for the maintenance and grounds of St. Charles Parish on a part-time basis. St. Charles has been my parish since I was born in 1960. I have been married to my wife, Sheila, for 26 years and have 3 sons, Andrew, Matthew, and David, all who have graduated from St. Charles School. I was a member of the St. Charles CYO Board for about 10 years and a Cub Scout den leader for St ...

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John Paradiso

Maintenance

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My name is John Paradiso. I have worked for the Diocese of Rochester since 2002 when I started at Holy Name of Jesus Church. During this time, I also worked at Our Lady of Mercy for 2 years. I joined the St. Charles staff in 2010 and have enjoyed being here. Before that, I had a successful 27 years at Eastman Kodak.

I have been playing the drums for almost my entire life and now I am playing drums for the "Code 5 Rockin' Blues ...

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Marcia Sheremeta

Music Minister

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Marcia Sheremeta (a.k.a. “Sweetie” to husband Bob, “Mom” to Michelle, Tom and Scott, “Nana” to Kyla and Shelby, and “Food Lady” to seven furry felines) has been a music minister at St. Charles for the past 32 years. In addition to playing piano/organ at every mass, she accompanies the Sanctuary Choir, and directs the cantor program (Schola Cantorum) as well as Charley’s Angels, our children’s choir. After 36 years of teaching vocal music in Hilton, Marcia retired from public school ...

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Ralph Zecchino

Choir Director

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Ralph Zecchino has been a moving force in the musical life of the Town of Greece. For the past 30 years, he has served as Director of the Sanctuary Choir at St. Charles Borromeo Church. He had a 36-year career as a music educator, teaching in the Chicago Schools, the Rochester City Schools, and the Greece Central Schools. For 39 years, he has been the Director of the Greece Choral Society. Mr. Zecchino has been a member of the adjunct faculty of the Eastman School ...

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