5265 Placida Road, Grove City, Florida 34224

Parish Pastoral Council

Councilors

 

Bob Barrett  Robert (Bob) Barrett

I was born in Newark, New Jersey. My brother, Edward and I were baptized at St Mary Church and raised in Denville, a small suburban town in northern NJ. At the encouragement of Mom and Dad, we attended both parochial grammar school (St Virgil’s) and high school (Bayley Ellard). I moved to Long Island, New York in 1960 and entered a career in Commercial Banking while attending Nassau Community College and Hofstra University. I focused my career in accounting/operations (12 years) and Commercial Real Estate Lending (33 years). After more than 45 years in Banking, my wife Liz and I retired and moved from New Jersey to Rotonda West, Florida where we have lived for over 9 years. I have 2 great sons and 3 beautiful grandchildren, who live, work and attend school in Connecticut and Massachusetts. We have been parishioners of St Francis of Assisi Church and assist in several ministries: Minister of Hospitality, Parish Finance Council - Chair and Stewardship Committee Leader. I wish to serve on the Parish Pastoral Council and continue to give back to the needs of our Parish, but more importantly, to give back to the Lord for all the gifts I have received during my lifetime.

 Casey Cooper  Ken (Casey) Cooper

Born in Indianapolis, IN. I was born, baptized, and confirmed in the Catholic Church. I have one brother and four sisters and my father and mother just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. I attended Indiana University in Bloomington IN and started my own insurance brokerage firm. I've been married to my lovely wife for 17 years and we have 5 beautiful children. Our daughter recently gave birth to our first grandchild in February. We moved to Englewood from Indianapolis last summer and have become a big part of St. Francis of Assisi parish. I'm currently on the Adult Team for Confirmation. At my previous parish I worked with the DRE; organized an adult Bible Study program; and taught Confirmation prep, Sunday School, and headed up the Youth Ministry. I was on the board of “Youth for Christ” and headed up Tony Dungy's All Pro Dad's Campaign for Noblesville IN. With my experience in Religious Education, I believe I would bring knowledge and ideas to the Parish Pastoral Council and together with the help of the Holy Spirit great things could happen.

 Chris Davis  Christine (Chris) Davis

I was born in Louisville, N.Y. I have 5 children, 11 grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren. I live in Englewood. I am widowed. I attended college but never received a degree. I worked in municipal government for 29 years, retiring from the City of Norwich as Comptroller. I have been a member of St. Francis of Assisi over twelve years. I usually attend the 10:00am Mass or 11:30am in the winter.I am a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Lector for Funerals, Altar Server, and Religious Education Teacher. I am past Treasurer for the Ladies Auxiliary and the Women’s Guild and presently their Parliamentarian. I am past Chair for the Parish Finance Council for six years. I am willing to serve on the Parish Pastoral Council as I have much to offer. I want to be able to give back as long as I can. I love the Mass as it brings me closer to God and I can talk to Him and His Mother and the Saints. I do this every day even if I am not at Mass. I believe in miracles having witnessed one in a great grandchild. I believe prayers are answered.

  Gina Dickerson Gina Dickerson

I grew up in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. I went to graduate school at Monmouth University where I obtained an MA degree in Criminal Justice. My husband (Ed) and I live in Rotunda with our two daughters. This will be my fifth year as PTO President at Vineland Elementary School, and my first year working at Vineland as the library teacher. We attend Mass at either the Saturday Vigil or the Sunday 10 o'clock. I enjoy Mass because it is the time when I feel closest to God. To me, Mass serves as a reminder of what I believe, and gives me the chance to evaluate myself and to hold myself accountable to God. My Catholic beliefs serve as a guide for how I want to be in my life from day to day. I am looking forward to serving on the PPC because I want to be a positive influence in our church and because I want to contribute to building a strong relationship with my church family. I hope that the members of the St Francis parish see me as someone that is easy to talk to and that they understand that I will always have the best interests of our church in mind while I serve.

 Ken Dunn  Kenneth (Ken) Dunn

I was born in Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada). My father was born in Virginia and my mother was from Canada. In 1995, when we moved here, my family and I joined the parish of St Francis of Assisi, Grove City. My family consists of my wife Rita.  We have been married for 38 years. We have two sons. One, Erick, is currently serving overseas in the US Air Force. The other, Alexander, has two children. I retired after 20 years of service in the US Air Force, working in Fire Protection and Prevention. I have a degree in Fire Science. Currently, I work for the USPS here in town.  While I was at Dyess AFB in Texas I volunteered to be a member on the parish council and served one full term. I attend Mass at St Francis of Assisi either at 4:00 pm on Saturdays or 10:00 am on Sundays. I sincerely appreciate being considered for the opportunity to serve on parish council at this time.

 Charles Messenger  Charles Messenger

I was raised in NJ, attended Saint Michaels College in Vermont, graduating with a BA in Political Science, and attended Seton Hall University, receiving an MBA and Certificate in International Business. I am an entrepreneur in new product development. I have been active in over 41 countries and hope to bring to the PPC broad management experience and a multi-cultural perspective regarding problems and solutions. I enjoy my daily spiritual life as it provides the opportunity for reflective contemplation and I enjoy the readings at Mass as they continually provide answers to present day problems. My wife and I moved to River House in 2013 and have been parish members ever since. We were both widowed and have been married for 13 years. We enjoy our combined family of 8 children and 16 grandchildren.

 Kathy O'Brien  Kathy O’Brien

I was born in Brooklyn. I completed my M.A. in history at the State University of New York in Albany. On Christmas of 1991 I looked at the nativity and saw myself in the Magi. Like them, I discovered the Christ Child, lying impossibly in a manger, this revelation transformed me. I entered RCIA and was Confirmed Easter 1993. In 2001 I lost my husband to an embolus. My current husband, Bob had lost his wife to cancer. We started talking, listening, and helping each other. Over time, one thing led to another and we fell in love and were married. We live in Rotonda West. I assisted with the Adult Religious Ed, a Coordinator for the Adult Religious Education Committee. Previously, I'd taught social studies and written for the newspaper. The place I'm called to be is in Church, wherever I can be helpful. We have a good Parish here with an opportunity to be even better. We can be eager evangelists and get more people going to Masses and other events. We can connect our faith community using modern media. I hope my enthusiasm and insights will be helpful to the Parish and council.

 Mike Occhicone  Mike Occhicone

I was born and raised as a Catholic in Flushing Queens, NY. Mainly, I worked in catering and the service industry as a Maitre De’.  I enjoyed helping others as well as working with people to ensure my patrons always had an enjoyable and relaxing experience. I am retired, I live year round in Englewood. I have been married for twenty-two years to my wife, Eileen. We have two children, Nicholas, who is 14, and Christina, who is 20. We have been parishioners of St Francis of Assisi since 2002. While in Mass, I always have a sense of fulfillment and closeness to God. After my stroke, I have had more time to realize that God truly is involved in our lives on a daily basis. I have learned that he is there with us through good and bad times: we just need to look for Him. I have been feeling a calling to get more involved with God’s Church and to support our Parish in any way.

 Ray Tafelski  Ray Tafelski

I was born in Glendale, PA and was baptized and confirmed at St Luke Catholic Church in Carnegie, PA. I attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. I worked for AB Dick Company for 25 years, moving several times as Branch Manager. I met my wife, Sue, in Birmingham, AL. We have three grown children living in Alabama and Texas. We attend 10:00 Mass and have been a member of St Francis of Assisi Parish for 13 years. In 2005, Sue attended RCIA and we were married in the Catholic Church. I have been a member of the Outreach Program for the last nine years and help run the Postal Carrier food program for the last five years. When I retired I wanted to give more to my faith and Jesus. I have prayed of giving more of my time to God. I enjoy the Parishioners and the feeling of belonging and want to pass it on to others.