Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis



Evangelization is more effective when it is carried out with oneness of spirit and with sincere teamwork among the various ecclesial communities as well as among missionaries and local clergy: this requires courage to seek out ways of working together and offering mutual help in the areas of catechesis and Catholic education, as well as integral human development and charity.

~Pope Francis, September 21, 2014, Vespers

The mission of the Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis is to assist parishes, families, and Catholic academies/parish schools to provide formational and educational opportunities that lead people to missionary discipleship.


Vicar for Evangelization and Catechesis
Very Rev. Joseph Gibino
718.965.7300, Ext. 5417

Christine Georgi, Administrative Assistant for the Vicar and Registrar
718.965.7300, Ext. 5416

Adult Faith Formation
Joann Roa, Director
718.965.7300, Ext.2440

Maria Placensia, Administrative Assistant
718.965.7300, Ext. 1036

Catechetical Program Outreach
Nelsa Elias, Facilitator
718.965.7300, Ext.

Marriage, Family, and Respect Life EducationPre-Cana
Christian Rada, Director
718.965.7300, Ext. 5541

Martha Hernandez, Administrative Assistant
718.965.7300, Ext. 5540

Youth and Young Adult Faith Formation
Catholic Youth Ministry Initiative (CYMI)

Rev. Emil Parafiniuk, S.T.L, Director
718-965-7300, ext. 5545

Lucia Morales, Specialist
718.965.7300, Ext. 5418

Martha Hernandez, Administrative Assistant
718.965.7300, Ext. 5540

Reverend James Kuroly
Chaplain for Youth and Young Adult Formation

Catholic Youth Organization Staff

Annmarie Creighton
CYO Administrative Assistant

Keith Goldberg
CYO Sports Coordinator

George Simone
Technology/Sports Coordinator



We also offer online learning and leadership formation via local courses and educational events (register at and work with a number of formation partners.