Pastoral Council

Purpose

Our Pastoral Council meets monthly to advise our pastor on matters of significance for parish life and help plan and coordinate ministries and services. Basically, the Council serves as an interactive, engaged, and committed focus group that also communicates options and decisions with parishioners.

Six members of the Council are elected by parishioners; three members are appointed by the pastor.

Members: Our Council members are elected or appointed for a three-year term. Elections are held in November, and all parishioners are eligible both to vote and to be elected.

Pastoral Plan

This is the Pastoral Plan for St. Ignatius approved by Bishop Madden.

The Pastoral Council and many others in the parish have labored and prayed over this manifesto to articulate what Jesuits call “our way of proceeding.”

We ask our parishioners to study and pray over our guiding principles, our vision, and our sacred purpose. In these statements, you will find what we believe, who we are, and who we are striving to become.

From these statements flow what we are doing, and how we are doing it.

Pastoral Council Members

Ryan Bixler

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Ryan is the Finance Council representative of the Pastoral Council. He has been practicing corporate taxation for the past eight years and brings an analytical and financial perspective to the Council to support our financial position. Ryan and his wife Jenny live in Canton and have a two-year-old daughter, Madison. They love watching her grow and smile and are excited for her to share that joy with her baby brother coming July 2021!

Rene DeBrabander

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Rene is a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University studying biomedical engineering and French. In his free time he plays guitar, runs, and follows national politics and international soccer with fervor. Rene was confirmed at St. Ignatius through the Prep program and his family have been parishioners since 2009. He is the oldest of four siblings, all of whom adore him.

Ted Engelke

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Ted is in his second year on the pastoral council at St. Ignatius, having been here since 2015. Ted was drawn to the parish because of its Jesuit roots, having 10 years of Jesuit education between high-school, undergrad and graduate school, and loving its progressive attitude and unpretentious manner. Katherine and Ted have four daughters and have found a sense of community at St. Ignatius that feels organic and rock solid – just authentic people being authentically Catholic.

Len Heckwolf

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Len has been a member of the Pastoral Council for two years. In his professional life he was a Senior Vice President at JP Morgan Chase in New York. Since joining the Parish he has focused on Environmental Justice, leading the Justice and Peace sub-committee. He is active in Loaves and Fishes, making food and driving the van for our Sunday night deliveries to those in need and through coordinating the Casserole Program that provides meals to Our Daily Bread. He often lectors at weekday morning Mass. He and his wife Helen live in Monkton and have three married children and three grandchildren.

Joe Hillery

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Hello to all my fellow parishioners at St. Ignatius!  My name is Joe Hillery, and I am in my third year as a Pastoral Council member.  I retired in 2018 after a career in software engineering:  9 years in the Army, 3 at a small software firm, and 35 at Northrop Grumman.   My late wife, Carol, and I joined the parish in 1991, not too long after Fr. Watters arrived for his first term as pastor.  Over the years we had been involved in various ministries, including RCIA, Eucharistic, Sanctuary, and Loaves and Fishes.  I have one daughter, Cydney, who is an educator in Georgia, and a granddaughter, Hillery, who has been teaching in Spain for the last two years.  For fun, I play duplicate bridge and read and generally putter around.  Lately, I’ve been a member of the Hospitality committee (in hiatus) and the St. Ignatius Reading and Discussion Group (via Zoom).    I love this community and feel privileged to have witnessed so many wonderful Sacramental celebrations since I have been here.  I’m looking forward to seeing you all again!

Barbara Ipsaro

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My name is Barbara Ipsaro. I have 6 children who are now very adult. Along with that I have 15 grandchilden who are now young adults. My 2 brothers and I were born and halfway raised in Louisiana into a very large extended Catholic family. My father’s business brought us to Baltimore in1946 where he made certain that were members of St. Ignatius. I was educated at Notre Dame Prep and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Professionally, I was the Academic Counselor at McDonogh School and several years years later I was Assistant to the President and then Vice President for Advancement at Notre Dame College until retirement. I have since been involved in volunteer work mostly focusing on issues of Women.

Barbara Lazatti

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Hello, my name is Barbara Lazzati and I this is my second year on the Pastoral Council. My husband John and I have been St. Ignatius parishioners for 23 years. I retired from the corporate sector 18 years ago.

After retirement, I immersed myself in the Prison Ministry which afforded me the opportunity to begin a program which advocates for the children of imprisoned women. We designed a literacy program to enhance the reading levels of ladies awaiting trial in the Woman’s Detention Center. This included outreach to their preschool age children. I felt this exemplified the Ignatian principle of Women for Others. I have also been a participant with the Loaves and Fishes Ministry, helping feed those in need within our city.

Ours is a loving, active and diverse community. Young, old(er), libera l(like me), conservative (like my husband), various ethnicities, LGBT; we are all members by choice. I am enriched, enlighten and humbled by being a small part of such a crew.  Oh, and I am a delighted Nana to 7 awesome grandchildren – and my favorite movie is “Places in the Heart.”

Kate Walsh

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Raised in South Bend, Indiana where her dad was on the Notre Dame faculty, Kate Walsh has lived in Catonsville for 35 years. She and her husband John raised four great children (two daughters and two sons) who are now about as far flung as possible: San Francisco, Denver and South Africa. Travel features prominently in the Walsh household, though luckily one is still in Baltimore. In her professional life, Walsh has always worked on issues addressing long standing inequities in education, currently serving as the president of the National Council on Teacher Quality (www.nctq.org) and before that as a program officer in education with The Abell Foundation. Like many women of a certain age, Kate has become a serious but often unsuccessful gardener and is a relatively voracious reader when she can pull herself away from the latest binge tv.