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.

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!

Kevin Burdinski

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Kevin joined the St. Ignatius community in 2018 as a lapsed Catholic—the direct result of smugly promising his girlfriend he would return to Mass if she found a Jesuit parish (as he erroneously believed Jesuits were relegated to only serving in educational institutions).

While he continues to reflect upon questions regarding the Catholic Church at large, because of the warmth and love he’s continuously felt from Father Jim and the entire St. Ignatius community, he is honored to be appointed to the Council and excited to participate in its mission. Kevin and his now-wife Kendall—who, to be clear, he no longer tries to outwit—live in Severna Park.

Christopher Daffin

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I’m Chris Daffin, a first-year law student at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. I was born in New Orleans, LA and raised in South Alabama. I attended undergrad at a Jesuit college, Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL, where I was a Biology Pre-Med student with a minor in Theology, and I was very involved in extra-curricular activities. As time went on, I got more and more involved in politics, so much so that I decided to establish a CollegeDems chapter at Spring Hill. With over 75 active members, we became the biggest College Democrats chapter in the State of Alabama. After my term as CollegeDems chapter president ended, I took a chance on faith and ran for a national position in the College Democrats of America (CDA), the official student arm of the Democratic National Committee. I ran, won, and became the first elected National Faith Caucus Chair of the College Democrats of America. In my capacity as the caucus chair, I represented all College Democrats of faith (all faiths) across the nation. My caucus’s main initiative was advocating for the passage of H.R. 262, the Federal Death Penalty Prohibition Act, by the 117th Congress. If this bill passes through Congress and is signed by the President, it will abolish the federal death penalty. Our caucus hosted letter drives and national programs to generate more passion around this issue. In March, we passed a resolution in the National Council (CDA’s legislative body) to task the CDA Executive Board to advocate for the bill. We also got the other 15 CDA caucuses to sign on to a letter calling for uptake of the bill, and it was sent to Speaker Pelosi, all House majority leadership, and all members of the House Judiciary Committee.

During my freshman year at Spring Hill, I converted to Catholicism after being raised a Baptist. The RCIA program was almost non-existent outside of a few “roundtable” discussions. When I was confirmed at Spring Hill during my freshman year, I quickly saw a need for a more in-depth catechesis. During my sophomore year, a senior friend and I took over the catechism classes to help. We put together a plan for each week and taught for the entirety of the school year until the Confirmation Mass in April. When my senior friend graduated, I knew that I had to continue. Because of increased furloughs of Student Affairs staff, our Campus Ministry was left with one full-time staff person, the Director. She saw a need and created student internship positions to help operate Campus Ministry efficiently and effectively. I was asked immediately to accept the position of Faith Formation Intern. During my junior and senior years, I oversaw all aspects of faith formation, including creating and executing a new catechesis curriculum, supervising student catechists, and helping to create and implement new ideas concerning the spirituality of our campus community. Campus Ministry saw the number of participants in our sacramental preparation classes double. The work that I’ve done for our campus community as an advocate of ecumenism has been labeled life-altering by some, but I believe it was most life-altering for me. I have never felt so at home in any institution as I have in the Catholic Church.

Being a devout member, however, comes with the responsibility to make sure it’s great for others. That’s what I aspire to help do as a Parish Council member. I want to bring my perspective and experience as a convert, a Black man, a gay man, a young man, and a faith leader to St. Ignatius and to the Council. I want to be a voice for each of these communities separately and where they intersect with one another. Once I heard about the Council, something nudged me. I dismissed the nudge because, as a new parishioner, I felt like I couldn’t have too much of a say in parish affairs. However, after talking to some parishioners, I think I could use my talents to help the parish do God’s work for His Greater Glory, whether that be as a member of the council for the next three years, or in one of St. Ignatius’s many ministries.

Christina deGraft-Johnson

President

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I was born and raised Catholic in the great country of South Africa. My family moved to the States when I was 8 and my communal Catholic faith faltered for a myriad of reasons. I remain steadfast that even though my faith did not play a large role in my formative years, it was always there, lingering for when I was ready for a warm embrace. Fast forward several years and enter Nicholas – my now almost 5 year old nephew. In the moments of his birth, I felt God’s presence so strongly that finding a communal faith community was of the utmost importance to me. Naturally, as one does, I church hopped looking for a place I could call home and unsurprisingly found that place in the quiet of a Sunday mass at St. Ignatius. While I would say my time as a parishioner has mostly been on the outside of things, I also acknowledge that there’s a lot that I see (and don’t see) that I’d like to share with the parish. What better way to do that, than served on the pastoral council!

I am an avid reader of what I consider fluff novels (they always have a happily ever after), I love to bake (currently looking for a great Mille feuille recipe), and spending time building and sustaining community (read: hanging out with my friends and family). I have an adorable puppy who is sure you’re his best friend and will gladly abscond with you, if I allowed it. Honestly, if there’s anything you get from this about me, it should be that I’m absolutely hysterical. But in all seriousness, life can be really hard but beautiful, and I’m just trying to cultivate more beauty one moment, person, day at a time.

Professionally I work as a Mental Health Therapist specializing in Children, Adolescent, and Young Adult issues. I also have grown quite fond in treating Trauma and Grief. My career ends up being the last thing I mention not because it’s something I don’t take pride in, but because what I value most is community and building relationships which I have found at St. Ignatius and my non-work life.

 

Ted Engelke

Vice President

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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.

Jack Gatti

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I am originally from a small town outside of Detroit, where I was raised Catholic and attended a tightly knit community parish. I first discovered the Jesuits when I joined my campus parish in college. I was captivated by the Jesuits’ commitment to living out the Church’s mission for social justice, as well as my first experiences with Ignatian spirituality, which invigorated my prayer life. I moved to Baltimore in 2018, and I am currently a medical student at Hopkins. In seeking out a Jesuit parish, I was blessed to find a home at St. Ignatius. During my short time here, I have been fortunate to serve as part of both the Justice & Peace and Loaves & Fishes ministries. I have also had the privilege of sponsoring my partner as she converted to Catholicism through our RCIA program. This is a special community that creates a loving, welcoming environment for people from all walks of life and lives out its values in the way it seeks justice and partners with the surrounding community. St. Ignatius has played an incredibly important role in my young adult life. I would be honored to be a partner of and representative for all parishioners in our community to ensure that we cultivate an inclusive, engaging community where everyone can find a spiritual home.

Rosanne Hanratty

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My immediate reason for applying to serve on the Pastoral Council is my successful treatment for breast cancer and cancer-caused strokes, which have provided me with a perspective that we never know what the future holds and that I, personally, must respond to a call to serve and a commitment to the Church’s social justice teachings and my passion in the here and now, not in some ill-defined future. I see service on the Council as a way to do this.

Our family (me, my husband–Dennis, and our son–Sean, who resides in China) have been parishioners at St. Ignatius since 2013. Dennis and I have had long-standing ties to Jesuit education and spirituality. Dennis’s undergraduate education was at Fordham University in the Bronx and I completed a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from Regis University in Denver in May 2012. At St. Ignatius before my health problems I was active on the women’s team for the Ignatian Spirituality Project–a ministry to women at risk for homelessness and who are in recovery largely through retreats that minister using the framework of Ignatian spirituality and include witness by women who have attended prior retreats and are incorporating what they experience in their lives, which also include participation in 12 step programs. In our prior parish I was involved with several ministries including serving on the parish school board, the pastoral council and the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council.

I have a Master’s Degree in Public Health and had a 23 year career with the Social Security Administration–entirely in the disability area: policy, legislation, and special projects in the Office of the Commissioner). Subsequent to my retirement from the SSA, I earned a Master’s in Religious Studies (as mentioned) and served as a pastoral care coordinator in a nursing home, including ministry with residents who had dementia (I also volunteered for over 15 years in this ministry in several nursing homes and an inner city parish in Baltimore). I am currently employed at the Maryland Department of Aging where I have had several positions including staffing the state Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Council, the State Commission on Aging and managing and staffing federal grants–including those designed to serve people living with dementia and their caregivers.

I am very eager to serve. My passions are working with older adults and people with disabilities, especially people living with dementia and their caregivers as well as older adults generally. In addition, I am very interested in intergenerational ministry and how parishioners of all ages may come together in a commitment to ministry and other social justice ministry areas, as well responding to other social justice issues–such as countering demagoguery, and contributing to planning for our parish looking forward.

Jim Kline

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I have been a parishioner for only 3 years, but feel like St. Ignatius is home. I am recently retired and looking for ways to serve. I worked over 40 years at the same local company as an IT manager. I live in the White Marsh area, have 4 grown children and 6 (soon to be 7) grandchildren who are all in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. I have lived my entire life in Baltimore, grew up in St. Anthony of Padua parish, and attended school there. I graduated from the A Course at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and went on to Loyola College (now University) to earn 2 BS degrees and a MES.

Toni Moore-Duggan

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Toni Moore- Duggan has been a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Community for more than 20 years. She has a Masters from the Johns Hopkins University and several post graduate certificates. She has also studied Spiritual and Pastoral Care at Loyola University. Toni is a Spiritual Director and writer. Professionally Toni has practiced as a Primary Care Adult Nurse Practitioner, Educator and Administrator in the underserved community. Toni presently serves on the faculty of the Caroline Center.

Here at St. Ignatius, Toni has served in various ministries. These ministries include Chief Acolyte, Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and Chair of the Racial Justice Committee, Antiracism Task Force as well as service with Loaves and Fishes and Women Who Stay.

Toni is committed to the work of Antiracism and serves in leadership in the Racial Justice Circle and the Archdiocese Committee of Formation in Racial Justice.

Toni’s greatest joy is her husband Michael of more than 40 years, her 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren.

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.

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