Parish Council Election

The Pastoral Council is constituted and governed according to the guidelines outlined by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The council is made up of nine elected and three appointed members who each serve three-year terms. Members of the parish staff and other councils serve as ex- officio council members. The composition of the Council is meant to reflect the diversity of the parish community. The pastor presides over the Council meetings that occur six times a year, generally on the evening of the first Tuesday of the month.

Elections: Each Fall, parishioners are invited and encourage to review the biographies of the council nominees published a few weeks prior to the election. This year the position of “Married Couple” is up for election. The biography information will be available the weekends of October 22 and 29. The annual election for the “Married Couple” position (two new members) of the Parish Pastoral Council will be held the weekends of November 4/5 and 11/12. Ballots will be available before/during Mass, please place your completed ballot in the collection basket or hand to a greeter at the end of Mass.

Current Members: Current members and the year their terms of office are complete. Terms conclude in the Fall of the year listed below:

Richele Rainosek 2018
Barbara Rensman 2018
Carmen DeJesus 2019
Patricia Smith 2019
Charlene Angelini 2018
Kyle Doolan 2019
Matthew Oberholzer 2019
Epifanio DeJesus 2019
Philomena Stephen-King 2019

Who Can Vote: Registered members of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul who are at least 18 years of age are eligible to vote once for a candidate.

Pastoral Council Candidates – Married Couple:                        

1. Marie and Nick Rizzi:

This union was truly meant-to-be! Nick & I were baptized on the same Sunday at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Roman Catholic Church in South Philadelphia. Our paths did not cross again until our 30th class reunion from South Philadelphia High School. At that point in time, I was a widow with three adult children & Nick was a confirmed bachelor. For the next two years we dated frequently & in September 1990 we married at St. Monica’s Church. We have enjoyed 27 years of happiness as Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Rizzi.  Both Nick & I grew up in the Philadelphia area. I attended St. Joseph’s University & worked for the Department of Defense for 27 years while Nick attended Temple University & worked as an Accountant for the Budd Company for 42 years. In July 2016 we moved from Narberth Lower Merion to Center City Philadelphia. One evening after Mass we met Father Gill. He warmly welcomed us as new parishioners to the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter & Paul. Nick is now a Greeter at the 5:15pm Vigil Mass & I serve as a receptionist in the Parish Office on Thursdays. Becoming members of this magnificent parish is an extra blessing from God & we love every moment of it.

2. Christopher and Sofia Trueax:

Hi Everyone!  We’re Chris & Sofia Trueax.  We were joined in Holy Matrimony in May 2015.  We moved to Philadelphia for work & joined the Cathedral Parish in August 2015, where we currently serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion & Lector.  We felt so fortunate that Pope Francis came to Philadelphia just a month later to participate in the World Meeting of Families.  His presence at that event helped shine a spotlight on the values of marriage & family.  As newlyweds, that week-long celebration of families filled us with pride in our Church & a deep excitement about the journey we had just embarked on through our own marriage.  Seeing so many couples & families travel from around the world to give witness to the joy of marriage & family motivated us to do the same with our own lives. We want to help our Cathedral Parish continue to be a source of that joy & a place where marriages can thrive.  We hope to bring more community programming, especially for those couples who are married & those who are on the path to matrimony.  Ideally, we would have regular fellowship, speakers, & outreach for those in our community who may have a vocation to matrimony. May God bless you & your loved ones!

3. Terri and Mark Zubert:

Mark & Teresa Zubert, candidates for the couple’s position on the Pastoral Council, have been married for 42 years. Residents of Stowe, Pennsylvania, Mark & Terry began attending weekly mass at the Cathedral in 2010 when their son Michael joined the Cathedral Choir; however, the Liturgy is why they stayed. As members of the Cathedral Parish, Terry & Mark are on the steering committee of the Concert Series. They work closely with the Community Concert Series, ensuring that each visiting ensemble receives a warm welcome to the Cathedral Basilica, often including a home cooked meal. In addition, Terry serves as a counter for the collection & has organized a parish pilgrimage. Terry’s ministry extends outside of the Cathedral as a Member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites and Co-founder of Catholic Life Institute. Mark actively lives his faith a bit more physically, often seen making many trips up & down the steps to Chapel Hall in preparation for events at the Cathedral. The Zubert’s would like to serve on the council to continue to enhance the fellowship of the Cathedral community & to provide outreach to those looking to strengthen their relationship with Christ through a visit to Philadelphia & the Cathedral Basilica.

4. Jessica and Nick Baker:

As my wife, Jessica, & I prepare to celebrate our second wedding anniversary in November & the arrival of our first child in January, we are reflecting on what the Cathedral means to us. We were married by Father Ken Brabazon right here at the Cathedral Basilica. Before coming into the Basilica, I was a parishioner at Saint Xavier‘s church in Fairmount, while my wife was part of the Methodist Church in New Jersey. Leading up to our wedding she felt a strong calling & decided to convert to Catholicism through the Adult Christian Initiation program here at the Cathedral. During that time, we also both became greeters at the Cathedral during the 9:30 AM Sunday Mass. After being presented with this opportunity we feel like it’s a great chance for us to give back to a church that has given so much to us. We would like to help not only the Archdiocese but other couples & members of the church become more involved. We both feel our roles as lead greeters give us a great platform for outreach & connection with others. As our family grows we hope to continue the great work already being done at the Cathedral & for our own personal journey of faith to grow along with that. Thank you so much for considering us for a position that can only enhance our dedication to the church and each other.