Our Mother of Sorrows - Parish Council
About Our Parish Council:
Faith and Baptism call each Catholic to his or her unique role in the Church and in the world. The role of membership on the Parish Council is a call to exercise servant leadership. The 12 council members have a vested interest in the life and development of the parish and want to help the pastor. Our Pastoral Council is not a group of experts in catechesis, liturgy, pastoral care or education. The Council’s primary gift is practical wisdom.
Meetings are open to all parishioners. Parishioners seeking council consideration of a matter will submit it to the officers for their decision to include it on an Agenda. Presenters seeking council action will be considered at the next meeting.
Meet Our Council Members
Robert F. Lyaski
Robert is a Greece, NY resident and parishioner at Our Mother of Sorrows church for more than forty years. Robert and his wife Sandra have two children – Matthew and Barbara. He is a U.S. Navy veteran, honorably discharged in 1969. He graduated with honors from Alfred State SUNY College of Technology, studying Electrical Industrial Technology. Robert retired from Kodak after 32 years of service. In the community, he enjoys participating in a Day of Caring at Matthew Talbot Ministries sponsored by Kodak. His hobbies include gardening and shooting sports.
As a parishioner, Robert is active: preparing for Sunday mass, hospital visitation, collection, and serving funeral Masses.
Amy Bray Amy and her husband Bob were married at Our Mother of Sorrows church. She has 2 daughters, and two grandchildren. Her “roots are closely tied to this parish.” She grew up as a parishioner while attending OMOS elementary school and religious education classes during high school. Since retiring from the University of Rochester, Amy enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, gardening, exercising, and volunteering at the Women’s Care Center.
Maria lives in Greece, NY with her husband and daughters. She has worked in the private and public sectors since 1999. Maria earned BS and MS degrees from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Maria is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors at Catholic Charities Community Services, and the Parents' Association Board at Our Lady of Mercy High School.
(Secretary) Kelly lives in Greece, NY with her husband David. She is a Health & Wellness Manager at St. John’s Home for 10 years, and a nurse for 39 years. Kelly is active in local nursing groups Kelly spends time with family in Ft Myers. Her hobbies are quilting and drawing.
Ann Marie Lagonegro
Ann Marie is a parishioner at Our Mother of Sorrows just over a year. Her enthusiasm is captured by her recent comment: “The more I participate in church activities and services, the more I am ‘drawn in’ to the church by the welcoming and enthusiastic people.” Professionally, Ann Marie enjoys a rewarding career in nursing. She currently works as a Nurse Practitioner in Mental Health. Ann Marie’s son, Ian, and his wife Danielle, have three lovely and accomplished children. In December, Ann Marie will be blessed with another granddaughter Tessa Ellie. “Fr. Bill’s vision, empathy, and way of sharing the sacredness of the Eucharist have been pivotal in my decision to join this church and my willingness to serve on Parish Council.”
I lived in Greece and grew up in Paddy Hill area. I was baptized in the old church and attended Our Mother of Sorrows school. I'm active in Women's Guild and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.
Wordene (Dene) Day
Wordene Day, (better known as Dene) is blessed with one daughter and three grandsons. She currently works at Frontier Communications, going into her 48th year. As a volunteer in our community, Dene is on the board of the Frontier Pioneers, a volunteer group, helping those in need in our community. She enjoys singing with a Barbershop Group, Rochester Rhapsody. Dene sings in the choir, and cantors at Our Mother of Sorrows church. After the church the she was attending closed, Dene joined OMOS, where her daughter went to school; it was like coming home – “I love this church.” “Serving on the Parish Council is just one way I hope I can give back to God for all he has given me.”
Jennifer Lozy-Lester (Chair)
Jennifer Lozy-Lester has been a parishioner at Mother of Sorrows for 22 years. She has six children with her husband H.J. Lozy-Lester. Jennifer has worked for Social Security for 17 years. Prior to that she worked in human resources in the private sector. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in Psychology and from Cornell University with a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. She is currently matriculated in a Master of Arts - Theological Studies degree program at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Pittsford, NY. Jennifer is committed to serving our parish community. She has a blog at www.jenlsquared.com.
Rolf Miller (Cochair)
Born in NYC, Rolf moved to Rochester, NY to pursue graduate studies in Economics at the University of Rochester. Although frequently traveling across the U.S. and abroad as an IT consultant, he is proud to call Rochester home with his wife Marcia, a daughter and two grandchildren. Rolf served in the U. S. Army NATO, discharged honorably after 6 years of service. In his community, Rolf put his career on hold for 2 years while working at the Villa of Hope in Rochester. He met many personal challenges as a volunteer at AIDS Rochester where he performed advocacy and support services for people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Rolf has been a parishioner at Mother of Sorrows for 15 years, completing the RCIA process. As a member of the council, Rolf hopes to apply his servant leadership and consensus building approach to tasks which contribute to the vitality of the Our Mother of Sorrow church.
Patrick is a member of the Parish since 1985. Parish roles include, Vice President of the Men's Club, Usher at the 8:00 Mass and Adult Altar Server. He has two daughters: Tammy (Sean) and Tracy, and a granddaughter, Sadie 2 years old.
Besides his granddaughter, Patrick’s passion is painting landscapes and wildlife.
Greg Hubbel and his beautiful wife Stephanie have 9 living children ranging from 27 to 11. Greg has worked for Eastman Kodak, and Kodak Alaris as a system engineer for nearly 30yrs. He and his wife are natives of Toledo, Ohio. Their family is very happy to be at Our Mother of Sorrows after returning this past year. They are excited to be involved in this vibrant and growing parish!
Emilee has been a part of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish for her entire life. She is a very active member in the parish. She sings in the choir, cantors, serves as an extraordinary minister, and is an altar server. She is also a catechist for the Jr. and Sr. High faith formation, serves on Liturgy Committee and is a part of the Church youth group. This is her first year in parish council and she is very excited to serve our beloved parish. She is currently in eleventh grade attending Greece Arcadia High School. In college, Emilee plans to minor in catholic heritage and religious studies, and major in Biology and Education.
Fr. William G. Coffas (Pastor)
Fr. William G. Coffas, the son of William and Carol Coffas, grew up in Irondequoit and was a member of St. Ambrose Parish, now Peace of Christ. He has three sisters. On June 12, 2004, he was ordained a priest in his home parish of St. Ambrose. Fr. Coffas first served three years as parochial vicar at the Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick Parish in Tioga County and was then assigned to Our Lady of Peace in Geneva, New York for three years. In May of 2010, Fr. Coffas was named the Rector of Becket Hall, a house of discernment for men considering joining the seminary. At the same time, he served as a priest for St. Thomas More and Our Lady Queen of Peace in Brighton. Fr. Coffas was also elected to the Priest Personnel Board and appointed by The Most Rev. Salvatore R. Matano to the Presbyteral Council for the Diocese of Rochester. In the spring of 2015, Bishop Matano named Fr. Coffas the pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows in Greece, New York. In August of 2016, Fr. Coffas was made a member of the College of Consultors for the Diocese of Rochester. Fr. Coffas also serves as a member for the Clinical Pastoral Education Board at Rochester General Hospital. Father Bill enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends. In his down time, he also enjoys exercising at the gym or walking along Lake Ontario. Fr. Bill also likes to spend time appreciating various works of art.
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