Reverend James E. Lease
Father Lease is a 1994 Southern Columbia Area High School graduate, earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering at Penn State in the Schreyer Honors College and received a Master of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware.
Father Lease has been very involved with the church his entire life. His family attended church every Sunday and Lease served as a pianist and organist. The summer between college and graduate school, Lease worked at Saint Francis of Assisi parish in Harrisburg — a poor, inner-city, multi-cultural parish.
Lease has served in a number of positions, including Sacred Heart of Jesus in Lewistown and Saint Jude in Mifflintown the summer of 2006.
He served as assistant parochial vicar at Saint Theresa Parish in New Cumberland from 2007-2011, as chaplain of Trinity Hill School in Camp Hill from 2008-2011, and as parochial vicar at Saint Joseph in Hanover from 2011-2013, where he was pastor for the Hispanic community.
Lease was chaplain of York Catholic High School from 2011-2012, and of Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown from 2012-2015 and pastor of Sacred Heart Basilica in Hanover, the oldest parish in the diocese founded in 1741, from 2013-2015.
Since 2016, Father Lease has served as the Harrisburg Diocese’s director of the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. He is responsible for promoting understanding and harmony among Christian groups and other religions in the diocese.
Father Lease is an Eagle Scout and has been active on the executive board of the Columbia-Montour Boy Scout Council and has worked with the local Danville Troop and Cub Pack. He has served as adviser of the Order of the Arrow, which is Scouting’s National Honor Society.
Reverend Joshua R. Weaver
Father Joshua Weaver was born in Camp Hill and is a graduate of Trinity High School. His home parish is Saint Joseph Parish, Mechanicsburg. His formation for the priesthood took place at Saint Mary’s University and Seminary, Emmittsburg, MD and Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, Philadelphia, PA. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Gainer on June 2, 2019.
In addition to sacramental and pastoral ministry, Father Josh will also serve as the Chaplain at Bishop McDevitt High School.
Reverend Jordan Hite, TOR
Sister Elizabeth Ann Motz, IHM
A native of Philadelphia, Sister Liz attended Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and received her higher education at Immaculata University. She has served in seven dioceses in North and South America and is fluent in Spanish. As Pastoral Associate, Sister assists in the pastoral care of our parishioners and those who come to us in need. This includes visitation to our parishioners who are in hospitals and nursing homes as well the homebound. She also facilitates the registration process for new parishioners. Sisters manages Catherine’s Cupboard (our emergency food bank for the poor) and directs our Thanksgiving Food Drive and Christmas Giving Tree Project.
Mr. Mark Frey
Mark and his wife Nancy have three grown children, Jill, Holly and Joey who all attended Religious Education at Saint Catherine’s. They also have four wonderful grandchildren, Ethan, Olivia, Gavin and Charlotte. Mark officially joined Saint Catherine Labouré Parish after going through the RCIA formation in 2001 and becoming a Catholic. He began his career at Saint Catherine’s in January 2011, after previously working in the Supermarket industry for both Giant Foods and Weis Markets. His education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Albright College as well as a Certificate in Church Management from Villanova University. His hobbies consist of running, biking, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP
Mrs. Joreen Kelly
Joreen has served as the Music Minister at Saint Catherine’s since 1976 after graduating from Lebanon Valley College with a degree in Music Education. In addition to being the parish organist /choir director she taught music at Saint Catherine Labouré School from 1976 until 2011. In 1995 she discovered a new passion, technology, and began to teach computer applications as well as web site creation and digital media. In 2011 she began her second career with the parish as the social media coordinator for the parish; which includes editing the parish newsletter, our mobile app, Daily Inspirations, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media applications. She has taken graduate courses at Millersville University, Pennsylania State University and Wilkes College.
DIRECTOR OF STEWARDSHIP
Ms. Kathy Panza
As Director of Stewardship, Kathy works to foster a sense of belonging among the members of the parish by coordinating programs, ministries, and activities that strengthen and support the parish as a Community of Faith. She engages our parishioners to live the Faith by sharing their time, talent, and treasure. Kathy serves as a contact for established parish organizations and ministries as well as a point person for those special events which bring the parish together to build community. She strives to create opportunities and framework to help parishioners understand that stewardship is an expression of discipleship that calls us to share our gifts of time, talent and treasure.
DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Mrs. Joan Ellen Frist
Jo Ellen has twenty-one years experience in Catholic Religious Education serving seventeen years supporting the Archdiocese for Military Services as a contract RE Coordinator and the last four years as Coordinator at Saint Patrick Parish in Carlisle, PA. She graduated with a BA from the College of Mount Saint Joseph on-the-Ohio. She is the mother of three and the grandmother of eleven. In her spare time she enjoys ushering for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra at the Forum and Hershey Theatre performances. In a past life she has been involved in Adult Religious Education, Youth Ministry, Liturgy, RCIA, Parish Administration, Sacrament Preparation, Pastoral Parish Council and Hospice.
DIRECTOR OF ADULT FAITH FORMATION
Mrs. Deb Salldin
Deb has been a member of St. Catherine Labouré Parish since childhood and has enjoyed raising her seven children in our parish community. She is a graduate of Bishop McDevitt High School and received her bachelors in education from Shippensburg University. Deb has had many experiences within the realm of religious education, faith formation, and faith-based organization leadership.
Deb provides opportunities for adult members of Saint Catherine Labouré Parish to grow in all aspects of the Christian life. She works with our parish RCIA process, Pre-Jordan Program (preparing parents for the Sacrament of Baptism of their children), Pre-Cana Program (working with mentors preparing couples for the Sacrament of Marriage, Adult Continuing Catechesis, and Catholics returning to the practice of their faith.
Ms. Kathy Sperry
Born in western Pennsylvania, Kathy has lived in Harrisburg and been a parishioner at Saint Catherine Labouré Parish for over 42 years. Kathy is an alumna of Saint Catherine Labouré School and Bishop McDevitt High School. She holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration from the National Education Center and has over 26 years of Parish Office experience.
Mrs. Sharon Martin
Sharon is responsible for all financial records of the parish and works closely with Mark Frey, Busness Administrator. She has been a member of Saint Catherine’s Parish for 16 years. She is married to Patrick and they have 3 sons.
YOUTH PROCTECTION OFFICER
ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COORDINATOR
Mrs. Margaret Bollinger
This position advances the mission of the parish through administrative support to the Parish Manager. This staff person oversees the parish’s compliance with diocesan and state Youth Protection standards and coordinates other details of parish temporal and human resources.
Mrs. Jodi Reagan, Principal
Mrs. Reagan was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland. She earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia. She received her post graduate Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Mrs. Reagan has worked in both Catholic and Public School Systems. She has served as principal and assistant principal in the Archdiocese of Washington and the Archdiocese of San Antonio. She comes to Saint Catherine Labouré after serving as principal at Queen of Apostles School in Alexandria, Virginia.
DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT
Kelly grew up in Middletown, PA . She is a graduate of Seven Sorrows Elementary School and Bishop McDevitt High School. Kelly attended Millersville University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Journalism. She worked at various non-profits before landing at Saint Catherine Labouré School in 2014. Kelly is married to Joe and they have 2 sons, Benjamin and James, with another child on the way.