Chapel Leadership

Meet the Chaplains

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Msgr. Gerard Schmitz

Msgr. Schmitz was appointed by Archbishop Blair as Interim  Chaplain in August 2018 in an effort to aid in transitioning to a new Chaplain for the 2019-20 academic year. Fr. Gerry was born in the Fair Haven section of New Haven and was ordained in 1968. He has served in several parishes and was Vicar for Priests of the Archdiocese from 2002-2015. He retired from full time active ministry on June  2017 and resides in Branford. He is a longtime friend of Fr. Bob and was present at Fr. Bob’s ordination and first Mass at St. Margaret Church in Madison.  
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Sr. Jenn Schaaf

Sr. Jenn, a native of Washington State, is a Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, NY. She holds a Bachelors in Music Education and a Masters in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Portland, Oregon. Before joining the team, she served in campus ministry at Ohio Dominican University where her emphasis was on liturgical music, retreats and developing alternative break programs. Her focus is to engage students in shared leadership and spiritual development. She joined the Saint Thomas More pastoral team in 2013.
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Rev. Karl Davis

Fr. Karl is a native of New York City. He holds a B.S. in Economics from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York and graduated from Oblate School of Theology with a Masters in Divinity. Following his ordination in 2005, Fr. Karl served as Parochial Vicar at Christ the King Church in the Archdiocese of Miami, Florida and most recently as the Pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Diocese of Oakland, California. He joined the Saint Thomas More pastoral Team in  2015.
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Carlene Demiany

Carlene is a native of Southern California. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Arts in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. She received both her Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology from Yale Divinity School. Before joining the team, Carlene lived and worked in Cusco, Peru, taught at Central High School in Bridgeport, CT, and most recently served as the director of religious education for a church in Ridgefield, Connecticut. She joined the Saint Thomas More pastoral team in 2016.
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Allan Esteron

Allan is a native of the Philippines. He holds a Bachelors in Philosophy from St. Francis Seminary, Philippines and a Masters in Religious Education from Fordham University, New York. Before joining the team, he facilitated retreats for the youth of the Archdiocese of Lipa, Philippines. He served as a campus minister at De La Salle Lipa College in Lipa, Philippines. He and his wife, Donna have a daughter, Isabella. He joined the Saint Thomas More pastoral team in 2017.
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Board of Trustees

Ex officio
Most Rev. Leonard P. Blair, S.T.D.
Archbishop of Hartford, CT
Rev. Steven C. Boguslawski, O.P
Moderator of the Curia
and Vicar General
Msgr. Gerard Schmitz, Interim
Chaplain; Asst. Secretary/Treasurer

Harold W. Attridge ‘97 M.A.H.
Attilio V. Granata ‘74 ‘77 M.D.
Barnet Phillips IV ‘70
Maura A. Ryan ‘93 Ph.D., Secretary
Edward J. Smith ‘70, Vice President

William M. Edwards ‘02, Treasurer
Roberto S. Goizueta ‘76

Amy Hungerford ‘07 M.A.H.
M. Cathleen Kaveny ‘90 J.D. ‘91 Ph.D.

Kerry A. Robinson ‘94 M.A.R.
Joseph J. Vale ‘63

Peter C. Alegi ‘56 ‘59 LL.B.
Geoffrey T. Boisi P’01 P’09
Hon. Guido Calabresi ‘53 ‘58 LL.B.
James M. Carolan, J.D.
Heather Cummings McCann ‘94
Philip M. Drake ‘48
Paul M. Kennedy ‘83 M.A.H.
Eric Kim '02
Kate L. Moore ‘73
Lamin Sanneh ‘89 M.A.H.
Lisa Vigliotti Harkness ‘87
Francis T. Vincent Jr. ‘63 LL.B.

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