Pastoral Council​ Corner

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body;  and be thankful.

Colossians 3:15

Pastoral Council Chair:

Ginny Grant – She moved here 20 years ago. She is active in a lot of church activities and is a hospice volunteer. She started the Ladies Tea which raised money for a scholarship fund for girls in the parish. She was also the past president of the Columbiettes.

Finance Council Chair:​

Jack Semanko – He moved here Dec 15, 2001 and has been a member of our parish for 20 years. He was a hospital administrator until retirement. He is the Finance Council Chair and said the Finance Council did an exceptional job in the planning and building of the new building and Columbarium. He is a certified marriage mentor but there are not too many marriages here! Mostly funerals!

Kim Antolini

Kim Antolini – Kim and her husband Tom first discovered OIB and St. Brendan in 2005, and after years of returning, they decided to make it their permanent home along with their two dogs and cat. Before their relocation, they were involved in their church communities, actively participating in St. Mark in Huntersville and St. Matthew in Charlotte. In addition to her career as a real estate broker, Kim finds fulfillment in serving, whether through Rotary or here at St. Brendan. In her free time, Kim enjoys running and walking Buddy and Mickey. Her favorite activity though is spending quality time with her adult children, Sydney and Romeo.

Stephen Bonawitz

Madeline Dubas

Madeline Dubas – Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, my husband, Ron, and I moved to Sunset Beach in 2005 and became members of St. Brendan. Working as a receptionist in the Parish Office was a good indoctrination into the behind the scene activities of our parish. Being a Eucharistic Minister is both a privilege and a joy.

With the grace of Our Lord, hopefully my life experiences will help me to become a valuable asset to the Council.

Sandy Esparza

Sandy Esparza

Ada Flores-

Ada Flores – Also from Porto Rico. Has been here for 5 years. Lives in Cardinal Pointe. She will be coordinating the John the 23rd retreat. And she loves the Yankees!

Matt Kelly

Celeste Korpon

Celeste Korpon – Celeste and her husband, Steve, retired to Brunswick County from Maryland in 2006. They have been parishioners for 18 years. Celeste is a retired high school history teacher and library media specialist. She is a former member of the Environment Committee and currently serves as a Eucharistic Minister. Since moving to NC, Celeste has been active in her community serving on the Board of Directors, as well as several committees. Celeste also volunteers as a SHIIP counselor providing non-biased Information for Medicare enrollees. SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) is part of the NC Dept. of Insurance. Celeste enjoys bridge and golf.

Tom Kuncewitch

Tom Kuncewitch

Bob McGahran

Bob McGahran – Lives in Carolina Shores. He was ordained a Deacon 40 years ago. He is officially retired so he can serve in any parish with the Pastors permission! He does whatever he can for Father Mark. He also likes soccer and football.

Pat McLaughlin

Pat McLaughlin

Charlie McShane

Charlie McShane – Charlie is originally from Philadelphia and grew up on the Northshore of Boston where he graduated from St. John’s Prep and continued his education at Florida Tech.  His career of 44 years was entirely in the Property and Casualty Insurance field working for major insurance companies. Charlie served on the Board of Homeport in Columbus, OH, an organization devoted to affordable housing.  In Baltimore he served on the Board of Baltimore Ballet. Vacationers at OIB since 1995 Charlie and Sherry purchased property at Rivers Edge in 2003 and built a home in 2014.  They have lived in Shallotte since 2015.  He currently serves as a lector and extraordinary minister at St Brendan, a role he had at several prior parishes; in IA, OH, MA & MD.

Sandra Nelson

Sandra Nelson – She is a retired high school principal. She has lived in Rivers Edge for the past 14 years. She sings in the choir and is also a Columbiette. She is also the chairperson for the Christmas Enhancement Committee which handles Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and the weekly Altar flowers. They make every effort to enhance the parishioners’ appreciation and understanding of the gospel.

Vincent Russo

May we, like our patron, St. Brendan, trust joyfully in the guidance of our God and in the goodness of our fellow travelers.

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