The Journey to Racial Justice Coordinating Council

Archbishop William E. Lori has defined promoting racial justice as a key part of being missionary disciples. Therefore, those who are invested with leadership and influence shall be fully engaged in this initiative.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore created The Journey to Racial Justice Coordinating Council. It is comprised of senior level staff throughout the Archdiocese to support this archdiocesan-wide initiative. This includes the archdiocesan Pastoral Center as well as the parochial, educational, health care and social service institutions in the Archdiocese. Members of this council include:

Auxiliary Bishop Bruce Lewandowski, C.Ss.R.
Archbishop’s Vicar for Hispanic Ministry

Christian Kendzierski
Archdiocesan Executive Director of Communications

Dr. Donna Hargens
Archdiocesan Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Dr. Camille Brown
Associate Superintendent for School Leadership and Community Programs

Clergy Formation
Father Raymond Harris
Pastor of Holy Family, Randallstown

Father James Proffitt
Director of the Archdiocesan Division of Clergy Personnel

Human Resources
Joann Pelipesky
Archdiocesan Director of Human Resources

Vendor/Contract Management
John Matera
Archdiocesan Chief Financial Officer

Social Justice
Jenny Kraska
Executive Director of the Maryland Catholic Conference

Evangelization & Vocations
Sister Rita Michelle Proctor, O.S.P.

Julie St. Croix, Director of Parish Renewal
Superior General of the Oblate Sisters of Providence

Racism Workgroup
Lia Salinas
Archdiocesan Director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry

Independent Schools
Dr. Deacon Curtis Turner
Head of St. Frances Academy, Baltimore

Yvonne Wenger
Archdiocesan Director of Community Affairs

If you are interested in supporting these efforts, please contact Sherita Thomas at