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Who We Are

The Office of Parish Renewal exists to help parishes nurture a Christ-centered culture of evangelization and discipleship and build the healthy, mission-focused leadership structures that sustain it. In this way, the theological, sacramental, and catechetical underpinnings of parish life are magnified.

What We Do

We do this through “Emmaus Teams,” named after the disciples whom Jesus accompanied on the road to Emmaus (Lk 24:13-35). Comprised of two individuals gifted in the arts of evangelization and organizational health, each Emmaus Team is assigned to work with a specific set of parishes and is grounded in the value of personal relationships and authentic accompaniment.

How We Do It

Through these Emmaus Teams, every pastorate in the Archdiocese will find individualized support for their efforts to cultivate a culture of discipleship and bear fruit in disciple-making through the six Core Mission Priorities:


The Office of Parish Renewal accompanies parish leaders by providing facilitated discussions, training, and formation designed to:

Strengthen parish and pastorate leadership teams
Help parishes and pastorates focus on and discern parish mission priorities
Further the theological, sacramental and catechetical underpinnings of parish life
Share examples, coordinate resources, and facilitate collaboration with other offices
Equip parishes to be field hospitals by unifying the pastor, staff and leadership around mission

Examples of topics for these discussions, training, and formation might include:

  • Reading the signs of the times
  • Identifying and equipping new ministry leaders and evangelists
  • Revamping approaches to sacramental preparation
  • Equipping parishioners to know and share their faith journey
  • Cultivating a culture of prayer
  • Undertaking a strategic planning effort

The Office Parish Renewal collaborates closely with all of the offices in the Catholic Center, especially other offices in the Institute for Evangelization and the offices of Black Catholic Ministry and Hispanic Ministry, to provide holistic and seamless support for parish renewal in diverse missional contexts.


The first step for your parish is to find your “Emmaus Team.” These two-person teams from the Institute provide individualized support to pastors and parish leaders through facilitated discussions, training, and formation.


Select your parish from the drop-down above to discover your Emmaus Team.


Pablo has over 20 years of volunteer and professional ministerial experience, serving various faith communities in areas of adult faith formation, youth catechesis, Sacramental preparation, Liturgy coordination, evangelization outreach, social concerns ministry, young adult outreach, middle school and high school ministry. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of San Diego, and he is bi-lingual in Spanish. Originally from San Diego California, where he met my wife of now 20 years, he relocated to the state of Maryland over 3 years ago after spending 3 years in Omaha Nebraska. He has a stepson who is 29 years old, a grandson that just started Kindergarten and two dogs, Jack and Rose.

I look forward to being part of the Archdiocesan faith community and co-laboring with the pastors, parishioners and the local church in the vineyard of the Lord.


Wayne is a lifelong resident of Maryland and currently resides in Catonsville. Married in 1983 to Julie, they have two children, Martha and Grady. In 1998 Wayne came into full communion with the Catholic Church and immediately became more involved as a volunteer and catechetical leader. In 2002 he began professional ministry as a Coordinator of Youth Ministry, and in 2016 was named Pastoral Associate for his home parish of St. Agnes and St. William of York. He has served on the Archdiocesan Response Team, the Beyond the Boundaries committee, the USCCB-affiliated Catholic Mobilizing Network, directed justice and peace programs for youth, and is a frequent workshop and retreat facilitator. Prior to full-time ministry Wayne worked 25 years in the film and video media production industry as a director, writer, camera operator and editor. His hobbies include photography, cooking, writing poetry, and personal research on the American Civil War and the Holocaust.

The greatest gift we can give is our presence to another. I am always blessed by the opportunity to accompany others on their journey.


Kellie is a native of Baltimore and grew up in Harford County in St. Stephen Church, Bradshaw. She currently resides in Cecil County, MD with her husband Jay. In 1998, encouraged by the Sisters of St. Francis at her parish, Kellie began professional ministry as a Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for St. Stephen, where she had been volunteering as a catechist since the age of 19. After graduating from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland with a BA in Religious Studies, she enrolled at the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary where she completed Master’s Degrees in Theology and Church Ministry. Upon completing the Pastoral Associate Formation Program, Kellie became the Pastoral Associate of St. Stephen in 2016, broadening her ministry scope beyond youth and young adults to include support for a variety of parish ministries. Currently, she is enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary’s Seminary. When not studying, Kellie and her husband Jay enjoy exploring National Parks, camping, and gardening.

Some of my greatest joys have come from parish life, especially walking with lay leaders of all ages as they generously share their gifts in service to their family, the community, and the Church.







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What is the Institute for Evangelization?

The Institute for Evangelization was created by Archbishop Lori in February 2021 and given its charge from A Light Brightly Visible 2.0. The Institute exists to support parishes and pastorates in their local evangelizing mission. It provides parish leaders with practical tools to clarify their vision, unify their parish, and mobilize for mission.

What is new about this approach?

The Institute is built on the idea of subsidiarity, which means that efforts should be carried out at the lowest level possible so that the parishes are empowered to make decisions on issues that affect them at the local level. Evangelization is done through relationships, so the Institute supports and equips parishes in their local evangelizing efforts and offers programs and ministries that require an archdiocesan response.

Have other dioceses and archdioceses created Institutes?

In recent years, many dioceses and archdioceses around the United States have recognized the growing need to support “New Evangelization” efforts. Some have created institutes, but few have created institutes that support parishes in the same manner that the Office for Parish Renewal and the “Emmaus Teams” supports parishes.

What are Emmaus Teams?

The Office of Parish Renewal has three teams, each with two Parish Renewal Specialists. Each team of two is called an Emmaus Team, which is rooted in the story of accompaniment on the road to Emmaus and Jesus’ exhortation to go two-by-two. These Specialists are well versed in the latest evangelization resources as well as organizational health tools. Every parish or pastorate will have an Emmaus Team.

What is the “New Evangelization”?

The new Evangelization speaks to the urgent need to proclaim the Gospel using new “ardor, methods, and expression.” In 1975, Saint Paul VI issued Evangelii Nuntandi, which is about evangelization in the modern world. From St. John Paul II to Pope Francis there has been a consistent exhortation to proclaim the Gospel using new “ardor, methods, and expression.”

Is Pastoral Planning still happening?

Yes. The Emmaus Teams will be able to support parishes and pastorates in their planning efforts. While the phased process for planning will look different each pastorate is expected to undergo planning and Emmaus Teams will be able to support pastorates in preparation for planning, during planning, and during the implementation process. These teams will ensure a seamless process of Archdiocesan support.



The Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Institute for Evangelization is a new model for engagement with parishes seeking to realize their evangelizing mission more fully.
The Institute is composed of four offices that collaborate closely to ensure that support is never “one-size fits all” but can adapt to the changing needs of each parish community.


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