Office of


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.


Annie Sarlo, from Allentown, Pennsylvania, brings a vision of evangelization, missionary discipleship and leadership development. She has served on several national and international nonprofit Boards, using her gifts in leadership, development and strategic thinking. Annie has served in ministry around the globe for over twenty eight years, including ten years in the Philippines and as Secretary for Catholic Life and Evangelization in the Diocese of Allentown. With a heart for mentoring and empowering pastoral leadership, Annie is now serving as a Parish Renewal Specialist for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.


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.


Becki grew up in Wilmington, DE then lived for a time in Arizona and Illinois, before settling in Catonsville, MD in 2003. Becki and her husband Dean have two children, Nathan and Samantha. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Duquesne University and a Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Planning, Administration, and Community Practice from Arizona State University. She served in youth ministry for 20 years and most recently was Pastoral Associate for Evangelization at St. Francis of Assisi in Fulton. In her years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Becki has served on teams for Justice Action Week, Mid-Atlantic Congress, Archdiocesan Pilgrimage, Rise Up!, and Baltimore Youth Catholic Conference. Becki and her family are members of Our Lady of Victory Parish in Arbutus.


Sam, his wife Eileen, and their four children are from Northern New Jersey. The call to Lay Ecclesial Ministry for Sam began as a volunteer in youth ministry for a local parish in the Diocese of Paterson, serving on the Young Adult Council for the Archdiocese of Newark, participating in the Frassati Fellowship in NY, and being part of Lifenet, Inc’s Speakers Bureau. As the call grew stronger and became clearer he left secondary education to serve as full-time youth and young adult minister at Guardian Angel Church in the Archdiocese of Newark. During this time he was blessed to have met his wife and complete his MA in Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary. Prior to joining the Office of Parish Renewal, Sam served on the Board of Lifenet, Inc. and was a founding member of the New Jersey chapter of Fathers of St. Joseph.

I am grateful to the Lord to be a part of this ministry in this time of saints, to share the Good News of John 3:16 and Romans 5:8, and to cultivate A Light Brightly Visible.


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.