Archdiocesan Lay Pastoral Council

The 13 members of the Archdiocesan Lay Pastoral Council (APC), appointed by Archbishop Lori during the summer of 2019, include 10 members representing the regional areas of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, as well as three at-large members representing the African American, Latino and Young Adult communities respectively. 

Community Input
The Council welcomes input from the community, and encourages parishioners and others to share their interests and concerns by clicking HERE.  (To see a list of parishes organized by vicariate and region, click HERE.)  While it is not possible to respond personally to each comment, all input will be shared with the members for their consideration.  From time to time, the Council will proactively solicit input on various issues as well.    

Meeting Schedule and Notes
The 13 members of the new Archdiocesan Pastoral Council met for the first time for an orientation retreat in September, 2019.  They have held two in-person meetings since then in November 2019 (see notes here) and February 2020 (see notes here) and convened by conference call in January 2020 (see notes here).

Additional meetings of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council for the 2022-23 year are listed below, along with links for previous meeting minutes. 

April 29, 2020 (see notes here)

June 16, 2020 (see notes here)

October 5, 2020 (see notes here)

November 5, 2020 (see notes here)

March 27, 2021 (see notes here)

May 8, 2021 (see notes here)

February 26, 2022 (see notes here)

April 30, 2022

July 16, 2022

September 17, 2022

November 5, 2022

February 18, 2023

Selection Process
Parishioners throughout the Archdiocese interested in serving on the APC were encouraged through bulletin notices, information in the Catholic Review and other avenues to submit applications online or by mail to the Archdiocese.  The pastors representing the 10 regions of the Archdiocese, along with two lay parishioners from the region, reviewed local applications and submitted recommended candidates to the Archdiocese.  At-large applications were reviewed by appropriate archdiocesan staff.  Recommended candidates were interviewed by phone by the regional vicars and archdiocesan staff who forwarded their final recommendations to the Archbishop for his review and approval.

Archdiocesan Lay Pastoral Council Responsibilities

Archdiocesan Lay Pastoral Council Outline

“Today more than ever we need men and women who, on the basis of their experience of accompanying others, are familiar with processes which call for prudence, understanding, patience and docility to the Spirit. […] We need to practice the art of listening, which is more than simply hearing. Listening, in communication, is an openness of heart which makes possible that closeness without which genuine spiritual encounter cannot occur. Listening helps us to find the right gesture and word which shows that we are more than simply bystanders. Only through such respectful and compassionate listening can we enter on the paths of true growth and awaken a yearning for the Christian ideal: the desire to respond fully to God’s love and to bring to fruition what he has sown in our lives.”

Evangelii Gaudium, 171


  • Through prayerful discernment open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, facilitate and strengthen dialogue between the Archbishop and the faithful of the Archdiocese in all its diversity
  • Provide honest and constructive counsel to the Archbishop in his role as shepherd of the faithful and evangelizer of those alienated from the Church
  • In consultation with the Archbishop and diocesan leaders as appropriate, gather information, ponder, and propose practical conclusions regarding major pastoral initiatives of the Archdiocese
  • Serve as a forum for discussion of areas of interest raised by the laity


Member Qualifications/Responsibilities (*See accompanying job description/application form)

  • Practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church who is actively involved in his or her parish community
  • Acceptance of Church teaching and experience in prayerful discernment
  • Ability to communicate collaboratively in a large group setting
  • Familiarity with the interests and concerns of the local, archdiocesan and global Church



Three-year nonrenewable terms; initial members will be grouped by one, two, or three year terms to rotate membership gradually and will number 13.  Members should include at least six women and should reflect the diversity of the Archdiocese.

  • The Archbishop serves as chair; regional vicars as ex officio
  • One lay representative from each of the 10 regions represented on the Presbyteral Council, selected through the following process:
    • Nominees submit an application form, resume and letter of recommendation from their pastor for consideration through an online link posted by all parishes in each region (hosted by the Archdiocese)
    • The Presbyteral Council regional representative, along with two representatives of local parishes selected by the Presbyteral Council rep (one male, one female from two separate parishes other than the parish of the Presbyteral Council rep) submit two names for consideration to the regional vicar
    • The regional vicar submits a recommended candidate to the Archbishop for his approval
  • One lay representative of the African American community, selected in consultation with the Urban Vicar and the Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries
  • One lay representative of the Latino community, selected in consultation with the Eastern Vicar and Director of the Office of Hispanic Ministries
  • One representative of the young adult community, selected by the Director of the Division of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in consultation with the executive Director of the Office of Evangelization


  • Quarterly, rotating among the three vicariates; one meeting/year could be a retreat/formation opportunity

(Additional interim meetings may be necessary in the initial year of the APC.)

  • Meetings held either weeknights or Saturday mornings
  • The agenda for each meeting will be set by the Archbishop in consultation with an executive committee of the APC with support from staff and will be disseminated in a timely manner in advance of the meeting to the members.


Initial Considerations for the 2019
Archdiocesan Pastoral Council

  • The Archdiocesan Pastoral Council (APC) is consultative to the Archbishop on current matters of priority in the Archdiocese, and will follow parallel operating procedures for the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council and College of Consultors.
  • The initial membership should help to discern how the role of the APC will be integrated into the decision-making process of the Archbishop and the leadership of the Archdiocese without unnecessarily duplicating the work of other consultative bodies.
  • New members should be provided with appropriate formation and an orientation of the Pastoral Center in order to have a general understanding of the operations of the Archdiocese.
  • The initial membership should review the proposed mission and membership selection process for possible adaptations, and conduct regular assessment of this body to ensure its purpose and mission is being effectively met.
  • The APC should create methods to hear from the people of their Regions and representative groups so that they may accurately reflect to the Archbishop the input from the people of the Archdiocese as a whole.
  • Recognizing that the Archbishop does not have the authority to change settled Church teaching, the role of the APC is to assist in discerning how to accompany practicing and alienated Catholics as they seek to understand and apply Church teaching to the reality of their daily lives.
  • When feasible, technology should be employed to gather input, hold meetings and communicate with the people of the Archdiocese and among APC members.
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Members of the Archdiocesan Lay Pastoral Council

Eastern Vicariate
Regional Vicar: Msgr. Jay O’Connor

East Baltimore County Representative

  • Name: Elaine McCubbin
  • Profession: (Retired) CPA, Banker, State of Maryland Economic Development
  • Parish/City: Our Lady Queen of Peace, Middle River/23 years
  • Highlights of Parish Involvement: Parish Finance Committee Chair, Cantor, Lector
  • Why I Want to Serve on APC: We are living in challenging times for the Church, from within and without in the secularized world. I believe caring Catholics must get involved to help navigate these changes.

North Baltimore County Representative

  • Name: Stephanie Clancy
  • Profession: Retired – VP, T. Rowe Price
  • Parish/City: Church of the Nativity,Timonium/15 years
  • Highlights of Parish Involvement: Financial Council, Guest Services Minister, Adoration Minister and Eucharistic Minister
  • Why I want to serve on the APC: I am excited to serve on the Archdiocese Pastoral Council (APC) because I cherish my Catholic faith! Today, more than ever, it is critical that Archdiocesan leaders understand the feelings, perceptions, interests, and experiences of the laity. I would like to contribute to improving that understanding, and the APC can provide such a means on a regular and continuous basis. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I look forward to humbly listening to, and representing, the views of the parishioners in my region, to the Archdiocesan leadership.

West Baltimore County Representative

  • Name: Uju Okwesili
  • Profession: Registered Nurse
  • Parish/City: Holy Family Catholic Church, Randallstown/24 years
  • Highlights of Parish Involvement: In my parish, I am a communion minister, lector, regular volunteer and member of the service committee. Additionally, I am active 25-year member of the Nigerian Igbo Catholic Community, as well as a good Christian mother and wife to my family and extended family.
  • Why I want to serve on the APC: Having been a Catholic for my entire life, I am at a point where attending Masses on Sundays and participating in parish activities does not fulfill the zeal I have to serve God and humanity with all my strength and might, and to contribute to the growth of God’s kingdom on Earth. Remember, prayer without works is dead. Serving as a member of the APC allows me to contribute my knowledge and service to the need of a growing church community that is culturally diverse in this 21st century. The congregational makeup in our parishes is diverse, and there is a great need to accommodate these cultures to enrich and grow God’s church on Earth. The needs of culturally diverse church communities have to be accommodated for the church to remain one, Catholic and apostolic. As a registered nurse, I understand the significance of this in rendering holistic care and I bring this attribute to the APC in collaboration with other members to advance the growth of our church communities.

Harford County Representative

  • Name: Anita Cain
  • Profession:  IT Senior Project/Program Manager
  • Parish/City:  Saint Mark Roman Catholic Church, Fallston/21 years
  • Highlights of Parish Involvement:  Pastoral Council president and member, Catechist, Youth and Young Adult advisory committee, Liturgy Committee, FaithFest Maryland Project Manager
  • Why I want to serve on the APC: I am passionate about my faith and religion. I want to share my passion and help support the initiatives to keep our faithful supported while continuing the efforts to attract the Inactive and Marginal Catholics.

Anne Arundel County Representative

  • Name: Sara Miller
  • Profession: Educator
  • Parish: St. Mary’s, Annapolis/7 years
  • Highlights of Parish Involvement: Walking With Purpose Bible Study leader, Substitute catechist for Elementary Faith Formation, Wedding Coordinator
  • Why I want to serve on the APC: I believe that lay people becoming more involved in the church is one real way to make a difference. A council of lay members such as this one offers a unique opportunity for me to live out the church’s mission of unity, through knowledge of each other, dialogue, and collaboration.  Throughout the world, the Catholic Church has set up institutions from schools to hospitals that help millions of people every day.  The body of the church, its members, go out in the world and serve God’s people, shining Christ’s light to those in darkness. That is what I want the Catholic Church to be known for.  That is what makes me proud to be Catholic. I believe that being a member of this council would allow me to add to the work of the church in bringing Christ to the world and showing that we are His through the way we live.


Urban Vicariate
Regional Vicar: Bishop Denis Madden


Harbor/Metro West Representative

  • Name: Larry Simmons
  • Profession: Community Outreach Consultant
  • Parish/City: New All Saints, Baltimore/12 Years
  • Highlights of Parish Involvement: Pastoral Council Secretary for 6 years, member of a committee that raised funds for new windows, represented the church in efforts to secure a grocery store in the surrounding community. Past Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus, Cardinal Shehan Council # 205
  • Why I want to serve on the APC: Serving on the APC is an excellent opportunity to share the concerns and ideas of the parishioners and to work with the team to research and recommend solutions to the Archbishop.

Harbor/Metro East Representative

  • Name: Jesus Eusebio Perez
  • Parish: Sacred Heart of Jesus, Baltimore
  • Profession: Administrative assistant, Archbishop Borders School; community leader
  • Highlights of Parish Involvement: immigrant community advocate through parish involvement, Quinceañera planner
  • Why I want to serve on the APC: I want to serve my parish community and the church and make sure that my community is informed, educated, and have the resources needed. I believe we are better when we all work together as one community.


Western Vicariate
Regional Delegate: Deacon Christopher Yeung


Central Representative

  • Name: Richard Babbitt
  • Profession: Operations Manager – Manufacturing
  • Parish/City: John the Evangelist, Frederick/3 years
  • Highlights of Parish Involvement: Active member and officer in Knights of Columbus, St. John’s Council #1622; Member Bishop McNamara Assembly #384; facilitator for parish small group discussion on church abuse crisis; support kids and wife with faith formation, children’s liturgy, and choir.
  • Why I want to serve on the APC: My wife and I lean heavily on our faith and church teachings to help us raise our kids and give us perspective through life’s challenges. The well-publicized church crisis has many people moving away from the church and her teachings. This is the time to get more involved and take an active role in ensuring my family and children have the same empowering faith experience I had growing up. This is an opportunity to support the church as it has supported me, both at my local parish and the archdiocese at large.

South Central Representative

  • Name: Consuelo Petro
  • Profession: Teacher
  • Parish/City: St. John the Evangelist, Columbia/19 years
  • Highlights of Parish Involvement – DRE for parish children who attend public or non-Catholic private schools; support families in evangelizing their children in God’s faith; Lector, Secretary for the Hispanic Committee.
  • Why I want to serve on the APC: I want to serve as a member of the APC to help bring together the Archdiocese and the Hispanic community to work actively in the Evangelization processes. I would, also, like to support the Archbishop in implementing the mechanisms to help the new generation of parishioners feel identified with their faith.

Western Representative

  • Name: Camilla Rawe
  • Profession: Retired DRE
  • Parish: Divine Mercy Parish at St. Ann Church, Grantsville/37 years
  • Parish Involvement: Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Mission Team member, Bible Study Facilitator
  • Why I want to serve on the APC: Serving on this Council would give me an opportunity to help not only my parish but also the archdiocese.

Young Adult Community Representative

  • Name: Chelsea Baranoski
  • Profession: Proofreader
  • Parish/City: Jane Frances de Chantal, Pasadena/Lifelong Parishioner
  • Highlights of Parish/Church Involvement: Theology on Tap Coordinator for Anne Arundel Catholic, the regional young adult ministry for Anne Arundel County.  Manager of Facebook, email, and bulletin communications for Anne Arundel Catholic.  Small group leader for Alpha at St. John’s in Severna Park; Volunteer for Youth Alpha at St. Jane Frances in Pasadena.
  • Why I want to serve on the APC: I desire to be a voice for young adults and to help grow, strengthen, and support the young adult community in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  I also desire to grow in my own faith while learning how to enhance the faith of others.

Latino Community Representative

  • Name: Gloria Olivares
  • Profession: Board Certified Nurse Practitioner
  • Parish/City: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Glyndon/ 7 years
  • Highlights of Parish Involvement: Extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, Liturgy Coordinator of the Catholic Charismatic of Prayer group Sendero de Luz, Evangelization of Crecimientos, CEB’s facilitator.
  • Why I want to serve on the APC: My entire family is Catholic. I was raised in the Catholic faith. I am an immigrant from Chile, and I have been living in the USA for the last 30 years. I have experienced how difficult it is to adjust to another culture, language and how important is God in those moments. I have some ideas on how to help parishioners to understand the importance of taking care of each other. As an immigrant, I can help the APC understand the challenges of the Latino communities in our State.

African American Community Representative

  • Name: Honorable Alexander Wright, Jr.
  • Profession: Associate judge, Court of Special Appeals
  • Parish: New All Saints Catholic Church, Baltimore City/20 years
  • Highlights of Parish/Church Involvement: Lifelong Catholic; Corporator; Catholic Charities participation; Board Member, Good Shepard Services 2008 – 2016; Franciscan Center, 2018 – Present, Vice-Chair
  • Why I want to serve on the APC: As a life-long resident of Baltimore City and the surrounding area, I see so much need.  It is my belief that we, as members of the flock, have a responsibility to help address this need.  The reconstitution of the Pastoral Council can be used as a vehicle to make a difference in all of our communities and by doing so strengthen our church.
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