Meet the Steering Committee
Steering Committee Chair and Commemorative Publication Committee Chair
Horace and his wife, Kathy, have been members of St. Patrick since 2007. They have 4 children and 8 grandchildren. Horace retired in 2012 after a career in the commercial food equipment industry. For a time they lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Mexico City due to his company’s businesses in Latin America. At St. Patrick, Horace serves as a lector and was previously a member of the Parish Council. He is very excited about the opportunity for St. Pat’s to celebrate its history, and also to renew our enthusiasm for our journey of faith in the 21st century. Horace shares: “I’m confident that we have planned an interesting and inspiring series of events for our Jubilee Year of 2019. I hope that all our parishioners will have the opportunity to share in this celebration and benefit from it!”
Steering Committee Co-Chair and Youth & Family Committee Chair
Leo joined St. Patrick Parish in December 2017. He is a Knight of Columbus and is involved in Reach More. He also leads a men’s bible study at St. Agnes (previous parish). After retiring from the healthcare industry, Leo moved to Kendal Crosslands and looks forward to volunteering more within the parish and Kennett Square communities. Leo shares: “It is clear to me that God wants me to find the true meaning of my faith by engaging where I can make a difference. I love St. Patrick Parish and expect that my journey of ‘belonging here’ will present more opportunities to stay involved and to use my God-given gifts.”
Robert “Bert” Bertrando
Steering Committee Co-Chair and Golf Outing Chair
Bert has been a parishioner at St. Patrick for 77 years. In the past, he has participated as a lector, a teacher in PREP, and Parish Council member. In his professional career, he began teaching in the Unionville School District in 1963 as a Social Studies/English teacher, and concluded as the Director of Secondary Education. Presently, you can find him at Sam’s Sub Shop.
History Committee Chair
Assisting with Opening Mass and Community Thanksgiving Service
Anne Marie DeWire Williams has been a parishioner of St. Patrick Parish for over 70 years. The DeWire’s were one of the founding families in 1867 and her grandson is the 6th generation of the family to receive sacraments at St. Patrick’s. As chair of the History Committee, she works hand-in-hand with Terry Alonzo Forte, JoBeth Pesce Thompson, and Phyllis Tavoni Smith, to bring St. Pat’s wonderful history alive. Be sure to check out the History Committee’s section of parishioners’ remembrances, stories, and anecdotes in the weekly Sunday Bulletin and on the parish website. Anne shares: “I look most forward to the event, ‘A Homecoming, St. Patrick’s Parish Picnic & School Reunion: Welcoming All Parishioners and St. Pat’s Alumni’ on May 19, 2019. It will take place at Anson Nixon Park, and will be a day filled with fun, food, entertainment, and great fellowship for people of all ages, having one common love for all that St. Patrick Church was, is and always will be.”
Liturgical Committee Chair
Madeleine has been a parishioner of St. Patrick’s for 26 years. She and her husband are the proud parents of 4 children, all of whom attended St. Pat’s school. Madeleine shares: “It has been a pleasure serving on the 150th Jubilee Steering Committee and meeting many new people from the parish. I am looking forward to participating in the many events planned for the Jubilee Year!”
Social Committee Chair
Michael has been a member of the parish since he and his wife, Madeleine, first moved to Kennett Square 26 years ago. Their 4 children (Michael, Katie, Chris and Andy) all attended St. Patrick School and Michael was very active in the Home and School Association and CYO sports where he coached the track team for 12 years. He has been a lector since joining the parish and is currently a member of the Parish Council in addition to the Jubilee Steering Committee. Michael loves to spend time with his family, and is an avid fisherman, gardener and woodworker.