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Rev. Peter Filipkowski, Pastor

Arlene Somers, Director of Religious Education

Arlene has had a long time passion for spirituality, education, and a deeper understanding of the human person. It is that deeper understanding of the human person - that is, psychology - that fosters a more holistic approach to the spiritual, academic, emotional, and mental developments for people of all ages. She attended Seton Hall University and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education, with a minor in Religious Studies. She also obtained an MAE in Psychology. Arlene is a certified teacher and has a Certificate of Theology.

Throughout her years in education, Arlene has ministered in the Archdiocese of NY, in the Diocese of Scranton, PA, in the Diocese of Allentown, PA, and in the Diocese of Paterson, NJ. She has served as Chair for the Liturgy Committee, has mentored co-workers participating in the graduate program offered through Fordham University, and was a member of the Middle States Accreditation team while ministering in the Archdiocese of NY. Arlene coordinated the Sacramental Programs in schools located in three of the four dioceses. She was the Pastoral Associate in parishes in PA and NJ assuming various responsibilities such as Director of the RCIA program, Director of Religious Education, and Coordinator and Facilitator of Retreats.

Having attended various lectures and workshops such as 'Spirituality and Healthcare: A Moral and Faith-Filled Enterprise', as well as the 'Center of Ministry and Spirituality Summer Institute' - both offered at the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, NJ. Arlene believes that, whenever possible, an opportunity for continuing education will both challenge her to personal growth and enrich her professional development.

During moments outside the professional realm, Arlene enjoys spending time in nature and being in the company of friends and family.

Kathleen Hegarty, Organist

Kathie has been a church musician and accompanist in the Morris County area for over 22 years. She was previously organist at St. Michael's Church (Netcong, NJ), Associate Director of Music and organist at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (Boonton, NJ) and has been at St. Catherine's, her home parish, since 2006.

She obtained undergraduate degrees in Music and Education, and a graduate degree in French. Kathie has taught music in public and parochial schools and on the Junior College level. She is a participating member of the Metropolitan Guild Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Kathie lives in Denville with her husband John. Their family includes daughter Susan, her husband John, grandhildren Charlie and Maggie, son John and his wife Valarie, and daughter Patty.

Chris Wallace, Director of Music

Chris has been singing ever since the fourth grade, when he was a boy soprano in the choir at St. Catherine of Siena parish in Norwood, MA. He has sung ever since then, most notably in the Chorale at the University of Notre Dame, and as a member of the Dallas Symphony Chorus for eight years, where he met his lovely bride. Chris has been privileged to sing under the batons of such notable conductors as Andrew Litton, Richard Hickox, Claus Peter Flor, Andrew McGill and Zubin Mehta.

His lifelong love of choral singing led him to happily accept the position of Director of Music here at St. Catherineís in December of 2005. Since that time, he has encouraged young singers in the childrenís choir to embrace the rich tradition of Catholic choral singing. He has also instituted the new tradition of sacred choral concerts here at the parish. In 2013, he was awarded his Masterís degree in Theology with a concentration in Biblical Studies from Seton Hall University.