Secretariat – Who We Are

The Secretariat has been supporting and guiding the Cursillo movement at St. Basil’s for over forty years. We work with the community to ensure that every Cursillo weekend held at Saint Basil Salvatorian Center provides a consistently excellent experience for the candidates. At our monthly meetings we use our experiences on the weekends themselves and input from team, spiritual directors, candidates, and the general community to enhance the Cursillo weekends. We update rectors and rectoras and the spiritual directors about any changes we have made in order to make each Cursillo weekend the BEST EVER!

We have lay persons and one Spiritual Director, Father Martin.  We all have specific jobs to ensure the success of the nine Cursillos in this house, two in prison, and the Cursillo renewal. We discern new rectors, rectoras, and secretariat members; we sponsor rector/rectora school; we are the liaison to Prison Cursillo; and we each participate in one Cursillo a year.

On behalf of the Secretariat, thank you for your prayer, love, and encouragement throughout the year. God bless and keep our Cursillo at Saint Basil’s strong and fruitful.

We remain united in prayer for a greater spirit of evangelization at the Center.  The community is invited to pray the following prayers daily for Cursillo:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with You.  Blessed are you amount women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

Heart of Jesus, make me holy
Heart of Mary, teach me to love Jesus
Heart of Joseph, teach me purity of Heart

All Highest, Glorious God, cast Your light into the darkness of my heart.  Give me right faith, firm, hope, perfect charity, and profound humility, with wisdom and perception, O Lord, so that I may do what is truly Your holy will. Amen.

The Secretariat

  • Fr. Martin Hyatt, Spiritual Director
  • Sue Minear, Chair
  • Gary Hufnagle, Assistant Chair
  • Jeannine Blanhette
  • Jeannine Cunniff
  • Michelle Fastnacht
  • Peg Howson
  • Jim Hickey
  • Bernadette Ippolito
  • Jay Ippolito
  • Marie Lucey
  • Austin O’Connor
  • Nicki O’Donnell
  • Allan Paduano
  • Peter Portante
  • Scott Vachon
  • Phil Vidic
  • Elders of the Secretariat (Lifelong members):
    • Fran Blais
    • Steve Lais
    • Paula Lombardo
    • Patricia Paduano
    • Renée Peabody
    • Jim Smith