Parish Ministers

Our Parish Ministers will be working hand in hand with our different staff members by taking leadership roles in a variety of ministries. They are dedicating themselves to use their baptismal gifts by working with us for the upcoming year.  They have pledged 10 hours a week to the Cathedral, which includes further spiritual formation, supervision, and working alongside parish staff members. Please say “Hello” to them and welcome them into this new position!

Kelly Gotham

My name is Kelly Gotham. I’m married and have 2 adult daughters. I have been a parishioner of the Cathedral Community for almost 30 yrs. I am a Kindergarten teacher, having taught at Sacred Heart Cathedral School for the first 16 years of my career. I am looking forward to working with/meeting new people and serving the parish in a new role. 

Cindy Greeley

Hello, my name is Cindy Greeley, wife, mom of 4 daughters, and grandma of 8 (5 girls 3 boys).  My faith and family are most important to me. I enjoy cooking, baking and gardening. I have, for the past few years, helped with the Farm Stand, Harvest Festival, Gardening and a few other odds and ends around the Cathedral.  I'm looking forward to my new role assisting Marcus in our neighborhood engagement. My passion is helping reach out to our brothers and sisters in the community, possibly starting new ministries that would contribute to the well-being of our less fortunate neighbors.

Mark Hare

I’ve been a parishioner at the Cathedral Community since 1986, and my wife Kim and I have lived all that time in the neighborhood. We raised both of our now adult sons here and both received the sacraments in the parish and attended Catholic school—Sacred Heart, Nazareth Hall and Aquinas. I retired in 2012 from the Democrat and Chronicle, where I worked 28 years as a reporter, editorial writer, editor and columnist. I have been privileged to serve on the pastoral council, as a Eucharistic minister, and a lector. I have helped develop adult faith formation programs and am now chair of the board at Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach. I expect to continue that ministry in my new role. I see service to those broken and in need as our most important calling.

Candy Johnson

I was invited to join the Cathedral Community by friends twelve years ago, with the description of its welcoming parishioners, good liturgy, and opportunities to serve. It is my honor to be a member of Pastoral Council and the Liturgy Committee. I also serve as one of two Parish Lay Trustees and attend Finance Council meetings. My love of the church’s liturgy guides me as a Lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. My role as a Parish Minister will be in the liturgical ministry area.  Professionally, I have been a Librarian for over forty years and currently love working at the Penfield Public Library. My reading tastes include biographies, spirituality, politics, and current events.

Judith Kiehl

I was a teacher before experiencing a vocation to care for God’s people and to serve in Church ministry.  I received a Master in Scripture and Theology and served for many years as Pastoral Associate, first at St. Stephen’s Church in Geneva and later at Holy Trinity Church in Webster, where I also served as Director of Trinity House of Hope. I am currently a member of the Diocesan Public Policy Committee and am a longtime member of the Pax Christi Rochester Community. My commitments at the Cathedral Community include membership on the Parish Pastoral Council, the Green Team, and volunteer work at Joseph’s Place.

 Kathleen Merritt

My husband and I have been members of the Cathedral Community for about 8 years. We are the proud parents of 2 adult children. I have been the Office Manager at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church for the last 15 years. At the Cathedral I am a member of Parish Council and the Bell Choir. I am happy to participate in this inaugural program as Lay Minister as I feel that “it takes a village”. I believe that being a member of a parish requires community participation. I’m excited to participate in working with the staff to help with Liturgical Ministry scheduling and communication projects.

Amanda Petrella Christ

I recently celebrated my fourth Christmas as a member of the Cathedral Choir and is both thrilled and humbled by this opportunity to help lead Music Ministry in the Cathedral Community.  I believe that the gift of music not only brings us closer to God through our praise and prayer, but also brings us closer to one another in community, in concert.  I am currently completing my Master's in Music Education at Nazareth College while working as a substitute music teacher in area school districts.  When not teaching or studying, I enjoy cooking old family recipes, reading new fiction, and spending time with my husband and daughter at our home in Rush.

Joan Workmaster

I have a member of the Cathedral Community for the past fifteen years.  Prior to that I served the dioceses as the Director of the Diocesan Office of Liturgy for 10 years.  The past 45 years I have worked in the area of the church’s liturgy.  I am most excited to be able to continue in this field to support what is already an excellent parish liturgy.  I am hopeful that I can be of real service to keep this level of liturgy possible here at the Cathedral Community.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, writing, knitting and experimenting with new recipes.

Greg Benedict

I became a member of the Cathedral in 1970, the year I became engaged to my wife of 48 years. Her family were long standing members with her parents active in several of the cathedral's social programs and ministries. I have been a lector & Eucharistic Minister since 1971. My wife, Jeanne, and I are part of the church cleaning cadre. I retired last year and am excited about the potential for my contributions in this expanded ministry.