Diocese of Rochester, NY
Fr. Michael Upson - Parochial Administrator
I am a priest ordained 44 years. Prior to being assigned to St. Christopher's, I was Pastor of the Catholic Community of the Blessed Trinity in Wolcott, NY. This included 3 churches: St. Mary Magdalene in Wolcott, St. Thomas in Red Creek, and St. Jude in Fair Haven. I was there for 4 years. Prior to that, I was a Sacramental Minister in Honeoye Falls, Lima and Avon. I was assigned to the Pastoral Center as Director of the Multicultural Offices, and Coordinator of the Office of Black Ministry for several years. I was also the Administrator at Immaculate Conception Parish in Corn Hill for 13 years. I am a Chaplain for a Tour and Pilgrimage Company and lead Pilgrimages, as their Spiritual Director, periodically. I enjoy traveling, reading, baking in my spare time.
Deacon Dave Kepler - Deacon
I am married 34 years to my bride Robin. She is secretary at St. Johns church Spencerport, where we are registered. We have 2 grown kids, Allison and Joe, but no grandkids yet. We live in Parma. I have the privilege of preaching at St. Christopher’s, leading communion services occasionally, assisting at weekend masses funerals and baptisms, chairing the Human Services and Building and Grounds committees. I also visit shut-in and hospitalized parishioners occasionally. Involvement in RCIA and confirmation round out my duties. Outside of St. Christopher’s, I volunteer at St. Michael’s woodshop twice a week. There I often fix the machines and try to develop relationships with the inner-city youth and maybe teach them some woodworking skills. I am retired from my job as technician/electrician but I do some volunteer maintenance work for the parish to keep me out of trouble. There are not many foods I don’t like, but scallops make me sick so I keep away from them. I love my work at St. Christopher's because I get to see your smiling faces every Sunday and find out what is going on in your lives.
Jeanne Colleluori- Choir Music Minister
My family was a founding family of St. Christopher’s, and I have been an active part of the parish on and off as my life evolved. I first started playing the organ for masses here at the age of 15! My husband and I raised four children and are so fortunate that all four, with their chosen ones and our grandchildren, live within 40 miles of our home. Music has always been my “fun job”; I love watching the choir members as they realize we are stronger together and truly make a difference as we contribute to each liturgy. In addition to weekend masses, I have played at hundreds of weddings and funerals over the years – what an honor to be a part of families’ celebrations and tributes! I’m not a picky eater (and love to cook), but if I had to choose, I think anything with mushrooms is my favorite.
Mary Lionetti - Parish Secretary
Mary Lionetti became a member of the parish 12 years ago when she relocated to Rochester from Tannersville, PA and is proud to be a part of such a giving, friendly, and welcoming parish. She enjoys helping the parish in any way that she can. She serves as Sacristan, Eucharistic Minister, and Lector, teaches grades K and 1 in the Faith Formation Program, and also serves on the Liturgy Committee as the recording secretary. Previously, she taught grades 2 and 3 for the Scranton Diocese in Pa for 22 years. When she moved to Rochester, she subbed for the Spencerport Central School District and the Diocese of Rochester, where she had 3 long term assignments at St. Pius Tenth School. She also taught one and two year olds for 6 years. For the past year and a half, she has been a customer service associate for Walgreens. She is excited for this new opportunity and is looking forward to helping and serving the St. Christopher's community in her new capacity of parish secretary. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, walking, scrapbooking, and working at flea markets.
Shawn Fannon - Maintenance
Shawn joins us from St. John's in Spencerport. We will interview him soon to tell you more about him. So far, we can say with confidence, Shawn is a good worker!
Vivian McManus - Housekeeper
I retired from Xerox in 1993 (30 years). My husband and I had seven children - 3 sons and 4 daughters. We lost one son at 29 and one daughter at 50. We have belonged to St. Christopher's for many years. I have been the housekeeper at the rectory for 16 years and cleaning the church proper half of that time. I am in the folk group, peace choir, and Eucharia, and just love it. My favorite food is good old mac and cheese. I love working at St. Christopher's, the people are really great and I get such a good feeling when my work is done.
Kathy Osterberg - Regional Finance Director
My name is Kathryn Osterberg. I’ve lived in North Chili for most of my adult life. I was born and raised in the Town of Tonawanda. Like many of my peers, a job, in this case a position with Eastman Kodak, brought me to the Rochester area in my late teens. My three grown children and their families love it here and we plan to stay. Besides being the Business Manager for St. Christopher’s, if you go to the 4:30 Mass on Saturdays, you will probably see me helping in some capacity. Over the years, from Sacristan to Eucharistic Minister to Server, I have been an active member along with being involved with the Finance and Stewardship committees. Why do I do it? Simple, I love my parish. I like giving back because I and my children have received so much from St. Christopher’s. Religious education, preparation for the sacraments, and an understanding heart helped me raise some pretty great kids and get through some pretty tough times. In addition to my responsibilities as a business manager, I work for BOCES-2 as a student behavioral assistant (SBA). The students I work with all have an autism diagnosis. To me, they’re children/ teenagers first and foremost. I enjoy my work and feel very blessed to be able to share my one-on-one student’s journey even though it may only be for one or two grades. In the end, I know I couldn’t do all the things that I do without the help and support from my parish family. Thank you, St. Christopher’s.
Pat McGill - Folk Group Director
I have been a parishioner at St. Christopher's since 1969. I direct and play guitar for the adult folk group for the 9:00am Mass. My husband (Tom) and I have three adult children and four grandchildren. I love coordinating music with the readings of the liturgy, and I enjoy being surrounded by such talented musicians in the folk group. In the folk group we have become a supportive group of people. My favorite food is hot fudge sundaes!
Lori Murtaugh - Faith Formation Coordinator
My family and I have been long time members of St. Christopher’s Church, and in 2015, I had the opportunity to become coordinator of Faith Formation. During the school year, I also teach, which I’ve done since our youngest son started Kindergarten. My husband Tim and I are lucky to have three terrific kids, Michael, Andrew, and Collin who are the joy of our lives! I enjoy my work at St. Christopher’s because I get to meet and know so many children and families. I hold such respect and am so grateful for all of their time and talents that they share.
Eric Traugott - Music Director/Youth and Young Adult Choir Director
I have been a member of St. Christopher's for over 30 years. I live in Chili with my wife, Gretchen, and sons, Ben and Jeremy. I am currently the Music Director and Youth/Young Adult Music Minister. I am also the Student Success Coach at Durand Eastman Intermediate School and Laurelton Pardee Intermediate School in East Irondequoit. I also direct many musicals in the area. I love my work at St. Christopher's because I get to share what I love to do with people of all ages.