Glenmary Elects Leadership for New Term
Executive Council members are natives of Wilmington, Albany and Cleveland dioceses
CINCINNATI (June 22, 2015)----Father Chet Artysiewicz was reelected president of Glenmary Home MIssioners during the first week of the community's 16th General Chapter being held June 15-26 in Charleston, W.Va. Also reelected to Glenmary's Executive Council was Father Neil Pezzulo as first vice president. Brother Larry Johnson was elected as the new second vice president. (In photo, left to right: Brother Johnson, Father Artysiewicz, Father Pezzulo.)
Glenmary priests, brothers, students and lay coworkers are currently participating in the every-four-year gathering. Following the Chapter of Elections held the first week, participants are now working to identify key issues facing Glenmary and set priorities for Glenmary to address over the next four years.
Glenmary's New Executive Council
Father Chet Artysiewicz, 70, a native of Wilmington, Del., served his first term as president from 2011 to 2015. During the year preceding that term, he served as pastor of Holy Spirit mission in Windsor, N.C., and St. Joan of Arc mission in Plymouth, N.C.
Father Artysiewicz took his First Oath as a Glenmary missioner in 1969 and his Final Oath in 1972. He was ordained in 1973. In his years of home mission ministry, he has served as associate pastor of Glenmary's mission in Morehead, Ky., and as pastor of missions in Waynesboro, Ga.; West Union, Ohio; Greensboro, Ga.; Swainsboro, Ga.; Monticello, Ark.; and Idabel, Okla. He has also served Glenmary as vocation counselor and director of the postnovitiate program.
He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., and a master of divinity degree from St. Louis University. In his leisure time, Father Artysiewicz enjoys music, walking and sports, especially baseball.
Father Neil Pezzulo, 52, served his initial term as first vice president from 2011 to 2015. He was born and raised in Schenectady, N.Y. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing from Elmira College in 1984. He attended DeSales School of Theology and received a master of divinity degree from Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C., prior to his ordination in 1999. Father Pezzulo made his First Oath to the Glenmary community in 1994 and his Final Oath in 1998.
While in formation with Glenmary, he worked in mission areas in Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia and Alabama.
After ordination, Father Pezzulo ministered to Glenmary missions in Arkansas. He served as associate pastor of the missions in Crossett and Hamburg from 2000 to 2003 and pastored missions in Waldron and Danville from 2003 to 2011. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, camping and kayaking.
Brother Larry Johnson, 61, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, is the one new Council member elected and will serve as Glenmary's second vice president. Since 2012, he has been involved in youth and social outreach ministry in Lafayette, Tenn., and in Scottsville, Ky. (until 2014). He has also been serving as Glenmary's personnel director since 2006 and as a co-convenor of its Commission on Justice since 2000.
Brother Johnson earlier served as youth minister in Warren and Monticello, Ark., and evangelization minister in Sautee, Ga. And he has dedicated six of his 37 years in Glenmary to vocation and formation ministry.
He took his First Glenmary Oath in 1978 and his Final Oath in 1984. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Maryland and a master of pastoral studies degree from Loyola University (Chicago). Brother Johnson also plays the guitar as part of his ministry and in his spare time. In addition, he enjoys sports, music, fitness activities, and reading on a variety of subjects.
Assignments for mission positions that will be affected by the elections will be announced in the weeks to come.