Parish Council

The Parish Council of St. Edward the Confessor is made up of parishioners (currently four who seek to bring to life our mission statement. The council meets every other month for regular meetings, more often for special events. For more information please contact

Mission Statement

To encourage and invite parishioners to become active, vibrant members of the parish community and the community at large by fostering the development of varied activities and ministries which enhance spiritual, social and educational growth.

Council Members:


                        Mary Ann                                      

Mary Ann Sekellick has been a member of the   parish for over 15 years and is a lifelong resident of the Capital Region.   She served as co-chair of the Fair Trade ministry, the St. Edward‘s Heavenly   Recipe Cookbook and the Window of Opportunity gala.  Mary Ann has also been involved with the   Community Garden, Women of Faith and coordinates the parish Ministries.   Currently she serves as Pastoral Care Associate for the parish and is a   Eucharistic Minister. She has completed the Diocesan Kateri Institute for Lay   Ministry Formation program and holds a Certificate in Bereavement Studies   from Maria College. When she is not spending time with her family there is no   place she would rather be than with her St. Edward’s family. Mary Ann is Pastoral Council Co-Chair.


Joe Berger    

Joe Berger has been a practicing attorney for   over 31 years, handling cases in State and Federal Courts in the areas of   employment and family law. Joe has been a member of St. Edward’s parish for   35 years. He has been a lector, a member of the choir, a cantor and an adult   faith formation presenter. Joe is also a graduate of the Diocesan Formation   for Ministry Program (FMP). Joe’s daughter, Liz and her husband Ben now   reside in Tampa, FL while Joe’s son John is a resident of Tucson, AZ. Joe is Pastoral Council Co-Chair.


Chris Hannan has been a   parishioner since 2008. She is active in the planning of Evening Prayer, and   many liturgies, is the coordinator of the lector ministry, and a Eucharistic   Minister. Chris has completed the diocesan Formation for Ministry Program   (FMP) and is currently studying for a Master in Pastoral Care at St.   Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry. She is employed as a Reading   Specialist in the Albany City School District at Arbor Hill Elementary.

Kathleen Sacks Photo    

Kathleen Sacks is a high school   teacher and has been a member of St. Edward’s for almost 30 years. She has   been a lector and is active in Youth Ministry and Faith Formation. Kathleen   and husband Stuart, have 3 sons that have grown up in the St. Edward’s parish   family.

 bobby lee   

Bobby   Lee has been working in law   enforcement for 30 years. He has been a member of St. Edward’s parish since   relocating here 10 years ago.  He is a cantor and is a member of the   Thursday choir and family choir. Bobby and his wife, Beth, have been married   for 17 years.  Bobby is the proud father of 5 children, and grandfather   of 2 boys. 

Daughter Casey and her husband,   John, live in South Carolina with their two sons. His son, Rob, resides   on Long Island. Bobby’s younger children, Chris, Katie, and Brendan attend   Gowana Middle School, and are active members of the Choristers, Youth   Ensemble, and a Family choirs.  


    Joanne Denovio

Joanne DeNovio and her husband Fred have been   parishioners at St Edwards since 1989.  Joanne was a catechist in the   Faith Formation and RCIA program for many years. She currently is a Eucharist   minister and a participant in the Parish Nurse and Funeral Ministry. She   has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years and practices as a Certified   Diabetes Educator. She recently retired from Ellis Medicine and works per   diem as a diabetes educator for Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals. 


    Fred Denovio

Frederick DeNovio and his wife Joanne have been a   parishioners at St Edwards since 1989. He recently retired as a Contract   Manager for General Electric Power and Water. Fred has participated as a   catechist in the RCIA program and was involved in the Residents Encounter   Christ program for many years. He currently assists with Christmas Gifts for   Needy Families program and serves as secretary for the Parish Council.


    Glenn Thompson Photo

Glenn Thompson has been a parishioner at St. Edwards for six years since moving to the capital region with his wife Karolyn, who is originally from Clifton Park.  He is originally from Sacred Heart Parish on Long Island.  Glenn is a practicing physician in Schenectady, specializing in ophthalmology.  He is a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus.  His two sons are involved in the religious education program at St. Edwards, and attend Tesago Elementary School.  Glenn is currently serving as the Assistant Cubmaster for his sons’ Cub Scout Pack 43.


Karolyn Thompson Photo    

Karolyn Thompson   I have been a parishioner at St. Edward’s for over 30 years, making my first   communion, confirmation and wedding at this Church. I am pleased to now be   able to share these experiences with my children with this parish community. I   worked as a Civil Engineer for 10 years before deciding to stay home to raise   my two sons, Nathaniel (8) and John (5).  John was baptized at St.   Edward’s and Nate’s is preparing for his First Communion at St. Edward’s as   well. I am active in the PTA and my children’s sports. I like to spend time   with my family, sew, read and travel.


    Nick Papa Photo

Nick Papa I have recently been   appointed as a member of the St. Edwards Church Pastoral Council. I was born,   raised, and educated in local schools in the Utica NY area. My wife Joyce and   I have been residents of Clifton Park since 1983. We have 3 grown children   and 5 Beautiful Grandchildren. I retired from KeyCorp after a 37 year career   in the I/T Services Division and later continued on with my own business   providing services as an independent I/T Consultant. I am currently retired   and occupy a good deal of my time focusing on volunteer work within several   Ministries here at St. Edwards Church as well as participating in volunteer   services with other Non-For-Profits. I am excited and look forward to working   with my fellow council members in serving the St. Edwards Community.


Joyce Papa Photo    

Joyce Papa I   am extremely proud of my appointment by Father Pat to become a member of the   St. Edwards Church Pastoral Council. After our family moved to Clifton Park   in 1983, we became members of St. Edwards Church, and following a short   absence, returned here in the Spring of 2015. Our children Lisa, Nick, and   Denise all received their sacraments here with both of our daughters being   married from St. Ed’s. Over the years I have been involved and active in   various Church Ministries with a special focus on the Hosanna Prayer Group. I   have also enjoyed being part of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal since the   early 1980’s. I am excited about the Pastoral Council initiatives that are in   the planning stages and will contribute as best I can to help ensure their   success. Becoming a member of the Council is not only an honor, but will be a   way of giving back to a very special community.