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  Our Staff:  

It takes the hands of many to operate a parish of our size. In addition to all those specifically listed here, we wish to extend our gratitude to all those not listed, who volunteer their time and talents to help us meet our many needs and continue to serve our parishioners and our community!


Our Pastoral Leaders:


Pastor & Regional Vicar: Rev. Joseph A. Salerno

The Rev. Joseph Salerno is a native Utican. He is presently the pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Utica and as Pastor at Our Lady of the Rosary in New Hartford. Educated locally, he claims Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Parish as the Catholic parish of his beginnings.

Fr. Joe holds a B.A. degree in Sociology from Maryknoll College and a Master of Divinity Degree from St. Michael’s College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

He has worked at various assignments in the Diocese of Syracuse during his more then 32 years as a Catholic Priest. Locally, he has sat on the boards of Hope House and St. Joseph’s Nursing Home and he is currently chaplain to both the Utica Police and Fire Departments.

Parochial Vicar: Rev. Lukasz Kozlowski

Fr. Lukasz Kozlowski is a native of Poland, born in the small city of Klobuck, near Czestochowa. Fr. Lukasz received his early education in his hometown before entering the Major Seminary in Czestochowa. During his Seminary studies at Czestochowa, Fr. Lukasz met Bishop James Moynihan; who was visiting Poland; and was inspired to continue his studies toward the priesthood in the United States.

Upon arriving in the States, Fr. Lukasz studied English at Orchard Lake Seminary in Michigan before transferring to St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, MD. Father holds a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy as well as a Masters in Theology from St. Mary’s.

Fr. Kozlowski was ordained to the priesthood in Syracuse by Bishop Robert J. Cunningham and has served the people of Cortland and the diocese prior to his assignment at Our Lady of Lourdes.

Parish Minister: Sr. Lois Mary Paciello

Sr. Lois Mary Paciello, C.S.J. is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet whose Provincial House is in Latham, NY.  In her 64 years of serving God and His people, Sister has held assignments in the Syracuse, Albany and Ogdensburg Dioceses.

A native of Utica, Sister attended Oswego State Teachers College and holds a B. A. in Education and a Bachelor in Religious Studies. She also earned a Masters in Education from the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY. 

Sister states that her Ministry has brought her from the classroom to hospitals and nursing homes and to “anywhere else God leads me”. Her Ministry of almost 13 years at Our Lady of Lourdes has been and continues to be a “grace-filled experience” for which she is grateful.

Outreach Ministries: Larry Hagan


Our Administrative Team:


Business Administrator: Marie Morosco
Receptionist/Bookkeeper: Paula Loin
Administrative Assistant: Jim Powers


Our Facilities, Maintenance and Support Staff:


Facilities Manager: Joe Poupart
Maintenance Assistant: Anthony Joaquin
Housekeeper: Laurie Pensero
Summer Fun Program Director: Janis Farley


Our Music Ministry:


Music Director: Randy Davis
Sunday Evening Music: Irena Lingley


Our Trustees:


Our parish trustees are a consultative body, also composed of appointed parishioners with an expertise in finance. They monitor all income and expenditures of the parish and advise on how all parish funds are being utilized. Additionally, they are also responsible for the safeguarding of all physical property and equipment that may be entrusted to the parish. Our trustees meet regularly and are also active members of both the Finance Committee and the Pastoral Council.


Our Finance Committee:


Our Finance Committee is chaired by Fred Kupiec. This consultative body is composed of those appointed parishioners who have demonstrated an expertise in finance. The body consults and advises our Pastor with respect to items such as the annual budget, financial reporting, long term financial planning, debt and debt management, high-level expenditures, fund-raising, personnel administration and governmental regulatory matters. The Finance Committee meets monthly.


Our Pastoral Committee:


Our Pastoral Council is chaired by Robert Cheron. Our Pastoral Council serves the parish as the principal advisory group to our Pastor. The council consists of parishioners who represent the various ministries of the parish. These individuals communicate the needs and interests of the parish community and assist our Pastor in accomplishing the parish mission through their knowledge, experience, and involvement in the community. The Pastoral Council meets monthly.

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