Deacon Ben LoCasto
Sister Beatrice Ste. Marie
Ben LoCasto is an ordained deacon for the Diocese of Norwich, CT. He has studied Spiritual Direction in the tradition of St. Ignatius at Creighton University, and is a certified Spiritual Director with a certificate from Cardinal Stritch University. Ben is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He serves as a deacon in in the Church of the Holy Family, Hebron, CT, and St. Columba, Columbia, Ct.
Sister Beatrice Ste. Marie, SSND is a professed member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. For several years, she was involved in teaching and administration. She has degrees in Education from Seton Hall University and Fordham, and a Masters of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology with a concentration in Pastoral Care. (1985) She ministered as head of a chaplaincy department and practiced hospital chaplaincy for 8 years. She served as a part of the sabbatical staff at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge for 7 years. She was a member of the retreat team at the Passionist’s Spirituality Center in Riverdale, NY for 3 years. She received a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Center for Religious Development in Cambridge, MA. (2006) She is a member of Spiritual Directors International. Sister Beatrice appreciates to journey with people in 12 Steps Programs.
Elizabeth Percy is a Permanently Professed member of The Brothers and Sisters of Charity, Domestic Expression, a Public Association of the Faithful of the Catholic Church, and is currently serving as the Regional Minister of the Northeast Region. She is also a CT. ACTS approved Catholic Guide and Talk Team Lead. She is a certified Spiritual Director.
Gina Raymond is a Dame of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (Order of Malta). She has recently been appointed Hospitaller for the Eastern Connecticut Region of the Order of Malta. She received her Spiritual Direction Certificate from the Spiritual Life Center at the Holy Family.
Kathy has master’s degrees in Christian spirituality, counseling and education. She has been trained as an Interfaith Chaplain and has ministered in hospice, hospital and nursing home settings. Kathy is also a spiritual director and a member of Spiritual Directors International. Kathy enjoys reading, music, being close to the ocean and her family.
Blair Destito, is employed as a Theology teacher, sharing co-responsibility for campus ministry, and serving as an adult team member for the Kairos Retreat at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden. She is currently pursuing a Post Master’s Certificate in Theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary while immersing herself in the study of John Paul II and his Theology of the Body, including coursework under Christopher West. Her undergraduate work was done at Boston College where she earned a B.A. in Secondary Education and English while playing Division I Softball. In 2014, she graduated from Villanova University with a Masters of Theology and a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry. Prior to joining Sacred Heart, Ms. Destito worked in Detroit Public Schools where she taught English to ninth and eleventh graders as a Teach For America corps member and was a regional semi-finalist for the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award. Outside of teaching, Ms. Destito is the community service chair for Frassati New Haven and an active parishioner of St. Stephen Church. She enjoys spending time with her family and their beloved Golden Retrievers, Shea, Chance, Finn, and rescued Dachshund, Francis.
Shawnee Baldwin has extensive experience working with youth (and those that serve them) since her early teens to her 20 years as the Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Hartford. Mother of two and grandmother of 5, she is dedicated to youth empowerment and development and finding relevant metaphors for bringing Jesus to life. She has led youth and adult retreats and workshops at various local parishes, throughout New England for diocesan youth rally’s, and the Kujenga Conference. Nationally she was active for a diocesan leader meeting in Savannah, and as far away as El Paso, TX and Fargo, North Dakota for the Tekakwitha Conference. She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) and the Archdiocesan Office for Black Catholic Ministries. She currently works at an afternoon youth program for the YMCA.