Gathering for Mission Staff

Leslye Colvin

Leslye Colvin, Communications Coordinator, is a communications expert with a range of experience in promoting mission and expanding outreach in a variety of sectors including faith-based nonprofit. She is passionate about encouraging diversity of thought especially as it relates to those often marginalized within society. She earned a master’s degree in Communications from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her undergraduate from Xavier University of Louisiana. A JustFaith graduate and former CCHD intern, she also holds a certificate in Catholic Social Teaching. 

Sister Mary Priniski

Sister Mary Priniski,OP, PhD, Project Coordinator, is a Dominican Sister of Adrian. She has served as director of the Boston Labor Guild and has worked with Southerners for Economic Justice, Interfaith Worker Justice and the Service Employees International Union. She earned her doctorate in Missiology from Union Institute and holds a master’s degree from Aquinas Institute in healthcare mission. The emphasis in her studies was the process needed for transformation toward a perspective of those who are poor.

Irene Rivera

Irene Rivera, Outreach Coordinator, earned her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from Georgia State University. A former CCHD intern, she helped develop a young adult ministry at her parish. She is preparing to pursue graduate studies in Theology and Ministry.


Father Les Schmidt

As a Glenmary Home Missioner, Father Les Schmidt, Bishops’ Liaison, has served for more than 50 years as Regional Worker with those relegated to the margins in Appalachia and the South. Since 1980, he has served with the Catholic Committee of the South as Bishops Liaison, bringing the “cry of the Earth, cry of the poor” to the table. In preparation for the recent “people’s pastoral” published by the Catholic Committee of Appalachia, he held more than 1,000 “listenings” across the region. In Gathering for Mission, his major responsibility is to secure funding and connect with the bishops.

Gathering for Mission Idea Committee

Patricia Allgood  works as an executive/CEO coach for Vistage, a consulting network for CEOs, executives and business owners.

Fr. Desmond Drummer is a priest in the Archdiocese of Atlanta and pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Atlanta. He is also a former CCHD intern.

Vernon Frazier is an experienced manager and trainer in the areas of social entrepreneurship, conflict resolution & social justice ministry. A JustFaith graduate, he obtained a Masters in Theological Studies.

Rosemarie Inserni, born in the United States and raised in Puerto Rico, she worked in early childhood education for Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Miami. She is a former CCHD intern for the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Alan McGill, a native of Dublin, Ireland, is the director of Adult Formation at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in downtown Atlanta.

Louise Milone is the former Southeast Director of the Foundation Center and has broad experience in fundraising and management.

Craig Mullins is President of Mullins Associates and a consultant to hospitals and physician groups related to their governance structure, operating systems, and income distribution planning.

Jack Murphy serves on the national Board of Directors for The Society of St. Vincent de Paul. His role in that organization is to raise the voices of those in need, expand the organization to be more inclusive at every level, and to encourage encounter to systemically change communities.

CCS Bishops’ Council

Bishop Robert Guglielmone of Charleston, Chair

As chair of CCS Bishops’ Advisory Council, Bishop Robert Guglielmone of the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina is the public face of this effort. For him, the challenge of Pope Francis to the Church of the United States and Canada requires all of us – bishops, clergy, religious, and laity – to enter into a process of transformation through which the Good News will be embodied in each local church.


Bishop Michael Duca of Shreveport

Bishop Joseph Kopacz of Jackson

Bishop John Noonan of Orlando

Bishop William Medley of Owensboro

Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler

CCS Board of Trustees

Fr. Tim Murphy, Chair

Sr. Jan Barthel, OSB

Sr. Anne Brooks, SNJM

Br. Larry Johnson, Glenmary

Sr. Mary Priniski, OP

Fr. Les Schmidt, Glenmary

Fr. Jeremy Tobin, O.Praem

Sr. Rose Marie Tresp, RSM

“The five-year effort of Gathering for Mission holds the promise of transformational leadership here in the United States and Canada. It is the living witness of Pope Francis, doing the Gospel, which is at the heart of this venture.”

Rev. Tim Murphy
Chair of CCS’ Board of Trustees

Dear brothers, unless we train ministers capable of warming people’s hearts, of walking with them in the night, of dialoguing with their hopes and disappointments, of mending their brokenness, what hope can we have for our present and future journey?

Pope Francis