The Rev. John E. Denaro
The Rev. John E. Denaro began his ministry as Priest-in-Charge at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity on March 1, 2011, and was called as Rector in June 2013. His arrival to Brooklyn and the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island follows nearly two decades of service in parishes in the Diocese of New York, including Calvary/St. George’s, Christ and St. Stephen’s, St. Edward the Martyr, St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery, and Holy Apostles–all in Manhattan–and Grace Church, Middletown.
In addition to his experience in parish ministry, Fr. Denaro worked in the church communications realm, as a video producer at Trinity Church on Wall Street and, most recently, as the Church Relations Officer for Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), the refugee resettlement arm of the Episcopal Church. His efforts over eight years at EMM supported parishes and communities throughout the U.S. to respond at a local level to global needs, which he will continue to pursue with the people of St. Ann’s.
Fr. Denaro grew up in the Bronx and is a graduate of Williams College and the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University. He lives in Brooklyn Heights with his partner, Joel Van Liew, and two cats. He has been known to engage in serious cupcake baking in his free time. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @frjohnnyd.
The Rev. Katherine A. Salisbury
The Rev. Katherine A. Salisbury was ordained to the priesthood on June 13, 2015, after serving a year as transitional deacon at St. Ann’s. Kate holds a Masters of Divinity from Yale University and a Masters of Sacred Theology from the General Theological Seminary (GTS). For her thesis project at GTS, Kate designed a pilgrimage from the statue of Minerva in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery to the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Kate’s ministry experience includes serving as a Christian educator in Episcopal schools and churches since 2004. For six years, she served as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at St. James’ Church, Madison Avenue. More recently, she served as Director of Christian Education at First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn. Kate lives in Brooklyn Heights with her husband Ian, and their two daughters, Virginia and Jane. Contact her at email@example.com.
General Theological Seminary Wisdom Year Resident
Matthew Burdette began his ministry at St. Ann’s on Sunday, August 28, 2016, as a General Theological Seminary Wisdom Year Resident for the coming academic year. Matt is a postulant for holy orders in the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey and is currently enrolled in the Anglican Studies diploma program at GTS.
Matt was awarded his Doctorate in Theology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, just as he joined our parish family. Matt is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton, NJ, where he has been active in the parish’s outreach programs, adult faith formation, and work in addressing racism in the community. Matt also serves on the Diocese of New Jersey’s Lifelong Christian Formation Committee. Prior to his doctoral work in Aberdeen, Matt lived in Redlands, California, where he worked as a high school religion teacher and chaplain.
Apart from being an avid reader and writer, Matt loves eating and cooking food of all kinds, especially Italian and Mexican. In 2015, Matt married his lifelong friend Evie, and within that same year they adopted two cats, Skeletor and Cleo. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interim Music Director
Organist Gregory D’Agostino joined St. Ann & the Holy Trinity as Interim Music Director, playing his first Sunday service on our Skinner organ at the joyous Festival Eucharist on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School, where he was also on the faculty. Since 2008, he has been a member of the Organ Faculty at Mannes College of Music at the New School. Recently, he was organist and choirmaster at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament near Lincoln Center. An accomplished organist, Dr. D’Agostino has performed internationally, including at Lincoln Center, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, Notre Dame in Paris and as recitalist for various conventions of the American Guild of Organists. Dr. D’Agostino is a member of the Musicians Club of New York and has served as a jurist for its Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards. Contact him at email@example.com.
Lauren Bakoian joined the staff of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity in early January to fill the new post of Facilities Manager. Lauren is a visual artist who received her MFA in Printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and her BFA from Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She has worked in the New York City art world, first as a master printer and manager of Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop and then, for almost 18 years, as director of Lori Bookstein Fine Art in Chelsea.
Lauren says about her new start, “I am excited and honored to care for some of the needs of the parish and help welcome the wider community into the church. I am particularly grateful for the challenge of supporting and expanding the programs of the Forum @ St. Ann’s, where I can apply some of my gifts and experience.”
Lauren lives with her husband Michael and daughter Ani in Greenpoint, where weekends are full of making art and granola and deciphering first-grade math homework.Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Claudia S. Barber
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