Who We Are

The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charity organization. All donations are deductible for federal income tax purposes to the full extent allowed by law.


  • Charley and Diane Monaghan, parents of Paul
  • Fr. David Convertino, OFM
  • Sr. Marie Puleo, MFIC


Emmaus Parent Companions are parents whose children have died and who believe that “It is in consoling that we are consoled.” They are all actively involved in helping to bring this ministry to sites outside of Boston and New England. Included are the following:

  • Claire and Steve Michlovitz, parents of David
  • Barbara Murray, mother of Melissa
  • Barbara and Rocco Favuzzi, parents of Dan
  • Denise Carlucci, mother of Nicholas
  • Genevieve Baudin, mother of Ashleigh
  • Marianne Gouveia, mother of Eric
  • Caroline and Peter Bertozzi, father and step mother of Nick
  • Natalie and Jon Welsh, parents of Jacky
  • Ed & June Cesa, parents of Tonya
  • Kit Miller, mother of Kathryn
  • Mary Lou Wender, mother of Samantha
  • Karen Kornegay, mother of Dylan
  • Lois Diamond, mother of Eric
  • Tricia and Tom O’Brien, parents of Marisol


Retreat Team Companions are Catholic Clergy, Religious Brothers and Sisters, Diocesan Staff, and certified Spiritual Directors who have a particular interest in this ministry. All Retreat Team Companions keep us and our children in prayer throughout the year. Also, throughout the year they serve on teams at various locations either directly or indirectly.

Currently included are the following:

  • Deacon Jim Greer,Director, Bereavement, Archdiocese of Boston
  • Fr. Jurgen Liias, Medford, MA
  • Susan DiSisto, Office of Family Life, Archdiocese of New York
  • Michael F. School,  Executive Director, Center for Marriage and Family Life, Catholic Diocese of Richmond, VA
  • Harley McDevitt, Director, Pastoral Care Ministry, Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany NY
  • Lauren Tamara, Associate Director Office of Family Life Ministries, Archdiocese of Newark
  • Carla Ferrando-Bowling, Director, Family Life Office, Archdiocese of Washington, DC
  • Eva Hernandez, Program Coordinator for Ministry of Consolation, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  • James Schulte. Family Life Director, Roman Catholic Diocese of Amarillo, Texas
  • Fr. Miguel Gonzalez, Rector , St James Cathedral, Orlando FL
  • Justin Reyes, Director of Family Evangelization, Diocese of Victoria, TX
  • Fr. Peter Kirwin, OFM, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Fr. Dennis Schuelkens, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, WV
  • Fr. Thomas Gallagher, OFM, Hartford CT
  • Patrice Fitzpatrick, Pastoral Associate, Stoneham, MA
  • Fr. Thomas Hartle, OFM, Butler, NJ
  • Beth Rapoza, sister of Paul, Arlington, MA