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.


  • Fr. David Convertino, OFM
  • Sr. Marie Puleo, MFIC
  • Diane Monaghan, Mother of Paul
  • Charles Monaghan, Father of Paul


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
  • Tricia and Tom O’Brien, parents of Marisol
  • Beth and Andy Culhane, parents of Adam
  • Donna LaPointe, mother of Michael
  • Lynda Marandos, mother of Tory
  • Donna and David Berkeley, parents of Matthew
  • Susanne and Larry Conley, parents of Maria, Abby, and Missy
  • Deb Neal, mother of Jamie
  • Judith Cherrington, mother of Jeffrey
  • Carol and Jerry Lemerise, parents of Jerry
  • Natalie and Jon Welsh, parents of Jacky
  • Janet and Danny Boyd, parents of Kelly and Amy
  • Jean Jarvis, mother of Steven
  • Donna McLaughlin, mother of John
  • Kit Miller, mother of Kathyrn
  • Karen Kornegay, mother of Dylan
  • Lois Diamond, mother of Eric
  • Barbara Murray, mother of Melissa
  • Barbara and Rocco Favuzzi, parents of Dan
  • Denise Carlucci, mother of Nicholas
  • Genevieve Baudin, mother of Asheligh


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:

  • Fr. Eric Carpine, OFM, Boston, MA
  • Fr. Jurgen Liias, Pastor of St. Gregory Ordinariate, St. Patrick’s, Stoneham, MA
  • Br. John Maganzini, OFM, Boston, MA
  • Fr. David Convertino, OFM, New York, NY
  • Sr. Marie Puleo, MFIC, Boston, MA
  • Sr. Margretta Flanigan, MFIC, Boston, MA
  • Sr. Linda Greenwood, OSF, San Damiano House of Prayer, Lowell, MA
  • Fr. Dennis Schuelkens, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, WV
  • Peggy Hassett, Spiritual Director, Chelmsford, MA
  • Fr. Thomas Gallagher, OFM, Hartford CT
  • Pat Curtis, Pastoral Associate, Hartford, CT
  • Fr. Thomas Hartle, OFM, Butler, NJ
  • Br. David Schlatter, OFM, Silver Spring, MA
  • Beth Rapoza, sister of Paul, Arlington, MA