Pastoral Council

The St. Clement of Rome Pastoral Council is a small group of involved parishioners brought together to advise the Pastor on parish issues. Discussions cover any parish activity, from the parish fair to ministry needs to the alteration of the weekly Mass schedule.

The council meets every other month in the Parish Center.

Current membership of the council:

Jerry Christopher - President

Jazmine Duarte-Cobar

Claire Gallagher

Cameron Hahne

Linda Joint

John "Beezie" Roussel

Patricia "Patty" Swonger


Ex-Officio members of the council:

Fr. Luis Rodriguez

Fr. Andrew Rudmann

Deacon Carlo Maniglia

Deacon Robert Pendzimaz

Deacon Martin Gutierrez

Jenn Merritt


Kimberly Downes

For more information about this committee, please contact the Parish Center (887-7821).

Finance Council

The St. Clement of Rome Finance Council is comprised of the parish operations manager, the pastor, and at least five parishioners, who are appointed by the pastor and possess skills in financial and/or business matters. The Finance Council advises the pastor in the fiscal matters of the parish, reviews and approves the St. Clement of Rome church and school budgets prepared by the operations manager, works with both Pastoral Council and School Board jointly in matters of appropriating funds for capital expenditures and the school financial aid program, and is kept informed of the operations of the Stewardship and Parish Fair Committees. The Finance Council meets at least four times per year (quarterly).  

The current chairperson of the Finance Council is Thomas Archer.  For additional information about this committee, please contact the Parish Center at 887-7821.

School Board

St. Clement of Rome School is an expression of the education mission of St. Clement of Rome Parish and of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The pastor is responsible to the archbishop for the administration of the total parish, including the parish school. The principal of the school functions as the chief administrator of the school and is a member of the parish staff. The St. Clement of Rome School Advisory Board is established by the pastor, in accord with the archdiocesan policy, to assist him and the principal in fulfilling the mission of the school. 

With the various demands for expertise made of a Catholic school principal, the need for a group of people committed to the Catholic school and willing to work for the good of the school and the parish is important. The Second Vatican Council reminded us that, through Baptism and Confirmation, all God’s people share in the threefold priestly, prophetic, and kingly mission of Jesus. Foremost in the minds of the School Advisory Board members should be the understanding of their role as evangelizers, bearers of the Good News of Jesus, and their call to reflect on the challenges of the Gospel. Implicit in this calling is the vocation to serve others following the example set by Jesus Christ of servant leadership.  By joining with other representatives of the St. Clement of Rome parish community, together they witness to the power of the Spirit at work in the whole Church. 

The St. Clement of Rome School Advisory Board functions as a consultative body and individual members may not act apart from the pastor and principal regarding decisions binding on the parish school without the approval of the pastor and without consultation with the principal.

The areas in which the Board has responsibilities and may be consulted are as follows:

The Board meets regularly on the fourth Tuesday of the month with the exception of December, June, and July.

For more information, please contact the Parish Center at 887-7821.

Stewardship Committee

The Stewardship Committee seeks to facilitate the application of parishioners' "time, talents, and treasures" to be used for the greater good of St. Clement of Rome Parish. The committee attempts to facilitate parishioners' taking ownership in the parish, to become part of the SCR family and to contribute, with their God-given talents, for the benefit of the parish. The committee meets monthly. One of its main goals in the last two years has been the elimination of the parish debt.

The current chairman of the Stewardship Committee is Greg LaCour. For more information about this committee, please contact the Parish Center (887-7821).

Hospitality Ministry

For most gatherings at St. Clement of Rome Parish, whether big or small, elaborate or simple, the Hospitality Ministry organizes, orders, shops, sets up, serves, and cleans up.  And, most importantly, smiles!

The Hospitality Ministry handles the receptions for events such as: First Communion, Confirmation, Easter Vigil, World Marriage Day, Shared Thanksgiving, the comings and goings of priests, deacons, and seminarians, visits from the archbishop, and whatever other events may come along.

The current chairperson of the Hospitality Ministry is Ann Johnson. For more information about this committee, please contact the Parish Center (887-7821).