Cheryl R. Holley
The Josephite Pastoral Center director is responsible for the operations, finances, promotion and leadership of the Center’s activities and programs.
Cheryl R. Holley was born in Washington, D.C. Cheryl has been blessed to reach many educational milestones. She earned a Certificate of Completion from Trinity College’s Education for Parish Service (EPS). She went on to earn Graduate Certification in Spiritual Direction and later a Master Degree in Theological Studies from the Washington Theological Union.
Currently Cheryl lives in White Plains, Maryland and is the Director of the Josephite Pastoral Center in Washington, D.C. One of Cheryl’s dreams was for the local Baptist Church to be united with the Roman Catholic Church. She never dreamed she would be a part of that ecumenical effort. She ministered the New Samaritan Baptist Church for seven years in the capacity of the Executive Director of Finance.
Cheryl also has a passion to work with pregnant teenage girls and to share with them their God-given dignity. Her love for her Roman Catholic faith and the belief that education is the key to eliminating abortions and sexual transmitted diseases, led her to initiate and coordinate two Women Sexuality Conferences with the Archdiocese of Washington and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Washington, D.C.
Serving her parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church, in Washington, D.C., Cheryl has served as the Confirmation Coordinator of the Sacramental Preparation Team and as the assistant to the Director of Religious Education, member of the Finance Council and is a member of the Ladies Auxiliary No. 213. For three years, she has served on the North America Forum to the Catechumenate local team for RCIA; and is the local team leader for 2012.
Her favorite scripture: I Cor 12: Spiritual gifts. We are all part of the One Body of Christ, given gifts by the Holy Spirit for the honor and glory of Our Heavenly Father.
Deacon Ira Chase, Sr.
The Josephite Pastoral Center associate provides customer relations, oversees product shipping and distribution and assists in development research.
Deacon Ira E. Chase, Sr. was born in Washington, D.C. He attended Minor seminary in Newburgh, New York and also attended Notre Dame Pontifical Institute, where he studied Philosophy and Theology.
Deacon Chase was certified and received a certificate from the Washington Lay Ministry Program at St. Joseph’s Seminary in June, 1983, for his ministry on drugs, alcoholism and for the elderly.
Deacon Chase was ordained Deacon for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., in 1985. He is presently assigned to the basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for ministries of the Word and Liturgy and also assigned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Southeast Washington where he continues his Ministry of Charity.
Deacon Chase retired from the D.C. Public School System as an Equipment Maintenance Supervisor and Site Supervisor for Transportation Department.
Deacon Chase formerly served as coordinator for the Black Youth Ministry Program for the Archdiocese of Washington, Lay advisory board for the Josephite Fathers and brothers and also former spiritual Director for the Cursillo Movement of the Archdiocese of Washington.
Deacon Chase is a member and Spiritual Director of the Knights of St. John No. 286 and a member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 3877 and Knights of Peter Claver Council No. 364.
He and his wife have been married for over 50 years; have four children and five grandchildren. Deacon Chase and his wife were coordinator of the Marriage preparation at Our lady of Perpetual Help Church and formerly served on the Deacon Council for the Archdiocese of Washington.
Denise comes to us from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Washington, D.C.
where she is the co-chair of the Lector Ministry and is a member of the Perpetual Glory Gospel Choir.
Denise is no stranger to the Josephites, having previously served as the Parish Council Secretary under the leadership of Father William Norvel and Father Thomas Frank. Denise’s work experience comes from 24 years with AT&T and 4 1/2 years with The Salvation Army.
When Denise isn’t working, she’s usually gardening, baking, reading or biking.