Welcome Deacon Joe Pizzarello

Congratulations to our new Deacon, Joe Pizzarello!
Let us give a warm welcome to Deacon Joe! A familiar face around our parish, he was Ordained by Bishop Noonan this weekend.

Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, Joseph Pizzarello was raised in Port St. Lucie until he moved to Orlando in 1995 to attend college. After meeting his wife, Kristy, at the Winter Park YMCA in 1998 (where they both worked for over 20 years) he became a parishioner at St. Margaret Mary in 2000. They were married at the parish in October of 2002. They have four children, Concetta (18), Kate (16), Sarah (12) and Peter (8). Concetta and Kate are graduates of St. Margaret Mary, while Sarah is entering 8th grade and Peter is entering 3rd grade.

Deacon Joe is a Client Implementation Manager for Champions Brand of Kindercare Education, working with school leaders to implement creative solutions for out of school programs. He has worked in youth programming for close to 30 years.

Deacon Joe has enjoyed coaching youth flag football and volleyball over the years with the Catholic Youth Sports league (for St. Margaret Mary Catholic School) working with the JMJ Pregnancy Center and is currently volunteering at Bedrock Rehab and Nursing Home. “Praying with and providing the Eucharist to the residents at Bedrock helps show me the joy of Christ and how the Holy Spirit is always at work,” Joe said. Joe has been a part of Father Walsh's Men's Bible Study for over 25 years, he served on the parish council, he has been a lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Joe and Kristy serve on the formation team for marriage ministry. They both attended a Cursillo retreat in 2012, which continues to have a beautiful impact on each of their faith walks.

The diaconal formation process engaged the entire family, helping them grow in Christ, and trust in Him. Although challenging, there were graces too. His children came together to support one another, allowing siblings to be on the sidelines, in the stands, and in the pews for one another. He also noted his and Kristy’s relationship grew, as did their children’s relationship with Christ. “Formation had an impact on the entire family and each is exploring their individual calling,” he said.

His parish also showed tremendous support, love, and prayers throughout their journey.

“The basis of these experiences will not only allow me to serve those who are on the fringes, but also families dealing with everyday struggles like trying to balance school, youth activities, family dynamics, and normal issues that every family experiences,” he said. His goal is to help families make God the central focus of their lives, despite the busyness that engulfs them.