Archdiocesan Ecumenical Commission


Reverend Joseph Weber

Is currently pastor of St. Monica Catholic Church in Creve Coure, Missouri. He has consistently supported ecumenical efforts in St. Louis and beyond.



Deacon Allen Boedeker

Serves St. Andrews parish as Pastoral Administrator. He teaches theology at St. Louis University High School and is a member of the Focolare Movement in St. Louis.


Reverend Arthur Cavitt

Is the Executive Director of the St. Chalres Lwanga Center. Inclusive in his administrative role are contributions as a developer and facilitator of programs and services. He remains the primary pastoral caregiver. He also is the pastor of St. Nicholas Parish in downtown St. Louis.


Jewel Jacobs

Is a parishioner at St. Theresa and Bridget parish and involved in multiple ministries in her parish. She volunteers with healing ministries at the Archdiocesan Catholic Renewal center. She is a retired administrator of St. Louis community college and was an elder at the USCCB listening session with bishops on racism.


Michael Newman

Is a member of Sts. Joachim and Ann parish. He is active with the Archdiocesan Young Adult Office, with his local St. Vincent De Paul Society Conference, and sits on three non-profit boards. Professionally, he is a software engineer and consultant, working at Bayer.


Sr. Mary Kathleen Ronan

Is a Sister of Mercy and the Director of the Lay Formation Program for the Archdiocese of St. Louis Archdiocese. She first entered into ecumenical matters when working on her thesis at the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant’Anselmo. In addition, Sister has had many opportunities to engage in dialogue with persons of various Christian communions and of other faiths.


Deacon Jack Ruzucka

Is a seminarian at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and is currently on his Pastoral Internship at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Imperial teaching 6th and 7th grade religion. If God so wills, he will be ordained a priest in May of 2021


Deacon Carl Sommer

Was ordained to the permanent diaconate on June 4, 2016. He serves as a deacon in St. Monica parish in Creve Coeur. In addition, he has been Adjunct Professor of Church History at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, and now serves as the Registrar.


Mary Lovee Varni

Is Program Manager for the Respect Life Apostolate and volunteer with Missouri Right to Life. She is a member of St. Francis of Assisi parish in Oakville and has volunteered in music ministry at various parishes in the Washington deanery. A daughter of two Catholic converts, she has a heart for reaching across the “religious aisle” to find common ground and collaborate on common issues.

Ex Officio

James Fowlkes-Comninellis, Coordinator

Ramona Neumann, Administrative & Resources Associate

Monsignor Dennis Stehly, Moderator of the Curia

F. Javier Orozco, OFS, PhD, Executive Director