Fr. Gregory Kandt, Pastor
Fr. Gregory is proud of 3 things: being a Catholic, a German, and a Southerner (no one of which goes very well with the other two). Raised in the Old Dominion of Virginia, he received his B.S. at James Madison University in the Shenandoah Valley. What did he do there? He “danced and studied Special Education on the side”. Fr. Gregory performed in the Folk Ensemble of the University Dance Theatre while studying modern dance and a little ballet for technique. Following college he performed Bavarian dance in Das Festhaus at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg before beginning his teaching career in Virginia public schools, teaching elementary school-aged mentally handicapped children. During that time he toured with an Appalachian folklore dance company, the Massanutten Mountain Cloggers. His last 2 years teaching was in a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Washington, teaching regular 5th and 6th grades. This was when he began performing with Step-In-Time, a company that danced a modernized, urbanized style of clogging. Finally he landed at Theological College, the national seminary at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He still dances traditional American dance for fun.
He has been a priest of the Richmond Diocese for 20 years, pastor at Incarnation for 14 (as of 2015).
He has many spiritual influences besides the Gospels, notably the Discalced Carmelite school, Blessed Charles de Foucauld, Dorothy Day, and Madonna House Apostolate, to name only a few (“Fr. G.”, as many young people call him [but anyone else can, too!], has a Cistercian heart and a Carmelite soul.) He loves talking about spirituality and holy things, movies, playing games, reading, music, (of course, dance), and just hanging out with good people. Get together with him to find out more, and so that he can discover all the richness about you!
.Fr. Jaime Guardado Delgado, Parochial Vicar
Deacon Chris Morash, Director of Worship
Deacon Chris was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1950. He is the son of the late Parker and Mary Edith Morash and has a brother Nick who still lives in Halifax. Deacon Chris’ sister Mary-Anne passed away in 2012. Growing up Deacon Chris attended St. Francis Elementary School, St. Patrick’s High School, Dalhousie University in Halifax and later the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia.
Deacon Chris began the study of piano at age seven and received his grade ten in piano through the Royal Toronto Conservatory of Music. In his first year of high school in 1965 and at the beginning of the liturgical changes of the Second Vatican Council Deacon Chris was invited to play the organ at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica in Halifax, Nova Scotia for Sunday Liturgies. He remained there becoming the principal organist until 1971.
In 1971 Deacon Chris enlisted in the Canadian Forces as a musician. He completed basic training in January 1972 at CFB Cornwallis and was posted to the Canadian Forces School of Music in Victoria, British Columbia. During his time as a student musician at the Canadian Forces School of Music, Deacon Chris became the principal Organist and Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Victoria. During those years at St. Andrew’s Cathedral he collaborated closely with Bishop Remi De Roo, the then Bishop of Victoria and a father of the Second Vatican Council. During his twenty-four years in the Diocese of Victoria Deacon Chris facilitated many liturgy and music workshops both within the diocese and outside of the diocese. For several years Deacon Chris was a member of the Liturgical Committee of the Western Conference of Canadian Bishops. For over thirty years Deacon Chris has been a member of the National Pastoral Musicians.
While in Victoria Deacon Chris was fortunate to bring to the diocese several noted composers of liturgical music. Three of those noted composers who came to the Diocese of Victoria were Fr. Bob Dufford, Dan Schutte and Tim Manion from a group known as the “St. Louis Jesuits.” At the same time the St. Louis Jesuits were doing graduate work in music at Seattle University. In 1986 Deacon Chris was invited to sing in the choir for the St. Louis Jesuits recording “The Steadfast Love.” That same year Deacon Chris collaborated with Fr. Bob Dufford, SJ in writing the keyboard arrangements for two of his compositions “All the Ends of the Earth” and “Save Us, O Lord,” subsequently published by Oregon Catholic Press.
Deacon Chris completed his Bachelor of Music in organ performance and conducting and graduated from the University of Victoria in 1994 “with distinction.” In 1996 Deacon Chris came to Charlottesville as the Director of Worship at the Church of the Incarnation. He met his future wife Peggy Cornett in the parish and they were married on May 9, 1998. Peggy is the Curator of Plants at Monticello. Deacon Chris entered the Richmond Diocesan Permanent Diaconate Program in September of 1999 and completed his diaconal formation through the Benedictine School of Theology at St. Meinrad’s Archabbey. Chris was ordained a deacon by Bishop-Emeritus Walter Sullivan on February 15, 2003. In August 2010 Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, the current Bishop of Richmond invited Deacon Chris to be the Director of the Diocesan Office of Worship.
Deacon Bernie Taylor, Hispanic Ministry
For more then 26 years I have been blessed to serve as a deacon in the Catholic church. It has been a great privilege to work, live, and pray with others and to enter into the joys and struggles of their lives.
God has put in my heart a love for the needy, especially for the migrants from the Americas. For the past eight years it has been a joy to have served in ministry to the Spanish speaking people here at this parish and the surrounding area.
In 2008 Janice and I celebrated our 46th year of married life together in the very high (8 thousand feet) and very cold mountains of Guatemala. During the months of January and February we lived there with the Mayan people doing advanced studies in history, culture and the Spanish language of the Americas.
I was born in Jamaica Long Island. Before moving to Virginia, I worked as an IBM Field Engineer and in 1995 I started a Restoration and Alteration company in Babylon Long Island. Early in our marriage God called us to worship and to serve in a racially, culturally and economically diversified mission church in Wyandanch Long Island. I was richly blessed while working there with and among the poor and needy for more then 30years. God has graced us with five adult children and six grandchildren and many opportunities to meet new friends.
Deacon Tom Healey
Deacon Tom was born in Cambridge, MA in 1960. He is the son of the late Thomas Albert Healey and his mother Virginia Healey lives in Raleigh,NC along with his younger brother Darron. He also has a sister, Maribeth, in Orlando,FL. Deacon Tom spent his high school, college and early adult years in South East Florida, living in Palm Beach and Broward counties.
As a consequence of his being born in Eastern Massachusetts, he is cursed and blessed to be a Red Sox fan.
Deacon Tom was married to Jo Ann Kelley in 1994 and has two children, one in college and one in high school.
Deacon Tom moved to Charlottesville in 1995.
Deacon Tom is a Software Engineer by trade with a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.
His career includes work with embedded systems and he has worked for ABB and GE as well as Value America and MusicToday. He is now employed by the University of Virginia as a Systems Engineer.
In 2007, Deacon Tom felt the call to the diaconate and was accepted to the newly formed cohort. He received Master of Arts Degree in Theology from Saint Leo’s University as part of his diaconal formation. He was ordained in November, 2012 by Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, Bishop of Richmond, to serve the people of the diocese.
Tom has served the people of the Church of the Incarnation since his ordination.
Israel Menchero, Business Manager
Izzy was born in Holguin, Cuba, and immigrated to the United States in 1961 at the tender age of 15. After finishing high school in Miami, Izzy moved to Connecticut to study history at Sacred Heart University, where he was a member of the first graduating class and where he so happened to bump into his future wife, Lynette. After a stint in Chicago where he earned his MA in Latin American Studies at Loyola University, he returned to Connecticut, married Lynette, began a career as a teacher and a coach, and added the title of “Dad” to his resume with the birth of daughter, Sumner. Izzy and Lynette dedicated themselves to Catholic education, both in their professional endeavors as teachers and within their own family, sending their daughter through 12 years of Catholic schooling.
In addition to his time in the classroom and on the athletic field, Izzy served in Catholic institutions as principal of St. Malachy’s School in Tamarac, FL; parish administrator of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; development director at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, an organization that works to aid immigrants entering the United States; and as both a team member and capital campaign director for two companies, specializing in fundraising campaigns in Catholic parishes and dioceses around the country. In these posts, he facilitated development efforts in churches and dioceses in Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, Georgia, and California. Izzy also served as Director of Development with the Roanoke Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.
In his spare time, Izzy enjoys University of Miami football (with apologies to UVA fans), the Washington Nationals, Boston Red Sox, David Baldacci books, his dog with a Napolean-complex, and the company of his wife and daughter.
Sheila Herlihy, Coordinator of Justice & Charity
Patrick Drury, Director of Christian Formation
Patrick Drury was born and raised in Alexandria, VA. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2000 with a BA in psychology. While at UVA he served as the Chairman of the Catholic Students Association and was the founding President of One in Four, an all-male sexual assault peer education group. After graduating, he worked at Marymount University in Arlington, VA as the Assistant Director of Campus Ministry. In 2002 he married his lovely wife, Cynthia, and they moved to South Bend, IN where she received her MTS in Biblical Studies from Notre Dame. While there, Patrick worked as the Volunteer Coordinator at the local rape crisis center and then served as the Director of St. Joseph County Right to Life. Patrick then served for seven years as the Director of Youth Ministry at Good Shepherd in Alexandria, VA. He began serving at Incarnation in September 2011.
Patrick and Cynthia have two daughters, Isabelle and Sophia, who occupy a large amount of their time and energy. Patrick also enjoys playing and watching sports, hiking, movies, board games, and eating (especially with friends).
Mary Ricciardi Balsam, Administrative Assistant
Mary Ricciardi Balsam is originally from New York City. She graduated from Hunter College-Bellevue School of Nursing with a B.S. in Nursing. She joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in 1980 and specialized in Neonatal Intensive Care. Mary has seen many wonders of the world through her many moves. Along the way she stopped her career in nursing and enjoyed raising her two children Teresa and Anthony (Oh , did I mention she is Italian?). She has always been active in school, church and community life! Prior to moving to Charlottesville, Mary worked as Assistant to the Principal of Holy Family Catholic School in Dale City, VA. Mary met her husband and long-time Incarnation parishioner Bill Balsam while they both worked in a Retreat Ministry for the Divorced, Separated and Widowed called “Beginning Experience”. Bill & Mary were married in July of 2004. Mary joined Incarnation’s Pastoral Staff in October 2004. Mary enjoys reading, traveling “anywhere”, gathering weekly with her Cursillo Group, and training her Golden Retriever /Lucy/. She enjoys the natural beauty of this area and loves nothing more than celebrating life with a meal outdoors surrounded by family and friends!
Jane Lilly, Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper
Jane holds a B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Alabama and serves as a catechetical leader and office volunteer at Shepherd of the Hills in Quinque, VA. Jane resides in Ruckersville, VA with her husband Terry and their two children Megan and Nathaniel. In her spare time Jane enjoys reading, sewing, and supporting high school and college marching bands.
John Kronstain, Coordinator of Youth Ministry
John Kronstain comes to Charlottesville from Newport News, VA. He graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in music education. After teaching high school and middle school music, he attended the University of Virginia and earned a Master of Education in counselor education. At Church of the Incarnation, John directs the 4:30 pm Mass worship band/choir and assists with the middle and high school youth ministry programs. He is also a full-time school counselor in Charlottesville.
John’s ministry experience includes working with youth in Catholic churches across the Diocese of Richmond. He has participated in and led mission trips to Virginia, Mississippi, New York, West Virginia, Mexico, Jamaica, and Haiti. He is also an experienced music minister, interested in melding contemporary praise and worship with traditional hymns. John lives in Charlottesville with his wife, Sara, and their daughter, Emma.
Lori Brodhead, Coordinator of Children’s Ministry
Lori was raised in NY and VA. She graduated from James Madison University in 2003, earning a B.S. in Public Administration and minors in Geology and Political Science. While at JMU, Lori was very active in the Catholic Campus Ministry, the Progressive Coalition, and was a founding editor of the shortlived newspaper ‘Diogenes’ Lantern.’ Lori lives in Charlottesville with her husband, Read, their three children, and a troublesome goldendoodle named Clover. She is an avid reader, and enjoys talking about books, traveling and the outdoors.