Diocesan Catechumenate Board

The Diocesan Catechumenate Board is here to serve. The Board is made up of catechetical leaders from across the region who come together to share their experience, knowledge, and commitment to this important ministry. They work together on a number of committees and meet regularly for a fuller and richer implementation of the RCIA in the diocese. 

You may write to any of the members of the Board. Please send your e-mail to and request that your message be forwarded to the Board member of your choice. 

Paula Penepent 

  Coordinator of the Catechumenate, Diocese of Buffalo

Fr. Joseph Badding


Theresa Bornholdt

Patrica DeVantier

  Patrica DeVantier has been affiliated with her parish of Prince of Peace in Niagara Falls (now St. Vincent dePaul, NF) since 1986. She served as Coordinator of Religious Ed. in 2000-2008, Sacramental Coordinator from 2008-2011, and RCIA Coordinator in 2002-2004 & 2008 to present. Pat also has experience coordinating adult Confirmation, Baptism preparation classes, VIRTUS, and Liturgy of the Word for Children. She is also a Parish Vitality contact. Pat's primary focus and energy is the RCIA, working with the wonderful team leaders that have come forward to help guide those who are seeking the Catholic faith.

Bob Grinewich

Bob Grinewich is Pastoral Associate for Ss. Peter & Paul Parish in Williamsville and has a Masters of Divinity from Niagara University. Bob is a trained Spiritual Director and is a member of the Advisory Board for St. Joseph’s Center for Spirituality ( in Clarence, NY, where he has taught classes on methods of prayer and Ignatian spirituality.  He has companioned individuals in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and in individual spiritual direction.

Dcn. Thomas Healey


Deborah Keenan


Patty Marshall


Michael Ruszala

  Michael Ruszala is Director of Religious Education at St. Pius X R. C. Church in Getzville, NY, where he likewise coordinates the catechumenate.  He has an M.A. in Theology & Christian Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH, where he first became interested in the catechumenate as a model for catechesis as a whole. Michael often gives talks and writes articles on religious topics, is involved in music ministry, and enjoys teaching 7th grade Religious Education and leading RCIA sessions. Please click here for a list of talks he is available to give.

Susan Stout


Theresa Walker


Cole Webster

  Cole Webster is a seminarian for the Diocese of Buffalo. His home parish is Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Buffalo. Cole graduated from State University College at Buffalo with a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism and has worked in office management and customer service. After attending various Protestant denominations, he entered into full communion with the Catholic Church at St. Christopher in Tonawanda in 2004 after completing the RCIA process.

Bryan Zielenieski


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