About The Roncalli Center

Based in the visionary documents produced at the Second Vatican Council, the Roncalli Center serves as a resource for liturgy and ministry in the church. Created to continue the prophetic work begun by Pope John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council, the Roncalli Center invites dialogue, collegiality, education and collaboration to share the wealth of gifts that exist within the rich diversity of communities.

A grassroots initiative in its seedling stage, the Roncalli Center operates through the work of volunteers. We teach, write, compose, network, offer retreats, days of reflection and donate time and money on behalf of the Roncalli Center.

Through prayer, work and community, we share the joy and hope of the Gospel to transform the world into the reign of God in this time and place.

Contributers and Presenters 

Denise Morency Gannon, BMus.Ed., MA, CPS, Founder of The Rocnalli Center 

Denise's career spans over forty five years in education and the pastoral arts. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Opera and Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Notre Dame College in Manchester, NH. While earning her Master's degree in Special Education, Denise's focus turned toward the developing movement in lay Catholic ministry and became one of the first full time parish music directors in the United States. She earned her Master's Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College, followed by a three year program in the practice of spirituality at Boston College and became certified as a spiritual director. As Denise continued to accrue credits toward a post-Masters degree (CAES) from Boston College, she worked as a campus minister at Stonehill College and continued to publish both as a composer and as an author.  

With a wide breadth of experience as a lay pastoral minister in the Catholic church, Denise offers a diversified range of experience that spans work parishes, schools, dioceses, hospitals, and artistic communities. To learn more about her work, go to her website at  or click her Curriculum Vitae.

Contact Denise at or call 508-982-3200.

Fr. Stepen Wilbricht, C.S.C. is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College in Easton, MA. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Government and a Master of Divity from the University of Notre Dame. He completed doctoral studies and earned a Licentiate and Doctorate of Sacred Theology from The Catholic University of America. Fr. Wilbricht's concentration is liturgy and sacraments in the Roman Catholic tradition.

His other teaching appointments include the School of Theology and Religious Studies at Catholic University, where he was a teaching assistant. Fr. Wilbricht also served as a teaching fellow at the Wabash Teaching and Learning Program.

He is the author of several articles and publications which have appeared in WorshipThe Living LightAssemblyCatechumenatePastoral Liturgy and EnVisionChurch, The Georgetown Center for Liturgy's online community. His dissertation is entitled Mark Searle's Vision for 'Pastoral Liturgical Studies': Liturgy as 'Rehearsal of Christian Attitudes.

 Fr. Thomas Gaughan, C.S.C., D.Min., University of Notre Dame

Fr. Tom is a native of New Bedford, MA, and graduate of Bishop Stang High School of the Diocese of Fall River, MA. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 1980 and his Master of Divinity degree in 1986 from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Completing his doctoral studies in December of 2009, Fr. Tom received a Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. His dissertation research focused on a methodology for effective preaching to college congregations. 

Fr. Gaughan served as associate pastor at the Basilica of Notre Dame in his early years following ordination and as a rector for first and second year students at the University of Notre Dame. He was the director of retreats for Notre Dame campus ministry and served as the chaplain of Notre Dame's ice hocky team. Fr. Tom was also a member of the Notre Dame Folk Choir under the direction of Steven Warner at the Basilica of Notre Dame throughout his many years on that campus. He will begin a new ministry as associate pastor of Sacred Heart-St. Francis de Sales Parish in Bennington, VT. 

Patrick Gannon, RPh, MS, FABC 

Patrick serves as the Chief Quality Officer and Vice President of Quality & Safety for Southcoast™ Health. Patrick is an active member of the Hospital Medicaid Advisory Group working with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. He also serves on the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors and has served as a Baldrige examiner for the Massachusetts award program. 

A registered pharmacist, Gannon obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston and completed a fellowship in Executive Leadership from The Advisory Board Company in Washington, D.C. He is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. Patrick oversees SPN and the ACO for Southcoast HealthHe is an appointed member of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Board of Registration in Pharmacy. Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Board of Registration in Pharmacy. He is the president elect for the year 2015 of the Board. 

Patrick is a pastoral musician at Our Lady of Fatima Church in New Bedford, MA and coordinates the Parish Nurse program for the parish. He is married to Denise Morency Gannon. 

Father Paul Caron, V.F., B.S., MDiv. 

Pastor of St. Anthony's Church, Mattapoisett, MA and St. Rita's Church, Marion, MA. Diocese of Fall River, MA 

Father Caron served as parochial vicar at St. Mark's in Attleboro, MA and Immaculate Conception, North Easton, MA. He was named as pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Acushnet in 1996 for four years. Fr. Caron served as pastor of St. Mary-Our Lady of the Isle Parish in Nantucket from 2000 to 2007 before his current assignment of the pastor of two parishes as well as serving as the area dean of presbyters in his region of the Diocese of Fall River. 

Kathy and Michael Sites, St. Anthony's Parish, Mattapoisett, MA 

Christian Initiation and Children's Liturgy of the Word 

Kathy Sites bolds a B.S. from Bridgewater State University; Special Education from Boston University and a MA from Mount Holyoke College. A retired teacher and administrator in the Brockton Public Schools, Kathy currently works as a research analyst at the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a consultant on mathematics instruction. Kathy directs Children's Liturgy of the Word at St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett, MA and also serves as a member of the parish Christian Initiation team. She is married to Michael Sites. 

A retired attorney, Michael Sites earned an A.B from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from New England School of Law in Boston, MA. Michael serves as the Director of Christian Initiation at St. Anthony Parish in Mattapoisett, MA. He is married to Kathy Sites. 

MaryAnne Cappelleri

Women's Spirituality Programs for the Roncalli Center

MaryAnne graduated from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Certificate in Catholic Studies.  She went on to complete a year of post-graduate service through the Holy Cross Associate Program in South Bend, IN, working at the Center for the Homeless.  MaryAnne holds a Master of Arts Degree in Spiritual and Pastoral Care from Loyola University Maryland.  She is a certified spiritual director. Mary Anne has been in higher education administration and ministry since 2004 educating students on issues of social injustice, Catholic Social Teaching, student leadership development and faith formation.  Currently, MaryAnne works at Stonehill College orchestrating their ongoing community engagement program which serves nearly 60 local nonprofit agencies with nearly 800 annual student volunteers; in addition to organizing a service day during fall orientation with up to 1000 people volunteering across the community.  She instituted a Women’s Retreat at the college which has been running since 2011 for both students and employees.  MaryAnne serves as a spiritual director and retreat facilitator steeped in Ignatian spirituality.  She completed a 30 Day Spiritual Exercises Retreat, has facilitated Ignatian Retreats with both Loyola University Maryland and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.  MaryAnne serves as on the Board of the Moore Center for Gender Equity at Stonehill College, is a SHARE Advisor with students involved in sexual assault cases and is a member of the Intercultural Affairs Subcommittee on Diversity.  She is from Warwick, New York and currently resides in North Easton, MA.    



Congregation of Holy Cross  at Stonehill College, Easton, MA

Sisters of St. Joseph, Boston

Diocese of Fall River, MA





What Happened at Vatican II (YouTube, John O'Malley, courtesy of Vanderbuilt University)

Theology Library (Second Vatican Council) 

Mystagogical Reflections on the Roman Missal, Third Edition, FDLC

America Magazine

Commonweal Magazine

Denise Morency Gannon

GIA Publications

Gotta Sing Gotta Pray

Liturgical Press

Liturgy Training Publications

Morgan Music & Liturgy

Oblation: Catechesis, Liturgy, and the New Evangelization

Oregon Catholic Press


St. John's Abbey

The Newman Hymnal of the University of Notre Dame

United States Council of Catholic Bishops

World Library Publications

Documents of the Second Vatican Council 

The North American Forum for the Catechumenate

A Concord Pastor

Notre Dame Center for Liturgy

Envision Church

Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University

Institute for Liturgical Ministry


Worship Magazine

The Liturgical Conference

The Chant Cafe

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life 

Paulist New England Outreach 


Team RCIA 

To Bend Light 



Guadet Mater Ecclesia: Pope John XXIII opening address of the Second Vatican Council

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A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II by Edward P. Hahnenberg. St. Anthony Messenger Press. Cincinnati, Ohio

Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II by Richard R. Gaillardetz and Catherine E. Clifford. Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota. 

Voices from the Council. Edited by Michael R. Prendergast and M.D. Ridge. Pastoral Press, Portland, Oregon. 

The Good Pope: John XXIII & Vatican II: The Making of a Saint and the Remaking of the Church by Greg Tobin. HarperOne

Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning by Massimo Faggioli. Paulist Press

Vatican II: The Essential Texts, edited by Norman Tanner, SJ. Image Books

Vatican II: Fifty Years of Evolution and Revolution in the Catholic Church by Margaret Lavin. Novalis

Vatican II: Fifty Personal Stories, Edited by William Madges and Michael J. Daley. Orbis Book

My Journal of the Council by Yves Congar, OP. Translated by Sr. Mary John Ronayne, OP, and Mary Cecily Boulding. Liturgical Press. 


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