Evangelize Team

michael lavigne

Michael Lavigne
617-746-5748
mlavigne@rcab.org

Michael Lavigne serves as Assistant Cabinet Secretary for Evangelization and Discipleship at the Archdiocese of Boston, which includes his work as Director of the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation & Parish Support. Previously he was Senior Associate to the Episcopal Vicar for the New Evangelization in Boston. Prior to that he was the Director of the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation for the Diocese of Portland, Maine.

For the past 26 years he has served in the Catholic Church in a variety of leadership roles for evangelization and faith formation in both parishes and Catholic schools. Michael has earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology and communications from Rhode Island College, as well as a Master of Arts degree in theology from Providence College. 

Most importantly, Michael is married to Lori and they are the blessed parents of Michael Jr., Mariana, John Paul, Therese, Julia, Chiara, Celeste, and Timothy.

patrick krisak

Patrick Krisak
617-746-5753
pkrisak@rcab.org

Patrick Krisak joined the Archdiocese of Boston in July 2014 and is the Director of Faith Formation and Missionary Discipleship. His team in the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation and Parish Support is responsible for the development and implementation of the Forming Disciples in Mission and Forming Leaders for Mission workshops in addition to providing support to parishes in the areas of discipleship, evangelization, and faith formation.

Previously, Patrick worked at St. Mary Star of the Sea, St. John the Evangelist, and St. Margaret parishes in Beverly, MA, as Director for Evangelization. Before that, he worked as the Director of Religious Education and Coordinator of Youth Ministry at Saint Louis Parish in Alexandria, VA. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Colgate University and a master’s degree in theology from Providence College. He and his wife Cindy have two young boys.

chris donoghue

Chris Donoghue
617-746-5770
cdonoghue@rcab.org

Chris Donoghue joined the Archdiocese of Boston after 31 years in the life insurance industry. He now serves on the Faith Formation and Missionary Discipleship team as an Evangelization Consultant. Chris is a graduate of Boston College with degrees in theology and history. Throughout his professional career, Chris was also engaged in serving his parish through volunteering with youth ministry, faith formation, RCIA, liturgy planning, and parish-based evangelization. Inspired by the vision of Disciples in Mission, Chris discerned that the Lord was calling him to make a change and has since dedicated himself to serving the Church full-time. He looks forward to sharing the fruits of his professional and personal experience with those he is called to serve. Chris and his wife Krissy are blessed with two teenage sons, Brendan and Kolbe.

mike drahos

Mike Drahos
617-746-5751
mdrahos@rcab.org

Mike Drahos has been with the Archdiocese of Boston since 2014 and currently serves on the Faith Formation and Missionary Discipleship team as an Evangelization Consultant. After completing his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Mike moved to Ohio to pursue graduate studies. He earned a Master of Arts in Theology and Christian ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He previously served as Assistant Director of Faith Formation at Good Shepherd Parish in Southern Maine and as Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Faith Formation in the Archdiocese of Boston. Mike and his wife, Cassie, are happily and busily raising their three young boys.

tom lyman, man

Tom Lyman
617-746-5759
tlyman@rcab.org

Tom Lyman joined the Archdiocese of Boston as an Evangelization Consultant in the summer of 2014. Tom has worked as a teacher of foreign languages and social studies in both Catholic and public high schools, as well as in historical tourism, university education abroad, and liturgical design consulting. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in history and an M.Ed. from Providence College, Tom studied abroad in Florence, Italy; Uppsala, Sweden; and Chicoutimi, Quebec Province. Tom spent many years serving in Catholic young adult ministry in local parishes before spending time in formation at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA, where he developed a strong foundation in theology, spirituality, liturgy, pastoral ministry, and sacred music.

Married in September 2016, Tom and his wife love to enjoy time with their young son and family and friends, sing together in parish choirs, and explore beautiful landscapes, whether on foot, by kayak, or on skis. Tom traces his spiritual influences to the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, the Dominicans, and the Benedictines, as well as St. Padre Pio, Fr. Walter Ciszek and Blessed Charles de Foucauld.

 

rosemary maffei, woman

Rosemary Maffei
617-746-5760
rmaffei@rcab.org

Rosemary Maffei graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and human resources and served in various human resource roles within financial services for over a decade. In response to the Lord’s call she decided to pursue a Master of Arts in ministry from the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization. This degree was complemented by her studies through Loyola University in Rome and the Theology of the Body Institute in PA. Shortly after her studies she joined the Archdiocese of Boston as an Evangelization Consultant where her leadership skills, organizational development experience, and love for Christ are combined and used to serve the Church.

In addition to an interest in igniting a love for Christ in others through the new evangelization, she has a particular interest in the Theology of the Body, the dignity of human life, the intersection of faith and business, and of faith and culture. She loves attending and coordinating Adoration, enjoying good coffee and conversation, watching sports, hiking, mild adventures like ziplining, spending quality time with family, trying new restaurants, laughing and planning fun and silly time with friends, and meeting Christ in each individual encounter until we see Him face to face! Rosemary attributes her Spiritual influences to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, Pope Saint John Paul II, Blessed Solanus Casey, Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, and several family members and friends who have beautiful relationships with Jesus Christ.

 

Melissa Prazak
617-746-5755
mprazak@rcab.org

Originally from Texas, Melissa Prazak brings her southern hospitality and her “y’all,” to the Evangelization team. Melissa has worked to promote New Evangelization efforts in various regions of the country since 2006. She moved to Massachusetts in 2017 to work with the Archdiocese of Boston as they implement their Pastoral Plan, Disciples in Mission. She has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas in Houston and her Master of Arts in Thomistic Philosophy from the Center of Thomistic Studies. She has also studied and is greatly influenced by the spirituality of St. Arnold Jansen and St. John Paul II. She and her husband love to read nerdy books, be outdoors, cook things that take hours to complete, and entertain guests.