Two Glenmary Home Missioners, serving in the Diocese of Raleigh, have been elected to the leadership of the Religious Order. Father Chet Artysiewicz, Pastor of the Catholic Community of Bertie County, has been elected president, and Brother Jack Henn, also serving in Bertie County, has been elected Second Vice-President. Their selection took place this week during Glenmary’s 15th General Chapter, being held in Charleston, West Virginia.
Father Artysiewicz (pictured at right), 66, has served as Pastor in Bertie County and St. Joan of Arc in Plymouth for the past year. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, he took his First Oath as a Glenmary missioner in 1969 and his Final Oath in 1972. He was ordained in 1973, serving in rural mission churches in Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, Arkansas and Oklahoma. He has also served the community as vocation counselor and director of the post-novitiate program.
Brother Henn has been serving as a member of the Glenmary pastoral team in Bertie County since 2007. His outreach to those in need in the county made such an impact that, in 2009, he was recognized as the Citizen of the Year by the Bertie County Chamber of Commerce for his contributions in caring for the county's elderly population and his other civic involvement.
“I extend my congratulations and prayerful best wishes to Father Artysiewicz upon his election as President of the Glenmary Home Missioners and to Brother Jack Henn upon his election as Second Vice President of the order,” Bishop Michael F. Burbidge said upon learning of the selection.
“Both Father Artysiewicz and Brother Henn have given generous pastoral care, not only to the faithful of the Catholic Community of Bertie County entrusted to their care, but also to the people of the Windsor, NC, area, especially to those most in need.”
The Bishop said, “I express my continued gratitude to Father Artysiewicz for the ministry of all of the Glenmary Home Missioners who serve in our Diocese and I look forward to working with him as Glenmary continues to be an important part of the missionary activity of the Church in the Albemarle Deanery.”
The Glenmary Home Missioners is expected to name a new pastor for the Bertie County community in the near future.
Above: Glenmary Home Missioner Brother Jack Henn meeting with staff at local center for the aging, part of the Glenmary outreach to the community.