Fr. John was born in New York City, but was raised all over the country. He grew up in a military family and finally settled in Northern Virginia. He received his BA in history at St. Meinrad College in Indiana, and later his MDiv from St. Meinrad School of Theology. Fr. John was ordained for the Diocese of Richmond in May of 1979. His first two assignments were at Blessed Sacrament in Norfolk and St. Nicholas in Virginia. By 1990, he began working in Campus ministry and university life at JMU and Virginia Tech. He served on national boards and training programs in campus and young adult ministry as well as faith-based volunteer programs both nationally and abroad. He believes that the local community of faith is where the ideals of the faith touch the world. The parish community is where the Church becomes the sign of God’s love for the world, and the place where mercy can be most experienced, shared and celebrated. Jesus called together a community of disciples to witness the power of God’s promise; we as a parish follow that call also. He is looking forward to sharing in the ministry and vitality of the ICC community.
Carol Dufresne is a transplant to the South from the Big Apple. Initially hired by the Diocese of Richmond to serve as campus minister at Hampton and Norfolk State Universities, Carol was called to Immaculate Conception in 2007. She is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York, Hunter College School of Social Work and Cornell University. Carol believes that ministry is about loving people. Her theology of ministry can be summed up by these words from Fr. Gregory Boyle’s Tattoos on the Heart: “God is compassionate, loving kindness. All we’re asked to do is to be in the world who God is…Just assume the answer to every question is compassion.”
Ministry Lead: Ark of Ones, Food Pantry, Funeral Ministry, Happy Wanderers, Haiti Ministry, Health Ministry, Homebound, Ministers of Care, Morning Outreach, Nursing Home Prayer Service, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Provide-A-Ride, Saturday Bag Lunch, Samaritan Fund, Sunday Suppers, Women Listening to Women, Young at Heart
Ben serves as the Assistant Director of Evangelization and is the Coordinator for Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He has been active in youth and campus ministries for the last 12 years in both the Arlington and Richmond Dioceses, serving in all capacities as a volunteer, intern and full-time time employee. Skateboarding is one of his favorite past times.
Ministry Lead: Confirmation - Teens, Young Adults, Youth Ministry
Katherine serves as an office assistant at the parish. She supports the staff with administrative duties as well as general office duties to include registration. Katherine attended Hampton City Schools and Christopher Newport University. She has 11 years of medical office management experience. She grew up at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Hampton, and joined Immaculate Conception in 1996. Katherine lives here in Hampton, with her husband Sean, and three sons: Joey, Justin and William.
Ministry Lead: Receptionists, Welcome Ministry, Coffee and Donuts
Staff member since January 1, 1990, Ann started as a part-time bookkeeper while completing her education in Business Administration. She then received a Bachelors in Accounting and then passed the Certified Public Accounting test. As the Director of Finances, she is responsible for handling all the financial needs necessary to operate the parish as well as assists the Finance Council and oversee the financial duties for the ICC Housing Foundation and Corporation.
Teresa Cobarrubia Yoder was born in Virginia where she pursued studies in Music Composition, Theory and Conducting. She taught AP Music Theory, Chorus and Madrigals at the high school level at Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg VA and is the director of music ministries at Immaculate Conception Church, Hampton VA. Her choruses have performed internationally - including China, Vatican City, Italy, Ireland and England. She has served on boards in a number of music professional organizations and the Diocese of Richmond Liturgical Commission.
Ms. Yoder's compositions reflect an eclectic range of musical styles and levels. She has incorporated her expansive pedagogical knowledge as a teacher and pastoral musician to compose music promoting the works of love, mercy, peace, justice and the environment. Ms. Yoder's "Mass of the Chesapeake" is dedicated to + Rev. Robert French and the community of ICC. She and her husband, Gene, live in Williamsburg in their home that they built together.
Ministry Lead: Music Ministry
Mark serves as the accompanist/organist for Immaculate Conception. He has served as organist and accompanist for numerous churches in Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown, and Virginia Beach and as a choral director for the Hampton and Chesapeake school divisions. Mark is also an accomplished singer and has sung professionally with the Virginia Symphony chorus and The Virginia Choral in Norfolk.
Michael Pedulla serves as our Parish Custodian making sure the parish is clean from the Worship Space to the Commons to the Parish offices. Michael graduated from Poquoson High in 2012 and served in the Army in the 82 Airborne. Michael is a very active person who is an avid soccer player and enjoys doing charity runs and the Spartan races. You can usually find him around the parish fixing something or setting up for one of our many events.