Fr. Robert Rousseau

Reverend Robert Rousseau
Director of Pro-Life Activities
Father Rousseau is Director of Pro-Life Activities for the Archdiocese of Hartford and has been actively involved in pro-life work since 1991 when he found a 3 hour old baby in the entry way to his church. He went on to found Carolyn’s Place in 1992, a pregnancy care center in Waterbury, and continues to serve on its Board. Father attended St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, CT and St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester, NY. He is presently chaplain of St. Joseph Residence, Enfield.

Sister Suzanne Gross

Sister Suzanne Gross, FSE
Program Coordinator
Sister Suzanne is a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist. She graduated from Loyola University in Chicago and now holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Hartford and a Masters Degree in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Since 1987, Sister Suzanne has been the Administrator of Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care and is a past president of the Connecticut Coalition to Improve End-of-Life Care. She presents at various conferences around the United States on end-of-life issues, human suffering, and the culture of life.

Sister Amaris Salata

Sister Amaris Salata
Assistant Program Coordinator
Sister Amaris is new to our staff and is serving as the Assistant Program Coordinator. She brings a wealth of experience from her past. She earned a Masters degree in Accounting from Eastern Michigan University and is a licensed CPA. She has worked in the field of accounting and is now serving the Pro-Life Ministry while pursuing degrees in Theology and Marriage and Family Therapy. Sister Amaris is available to present on any topics concerning the pro-life mission. She is a novice with the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist.

Marie Laffin

Marie Laffin
Site Leader and Facilitator for Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats
Marie became the Site Leader and Facilitator of Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats on April 1, 2012. She facilitates weekend retreats. Marie is the Clinical Director of Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, a faith-based home health agency. She received an Associates Degree in Nursing from Quinnipiac University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Providence College. Marie has two adult children, two grandchildren, and is a parishioner of Most Holy Trinity Parish in Wallingford.

Anne Boers

Anne Boers
40 Days for Life Coordinator
Anne Boers from St. Thomas the Apostle in West Hartford is the 40 Days for Life Coordinator. She has been a supporter of 40 Days for Life for many years and is familiar with its structure and success. She is the pro-life co-representative at St. Thomas the Apostle and has advocated for years in other pro-life activities. Anne is mother to five children and resides in West Hartford with her husband, David.

S Angela Marie

Sister Angela Marie Castellani, FSE
Office Assistant
Sister Angela Marie, a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist, prepares the context for the Pro-Life Thought of the Week. A native of Italy, she earned a Judicial Doctorate and a Master in Law Professions from the University of Perugia, Italy. She also holds a Masters Degree in Theology with a concentration in Morality from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Cromwell.


Janice Hunter
Program Assistant
Janice has worked per diem for the Pro-Life Ministry since 2000 and has helped organize many of the conferences and Masses sponsored by the Ministry. She and her husband, David, raised six children and now have seven grandchildren. The Hunters' daughter, Sister Clare Hunter, is a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist. Janice and her husband, David, are parishioners of Holy Angels Church in Meriden.


Laurel Klepacki
Program Assistant
Laurel has worked per diem for the Pro-Life Ministry since 2008, helping to organize various conferences and Masses sponsored by the Pro-Life Ministry. She graduated from Notre Dame College in New Hampshire. She and her husband, Don, are in the home construction business in New England. They have two adult sons. Laurel and Don are parishioners of St. Maurice Church, New Britain.

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