Pastoral Staff & Lay Leadership

Pastor:

Rev. Casey A. Coleman

Born in Dayton, OH, Father Coleman grew up around Winston-Salem and Charlotte, NC. He graduated from NC State with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked for Corning Cable Systems before entering St. Charles Borromeo seminary in 2009. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2015 and served for two years as Parochial Vicar at St. Vincent de Paul parish in Charlotte before being installed as pastor of St. Mary, Mother of God, in Sylva in 2017.

Email: cacoleman@charlottediocese.org

 Deacon:

Rev. Mr. Matthew Newsome

Deacon Matt was born in Charlotte, NC, and moved to Sylva after high school. He attended college at Warren Wilson College and Western Carolina University, where he graduated in 1999 with a degree in English Literature. He earned a Masters of Theology degree from Holy Apostles College in 2008 and was ordained to the diaconate in 2018. He is an adult convert, having been baptized at St. Mary’s in 2000. He has been serving as the Catholic campus minister at Western Carolina University since 2008. He and his wife, Joannie, have six children.

Email: ccm@wcucatholic.org

Parish Secretary:

Position Currently Open
Phone: (828) 586-9496
Email: stmarysylva@frontier.com

Director of Religious Education:

Mrs. Lucia Castillo
Email: sylvadre@gmail.com

RCIA Coordinator: 

Mr. Mike Ensley
Email: mikeensley1@gmail.com

Youth Ministry & Activities Coordinator:

Ms. Della Sue (Susie) Bryson
Email: sylvaymc@gmail.com

WCU Campus Minister:

Rev. Mr. Matthew Newsome
Phone: (828) 293-9374
Email: ccm@wcucatholic.org
Website: www.WCUCatholic.org

PARISH COUNCIL CHAIR: Dr. Rick Buechemen

FINANCE COUNCIL CHAIR: Jane Sullivan, CPA

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: David Karuru, Grand Knight

HISPANIC MINISTRY COORDINATORS: Alma and Eleazar Flores; Martha and Javier Leon

CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAS:

RESPECT LIFE COMMITTEE CHAIR: Elizabeth Guertin

LAY CARMELITES: Jane Sullivan