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Mallory Zolyan-Schmitt, President/Executive Director

Mallory grew up in Philadelphia and later moved to Cherry Hill, NJ. She earned a BA at the University of Denver and later received an MBA in Marketing from Pace University. After a long career in Market and Media Research, she relocated to Maryland and began a second career in Real Estate. It was at her Real Estate office that she met Charlie Schmitt who had only recently left his religious community. They were married in 1992. 

Together they created their home improvement business, The Home Healer. After 29 years, they recently handed their business over to their long time employee. 

Mallory joined CITI in 2015 as Business Manager. She later accepted the invitation to join the Board of Directors. She assumes her new role as President/Executive Director and looks forward to help guide CITI Ministries into the future.


     

 
Patrick Journet, Vice-President
Patrick is the President of Dignity Pittsburgh and the Treatment Education Coordinator for the Shepherd Wellness Community. By profession,
he is a research chemist and scientist and believes we all are called to ministry for a community that fosters peace and justice.






 
Rev. Donald (Don) C. Horrigan, Ed.D., Secretary/Treasurer


Originally from Ohio, Don was ordained in 1967, working in parishes and schools in Cincinnati and Springfield. He resigned active ministry in 1974. Married to Patricia, they have two adult daughters.  In July 2006, he finished a 32 year career with the Prince George's County, MD Public School System as a science teacher, instructional supervisor, and high school principal.  Don joined CITI Ministries in 2007, and reactivated his ministry and established DH Ministries.   




Fr. Charles Schmitt, Chairman of the Board

Charlie was ordained in 1981 as member of the Conventual Franciscan Community. A teacher for many years, he taught math and was the Department Chair at Archbishop Curley High School, then was Treasurer and Business Manager at St. Hyacinth College and Seminary. After resigning from the Community in 1988, he worked in the Custom Home Building business in Delaware. He married his wife Mallory in 1992 and they started The Home Healer, a design/build home improvement company. Charlie joined CITI Ministries in 2010 and returned to active ministry. He also celebrates Mass for Dignity Washington and Dignity Northern Virginia. 

 


 
Donna Amy Podobinski, Director

While a cloistered Carmelite Nun, Donna created an outline for a supportive, inclusive spiritual community for laity/priests; for healing/rebuilding Christ’s Body, the Church.  Called to the married priesthood with a Spiritan Roman Catholic priest, William Podobinski, Donna and her husband joined CITI Ministries in 1995 to help lay the foundation for the Society of Christ’s Priesthood through the universal Call for Freedom-Unity-Integrity.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


Patricia Horrigan, Director

Pat Horrigan recently changed her status from FOB (Friend of the Board) to our newest member on the Board.  Pat is a wife (Don) and mother (Megan and Caryn) and grandmother of Sophia (age 4) and Bennett (age 2).  She spent her professional years as a teacher, first as a Felician Sister out of Lodi, New Jersey.  She left the Community in 1970 and continued teaching in public and private schools.  

Helping CITI continue its mission was the impetus for volunteering as a lay person on the Board.  The Horrigans are active in their local and personal ministry in the Bowie MD area.



Tom Brooks, Director

Tom was ordained a priest within the Redemptorist Congregation in 1971. He was Vocation Director, Associate Pastor, Seminary Director and Retreat House Director over a twenty year span as a cleric. When Tom married in 1991, he told the Pope “I was willing to continue my work.” It is now almost thirty years since Tom wrote the Pope but he has never answered. So, Tom joined CITI to do whatever ministry the people would request.


Rev. Frank McGrath, Director Emeritus

Ordained for the Archdiocese in 1957, Fr. McGrath served in several Chicago area parishes for fifteen years, and for 25 years was a professor with the Chicago City Colleges, with assignments at the Chicago Police Academy, City-Wide and Truman Colleges.

In 1973, he was one of five Chicago priests who founded CORPUS, a national association of resigned/married priests, established to urge the utilization of an existing married priesthood and to encourage married priests to resume ministry. Within a few years it became possibly the largest association of married priests in church history.

He earned a doctorate in education from Indiana University. Now retired, he spends most of the year in Florida where he is active in local ecumenical activities– an interest begun over forty years ago when he served on the staff of Msgr. Jack Egan's Office of Urban Affairs. He is available for ministerial services upon request.

Fr. McGrath serves on the Advisory Board because he recognizes CITI as continuing the work originally designed for and begun by CORPUS. He is most supportive of CITI's lay leadership and their mission to call married priests back into ministry within our Roman Catholic Tradition.


Rev. William Podobinski, Director Emeritus

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Bill was ordained in 1973 as a member of a religious order called the Spiritans. He served as Associate Pastor and then Pastor of St. Mark the Evangelist church in central Harlem until 1979. From 1979 to 1984 he served as Treasurer of the Eastern Province of the Spiritans until he married Donna Amy Nash. He then worked in the finance department of Henderson Brothers Insurance Agency in Pittsburgh until his retirement in 2012. He and Donna became members of CITI Ministries in 1995 when our joint sacramental ministry began. Donna and Bill have been involved with Dignity Pittsburgh for over 15 years and presently serve as chaplains for this faith community.