Sister Ellen is a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Sister resides at Villa Immaculata, House of Prayer in Riverhead.
Originally from New Jersey, Sister has resided on Long Island for the past 35 years.
Previously, Sister has ministered in St. Peter Claver in Brooklyn, St. Isidore in Riverhead and St. Peter the Apostle in Islip Terrace.
At Good Shepherd Parish, Sister Ellen is the Spiritual Formation minister for all levels. Sister is also an annulment advocate for the Tribunal of Rockville Centre.
The charism (gift) of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth is ministry to the family. The Sisters work toward the creation of one family in God wherever they live and minister. Recognizing that holy, healthy families are central to the transformation of the world, the Sisters commit themselves and their resources to enhancing the quality of family life through all their ministries
Christine Fitzgerald attended St Joseph's College in Patchogue for Therapeutic Recreation & has worked for the past 15 years with children & adults with Autism & other Intellectual Disabilities. She feels so very blessed to be able to return to the Good Shepherd Youth Group as the new Youth Minister after having been a member of the Youth Group when she was in High School. After volunteering with the Youth Group for a couple of years, she is grateful for the faith that Father Jerry & Tony Bellizzi have put in her to take on this extraordinary role as Good Shepherd's Youth Minister. God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the Called, and she will do all she can to listen & respond to God's call.