Meet Our Staff!
Fr. Lucian Clark CP
Fr. Lucian Clark, C.P. is a native of Pittsbrugh, PA, where he grew up with a brother and three sisters. Educated by the Sisters of Charity, the De LaSalle Brothers, and the Benedictines, he became a Passionist in 1957 and celebrates fifty years as priest in Arpril, 2015. He served early years in youth ministry in Massachusetts and in retreat ministry for laity, religious and clergy. He served in administration leadership of the Passionists; holds a Masters in Education and sabbatical studies in Jerusalem.
Since 1998 Fr. Lucian has served as the founding Director of the Passionist Volunteers International, responsible for recruiting, screening, preparing and overseeing young college graduates for extended service in Passionist mission sites. For four years he initiated the Program living and working alongside the Volunteers in the Jamaica and Honduras service sites.
Fr. Lucian continues to be inspired by the life and service of the Passionist Volunteers. Their excitement, energy, creativity and commitment to the poor keeps alive the spark of his enthusiasm. “Love is Ingenuous,” the motto of PVI, Fr. Lucian took from a cherished saying of the beloved founder of the Passionists, St. Paul of the Cross. To inspire energy and creativity in his young order, Paul reminded them of the ingenuity of God’s love who sent his Son to be our Savior. Fr. Lucian finds the Passionist Volunteers a dynamic embodiment of their motto.
Sr. Maureen Kervick
Maureen Kervick, SSJ was born in Springfield, MA, oldest of four children. Her education by the Sisters of St. Joseph inspired her to join the Community. After teaching elementary school, Sr. Maureen entered nursing and was Administrator of the Community’s Health Care Center. She returned to education but as an Administrator, serving nine years as Dean of Students at the Community’s Our Lady of the Elms College, Chicopee, MA. In addition to her nursing, Sr. Maureen has an M.A. in Religious Studies from Fairfield University.
Her Community recognized Sr. Maureen’s leadership skills and elected her to serve four years as Vice President of the Community. Subsequently Sr. Maureen returned to Elms as Director of Campus Ministry. Her long experience with young people includes several years working in youth ministry with the Passionist Community, including seven years as Administrator of St. Gabriel’s Passionist Youth Retreat House, Shelter Island, NY
Sr. Maureen’s years working with young people and her long association with the Passionists made her a natural when the Passionists re-organized and re-located the PVI Ministry to Mandeville, JA. She came to Jamaica as Site Supervisor in 2010, assisting as mentor, organizer and on-site overseer for the life and service of the PVIs. Here she has found the dynamic activity and creative investment of the Volunteers inspiring and hope for the life of the Church and Gospel-service in Jamaica. “I have found my time here with the PVIs and the wonderful Jamaicans so committed to our mission most inspiring,” comments Maureen, “I am always amazed at the creative energy and commitment of the Volunteers and count it a true blessing to be a part of it.”
Lynne Zeffer grew up and lived in Elmhurst, Queens NY with her parents and younger sister Joan. After graduating from St Agnes Academic High School, in College Point she started working for a bank in New York City. After about seven years, she married her husband, Bill, and they moved out to Floral Park Long Island with their daughter Jennifer and was a stay at home mother for many years.
It was during this time that Lynne became associated with the Passionists. She began going on retreats with her mother to the Bishop Molloy Retreat House in Jamaica NY, where she also started to volunteer her time on the weekends in the office. When the opportunity arose, she was offered a job at the retreat house, which she gladly accepted. During this time she was able to meet some wonderful people; both retreatants as well as priests and sisters.
One of these priests was Fr Lucian Clark and at the time he was beginning to put his ideas together for the Passionists Volunteer International. Jump ahead a number of years and she is now working with Fr. Lucian and the PVI family. Lynne is the organizational mind behind guiding potential candidates through the application process as well as handling all of the administrative details for our current volunteers in Jamaica.