Executive Committee

PRESIDENT. Fr. Don Rooney, serves as President of CADEIO and Pastor of Saint Bernadette Church in Springfield, Virginia, a parish family of about 11,000. He received his MA in Systematic Theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia following a number of years as a creative director and owner of an advertising design firm. He was ordained in 1994. For nine years he has served as the Officer for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Diocese of Arlington, as well as a number of related organizations: formerly, Secretary of CADEIO; Treasurer of the Virginia State Committee of Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic and United Methodist Churches (LARCUM), as well as a member of the Coordinating Cabinet and Faith and Order Commission for the Virginia Council of Churches. He is an active participant in several local and national dialogues and is a founding partner in the Catholic Muslim Dialogue of northern Virginia. He served as the national chair of the National Workshop on Christian Unity in Tampa in 2010. He also serves as member on a number of boards whose work is ecumenical and philanthropic in nature.

VICE PRESIDENT. Father Joseph D. Wallace has served as a priest in the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, for 32 years. He is the Pastor of the recently merged Notre Dame de la Mer Parish, in Wildwood, New Jersey. The parish also has an elementary school Cape Trinity Catholic and a secondary school Wildwood Catholic High School. He is also president of the high school. For over 25 years he has served as Director of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Diocese of Camden. As a member of the former NADEO and current CADEIO, he has served as a regional representative, treasurer, executive board, committee chair for NCCC/USA, Episcopalian/Catholic, Fitzgerald Award, and a member of the Jewish/Catholic committee. In his home diocese he was instrumental in establishing a Catholic-Jewish Commission and a Catholic-Muslim Commission, Ecumenical Commission, Tri-Faith Dialogue, Catholic-Jewish Institute for Understanding, Tri-Faith Breaking Bread Institute. He has also served as the executive editor of his diocesan newspaper “The Catholic Star Herald,” and has written a biweekly column for over 25 years. He also serves as diocesan historian.

SECRETARY. Fr. Phil Latronico was ordained in April of 1986 and has served as Chaplain of the Community of God’s Love, a Covenanted Eucharistic Public Association of Christ Faithful of the Archdiocese of Newark since ordination. He is the Youth Minister and Weekend Assistant at St. John the Apostle, Linden since 2000. He was co-chair of the State Catholic Charismatic Conference 2006-16. He serves as Chaplain to the Peace Care Center at St. Joseph’s formally the Cusack Care Center in Jersey City.  He has participated in varied types of service in Hudson County: Catholic School Teacher, Director of Religious Education, Youth Minister, and Ecumenical Liaison. Since his ordination he has served on the Archdiocesan Commissions of Christian Unity and Interreligious Affairs. Currently he is the chair of the Archdiocesan Commission of Interreligious Affairs for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, the Executive Secretary of the Archdiocesan Commission for Christian Unity, the President of the North Jersey Christian Muslim Project, the Secretary of the Faiths in the World Committee of the Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers (CADEIO), an advisor and friend to Peace Islands (a Muslim Outreach among the Turkish Population), a member of the Hudson County Sister/Brotherhood Association, and a member of the Bergen County Sister/Brotherhood Association. He also is the secretary of CADEIO as of April, 2016.

TREASURER. Mr. Rick Caporali