The Core Team of the Band of Sisters

Maureen Leahy

Maureen has served in the Diocese of Raleigh for eighteen years. She retired in 2014 from St. Francis of Assisi parish, in Raleigh, where she served as a Director of Faith Formation for sixteen years. Prior to coming to Raleigh, she worked as a Director of Human Resources in New Jersey and as a school teacher in both New York City public schools and Blessed Sacrament School in Bayside, NY. Maureen holds a Masters Degree in Education from Queens College in New York and a Masters Degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans.

Within the Diocese of Raleigh, she has served as a facilitator for the Loyola Institute for Ministry Extension Program (LIMEX), and has facilitated adult courses in the Doorways to Formation in the Faith program.

Maureen is a Master Catechist in the Diocese of Raleigh and is currently serving as a group leader for children in her parish formation program. She also volunteers at the diocese in the Office of Marriage and Family Life.

Maureen enjoys gardening, reading, going to the gym, playing Bunco and poker, and spoiling her two fur babies. She is proud and honored to have served with the Band of Sisters since its inception in 2015, and looks forward to many opportunities to spread the Good News and share the faith with the many faith filled people who have embraced the Band of Sisters.


Ann O'Hara

Ann O'Hara is a part of the "prayer team" for the Band of Sisters. Along with Cindy FitzGerald and Christine Miesowicz, she helps to gather everyone into sacred space, remembering that everything we do is with God and in God. 

Ann has spent her adult life immersed in liturgy and has a Masters Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Heythrop College in London.   She is certified as a Master Catechist in the Diocese of Raleigh.  She recently retired from NC State University.


Cindy FitzGerald

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Cindy has been in the Diocese of Raleigh since 1968. She has served as both a volunteer and an employee over those many years. Prior to her 2013 retirement, Cindy was serving at Sacred Heart Cathedral where she worked for twelve years as the Director of Liturgy. During the last two of those years, she served as both Director of Worship and Director of Music. Her deep love of liturgy and music continues to shape her days with the Band of Sisters. She also works part time - providing music and direction at Mother Teresa Mission in Cary and The Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Chapel Hill. 

Cindy received her Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her degree in Canon Law with an emphasis in Liturgy from St. Paul University, Ottowa, ON, Canada. 

She is the youngest of eight and a mother of three adult children. Married to Kevin for thirty-six years, she is happy to call Raleigh home - where she time-shares her son's dog, Atlas...who regularly amazes her.  

The Band of Sisters -    “We are all just walking each other home”…   - Ram Dass

The Band of Sisters -

“We are all just walking each other home”…

- Ram Dass

Linda Bedo

Linda has enjoyed being a part of the Band of Sisters since 2015 when she first had the kernel of the idea for the Band. After retiring from the Diocese of Raleigh, she felt called to further her own spirituality. This led to becoming more involved with friends that were on the same path (Band of Sisters).

Trained and certified as a Spiritual Director, Linda has a Masters Degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University. She is a certified Master Catechist in the Diocese of Raleigh. She coordinates her parish's involvement with Note in the Pocket - a local organization that clothes impoverished school-age children in Wake County.

Linda has been married to her husband, Paul, for forty-five years. They have one daughter and three grandchildren.


Christine Miesowicz

Delighted to be part of Band of Sisters core team, Christine offers her gifts as a retreat leader and her experience as a parish minister in lifelong faith formation in the planning and presentation of Band of Sisters events.

Christine Miesowicz is a trained spiritual director and retreat leader with over 15 years of parish ministry experience in youth ministry and lifelong faith formation. She retired from active parish ministry in 2011 to pursue ministry in spiritual direction. She has her masters in pastoral ministry with a concentration in spirituality from Boston College where she also received her training in spiritual guidance.

Christine is certified as a Master catechist in the Diocese of Raleigh, NC.

Christine is a daughter, the oldest of 12 children, a stepdaughter, a wife of 45 years, a mother of 3 adult children, and a grandmother. 

Christine blogs at andwithyourspirit.wordpress.com


Pat Legere-Hicks

Pat’s career in North Carolina spanned 25 years working in the administrative office of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh as Executive Assistant, she retired in February of 2015. 

She helped facilitate and share her personal experiences through Turning Point, a support group for people experiencing separation and divorce, for over 10 years.  She was also a core member (22 years ago) that organized the Single/Single Again group for individuals struggling with various issues of loss and the group established a monthly Single/Single Again Mass which is still active today.

Together with her husband, Doug, their combined family consists of four adult children and seven wonderful grandchildren ranging in age from 18 to 2, along with their dog, Lily and her cat, Boots.

Pat enjoys being a part of the Band of Sisters which provided an opportunity for her to continue to grow in her love of God by helping to serve others.


Mary Morch

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Mary has lived in Raleigh since 1984. Having joined the St. Francis Catholic Community, she became involved in Youth Ministry and a host of other parish groups. 
Upon Pastor David McBriar’s advice, Mary sought a Volunteer Management Certificate from Duke’s continuing education program while working full- time at St Francis. Her remaining tenure at St. Francis encompassed Ministry and Stewardship Development. 
Discovering the Band of Sisters these past five years has been a blessing.