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Fred Mercadante

Director of Faith Formation



  • Masters degree in pastoral ministry from Fordham University

  • Recipient of the Francis Medal from the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus Order of Friars Minor.

  • Author of Senior High Ministry that Works:  A Parish-Based Initiation Model  (Twenty Third Publications) which was awarded 2ND place among educational books by the Catholic Press Association.

Fred began his role as Director of Faith Formation at the Casa in August, 2023.  He has been serving as a fulltime minister within the Catholic Church since 1995.  During the first 11 years of his career, Fred worked as a parish youth minister in NJ and then moved on to parish-based college campus ministry in Clemson, SC.   After 5 years at Clemson, he joined the Office of Campus Ministries at the University of Scranton, serving as a campus minister for 10 years before traveling across the country to join us in the desert!

Laura Libertore

Co-Manager of Faith in Action


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Donna and her husband, Brian, have been community members since their marriage in 2003.  Since then, they have raised two children in the faith, and Donna has dedicated countless hours as a parent volunteer with faith formation.  When Donna came on staff full-time working in Faith Formation in October of 2016, she expressed a desire to accompany other parents who are facing the obstacles, joys, and triumphs of raising a family in the Catholic Church.  Since then, she has developed a full and multi-faceted family ministry to serve the families of the Casa!



  • Presently pursuing:  Bachelors in Christian Ministry from Grand Canyon University 

  • Certified catechist through KINO Institute

  • Certified facilitator for marriage preparation through FOCCUS Ministries and the Diocese of Phoenix

Donna Kinzie

Family Minister


Cheryl Hentz

Adult Minister


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Victor Jaimes

Co-Manager of Faith in Action


Victor has been serving as Co-Manager of Faith in Action Ministry since March 2022. He began his Catholic ministry journey ignited with the Lasallian charism in undergrad at Saint Mary’s College of California. He then embarked on a post-graduate year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Philadelphia serving as a paralegal and legal educator for farmworkers. After completing his service, he pursued a graduate education at Villanova University and worked in Villanova Campus Ministry for 2 years as Hispanic minister and immersion coordinator. Prior to working at the Casa, he worked as a Produce and Customer Service team member at Whole Foods. Victor is now blessed to be advancing the mission of the Franciscan friars!



  • Master’s degree in Political Science from Villanova University

  • Graduate certificate in Pastoral Ministry from Villanova University

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English


Vincenzo Torsiello

Youth Minister


Vincenzo has been serving as the Youth Minister at the Franciscan Renewal Center since January of 2024. He has served in various music ministries for as long as he has been playing instruments which has deepened his love for liturgy and faith formation and has led to a deeper and more holistic connection with God. He pursued his undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he was able to expand his love for ministry through involvement with the Catholic Worker Movement, theological studies, and leadership in Residential Life. Prior to working at the Casa, he worked as a professional musician, private tutor, and writing consultant through his university's Writing Center. Vincenzo is very excited to be serving the Casa and carrying out its mission. Paz y Bien!



  • Bachelor of Arts in Classics from the University of Notre Dame

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English

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