Father Ronald Gaesser, former pastor of Ithaca’s St. Catherine of Siena Parish, continues to spread good works in the Dominican Republic.
Father Gaesser, who retired from the diocesan priesthood in 2003, lives in the poor Caribbean country most of the year. He recently returned to St. Catherine — where he served as pastor from 1987 to 2003 — to update parishioners on various projects with which he’s involved. St. Catherine has a sister-parish relationship with San Antonio De Padua Parish in Monte Plata, supporting it through fundraising and mission trips. In addition, St. Catherine has an ongoing collection toward education and meals for the nursery school that it sponsors, El Portal de Belen.
Those wishing to learn more about or donate to the Dominican Republic missionary effort should contact St. Catherine of Siena Parish at 607/257-2493.