Glenmary elects new Executive Council

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Glenmary elects new Executive Council

The new Glenmary Executive Council consists from left to right of First Vice President Father Aaron Wessman, President Father Dan Dorsey and Second Vice President Father Steve Pawelk.

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Father Dan Dorsey was reelected president of Glenmary Home Missioners during the society’s Chapter of Elections May 17 through 21.

Glenmary’s president leads a three-person executive council consisting of himself and two vice presidents. Father Aaron Wessman was reelected first vice president and Father Steve Pawelk was elected second vice president.

Father Dan, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, is returning to the office of president for a fourth term, after serving in that post from 2003 to 2011, and again over the past four years.

Father Aaron will begin his second term on the council after previously serving as pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Windsor, N.C. Father Aaron, who grew up in Cokato, Minnesota, made his Final Oath with Glenmary in 2011 and was ordained in 2012.

Father Steve of Maple Lake, Minnesota, is making his first appearance on Glenmary’s Executive Council. He has served as Glenmary’s Novitiate Director since 2019.

The new executive council’s term begins June 10 and runs through 2027.

The election marks the end of Brother Larry Johnson’s tenure. Brother Larry served as second vice president for the past eight years.

“Brother Larry always brought a unique perspective to leadership and a breath of fresh air,” said Father Dan. “His deep sense of integrity and love of Jesus Christ was evident whenever we were together.  When we were faced with a problem Larry would challenge us by pointing out, ‘every problem has a solution.’ It was a privilege for me to serve these past four years with Brother Larry.”


Glenmary Home Missioners is a Catholic society of priests, brothers and lay coworkers dedicated to serving the spiritual and material needs of people living in mission counties throughout Appalachia and the South.