Meet the Staff

Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox

Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox

Co-Founders & Directors (Full-Time Staff)

Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox had a re-awakening of their Catholic faith in the 1980s. While on a trip through the Holy Land, they were directed by a local priest to take a silent walk along the Sea of Galilee. There, Jesus unmistakably spoke to them each.

In September 1986, Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox left their respective careers in hotel management and the travel industry to work full-time for St. Matthew Catholic Church. For the first seven years, their main ministry was door-to-door home visitation; in the first few years, they visited over 10,000 families. They also helped establish other outreach ministries at St. Matthew.

In 1992, the Foxes led a group of pilgrims in the Holy Land. After escorting them to the airport, they returned to Jerusalem to spend two weeks in a hermitage in the Garden of Gethsemane. In those two weeks of prayer, they discerned that God wanted them to develop a Catholic evangelization ministry. With the help of friends and benefactors, Pilgrim Center of Hope was founded in June of 1993.

Tom was ordained to the permanent Diaconate in August 1988. They became Oblates of the Congregation of St. John in 1991.

Tom and Mary Jane’s mission has included travel to parishes in California, Kansas, Louisiana, Mexico, and within Texas to give presentations on their ministry experiences, Parish Missions and on Door-to-Door Home Visitation Outreach. In June 1989 and June 1990, they assisted the pastor of St. Ignatius Parish in Belize City, Belize, in a parish-wide evangelization effort.

Their ministry of pilgrimages has led them to Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Eygpt, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Greece and Turkey. Their speciality (and dearest to their hearts) is the Holy Land, having traveled there more than 54 times since 1986.

Their ministry work has been featured in five nation-wide Catholic periodicals and on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) show Living His Life Abundantly in 1995 on the video I Am the Bread of Life, produced by Stepstone Productions, Inc. In February 2008, they received the Catholic Television of San Antonio (CTSA) Leadership Award. In March 2011, they received Guadalupe Radio Network‘s ’Pescadores de Hombres‘ (Fishers of Men) Award. They were invested into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre in October of 2011. In October 2012, they received the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation’s "Living Stones Award" on behalf of The Pilgrim Center of Hope.

"The call we received from the Lord to serve in the field of Catholic evangelization has been a most enlightening, inspirational and challenging vocation!"

Nan Balfour

Nan Balfour

Events Coordinator (Part-Time Staff)

I am a wife, mother of two sons and have the privilege of serving our Lord as Events Coordinator for Pilgrim Center of Hope. I work with our awesome volunteers who serve on committees to organize various annual events including the Catholic Women’s Conference, the Catholic Seniors’ Conference, and the Prayer Brunch.

I came to this great evangelization ministry after attending my first Catholic Women’s Conference in 2011, and have helped coordinate this beautiful event for women since then.

In 2014, I was greatly blessed to visit the Holy Land on a pilgrimage with Pilgrim Center of Hope. What a faith-affirming encounter with Jesus; I highly recommend one for every Christian.

Parish: St. Francis of Assisi (San Antonio)

Gloria Chapa-Solano

Gloria Chapa-Solano

Administrative Secretary (Full-Time Staff)

I am happy to be back “home”. I used to work at Pilgrim Center of Hope seven years ago. I left PCH because I had just given birth to my daughter and my husband and I decided that I would be with her the first years of her life until it was time for her to go to school. Now, that I am back I’m excited to see all the new things that have taken place while I was gone and look forward to being here when all the great plans for Pilgrim Center of Hope come to fruition.

Parish: St. Anthony Mary Claret

Pamela Raines

Pamela Raines

Director of Development (Full-Time Staff)

Working closely with Pilgrim Center of Hope’s board of directors and Stella Maris Building Project committee, my role is to help Pilgrim Center of Hope in the growth of its mission as it builds hope among all God’s people and builds up the body of Christ.

For the past 22 years, the focus of my professional background has been creating and managing communications and developing resources for large, local nonprofit entities. Of those 22 years, 21 of them have been with the Catholic Church. After a few months working for a secular nonprofit, I realized my talents and service were earmarked for the Church that I love. I graduated from St. Mary‘s University in San Antonio with a B.A. in English communication arts with a concentration in business administration and a minor in sociology.

Parish: Blessed Sacrament

Robert Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez

Public Relations/Outreach Assistant (Full-Time Staff)

Providence, God’s timing and my music ministry to the elderly led me to Pilgrim Center of Hope. To be able to work for a ministry where I truly feel called, where I have a mission and a vocation, is truly a blessing.

As the Public Relations and Outreach staff member, I combine my passion for the Catholic faith together with my years of professional experience as a TV news journalist, video producer, and PR/marketing specialist.

I first became acquainted with PCH as a member of the steering committee for the first Catholic Seniors’ Conference in 2014. I have been involved with all CSC events and have served as the emcee.

Following a series of ACTS retreats (between 2004 and 2007), first as an attendee, then as team member and finally as a director, I felt called to to working in a ministry and serving senior citizens. This led me first to the Village at Incarnate Word and now to Pilgrim Center of Hope. What an amazing journey it has been.

I continue to provide my music ministry to seniors and individuals with Alzheimer’s when time permits.

Parish: St. Mary (Downtown)

Angela Sealana

Angela Sealana

Media Coordinator (Full-Time Staff)

From an early age, I knew that I wanted to apply my gifts in media for God’s glory. After a "chance" meeting with Mary Jane Fox at an international Catholic media conference, I began volunteering and then was hired. I facilitate the presentation and promotion of Pilgrim Center of Hope through new and traditional media.

My professional background is in marketing and graphic design for both non-profit ministries and for-profit businesses. I am a proud alumna of St. Mary‘s University in San Antonio, having earned my B.A. in English communication arts, with concentrations in marketing and theology.

One of my favorite things about this ministry is our emphasis on the kerygma; the heart of Christian faith, and our focus on Jesus Christ.

Parish: St. Mary Magdalen

Lupita Winters

Lupita Winters

Accountant (Part-Time Staff)

I am blessed to be part of the Pilgrim Center of Hope staff and mission. After raising two wonderful daughters with my husband of 28 years, teaching catechism to elementary age children at St. Anthony Mary Claret for almost two decades, and spending the last three years teaching computer skills at an elementary school, I was hoping to expand my involvement with a Catholic mission.
Thankfully, the Lord brought me in contact with Pilgrim Center of Hope. This new phase of my life has allowed me to once again use my accounting degree from St. Mary’s University as I go about my duties processing daily monetary transactions, manage our donors’ generous gifts, and taking care of all financial transactions.
I am grateful to be part of this wonderful Catholic organization.

Parish: St. Anthony Mary Claret

Our Chaplain

Fr Patrick Martin

While not a staff member, Pilgrim Center of Hope has been forever changed by our very first Chaplain, Reverend Patrick A. Martin, affectionately known as “Father Pat.”

We first got to know Father Pat when he served as Spiritual Director for our Holy Land Pilgrimage in the summer of 2012. Since then, he has journeyed with us three more times to the Holy Land, and had ‘adopted’ us as a pilgrim family – celebrating Mass once every month at Pilgrim Center of Hope since spring of 2016.

Father Pat is now retired, and has chosen to serve as a spiritual father to our ministry. Having a Chaplain is a dream-come-true for our founders, Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox.

Father does not have regular hours at Pilgrim Center of Hope; he celebrates Mass about once per month in Gethsemane Chapel, serves as a Confessor at special events whenever possible, and is actively involved in giving spiritual guidance toward the ministry’s mission.

“Father Patrick Martin is an apostle, in touch with God – on fire with the Good News – in love with people. For him the handicap of blindness is a gift of God that makes him an extraordinary person of very special vision. His faith and ministry are a source of hope and consolation…”
– Most Rev. Daniel P. Reilly, Bishop of Norwich, Connecticut

In addition to these leaders, Pilgrim Center of Hope is grateful for the dozens of men and women who unite with us under the mission of evangelization, giving their time and talents as special servants within the various ministries of this apostolate. Thank you to each of you!

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