The archdiocese has created a new leadership structure for its Lithuanian Apostolate, which has traditionally been headed by the pastor of St. Peter Parish in South Boston. Following the reassignment of St. Peter’s pastor Father Steve Zukas, parishioners Gloria Adomkaitis and Dr. Aldona Lingertat have taken on the positions of co-directors of the apostolate.
“This is very new, that laypeople are heading up an apostolate rather than a pastor,” Lingertat told The Pilot Dec. 13. Lingertat is the Director of the Master of Arts in Ministry Program at the Theological Institute at St. John’s Seminary.
“We’re happy to do it because we care very much about the Lithuanian community and its Catholic heritage,” she said.
Speaking to The Pilot Dec. 14, Adomkaitis said the leadership role is “like second nature” to her, since she already volunteers a great deal in the parish.
“It just continues what we’ve been doing all these years, maintaining our presence in the archdiocese and maintaining it in a meaningful and thoughtful way. It’s another layer of responsibility or work, but it’s nothing that I haven’t done,” Adomkaitis said.
The new co-directors said they hope to strengthen the parish’s connection to the broader Lithuanian community, such as by collaborating with the Lithuanian Scouts and the Boston Lithuanian School in Milton.