March 17, 2014
Linda Astuto, director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, has been named the new director of the Bishop DeFalco Retreat Center.
She replaces Deacon Robert Smith, who retired last August. Astuto said for now, she will continue her position part-time at St. Thomas, while assuming her new responsibilities, which began March 12.
A convert to the Catholic faith in 1989, Astuto says it was her love of the Catholic faith that prompted her to go back to school to earn a Master’s degree in Theology from the University of Dallas, School of Ministry. She is currently in the graduate program at Creighton University in Omaha, working on a second Master’s degree in Christian Spirituality and working on her certification in spiritual direction.
“The Bishop DeFalco Board would like to welcome Linda Astuto as our new director to our Retreat Center,” said Jeannie Frieddell, president of the Board of Directors for the Bishop DeFalco Retreat Center. “We are looking forward to working with her and know she will be a large asset not only to the Retreat Center but to the entire community.”
Astuto has been married to Steve Astuto since 1990 and the couple has three children: Gina, Tony and Allie.