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Parish Office:
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Parish Administrator: Gregory Citarella 
Ph: 845.452.8220
Email: [email protected]


Rector: The Reverend Susan Fortunato
Ph: 845.452.8220
Email: [email protected]

The Rev. Fortunato recently came to Christ Episcopal Church following a long and rewarding ministry at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Pearl River, NY, where she focused on growth in the number of families with young children and the nurturing and care of older parishioners.

She was ordained in 1999 after receiving a Masters of Divinity from Drew Theological School where she received the preaching prize.

She has a history of serving in leadership positions and on several committees in the Diocese and in her former community, which she is looking forward to leveraging here in Poughkeepsie: “I feel inspired by the unique challenges of Poughkeepsie and its emerging arts community, well-established academic community, and the challenges of the concentration of immigrant populations and the dichotomy of rich and poor, to name a few.”

Susan and her wife, Catherine, now proudly call the Christ Episcopal Church rectory their home. Susan also has a son, Graham, who is attending college.

We look forward to celebrating our 250th anniversary and to the next chapter of our ministry in Poughkeepsie under her guidance.


MINISTER OF MUSIC: Dr. Laura Ramsey Russell

Ph: 845.452.8220
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Laura Ramsey Russell was named Choir Director in September 2001 and became both Organist and Choir Director in June 2007. Laura holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the Hartt School, and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from SUNY Purchase. She  has taught music at Marist College and Dutchess Community College in the Hudson Valley, and at the music conservatories of SUNY Purchase and the Hartt School.