Nicole M. Perone is the National Coordinator of ESTEEM, the faith-based leadership formation program for Catholic students at colleges and universities across the United States. ESTEEM is a partnership between Leadership Roundtable and Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University.
Nicole previously served as the Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Hartford. She holds a Master of Divinity from Yale University. Her Bachelor of Arts in Theology with double minors in Italian and Catholic Studies was bestowed by Loyola University Maryland, where she graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.
Nicole is the chair of the Board of Governors for the National Institute for Ministry with Young Adults, and on the writing team for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ pastoral framework on youth and young adult ministry. She is a member of the National Advisory Council for the NeXt Level initiative of the Center for FaithJustice and the Advisory Board of the Youth in the 21st Century Initiative of Sacred Heart University, as well as the Board of Trustees for Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center.
Nicole was a delegate to the Vatican Pre-Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, and served on the writing committee for the final document. Her work has been published by America Media, Catholic News Service, The Jesuit Post, and US Catholic.
Nicole lives in Connecticut with her husband, John Grosso (associate director of communications for FADICA) and their Golden Retriever, Ellie. They are expecting their first child – a girl – this December.
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