Ministry Team

Rev. Matthew Bailey, FCM – Pastor

Father Matthew R. Bailey, FCM serves as a pastor of St. Joseph of Arimathea American National Catholic Church.  He is a native of Connecticut and was ordained as a Priest in December of 2009 in New Haven. A graduate of the Catholic University of America, Fr. Matthew is a priest of the American National Catholic Church (ANCC) where he serves as Vicar General. He is also a solemnly professed member of the Franciscan Community of Mercy (FCM), where he is a founding member.
He previously served as the FCM Director of Vocations. He has a great interest in the study of the Gospel of Luke and the practice of liturgy as well as a strong devotion to the Divine Mercy. He enjoys the practice of spiritual reading.

Rev. Cheryl Smith – Parochial  Vicar

Mother Cheryl Smith serves as Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph of Arimathea American National Catholic Church. She was ordained a priest of the ANCC in January of 2020. 


Becca Beisler – Minister of Music

Rebecca (Becca) J Beisler is a professional singer and voice teacher and has studios in both New Haven and Stratford, Connecticut. She is an experienced pop/rock singer and has performed with classical chorales. She holds a B.A. in Music from the University of Bridgeport.