The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Mission Finance & Operations

The office of mission finance and operations oversees all accounting and financial operations and with other staff, oversees property management, human resources, information technology services, and other administrative and operational needs. 

Contact Info

The Commons
Episcopal Church in Connecticut
290 Pratt Street, Box 52
Meriden, CT 06450

203-639-3501 x123

Our Staff

Louis Fuertes Canon for Mission Finance and Operations 203-639-3501

Matt Handi Operations Manager 203-639-3501

Don Dupont Property Manager 203-639-3501

Theresa Dupont Secretary, Donations & Bequests 203-639-3501

Shirley McGarry Financial Operations, Accounts Payable 203-639-3501

Karolyn Nicolaides Financial Operations, Accounts Receivable 203-639-3501

Louis Fuertes is the Canon for Mission Finance and Operations for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut

 Louis served as Interim for Mission Support from mid-July 2014 through October 2014, leading a seven-person finance and operations team. He has been very active as a financial coach and consultant to various parishes across the Episcopal Church in Connecticut as part of the ECCT's Mutual Responsibility and Interdependence initiative. A candidate for the position in an earlier search for the position of Canon for Mission Finance and Operations, Louis stepped in midway through the fiscal year.

Over the last three months he has been integral to directing and guiding the development of the $5.1 million 2015 "Budget of Convention" of the ECCT to be voted on at 230th Diocesan Convention. During this period he has also overseen a transition in the pooled investments of the ECCT and its parishes, through Donations and Bequests for Church Purposes, to new management by U.S. Trust. Louis will continue to work alongside Bishops Laura Ahrens and Ian Douglas and the Canons at The Commons to provide oversight and direction on all aspects of financial management and operations.

Louis, a resident of Westport, is a longtime member of Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Westport. He served five years as its treasurer and for the last 20 months has chaired its Finance Committee. He is married to Doris and they have three adult children.

Born and raised in Dallas, Louis has engineering degrees from Brown University (Sc.B.) and MIT (M.S.) and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School. He has 20 years of experience in financial services. He was a Principal at the management consulting firm of Booz, Allen + Hamilton and then worked 15 years for JP Morgan Chase, retiring as Executive Director.


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  • parish administration
  • audits
  • bequests
  • budget of convention
  • clergy pension
  • clergy salaries
  • clergy tax
  • parish finances
  • parochial reports
Operations Manager
  • address changes (including email address)
  • bylaws, model parish
  • cellphone towers, recommendations
  • database, ECCT
  • games of chance, diocesan policy
  • insurance - alcohol liability rider
  • insurance, dental
  • insurance, medical
  • insurance, property
  • lay pension
  • memorial garden guidelines
  • personnel policies
  • taxes, property
Property Manager
  • diocesan properties
  • property damage report
  • property matters
Related committees:
  • Finance Committee
  • Insurance Board
  • Donations & Bequests/Episcopal Investment Funds Committee
  • Personnel Policy Committee
  • Trustees for Receiving Donations for the Support of the Episcopate.

The Diocese is a dues-paying member of TENS, The Episcopal Network for Stewardship. Contact the Rev. Cn. Timothy Hodapp,, for more info.