Carol Brinati retired from the Diocese of Orlando in service as Chief Operating Officer/Chancellor in 2021. In that role, she oversaw offices within the Chancery and served as a liaison to parishes and other entities on behalf of the Bishop. Before that, Ms. Brinati served as secretary for the Evangelization Secretariat of the Diocese of Orlando and director of communication. Ms. Brinati led Massey Persons Brinati Communications since 1988 where she first served as director of operations and then as President/CEO of the agency for three years.
Carol has a big heart and a deep faith – she gives of herself to many causes. She is a parishioner of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park and sings for the St. Margaret Mary Adult Choir and serves as lector. She joins the diocesan choir for diocesan celebrations such as Chrism Mass and Ordination to the Priesthood. She was a member of the Morning Star School Auxiliary, serving children with special needs, and recently retired from a twenty-year board member of Bishop Grady Villas, a community that serves adults with disabilities. She is a humble servant of God who sees each person as a gift, and through kind gestures, helps them to feel appreciated and loved. Carol has touched a number of other nonprofit organizations through donation of her time and talents, including United Cerebral Palsy, Central Florida Light Opera, The Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation, Orlando Breakfast Rotary Club, NCCJ, The Boggy Creek Gang, and Girl Scouts of Citrus Council. As Chief Operating Officer/Chancellor she served on the boards of five Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Orlando, the Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, and Bishop Grady Villas.
Ms. Brinati is also a prolific poet. Her poems are a reflection of her faith journey and they touch on the spirituality of her life and the lives of people around her. The poems capture a beauty of faith, life and love that is truly something to celebrate. She publishes annually a book of poetry for friends, family, and retreat use.
Ms. Brinati received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Illinois and studied graduate courses in public administration at Cleveland State University. She has a certificate of business administration from Rollins College. She received her master’s degree in Theology from Franciscan University, Steubenville. Since her retirement from the Diocese of Orlando, she serves as a volunteer in a diocesan capacity under the title, Delegate of the Ordinary. In 2022, she received the papal honor, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice from our Holy Father, Pope Francis.