|| Rev. Msgr. James P. Swiader , Pastor|
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Msgr. Swiader is a native Long Islander, who studied theology at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, NY. He was ordained for the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1975 and assigned as an associate to St. Joseph Parish, Garden City. Subsequent parish ministry included that of associate in St. Mary, Manhasset, and pastor of Curé of Ars, Merrick, and St. Kilian, Farmingdale. Other experience encompassed work in priestly formation, in St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary as Dean of Students and Chair of the English Department, and later in the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, as Dean of Seminarians, Director of Pastoral Formation, and Vice-Rector. He was an adjunct member of the faculty of Molloy College, Rockville Centre, where he taught philosophy from 1984-92. He was named a Prelate of Honor by the Pope John Paul II In 1996 and was inducted into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in 2011. As well as serving as the pastor of St. Joseph since 2011, he is currently the director of on-going priestly formation for the Diocese of Rockville Centre in the Office of Priestly Life and Ministry.
|| Rev. Joseph Scolaro , Associate Pastor|
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Reverend Joseph Scolaro grew up in Bayville with his parents, Antonette and Charles, and his older sister, Theresa. Though baptized at Saint Gertrude, Bayville, his home parish is Saint Dominic, Oyster Bay, where he attended elementary school. He then went on to Chaminade High School, Mineola, and subsequently studied biology and philosophy at The University of Notre Dame, graduating in 2010. He entered the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception the following fall to begin formation. As a seminarian, he has spent time at Saint Gertrude parish, Bayville; Saint Patrick and Saint Rocco parishes, Glen Cove; and SS. Cyril and Methodius parish in Deer Park. He served as a transitional deacon at Saint Aidan parish, Williston Park. In his spare time he enjoys reading, playing the piano, running and spending time with family and friends.
|| Reverend Prasanna W. Costa , Associate Pastor |
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Rev. Prasanna W. Costa is a Missionary Priest, belonging to the Diocese of Kandy, in the Central Hill Capital of Sri Lanka. He was born on January 13, 1965 in the North Western Province. He had his primary and secondary education in the cities of Matale and Kandy. Father Prasanna entered the Junior Seminary of the Diocese in 1980 and proceeded to the Major Seminary in 1982. Upon completing his Philosophical and Theological studies in the National Seminary of Our Lady of Sri Lanka in Kandy, he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy & Theology. He was ordained a Priest on October 28, 1989 in his home town Parish of St. Thomas in Matale. He served in the Junior Seminary, as well as in many Parishes, and was the Procurator in the Chancery Office of the Bishop. Most recently Father Prasanna held the position of Cannon of the Cathedral of Kandy. He has also served as the Chaplain to the Sri Lankans in the Gulf and for the last two years, served as a fidei donum Priest in the Diocese of Sale, in the state of Victoria, Australia. Father also has a Master’s Degree in Moral Theology obtained from University of Alfonsianum, in Rome, Italy. Father Prasanna speaks Sinhalese, Tamil, English and Italian. Father has also served in our Diocese during the summer of 1996 at Cure of Ars in Merrick. and again the following summer at St Killian’s in Farmingdale.
|| Reverend Lee Descoteaux , In Residence |
|| Deacon John J. McKenna , Director of Stewardship & Family |
I was raised in Holy Spirit Parish in New Hyde Park and I attended Holy Spirit Grammar School and Chaminade High School. Maria and I have been married since 1978 and we are parishioners of St. Joseph’s since August of 1988. Our three children John, Catherine and Suzanne all attended St. Joseph School. We are the proud grandparents of Anna, Madeline and John Vincent. Maria was very active in St. Joseph PTA and I was on the St. Joseph School Board for many years. Msgr. Bennett approached me one evening after a school board meeting about considering the diaconate. I was thrilled because I had been thinking about it for many years. Msgr. Bennett was wonderful in his support for us as I went through Pastoral Formation and the discernment process for the diaconate. I was ordained to the diaconate on May 18th, 2002 and assigned to serve here at St. Joseph’s. I have been blessed to serve this parish and the parishioners here have been very supportive of me and my ministry. I have had the great joy to celebrate many baptisms, wakes and marriages with our parishioners. I have had the opportunity to share their many joys and to comfort them in their times of sorrow. I have taught in our CCD program for the past ten years. I have had the pleasure to share the Faith with many young couples over the years in our Baptism Preparation and Pre-Cana programs. I look forward to many more years of serving the Lord through this wonderful ministry.
|| Deacon Andy Ciccaroni , Deacon|
Deacon Andy was born and raised in Bayside, Queens. He worked as a CPA in the family business in Corona for 20 years, until his gregarious nature dictated a career change to a more interactive field, specifically education. He now teaches math at St. Edmund Prep in Sheepshead Bay and is the Confirmation Coordinator at St. Agnes Cathedral parish in Rockville Centre. Ordained to the diaconate in April 2002, Deacon Andy served 10 years in his home parish, St. Robert Bellarmine, and worked throughout the diocese with Bishop Octavio Cisneros and Bishop Frank Caggiano. He escorted a small group of pilgrims to World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, and hopes to be able to participate in another such experience. Deacon Andy and his wife Mary were married in 1984 and have two adult children, Teresa Mercurio and Andrew Ciccaroni. They have been made to feel extremely welcome at St. Joseph's parish, and give thanks to God for guiding them here to continue His work.
|| Sister Kathleen Corr, OP , Adult Faith Formation |
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Sister Kathleen Coor, O.P.was born in Queens and attended St. Bartholomew's School. After graduating from Bishop McDonnell High School, she entered the Sisters of St. Dominic, Amityville. Trained as a teacher, Sister taught on the elementary and high school level. She was also an administrator in two high schools. Following a period of serving on the governing board of her congregation, sister Kathleen began a new ministry in religious education. She has been a Director of Religious Education both for children and adults. Sister Kathleen has a BS from St. Francis College; a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Supervision from Fordham University and a Masters in Applied theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.
|| Anna Maria Sirianni, LMSW , Director, Parish Human Services|
Anna was born in Manhattan and attended St. Michael’s Parish grammar and high schools. She graduated from Fordham University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. With a desire “to help people,” she pursued employment in the field of social work as a caseworker for families and children in need. In 1981 Anna completed her Master’s in Social Work at Hunter College School of Social Work. Anna worked for ten years as a clinician and team leader at Fordham-Tremont Community Mental Health Center in the Bronx with a Spanish-speaking psychiatric population. Here she learned the importance of presence, listening and “walking with people” when problems are persistent and do not yield easily to solutions. She is fond of quoting Maryknoll Missioner Ita Ford who was martyred in El Salvador in 1980: “Can I say to my neighbor: I have no solution for this situation, I have no answers, but I want to go with you and look for them with you? Can I allow myself to be evangelized by this opportunity? Am I able to see my own poverty and accept what I learn from others?” In 1993 Anna began employment as Parish Outreach Coordinator at St. Anthony’s Church in Oceanside where her responsibilities included the supervision of an office, a food pantry and a clothing room. She is a graduate of the diocesan Pastoral Formation Institute, a process which helped Anna grow toward an understanding of Parish Social Ministry as an expression of faith and discipleship. Anna is pleased to be a member of the Pastoral Staff and looks forward to serving the community in partnership with the parishioners of St. Joseph’s.
|| Mr. Joseph Cangialosi , Director of Liturgy & Music |
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His commitment to liturgy and music in our Diocese dates back to his teen-age years when he served as organist and Music Director at St. Brigid's in Westbury from 1976 until 1989. In September of 1989 he began his ministry as Director of Liturgy and Music at Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Deer Park. In October of 1999 he became Director of Liturgy and Music at St. Aloysius Church in Great Neck where he served until beginning his ministry at St. Joseph's in June of 2002. Joseph was educated at Blessed Sacrament School in Jackson Heights, NY (graduated in 1974), at the Bronx High School of Science (1978), at New York University (1983), and our Diocese's Seminary of the Immaculate Conception (Master of Arts in Theology, 2000). In addition, Joseph works with brides and grooms in preparing celebrations of the Sacrament of Marriage and with bereaved families in planning celebrations of funerals and memorial Masses. Taken together, all of these activities constitute a ministry whose purpose is to enrich the celebrations of the Church's liturgy – the "source and summit" of the Christian life for the parish community and for individuals and families within the parish.
|| Brian Colomban , Principal |
Mr. Brian Colomban was born in New York City and raised in Astoria, Queens. He began his teaching career at St. Joseph School (now St. Joseph Catholic Academy) in Astoria, where he himself had been a student from Nursery through 8th Grade. He currently serves as a board member at SJCA.
Mr. Colomban holds degrees from Binghamton University, St. John’s University, and Hunter College. After five years of teaching and pursuing graduate and post-graduate studies, Mr. Colomban became principal of St. Pancras School in Glendale, Queens. Now beginning his ninth year in education and his fourth as a principal, Mr. Colomban brings his energies, enthusiasm, and vision to St. Joseph.
He is an avid reader and writer and is slowly but surely working on his first novel. He has also worked with young writers for his entire professional career, running an after-school Creative Writing Club that has helped inspire over 100 students. Mr. Colomban intends to bring this same Club to St. Joseph's Pathways program.
One year ago, Mr. Colomban chose to become a vegan and hasn't looked back. Though the positive effects on his physical health and the environment are benefits, his main reason for becoming vegan is to eliminate the suffering of factory farmed animals and bring attention to their exploitation. He believes that it is our responsibility to do so, as we must love and care for all of God's creations.
Mr. Colomban now lives in Glendale with his newly adopted one-year-old dog Kenobi. (Yes, he is a big Star Wars fan!).
|| Mrs. Regina Cioffi , Assistant Principal|
Mrs. Regina Cioffi has been a teacher and administrator in the Diocese of Rockville Centre for over 30 years. She has taught several grade levels in St. Kilian School in Farmingdale (now LaSalle Regional School). She taught computers K-8 in St. Catherine of Sienna in Franklin Square and was the Principal of Our Lady of Lourdes School in West Islip for 13 years. She is also a trained VIRTUS facilitator. Mrs. Cioffi received her PD from Manhattan College, MS from C.W. Post and her BA from Molloy College.
|| Lisa Spohr , Director, Religious Education |
Mrs. Lisa Spohr joins our parish after teaching for thirteen years at St. Aidan School, Williston Park. She taught 4th Grade and chaired numerous committees and collaborative teams. Mrs. Spohr received her Bachelor’s Degree from Hofstra University and her Master’s Degree from Adelphi University. She is a recent graduate of the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s School of Missionary Disciples, a two-year process of personal, intellectual, spiritual, and pastoral formation for adult Catholics. It offers an exciting, integrated approach to discipleship through instruction, prayer, faith sharing and the development of leadership skills.
Mrs. Spohr grew up in Elmont and attended St. Vincent de Paul School and Sewanhaka High School; and presently lives in Garden City South with her husband, Bob, and their three children, Amy, Steven, and Gina. She is an active parishioner at St. Catherine of Sienna in Franklin Square, where she serves as a lector and an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Mrs. Spohr was also a volunteer catechist in the parish for several years.
|| Phil Malloy , Youth Minister |
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Phil has been married to his wife Paula for almost 23 years and have 2 daughters, ages 16 and 20. Phil and his family have been lifelong members of St. Catherine of Sienna Parish in Franklin Square where they have assisted with the Youth Community for the last 16 years. Phil is a graduate of PFI, the lay ministry training program run by the Diocese. He is retired from the NYC Police Department and has been a volunteer firefighter for over 27 years where he has served as line officer, chief and currently a district Commissioner. He has also coached girls’ softball for both Little League and H. Frank Carey High School. I firmly believe that Youth Ministry is one of the most important ministries in today’s Church. Our young people need to stay connected to the parish and learn about their faith and how it relates to their lives. The challenge is to make it fun and keep them interested. Teens today have many influences pulling them in different directions, most of them not very good. That’s where Youth Ministry comes in. We offer a place for them to hang out and be themselves while gently bringing them closer to Christ. They can make friends with others who have the same beliefs and values. I will be organizing social, spiritual, and service events, as well as a weekly program in order to achieve these goals. I’m the Youth Minister at St. Agnes Cathedral Parish in Rockville Center. I’ll be introducing the two groups and planning some events together, so their circle of support and friendship can expand.