I attribute my vocation to the priesthood to my family and the example of so many faithful priests while I was growing up in Middle Village, Queens. My family was very involved in the life of our parish church, Our Lady of Hope on Eliot Avenue. We would go to mass together as a family and pray together in the home as often as possible. This simple yet profound example has had a lasting impact on me and my spiritual development over these years. I know this was one of the reasons I discerned and eventually entered the Seminary and be formed for the priesthood.
Another strong impact on my discernment was the example of my parish priests growing up, in particular my pastor, Msgr. Nicholas Sivillo. His joyful and positive disposition and his love for his priesthood, I know, has made me the best possible priest I am today.
I was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Thomas Daly on May 31, 2003. Being a priest over these last 17 years is one of the greatest blessings that God has given to me. I love being a priest. I love celebrating the Eucharist and other sacraments as a way to bring the mercy and love of Christ to the world.
My first assignment was to the parish of St Sebastian in Woodside, Queens in 2003. After 5 wonderful years of service to God’s people, Bishop Di Marzio assigned me on faculty to Cathedral Prep High School and Seminary while serving as the Associate Vocation Director from 2008-2009. I enjoyed teaching on the faculty at a place where I graduated from in 1994. In 2009, Bishop Di Marzio appointed me as the Vocation Director for the Diocese of Brooklyn until 2014 when I was appointed pastor of my first parish, St Sebastian. Those 6 and a half years as pastor, along with my time there as a newly ordained priest in 2003, were truly blessed times that I will cherish forever.
Now I have been appointed here as your pastor! Our Lady of Angels is now my new family and home. I am excited about being here to build on the foundation left for us by the example and service of dedicated pastors, priests, religious and laity that have shaped and strengthened our faith over these years. With your help, we will continue to make Our Lady of Angels a place where all are welcomed and where Christ can be praised, worshiped and adored for many years to come.