Msgr. Daniel A. Picciano, Pastor
aka "Fr. Dan"
BACKGROUND:Born in Brooklyn. Family moved first to Laurelton and then to New Hyde Park
EDUCATION: PS 156, Laurelton; St. Clara's School, Rosedale; St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary, Uniondale; Our Lady of Angels Seminary, Albany, NY
ORDAINED: May 29, 1971, St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre, NY
ASSIGNMENTS: Associate Pastor: St. Anthony of Padua, East Northport (1971-1974); St. Aidan, Williston Park (1974-1978); St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre (1978-1984); Director of Vocations, Diocese of Rockville Centre (1984-1988); Administrator, Our Lady of Grace, West Babylon (12/87-5/88); Pastor: St. James, Seaford (1988-2000); St. Peter of Alcantara (2000-2006); St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Lake Ronkonkoma (2006-present).
Hobbies: Music (play piano and guitar); Fishing; attending Broadway Musicals
Favorite Verse: John 14: 1- 6
Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way where I am going." Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.
Rev. Patrick Chudi Okafor
BACKGROUND: Born at Onitsha in Nigeria. Priestly ordination: July 3, 1992, Archdiocese of Onitsha- Nigeria. Associate Pastor: Archdiocese of Onitsha - Nigeria (1992 – 1993). Pastor: Archdiocese of Onitsha-Nigeria (1993 – 1997). Episcopal Vicar for Onitsha Archdiocesan priests in the U.S.A and Canada (Present). Associate Director of Chaplaincy Services: Stony Brook University Hospital, Long Island, New York (Present).
Studies: Educational administration and supervision (P.D; Ed.D); Social and Public Policy (M.A); Sacred Theology (M.A. WES); Conflict Resolution (CERT); Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).
HOBBIES: Research, Writing, Music, Adventure, Drama, Soccer.
FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: Romans (14: 7-9). None of us lives for ourselves only and none of us dies for ourselves only. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we are alive or dead, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
Psalm 23. “The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want….”
Deacon Joseph Maffeo
BACKGROUND: Born in Mt. Vernon, NY, Raised in Lindenhurst
Personal: Married 36 years to Beverly. We have 2 children, Stephen and Anthony.
School: OLPH, Lindenhurst
High School: Montfort Seminary
College: St. John's University (Sociology)
Post Graduate: Jersey City State College (Accounting)
Occupation: Retired U.S. Treasury Agent (1972-2006)
Current: Fraud Investigator for Suffolk County
Chaplain: Suffolk County Police Columbia Society
St. Regis Knights of Columbus Squires
HOBBIES: Love all sports, especially baseball & soccer, in particular the Boston Red Sox. Also like music from 1950's & 1960's, I am a Beatles fanatic! My other favorites are Buddy Holly, The Who and Jimi Hendrix
Deacon John Grebe
BACKGROUND: D.O.B. 09-26-68
Married to Susan (High School Sweetheart) on 05-27-90
John Lawrence jr. 1991
Melissa Sue 1994
Daniel Patrick 1994
Nicholas James 2003
Timothy Joseph 2010
Son of Jack and Lorreta and the youngest of five children
Brentwood High School
S.U.N.Y. at Farmingdale
Seminary of the Immaculate Conception
M.A. in Theology
New York City Police Oficer 1989 - 1990
Nassau County Police Officer 1990 - Current
HOBBIES: Sports: Golf, Lacrosse, Hockey.
I enjoy playing and watching all levels of sports. My family and I are obsessive N.Y. Rangers fans.
Music: I love strumming the guitar and singing with family and friends. My favorite style of music to play and sing is Southern Gospel. I also like Classic Rock, and Big Band Orchestra.
Family Vacation: Most of our family vacation time is planned around visiting with out of town relatives who hopefully live near a golf course.
Prayer: The awareness of Christ's saving presence and His Grace keep all matters of life in proper perspective.
FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: Luke 15: 11-31
BACKGROUND: I was born in Spokane, Washington. At the age of two, we moved to New York. Most of my growing up took place in Mineola. After graduating Carle Place High School, I began following my hearts desire, teaching. My undergraduate work was done at Nassau Community College and the State University at New Paltz. After receiving a teaching position in the Mt. Sinai School District, I completed by Masters at the State University at Stony Brook. It was during this time I met my husband, Joe. Our life has been blessed with two children and three grandchildren.
After ten years of being a substitute teacher, I would be given the opportunity of developing a nursery-preschool for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Patchogue where I would remain for twenty years as its administrator until its closing in 2009. During this phase of my life I helped to develop the initial baptism and marriage prep programs.
My education continued in the Pastoral Formation Institute, the Deaconate Program and then with a Masters of Theology from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception.
HOBBIES: I enjoy country music, gardening, bowling, crocheting, quilting, and the Yankees. I enjoy sitting by the Bay and spending time in Montauk listening to the pounding of the waves on the shore. Our journey to Alaska allowed us to witness the beauty of God's creation and we have lasting memories of our study tour in Israel with the Seminary.
My favorite scripture passage comes from my favorite apostle, Paul. It is found in Galatians 2:16-21 I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me.
EDUCATION: St. Michael's Elementary School; Brooklyn, NY; St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary School; Woodhaven, NY; St. Albert High School; Brooklyn, NY; Liturgy and Music Education - Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm; Germantown, NY; St. Mary's School of Nursing; Brooklyn, NY; National Board Certification in Hypnotherapy; EFT Practitioner, ADV.; Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse
WORK EXPERIENCE: Montefiore Hospital Cardio-Thoracic ICU; Bronx, NY; Pennisula General Hosp. Head Nurse CCU; Far Rockaway, NY; Good Shepherd Parish (Director of Music for 11 yrs.); Holbrook, NY; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish -- Music Director for 16 years.;Good Shepherd Hospice Director of In-Patient Services; Port Jeff, NY
HOBBIES: Researching and Teaching music that have great harmonies; Learning and practicing energy work; Cooking and Baking for people who love to eat!
Member of the Pastoral staff since 1995, first as the Director of Religious Education and then for the past 8 years as Pastoral Associate. Recently resumed my former position as Director of Faith Formation.
Heard the call to assist with CCD back in elementary school because Sister needed help! I was hooked and the rest is history.
Have been ministering as a church lady for 30 years, beginning at our mother parish St. Joseph's, then onto St. Raphael's, East Meadow and at Our Lady of the Snow, Blue Point before coming home to St. Elizabeth's.
Studied at St. Joseph's College, Patchogue (Special Ed. and Religious studies) and completed graduate study at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception with a Masters in Theology and an Advanced Certificate in Pastoral Liturgy. Inspired by the life of our patron: Elizabeth Ann Seton - wife, mother, educator - who truly loved the Church!
HOBBIES: Watching my grandson play hockey, enjoy singing, the theater, crocheting, and sports: Hockey, Baseball and Basketball entertain my free time.
FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: Luke 24:32
Were not our hearts burning within us while He spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?
Graduated from Suffolk Community College with a degree in Deaf studies, received my BA from Empire State College, and completed my Masters in Theology at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington. For the past thirty or so years I have worked as a case manager serving the marginalized within our society.
I am a member of The Church of the Good Shephered in Holbrook where my husband serves as a deacon. We are married for 47 years and have seven grandchildren. I continue to work with the Deaf here in the diocese and enjoy being a part of their community.
I am honored to be a part of this worshipping community that is named after St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton, who was a wife, mother, teacher, and a tireless worker for her faith.
FAVORITE VERSE: Matthew 22 36-40
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus answered, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.' The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments."
Notary, Virtus facilitator for Diocese of RVC.
HOBBIES: listening to country music, walking, reading, and playing with my kids.
FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: Matthew 25: 31-46