Striving to make Jesus known by our response to the Gospel, and guided by the Holy Spirit, the community of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is committed to being a vibrant, worshipping family that reaches out in love and friendship to all of God's people.


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
Weekend Assistant

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)
Ordained: 5/18/1991
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


There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.But Abraham replied, Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us. He answered, Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment. Abraham replied, They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them. No, father Abraham, he said, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent. He said to him, If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.

Deacon John Grebe

BACKGROUND:   D.O.B. 09-26-68

Ordained 05-19-07

Married to Susan (High School Sweetheart) on 05-27-90

Five children
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.

There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, Father, give me my share of the estate. So he divided his property between them. Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. When he came to his senses, he said, How many of my father's hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants. So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. The son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. But the father said to his servants, Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.So they began to celebrate. Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. Your brother has come,he replied, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him! My son, the father said, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.

Pat Mystkowski
Pastoral Associate


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.

FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: Galatians 2:16-21

 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.

Phyllis Benanti
Music Director

BACKGROUND: Born in Brooklyn; the third of 4 children; Moved to Woodhaven for 2 years, my family missed the streets of Brooklyn, so we moved back!; Carmelite Sister for 9 years; Moved to Long Island 1975; Proud Mom of 2 great sons, Artie and Michael

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!

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"

Michele Hahn
Director of Faith Formation

BACKGROUND: Born and raised in Woodhaven, Queens. Attended St. Thomas Apostle Elementary School (Woodhaven) and Dominican Commercial High School, (Jamaica). Married Alan Hahn in 1967, had 3 children (now adults), moved to Lake Ronkonkoma in 1969. Widowed in 2006, have 3 wonderful grandchildren who live nearby.

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.


Were not our hearts burning within us while He spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?

Barbara Wells
Religious Ed Secretary

BACKGROUND: BA in Sociology/Elem. Ed. from Molloy College. I have worked here at St. Elizabeth's for ten years. Prior to that I was the office manager at the Stony Brook School in the Summer Programs Office.

HOBBIES: I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, reading, crocheting, and walking the beach.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Mary Ann O'Connor
Parish Outreach Coordinator

I was born in Broklyn, NY and at eight years of age moved to Valley Stream. Graduated from Central High School and then worked downtown in New York City for American Telephone and Telegraph Co. I married my childhood sweetheart and left work to raise four children, two boys and two girls. My husband and I moved to Centereach in 1971. I was active within my church community in various ministries, but eventually became interested in learning sign language and began working specifically with the Deaf community.

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.

HOBBIES: My husband, family, and friends are my most important priorities. I do enjoy traveling, the beach, reading, music, the movies, as well as the theatre.

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."

Lori Marando
Secretary/Business Manager

BACKGROUND: Born in Port Jefferson NY, lifelong Centereach resident. I have 2 boys, Dominic and Johnpaul. The parish I worship at and volunteer at is Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Centereach. I have been the Business Manager for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish since December 2007.

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
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.Then he will say to those on his left, Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me. They also will answer, Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you? He will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me. Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life

Terry Brosnan
Building Maintenance


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