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|Fr. Thomas Wisniewski
|Fr. Tom is a New Jersey guy; his
entire life spent in NJ. He was born and raised in Jersey
before his family moved to Hasbrouck Heights
1976. His undergrad
degree was in accounting from
Saint Peter’s College and he later received degrees from Seton
Hall and Drew
Universities. Over the last 34 years of
ministry he has worked
mostly in parishes including a six year stint as pastor of Saint Joseph Church
in Maplewood. In addition, he has worked
in a residential
rehab for addicts as well as teaching in high school and at the College
of Saint Elizabeth
and as a parochial vicar in Corpus Christi Hasbrouck
ministry, he is a huge sports fan and loves to go to the movies. His parents still live in Hasbrouck Heights
and he also has a sister, Judy, who lives with her family in
born in Belleville but raised in North Arlington at the
south end of Bergen County. He is the second of two children (one
older sister, now deceased). From a very young age, they were
instilled with a deep love for the Catholic Faith by their father, a
permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Newark, and their mother, a
teacher in the Catholic elementary school. He was educated in the
public school system and would eventually graduate cum laude from
Stevens Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree
majoring in Chemical Biology (Pre-Med) and minoring in both History and
Social Sciences. Carefully discerning his vocation to the
priesthood, he opted for the seminary instead of medical school.
He graduated from Immaculate Conception Seminary with a Master of
Divinity degree in Pastoral Theology and a Master of Theology degree in
Systematic Theology. He was ordained to the Roman Catholic
priesthood on May 26, 2007 and assigned directly to St.
||Fr. William Benedetto
Thomas F. Blind
Fr. Tom Blind is a native of New Jersey, raised in the town of West
Orange. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall
University in South Orange and then attended Immaculate Conception
Seminary in Darlington, NJ where he received his Masters in Divinity.
Fr. Blind was ordained a
priest of the Archdiocese of Newark in 1981. For
the past 32 years, Father Blind has served
in parishes throughout
the four counties that make up the Archdiocese of Newark.
He has also served as Chaplain to the Medical
School of UMDNJ and Kean
University. Fr. Blind comes to us from his last parish
assignment at Our Lady of Peace Church located in New Providence, N.J.
Len was born and raised in Newark,
NJ. He has been married for over 45 years and has three
children. He was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the
Archdiocese of Newark in 1976 and has been assigned to St. Catharine
Parish the entire time. He retired after a twenty-six year
career in Law Enforcement and fourteen years in the Financial Industry.
is a professor emeritus in the Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering at Manhattan College
where he taught from
1969 to 2001 and most recently in 2009. He is also an
received his PhD from U. Wisconsin
in 1966 after which he served in the USAF as a Bioenvironmental
as a Captain in 1969.
He is married to
MaryBeth for over 50 years, they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren
the area - which keeps both of them very active with family.
They moved to Glen Rock in 1974 and have been active in St.
Catharine parish and school since that time. Ordained a deacon in
May of 1992, he enjoys serving at St. Catharine parish.
other parishioners, he has helped develop the Welcoming committee
service at the Eastern Christian Children’s Retreat.
Deacon John resides in
Glen Rock with his wife and two children. He was born and raised
in Connecticut and received a BA from the University of Connecticut in
Business Administration. For over 28 years, he has served as a
Manhattan-based corporate banker focused on public finance entities and
financial institutions. John enjoys tennis, biking, fishing,
martial arts (he is a Taekwondo black belt), reading and singing.
He was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in 2002 and is an
active member of the St. Catharine parish.
Joe is a
member of St. Catharine parish. He, his wife and their three
daughters live in Saddle Brook. Joe was ordained to the Permanent
Diaconate in 2011.
Parish & Family Life
Annette was born and
raised in NYC, then moved to River Vale in Bergen County in 2002.
She is married with two sons, one in high school and one in
elementary school. Before having
her children, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan Chase for
eighteen years and left as a Vice President in Executive Development
and Organizational Capability. She has a BA in
Mathematics/Business and an MBA in Information Systems.
much of her career as a manager of systems development efforts in
international funds transfer systems. She recently completed a
'Leadership in Ministry' program at the University of Dayton.
at her home parish of St. John the Baptist in Hillsdale as a
leader of the altar servers and website teams and does
the parish ministry schedules.
|Mrs. Schnaars is the
Principal at the Academy of Our Lady. This is her fifteenth year
working in Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Newark.
Mrs. Schnaars is committeed to Catholic education and always knew she
wanted to teach in a Catholic school. She grew up in Bergenfield
and attended St. Therese elementary school in Cresskill and the Academy
of the Holy Angels High School in Demareset. She received her
B.A. in Elementary Education and Theater from Rider University and her
M.A. in School Administration and Supervision from St. Peter's
University. She has taught first, fourth and fifth grade
mathematics at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Tenafly and was Principal at
Assumption School in Wood-Ridge and St. Agnes in Clark.
Mrs. Schnaars is married with a two year old daughter, Kaitlyn.
She loves everything Disney!
- Academy of our Lady
Maguire came to St. Catharine's parish thirty years ago. She
received her B.A. from Mt. St. Mary College, Newburgh, NY and her M.A.
from Seton Hall University in South Orange. Mrs. Maguire lives in
Fair Lawn and is a parishioner of St. Catharine. Her sons, their
wives and her darling grandsons live in neighboring towns.
Miller grew up
in Glen Rock and has been a member of St. Catharine's parish
for all of her life. She attended St. Catharine's grammar school, Glen
Rock High and Duquesne University. She stayed home for many
years raising her three (now adult) children, Janelle, Danny and
Matt. She works at St. Nicholas Cemetery in
Lodi as the superintendent of the Cemetery. She has always
volunteered her time at St. Catharine's, first with 10 years in the CCD
program and then with the CYO program. Seven years ago, she
readily accepted the offer to run the youth program. She loves
the age group and has learned so much from them.
| Rosemary Miller
been a parishioner for over 30 years and a
resident of Glen Rock for the same.
She lives with her husband, Bob, and their two children Brendan and
Katie in town. She completed her studies of Music
Education at William
with a major in
piano and minors in both organ and voice. As
a sophomore in college, she was
hired as choir director for the First
Reformed Church in Hawthorne
and later became the music director and co-organist for the church. She left the First
Reformed Church after 18
years to become the music director for St. Catharine.
She has over 20
years experience in
working with children’s theater and directing/choreographing
musicals for all