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Fr. Thomas Wisniewski
Pastor

Father Tom
Fr. Tom is a New Jersey guy; his entire life spent in NJ.  He was born and raised in Jersey City before his family moved to Hasbrouck Heights in 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 Heights.

Besides 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 River Edge.
Fr. Benedetto was 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. Catharine.. Fr. William Benedetto
Parochial Vicar

Fr. Benedetto

Fr. Thomas F. Blind
Parochial Vicar

                     Fr. 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.
Deacon Len Minichino
Permanent Deacon

Deacon Len
Deacon 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.

Deacon Jim 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 alumnus. He  received his PhD from U. Wisconsin in 1966 after which he served in the USAF as a Bioenvironmental Engineer finishing as a Captain in 1969.  

He is married to MaryBeth for over 50 years, they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren all in 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.  Together with other parishioners, he has helped develop the Welcoming committee and our  religious service at the Eastern Christian Children’s Retreat. 

Deacon Jim Mueller
Permanent Deacon

Deacon Jim
Deacon John Sarno
Permanent Deacon

John Sarno

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. 

Deacon 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.  

Deacon Joe Castoro
Permanent Deacon

Joe Castoro
Annette Gallagher
Parish & Family Life


Annette Gallagher

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.  She spent 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.  She volunteers at her home parish of St. John the Baptist in Hillsdale as a lector, is 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!

Heather Schnaars

Heather E. Schnaars
Principal - Academy of our Lady


Roberta Maguire
Director of Religious Education

Roberta Maguire
Mrs. 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.
Mrs. 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
Youth Ministry

Rosemary Miller
Sally Trahan
Music Ministry

Sally Trahan
Sally has 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 Paterson College 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 ages.