May 15, 2012

 

Jim Goodness
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For Release :
May 15, 2012

Archdiocese to Ordain 16 New Priests on May 26
Ordination Again is Among the Largest in the Nation

On Saturday, May 26, the Archdiocese of Newark again will be among the leading dioceses in the nation in terms of new priests when 16 men are ordained to the priesthood for service in the Archdiocese of Newark.  The Ordination will take place beginning at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street in Newark.      The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark, will be the celebrant.

Although many of the new priests come from as far away as Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Philippines and Poland, three have more local roots: Fanwood and Kearny, NJ, and Southern California.

Several members of the local Class of 2012 have business experience prior to entering the seminary. Several are former educators.  One is a veteran of the Iraq War, one has worked in the restaurant industry and as an actor, and another in the environmental field.   Many have been involved in both missionary work around the world and in youth and young adult ministry.   In choosing to answer God's call to serve the Church as priests, each has cited the power of prayer, the rosary, World Youth Day trips, encouragement from a pastor, and intervention of the Blessed Mother as key elements influencing their decisions.

Reflecting on the new priests and the strengths that they will bring to the people of the Archdiocese, Archbishop Myers said the Archdiocese  "continues to be blessed by so many vocations to the priesthood. Each of us is called to discipleship of Jesus Christ. We all must seek to do so lovingly, selflessly, courageously and respectfully.
 
"These men have chosen to hear God's call to serve His people as priests, and to do so with love and a commitment to the Gospel," he continued. "I know that the people of this local Church will welcome them gratefully as they begin their ministries as Catholic priests."

Although each new priest took a different journey in responding to God's call, all of them share a deep humility at being called to the priesthood along with the common desire to do the will of God and serve His Church.

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(Note to Editors:  Biographical Information on each of the new priests follows.)

Father Carlos Eduardo Briceno
Born in Colombia. Fr. Briceno, 29, attended the seminary in his native country and Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University (SHU), South Orange. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy and Masters in Divinity. The new priest served his diaconate at Church of the Nativity in Midland Park.

Fr. Briceno received his field education and summer work at Saint Margaret of Cortona Parish, Little Ferry; Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, West Orange; Saint Genevieve Parish, Elizabeth, and; Church of the Nativity, Midland Park.

Rev. Msgr. Thomas P. Nydegger, Associate Vice President for Student Services, Seton Hall University, will be the homilist at Fr. Briceno's first Mass on Sunday, May 27 at noon at Saint Margaret of Cortona Parish. Fr. Brice no will celebrate a second Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, June 3 at Church of the Nativity also at noon. The pastor, Father Peter Funesti, will be the homilist.

Father Trinidad Jose Cuevas
The eldest of 18 brothers and sisters, all of whom were born in Southern California, Fr. Cuevas' parents immigrated from Jalisco, Mexico, more than 35 years ago.

Fr. Cuevas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master of Arts in Systematic Theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University.
His field education and summers were spent at Saint Mary Parish, Plainfield; Saint Anthony of Padua Parish, Union City; Saint Columba Parish, Newark; Hackensack University Medical Center and Saint Michael's Hospital, Newark. He was a deacon at Saint Benedict Parish in Newark, where he will celebrate his first Mass on Sunday, May 27, 12:30 p.m. He will be the homilist.

Father Jose Carlos Garzon
Father Garzon, 34, was born in Puebla, Mexico. He attended Saint Jose Seminary in Guadalajara, Mexico, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Seton Hall University and is now pursuing a Master of Arts in Systematic Theology.  

Before entering the seminary, the new priest started a small business selling, assembling and providing technical support for computers.

Fr. Garzon received his field education and did summer ministry at Saint Aloysius Parish, Newark; Holy Redeemer Parish, West New York and Saint Benedict Parish in Newark. His diaconate was served at Saint John Nepomucene Parish and Holy Redeemer Parish in West New York.

He will celebrate his first Mass on Sunday, May 27, 11:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Parish. Very Rev. Carlo Fortunio, administrator of Our Lady of Libera Parish, West New York, will deliver the homily.

Father Esteban Nelson Granyak
Chilean-born Father Esteban Nelson Granyak, 32, graduated cum laude Seton Hall University with a Bachelor's degree in Science and is working on a Masters in Theology with a concentration in Scripture.

Prior to serving his diaconate at Saint Aloysius Parish in Newark, Fr. Granyak received his field education and did summer ministry at Saint Aloysius.

He will celebrate his first Mass at St. Aloysius Parish on Sunday, May 27, at 11 a.m. He will be the homilist.

Father Charez Bandao Gringco
Born in the Philippines 32 years ago, Fr. Gringco holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Holy Cross of Davao College in Davao City, the Philippines, and an MBA from Philippine Christian University, Manila.   He holds a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry degree from Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University, and is now pursuing a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary.

Before attending Immaculate Conception Seminary, Fr. Gringco was a student at Our Lady of the Angels Seminary in the Philippines as well as Holy Apostles College Seminary in Cromwell, CT. He was a deacon at Queen of Peace Parish in North Arlington.

After college he discerned for a missionary life but left after two years convinced he wanted to become an accountant. He held various accounting positions but eventually resigned in 2007 "to embrace the priestly formation in the Archdiocese of Newark."

His field education and summer ministry are extensive. They include his home parish of Saint Valentine in Bloomfield as well as a volunteer at Clara Maas Medical Center in Belleville. He also served at Saint Vincent DePaul Parish, Bayonne; the Center for Hope Hospice and Palliative Care (Peggy House), Scotch Plains; the Center for Hope Hospice and Palliative Care (Father Hudson House), Elizabeth; Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Paterson; and Saint Mary Parish, Closter.

His first Mass will be celebrated at noon on Sunday, May 27, at Saint Valentine Parish. Father Jack Donohue, in residence at the parish, will be the homilist. Fr. Gringco will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving the following Sunday, June 3 also at noon, at Queen of Peace Parish. He will be the homilist.

Father Jeivi Miguel Hercules
Father Jeivi Miguel Hercules, 29, studied for the priesthood at both Saint Andrew's Hall Seminary and Immaculate Conception Seminary. He was born in El Salvador and comes from a family of seven siblings.

Before entering the seminary he was a member of the Charismatic prayer group at his home parish of Saint Mary's in Plainfield. While at Saint Andrew's Hall he was involved with the youth group at Saint James the Apostle Parish in Springfield and volunteered at the Home for the Blind in Jersey City. He was also among the volunteer ranks at Saint John's Soup Kitchen in Newark.

He received his field education at Saint Vincent DePaul Parish in Bayonne. He also attended the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, NE. Fr. Hercules did hospice ministry and was assigned to Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Paterson and Saint Mary Parish, Closter. He was a deacon at Saint Rocco/Saint Brigid Parish in Union City.

Fr. Hercules will celebrate his first Mass on Sunday, May 27, at noon at Saint Rocco/Saint Brigid Parish. The homilist will be Rev. Msgr. Joseph R. Reilly, S.T.D., Ph.D. A week later, June 3, also at noon, he will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving in Spanish at Saint Mary Parish. Father Manuel D. Rios, K.H.S., will be the homilist.

Father Marco T. Marroquin
The 36-year-old native of San Jose del Golfo, Guatemala, and the fourth of 15 siblings, Fr. Marroquin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and is completing a Master of Arts in Theology degree at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University.   As a teenager and prior to entering seminary, Marroquin worked as a carpenter's hand.

Fr. Marroquin, who was a deacon at Saint Mary Parish in Plainfield, did his field education and summer ministry at Saint Aloysius Parish, Newark; Saint Mary Parish, Plainfield; Holy Family Parish, Nutley, and; Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish and Saint Michael Hospital, both in Newark.

Fr. Marroquin will be the homilist at his first Mass, which he will celebrate on Sunday, May 27, 1:30 p.m., at Saint Mary Parish.

Father Jose Pablo Muralles
Fr. Muralles, 34, was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala and raised in Lamont, CA.  He has six brothers and two sisters.   He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and is working on a Master of Arts degree in Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary.

A deacon at Saint Aedan Parish in Jersey City and Saint Joseph Parish in East Rutherford,  Fr. Muralles received his field education and served summers at Saint Aloysius Parish, Newark; Saint Mary Parish, Plainfield; Saint Anthony of Padua Parish, Union City; Saint Joseph Parish, East Rutherford and Saint Michael Hospital, Newark.

He will be the homilist at his first Mass, to be celebrated at noon on Sunday, May 27 at Saint Joseph Parish in East Rutherford.

Father Alexander Orozco
Fr. Orozco, 34, worked as a manager of an Arabic restaurant, actor and model in his native Colombia before entering Immaculate Conception Seminary.  A deacon at Holy Trinity Parish in Westfield, Fr. Orozco received his field education and did summer ministry at Church of the Nativity in Midland Park and Saint Peter the Apostle Parish in River Edge.

Fr. Orozco will celebrate his first Mass at Church of the Nativity at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 27. Father Duverney Bermudez will be the homilist.

Father Juan Camilo Restrepo
Prior to his studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Fr. Restrepo, 32, spent four years in a seminary in his native Colombia, but then became involved in an environmental project in his hometown.    Eventually, he came to the United States and entered the Archdiocese of Newark Emmaus House discernment program and, ultimately, graduated from Immaculate Conception Seminary.   

While at Emmaus House in Newark, Fr. Restrepo served weekends at Saint James the Apostle Parish in Springfield, which became his home parish.

His field education and summer ministry assignments included: Saint Cecilia Parish in Kearny; the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, NE; the Center for Hope in Scotch Plains; Saint Joseph Hospital in Paterson; and Saint Vincent DePaul Parish in Bayonne. He spent his diaconate year at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, West Orange.

Fr. Restrepo with celebrate his first Mass at Saint James Parish at noon on Sunday, May 27. Rev. Msgr. Raymond Kupke will be the homilist.

Father Jose deJesus Rodriguez
Colombian-born Fr. Rodriguez, 32, earned a Master's degree in Theology from the Immaculate Conception Seminary. He received his field education and did summer ministry at Mount Carmel Parish in Jersey City, where he also served as a deacon.

Fr. Rodriguez will celebrate his first Mass at Mount Carmel Parish at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 27 with Father Giordano Belanich as homilist.

Father Lukasz Stanislaw Rokita
Fr. Rokita, 30, attended both high school seminary and major seminary in his hometown of Czestochowa, Poland before entering and graduating from Immaculate Conception Seminary

He spent his diaconate year at Saint Theresa Parish in Kenilworth, and his field education and summer ministry at Saint Mary Parish, Nutley; Saint Genevieve Parish, Elizabeth, and; Guardian Angel Parish, Allendale.

Fr. Rokita will celebrate his first Mass at noon at Saint Theresa Parish on Sunday, May 27.   Father Marcin Bulinski will deliver the homily.

Father Robert James Salm
A former high school chemistry and physics teacher, Fanwood-raised Father Robert James Salm, 42, attended Immaculate Conception Seminary and was a deacon at Saint Henry Parish in Bayonne.

A graduate of Oratory Prep in Summit, he attended Georgetown University, Northwestern University and Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University. Fr. Salm has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Chemistry and a Master of Divinity degree. His field education took place at Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Cedar Grove, Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish in Garfield, and the Institute for Priestly Formation, Omaha, NE.

At noon on Sunday, May 27, Fr. Salm will celebrate his first Mass at Saint Bartholomew Parish in Scotch Plains. Father Christopher Ciccarino will be the homilist.

Father Fredy Sanchez
Born 28 years ago in Colombia, Fr. Sanchez attended the seminary in his native country, St. Andrew College Seminary and Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University.

Fr. Sanchez received his field education at Saint Peter the Apostle Parish in River Edge. His diaconate assignment was at Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish in Garfield.

He will celebrate his first Mass on Saturday, May 26, 5 p.m., at Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish.  Father Duverney Bermudez will be the homilist.

Father David Caixeiro Santos
Kearny native Father David Caixeiro Santos was a student at both Seton Hall University and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Sacred Theology. He also attended Saint Andrew's Seminary, Seton Hall University.

Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Santos and his brother joined the Rhode Island Army National Guard and served as paratroopers in the Long Range Surveillance Detachment.  He was deployed to Iraq in 2005.  After six years of military service, Fr. Santos entered Immaculate Conception Seminary.  

Fr. Santos received his field education and performed summer ministry at Saint Mary Parish in Closter and Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Newark.

Fr. Santos will celebrate his first Mass at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 27 at St. Cecilia Parish, Kearny.  Very Rev. Michael G. Ward, pastor of Saint Cecilia, will be the homilist.

Father Ryan Ofrasio Tabale
Born in the Philippines, Fr. Tabale attended a seminary in his native country as well as Immaculate Conception Seminary. He has a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree and a Masters in Pastoral Ministry. He entered the seminary after high school but left three years later and taught at the grade school level before returning to the seminary.

He received field education and did summer ministry at Our Lady of Victories Parish in Harrington Park and Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Ridgefield Park. His diaconate was at Holy Family Parish in Nutley.

Fr. Tabale will celebrate his first Mass at noon on Sunday, May 27 at Holy Family Parish, Nutley.  The pastor of Holy Family, Rev. Msgr. Paul Bochicchio, will be the homilist.

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