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Fr. Joe is a native of Hoboken, New Jersey. He was ordained by Archbishop McCarrick on May 30, 1992 and has served as parochial vicar at Ascension Parish in New Milford, Epiphany Parish in Cliffside Park, and St. Aloysius Parish in Caldwell before being named Pastor by Archbishop Myers on July 1, 2009.
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Fr. Tony was born in the Philippines.
He attended Santo Tomas University in Manila, Philippines, studying Philosophy and Theology. He was also Vocation Director at the local diocese in his country before leaving to study abroad at St. Thomas University and Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, for his post graduate studies. Then coming to the United States for his parochial assignments. His most recent parish assignment was at St. John the Evangelist Church in Bergenfield, NJ.
Rev. Robert Suszko, Weekend Assistant
Reverend Robert K. Suszko was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Newark in 2002. He served as parochial vicar at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Cedar Grove, from June 2002-January 2010, and at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, West Orange, from January 2010-October 2010. In November 2010, he began his duties as Vice Rector, Director of Formation, and Business Manager at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. He currently serves as Vice Rector and Business Manager at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. He’s been a weekend Assistant here at Immaculate Conception Church since 2010.
Fr. Frank Burla, also known as “Fr. B” is Retired. Ordained a Priest in the Archdiocese of Newark in 1963, he was a Parochial Vicar here at Immaculate for almost 50 years. He was actively involved with the Parish High School as a religion teacher and Athletic Director and Chaplain to the Sport teams. He is still involved with the High School Athletic Program. Fr. B retired in July 2011 but remains in residence at the Parish Rectory and continues to celebrate Mass here and in neighboring parishes when needed.
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I am a daughter of the Archdiocese of Newark. My faith, and vocation to ministry in the Church, was formed and developed in the choir lofts of many churches. As a child, in the church of my baptism, Saint Augustine in Newark; as a middle school student at Saint Aloysius in Caldwell; as a teenager at Saint Philip the Apostle, in Clifton; as a college student at Mary Our Queen, in Southington, Connecticut; as a young adult at Saint Paul in Clifton and Our Lady of Sorrows in South Orange; and as an adult, for nearly twenty one years, as Director of Music Ministry at Saint James the Apostle in Springfield.
My trust and faith has always been, and will always be in the Lord, who provides all we need. When I found that my position of Director of Music Ministry at Saint James Parish would come to a completion because of parish financial difficulties, it caused me great concern. But my trust in the Lord led me to Immaculate Conception Parish, listening to a voice that continued echo in my heart, “Did you ever consider being a Catechetical leader?” That voice echoed so loudly that it brought me to Fr. Joe, and after speaking with him, the selection committee of parishioners. The Immersion Day for candidates, developed by the selection committee, was a wonderful opportunity to have dialogue together about the faith formation in the parish.
The process was truly life giving. The time flew by, and more and more I felt confident that I was being led to what God had intended me to find through prayer and reflection. As I wrote to one of the committee members, “In the Emmaus story, the disciples asked the question, “Were not our hearts burning with fire?” when they recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread.” I had the same feeling each time I thought back to our time together and what could be possible in the months and years to come.
As I begin my ministry in Faith Formation here at Immaculate Conception, I ask for your prayers, and I promise my prayers for you as well. I look forward to partnering with you to share our Catholic faith with the young members of our parish family who are our present hope and our hope for the future. I look forward also to being a worshipping member of Immaculate Conception with you, gathering week by week to worship our Lord, to sing his praise, listen to his Holy Word, and to be nourished by his Holy Body and Blood. We do this to have the strength and courage to face the world and all of its challenges. We do this united as One in Christ to be strengthened and renewed to serve the Lord and his holy people. I am grateful to the catechists who will be returning in the fall to continue this most important work of the Lord. If you feel that you are being called to this ministry, please contact me directly: JanetNatale@mtcimmaculate.org or 973-744-5650 ext. 118.
I am confident that this journey will lead us all closer to the Lord.
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Preston Dibble was appointed Organist and Director of Music at Church of the Immaculate Conception, Montclair in 2005. He conducts the Chancel Choir, a graded Children’s Choir program including a handbell ensemble and classes in recorder playing as well as managing the parish’s concert series Music at Immaculate. Musical highlights there include leading the Chancel Choir on two European Pilgrimages to Italy and Ireland and numerous special events, most recently, a workshop and concert on polyphonic choral music with internationally respected clinician, Christopher Walker. Concurrently, in September of 2013, Preston was appointed Diocesan Director of Music for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, NJ where he conducts the Diocesan Choir and oversees music planning for the Episcopal Liturgies in that Diocese.
A native of Northwestern Pennsylvania, Mr. Dibble is a graduate of Westminster College, New Wilmington and of Duquesne University, Pittsburgh. At Westminster, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree majoring in Music Education and at Duquesne, the Master of Music degree majoring in Sacred Music and Organ. Mr. Dibble’s organ study has been under Dr. John Walker, Mr. Raymond Ocock and Dr. Elizabeth Harrison and Dr. Ann Labounsky.
Mr. Dibble’s performance appearances include Heinz Chapel, University of Pittsburgh, the famed von Beckerath organ of St. Paul Cathedral, Pittsburgh, Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, and the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, with the Oratorio Society of NJ and Schola Cantorum on Hudson. A member of the National Pastoral Musicians, Mr. Dibble serves as Chair of National Standing Committee for Organists. Additionally, Mr. Dibble was recently appointed to a four year term on NPM National Council. As a member of the American Guild of Organists, he serves as District Convener for Northern NJ, a member of the National Taskforce on Denominational Associations and Chair of the National Committee on Marketing.
Joshua Benevento, Assistant Director of Music
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Joshua Benevento joined the parish staff as Assistant Director of Music in the Fall of 2016. Named “A substantial tenor” by Opera News, Joshua Benevento recently won a Grammy Award for his involvement in the Metropolitan Opera’s new Ring Cycle recording. Mr. Benevento sung leading roles in numerous operas including Fidelio, Ariadne auf Naxos, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Aida, Turandot, Carmen, Gianni Schicchi, Hansel und Gretel, La Boheme, at various companies, among which are The Metropolitan Opera, American Classical Orchestra, New Jersey Verismo Opera, New Rochelle Opera, Purchase Opera, Wyckoff Opera, and the State Repertory Opera New Jersey. Success on the recital stage has lead him to performing at Carnegie Hall after winning the first place in the Liederkranz competition. The New York premiere of Lee Hoiby’s brilliant opera, The Tempest, included Mr. Benevento performing the challenging and exquisite role of Caliban, which he later interpreted on a recording recently released by Albany Records to rave reviews by three of the major reviewers of recorded works. He also created the role of the Uncle in the highly acclaimed world premiere production of Raphaël Lucas’s Confession, another opera he recorded with Albany Records. After a singing a very successful production of Ward’s beloved American opera, The Crucible, Mr. Benevento most recently recorded the role of Judge Danforth in the first ever studio recording of the opera which is due to be released in early 2017. Active as a private teacher and adjunct voice faculty at the State College of New York at Purchase, combined with years of experience in church music situations, Joshua will be bringing a unique skill set to our parish music ministry program. He will be working with the Children’s Choirs and Adult Choirs as well as assisting in the management of Music at Immaculate, our parish concert series, as well as other areas of parish life.
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Born in Kansas City, Missouri to a large family (youngest of seven) her family moved to Montclair, NJ when she was 10. A graduate of Immaculate Conception High School and graduated cum laude from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Marketing. Working in New York City in the field of Advertising for over 20 years; at Calet Hirsch & Spector Advertising Agency as Account Executive and Traffic Manager on Alitalia Airlines, Corningware & Corning Lenses and Toshiba Electronics accounts. She then moved to the In-House Advertising Department of Finlay Fine Jewelry as Traffic/Project Manager.
Besides advertising, her real love and gift is singing. She has been the parish cantor at Immaculate Conception Church for 25 years, under 5 different music directors. Singing most masses, as well as weddings and funerals. She studied voice for a number of years under the direction of former Montclair State University professor Diane Durand. She is a member of the parish Chancel Choir and has toured with them in both Italy and Ireland. She has traveled extensively to Europe and the Middle East. She was recognized for her extensive Church service (Cantor, Choir, Children’s music/Family Liturgy coordinator, Parish Council VP, Finance Council member) receiving the Archdiocesan Jubilee Medal from Archbishop McCarrick in 1999.
When Finlay Fine Jewelry (which operated a chain of Fine Jewelry departments in Federated and May Co. Department stores across the country) was forced to close their corporate doors due to economic downturns in 2010, Marcie was lucky enough to combine her Advertising skills and singing duties becoming the full-time Bulletin Editor and Office Administration support at Immaculate Conception Parish, as well as continuing to cantor, and singing weddings/ funerals. She resides in Little Falls, NJ.
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Ana currently assists in administering Immaculate Conception Religious Education Program and also volunteers as a catechist.
Prior to working at Immaculate Conception, Ana held various positions in Sao Paulo, Brazil and London, UK in the airline and hotel industries. She worked as an administrator at the Callan School of English in London. Ana also worked as an elementary school teacher in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ana holds a diploma in teaching from the Escola Estadual Prof. Roldao, Sao Paulo and a diploma in Hotel Management from the London Hotel School, London.
Ana lives in Montclair with her husband and two children whom she is raising bilingually in her native Portuguese and in English. When not working or raising her children, Ana enjoys Zumba classes at the Montclair YMCA.
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Samantha replaced Bette Kuczek when she retired in October 2015. She is at the front desk and handles the phones and door of the parish office as well as being the point of contact for Baptisms. She was born in Italy and has lived in the UK, London, for 15 years. She moved to the US in 2008 with her husband and two children. Samantha has a Bachelor degree in Economics and Tourism from the University of Florence and her background is in the Hotel industry, where she covered several roles in Front Office and Sales. Samantha enjoys volunteering a the Human Needs Food Pantry and for schools PTA’s.
Ms. Maureen Coleman, Bookkeeper
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Mr. Christopher Araya, Parish Plant Maintenance Manager
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Chris is the latest addition to the Immaculate Conception Parish Staff as Plant Maintenance Manager. He came to us from the maintenance department at Holy Family in Nutley. He has been in construction and roofing for many years. He is the contact person for all activity set up needs, both internal and outside organizations using the parish facilities.
Chris is fluent in both English and Spanish. And is a happily married husband and father.