Parish Staff

Fr. Benny from BulletinFr. A. Benny Prado, Administrator

FrBPrado@mtcimmaculate.org

(973) 744-5650 ext. 120

My name is Father Amilcar Benito Prado, because my first name is hard to pronounce and over time, my middle name has evolved into my nickname, I’m known as Fr. Benny.

I am originally from Nicaragua and this coming September is going to mark my 30th year since the day I arrived to this country as a teenager. I wound up spending the opening chapters of my new American life in the Bronx and it was a rough go at first because I spoke no English and I was on my own living with my mother’s relatives. Six months later my dad arrived and a year later my mother and sister came. We eventually left the Bronx and made our way to the Van Cortland Park section of Riverdale.

I am blessed to have my family close to me. My parents are retired and they live in South Hackensack.  My sister, who lives in Stony Point, NY, is married and she has three children.  My niece Kasey who is now in College, my nephew Joshua who is 13, and my little niece Emily who is 10.

I attended college at St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens, where I earned a BA in Philosophy and Theology.  I then entered Immaculate Conception Seminary and was ordained a priest on May 29, 2004.  I earned a M Div. and MA in Theology.  My first assignment was at the Parish of the Resurrection in Jersey City, followed by Sts. Peter and Paul in Hoboken. I’ve been at Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River for the past five years.

I thank God for the gift of my vocation and I am grateful to Archbishop Joseph Cardinal Tobin for his trust in appointing me as the Administrator of St. Teresa of Calcutta.  I am here to begin a new chapter in my life, and I am looking forward to getting to know all of  you.  May God bless our new journey together.

 

 

 Fr. Sam from BulletinFr. Samuel Monaco, Parochial Vicar

FrSamMonaco@mtcimmaculate.org

(973) 744-5650 ext. 122

Fr. Sam Monaco grew up in Maywood, NJ and attended Seton Hall University and the College Seminary for the Archdiocese of Newark. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in religious studies and attended Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall. He completed his studies for the priesthood and was ordained on December 10, 1988.

He first served as a Deacon at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Mountainside and then as a priest in the following parishes: Holy Rosary – Jersey City, Queen of Peace – North Arlington and St. Gabriel’s – Saddle River.

He took a leave of absence from the priesthood to care for his ailing parents and during that time served as a Pastoral Associate at St. Rose of Lima – East Hanover and then as Director of Religious Education at St. Anthony’s in Hawthorne (both parishes are in the Paterson Diocese).

He returned to active priesthood in 2014 for the Diocese of Paterson and was assigned by Bishop Arthur Serratelli to serve at Morristown Medical Center as a Chaplain, until being recently assigned by Cardinal Joseph Tobin as Parochial Vicar for St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, upon his reinstatement to the Archdiocese of Newark.

Fr. Sam holds a master of arts degree in religious education from Felician University in Lodi, NJ and a Graduate Certificate in Franciscan Spirituality from St. Francis University in Joliet, Illinois. He has been a professed member of the Secular Franciscan Order since 1997.

His sister Mary Ann currently resides in Maywood, NJ and serves as a staff nurse at Hackensack Medical Center.

 

 

Msgr. Robert HarahanRev. Msgr. Robert E. Harahan, Weekend Assistant

Current headmaster at Seton Hall Preparatory School  since July 1, 2014, Msgr. Harahan is a Bloomfield native. Ordained in 1974 he spent three years as an assistant at St. Francis Xavier in Newark and as a teacher at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington.  He earned a licentiate in Sacred Theology from Catholic University in 1980 and a doctorate 1980 and a doctorate in Sacred Theology from Rome’s Lateran University in 1983.  In 1990 Archbishop Theodore McCarrick appointed him rector of the College seminary and dean of the School of Theology at Seton Hall University, a posted he held until 1995.  Prior to his appointment as headmaster at Seton Hall Prep., he had been pastor at St. Theresa of Avila parish in Summit and St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Wyckoff.

 

Born in Bayonne, NJ, Hudson County, on February 21, 1951, to Stanley and Irene (Konopka) Cembor, I am the youngest of my siblings, Joanne and Bob. The Felician Sisters and Marist Brothers not only educated me, but helped form my vocation which goes back as far as I can remember. Seton Hall University afforded me my B.A. in sociology; Immaculate Conception Seminary did the same for my M. Div.; the Doctor of Ministry degree in ministry came about in 1984 from Drew University in Madison, NJ.

Archbishop Peter L. Gerety ordained me to the diaconate in 1978 and assigned me to the Bergen County parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Ridgewood.  A year later I was blessed with the Sacrament of Holy Orders at his hands as a priest and found a home in St. Mary’s Parish, Nutley.  Eight years later, I left Essex County for Union County and Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Mountainside. I spent 1993-1994 in Hudson County at St. Aloysius Parish in Jersey City at then Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s request. The following year I returned to Essex County and for nine years I served as pastor of St. Leo’s Church in Irvington. From 2003-2006 I served at St. Raphael’s Church in Livingston.  After twenty-seven years of parish life, I followed my vocation to Montclair where I have been serving  and continue to serve as Catholic Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care at what is now called Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center.

I am the brother to Joanne in Lake Mary, Florida, and Bob in Marlboro, NJ, and their spouses, Craig and Mary. Daniel, Jennifer, Jill, Rob, and Bill call me uncle; Isaiah, Kenan, Brenden, Carsyn, Hayley, Cody, Hannah, Connor, Caroline, Abby, and Ella call me grand uncle. My interests are as selective as close friends. I enjoy reading mysteries and fiction, and faith and religious news as it comes across the internet.  Days off are sacred as a 24/5 hospital schedule is demanding, so a Pocono retreat or time with friends, and occasional Broadway shows and movies are highly valued. I’ll never starve as cooking and baking relax me as well as fill me.

After living for ten years at Mt. Carmel Rectory on Pine Street, I was extended hospitality here at Immaculate Conception Rectory, as St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish continues to find its identity.

 

Fr. B pixRev. Frank Burla, Retired In Residence

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.

 

 

Janet Natale PhotoMs. Janet Natale, Parish Catechetical Leader (PCL)

JanetNatale@mtcimmaculate.org

(973) 744-5650 ext. 118

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.

 

 

IC20160526Mr. Preston Dibble, Organist and Director of Music

music@mtcimmaculate.org

(973) 744-5650 ext. 113

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.

 

image1Joshua Benevento, Assistant Director of Music

Joshua@mtcimmaculate.org

(973) 744-5650 ext. 112

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.

 

MarcieMs. Marcie Alexander, Bulletin Editor /Office Administration /Parish Cantor

parishoffice@mtcimmaculate.org
(973) 744-5650 ext. 111

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.

 

 

Samantha Fusi WEBSITE SHOTMs. Samantha Fusi, Secretary/Receptionist

samantha@mtcimmaculate.org

(973) 744-5650 ext. 110

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.

 

Mrs. Patty Sitar, Bookkeeper

Patty@mtcimmaculate.org

(973) 744-5650 ext. 115

 

 

Mr. Christopher Araya, Parish Plant Maintenance Manager

parishoffice@mtcimmaculate.org

(973) 744-5650 ext. 131

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.

 

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