Father Dennis Yesalonia is a native of Jersey City, New Jersey. He entered the Society of Jesus in Boston, Massachusetts in 1976 and was ordained a priest at St. Joseph Chapel at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1985.
No stranger to New York City, Father Yesalonia is a 1967 graduate of Xavier High School. He journeyed to New England to attend the College of the Holy Cross and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1971. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Notre Dame Law School where he distinguished himself as a Concannon Scholar. Father Yesalonia has been a member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1975 and of the U.S. Supreme Court since 1988. After entering the Society of Jesus, Father Yesalonia earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University, a bachelor of sacred theology degree from Regis College in Toronto, and a master of divinity degree from the University of Toronto.
Following his ordination to the priesthood, Father Yesalonia served as legal counsel to Boston College for thirteen years and taught a seminar on estate planning at its law school. After an interim period in private practice, he returned to academia as legal counsel to the College of the Holy Cross until 2003. In 2002, Father Yesalonia was named treasurer of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus. After a term of eleven years as treasurer, he served as chief operating officer of the Health Sciences Division of Loyola University Chicago before briefly returning to the provincial staff of the New England Province until the summer of 2015.
Throughout his many years in legal and financial administration at Jesuit institutions, Father Yesalonia regularly served on weekends as an Assisting Priest at parishes in the archdioceses of Boston and Chicago and the diocese of Worcester.
Father Yesalonia joined the parish staff in September 2015. He became Pastor in June 2016.
Father William Bergen, S.J. was born and raised in Manhattan, attended Jesuit schools, and entered the Jesuit Novitiate in Poughkeepsie in 1955. He was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Francis Spellman in 1965 at Fordham University Church. Following advanced studies in theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C., he taught theology at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City. During these years he was also active in retreat work at Mount Manresa, the Jesuit retreat house on Staten Island. From 1983 to 1989, Father Bergen worked as a parish priest at St. Ignatius Church in Baltimore, Maryland, and as a retreat director at Bon Secours Spiritual Center in Marriottsville, Maryland.
Father Bergen has been a member of the parish staff since 1989.
Father Thomas Feely, S.J. is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He entered the Society of Jesus in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1964 and was ordained a priest at Fordham University Church in Bronx, New York in 1975.
After entering the Jesuits, Father Feely earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a professional diploma in educational administration from Fordham University. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Regis College in Toronto, Ontario and a master’s degree in Christian ethics from the Graduate School of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
Father Feely served for six years as principal of Colegio San Ignacio, a Jesuit high school in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and for five years as principal of Regis High School here in Manhattan. After completing a five-year term as rector of Ciszek Hall, the house of studies for Jesuit scholastics at Fordham University, Father Feely spent eight years as Assistant for Formation in charge of the training of young Jesuits of the Maryland, New England, and New York Provinces.
As assistant director of novices and assistant tertian instructor, Father Feely has directed the Spiritual Exercises in both their eight and thirty-day formats. He has also directed retreats in a number of retreat centers in the United States and Canada.
Father Feely joined the parish staff in July 2013.
Father Michael Hilbert, S.J. grew up in White Plains, New York. He joined the Jesuits in 1973 and was ordained a priest in 1983, at the Fordham University Church. He pronounced final vows in 1991 in Rome.
Father Hilbert is a 1969 graduate of Fordham Preparatory School. He went to Colgate University in Hamilton, New York where he had a double major in international relations and German. He spent his junior year in Freiburg, Germany and graduated from Colgate in 1973.
Father Hilbert spent his early years as a Jesuit in Asia, teaching in the Philippines and studying Mandarin in Taiwan. His theology studies were undertaken in Rome, where he earned the Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from the Gregorian University. He went on to specialize in Canon Law, receiving his doctorate with honors in 1990.
Missioned to teach procedural canon law at the Gregorian, Father Hilbert directed a program for the training of ecclesiastical judges, was Academic Vice-President of the university, and Dean of the Canon Law Faculty. Most recently he was President of the Fondazione La Gregoriana in Rome and is on the Board of The Gregorian University Foundation here in New York. During his years in Rome, he was Spiritual Director at a seminary and judge on various church tribunals.
Father Hilbert joined the parish staff in October 2014.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Teresa Marie Cariño has deep roots in the Jesuit education tradition.
After graduating from St. Ignatius College Prep, she attended the University of San Francisco (USF), earning a bachelor’s degree in Theology and Religious Studies with minors in Catholic Studies & Social Thought and Philippine Studies. While at USF, Teresa worked in the University Ministry office and co-founded the student leadership group Ignatian Companions. She also studied abroad with the Casa Bayanihan program at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, working with marginalized communities.
Upon graduation, Teresa joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, spending a year of service working as a Tenant Organizer in New York City.
Teresa joined the parish staff in June 2015.
A native of Ireland, Carly-Anne Gannon has a bachelor’s degree in religion and theology and a master’s degree in ecumenics, both from Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin.
Carly-Anne also earned a master’s of education from the University of Notre Dame. As part of the Alliance for Catholic Education program, she taught middle school religion and high school theology in Corpus Christi, Texas. Carly-Anne then transitioned to full-time pastoral ministry as a Catholic Campus minister at Stony Brook University.
Currently, she is a doctoral studies student of religious education at Fordham University. She is also an active member of the Catholic Young Adult community of New York City.
Carly-Anne joined the parish staff in August 2014.
Organist, pianist, conductor, and composer K. Scott Warren joined the music staff in 2011 as Associate Director of Music. He was named Interim Director of Music in August 2011 and became the Director of Music in May 2012. Scott had previously served as Associate Musician (part-time) at The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola from 2001 to 2007. His experience as a liturgical musician includes serving as Music Director or Interim Director at several Manhattan churches, including Immanuel Lutheran Church, Park Avenue United Methodist Church, and Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. In addition to his work at St. Ignatius, Scott currently serves as Organist/Choirmaster at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York, the largest Jewish house of worship in the world, where he plays the 4-manual, 135-rank Glück pipe organ and directs the 17-voice professional choir in over 120 choral liturgies annually.
Scott’s active career as a collaborative musician has led him to perform as organist and pianist with the New York Philharmonic, the American Symphony Orchestra, the New York Pops, the Orchestra of St. Lukes, the Dresden Philharmonic, and such notable choral ensembles as Musica Sacra, the Oratorio Society of New York, and Voices of Ascension. His work as an accompanist has been featured on local radio station WQXR, and nationally on NPR and PBS.
A long-time love of choral music led Scott to compose for the medium. Several of his pieces are published by Oxford University Press, and have been performed in New York City churches and in liturgies and concerts throughout North America, Europe, and Japan.
Scott’s musical interests are not limited to classical music. While growing up in Dallas, Texas, he played in a variety of local bands, including a five-year stint with the Al “TNT” Braggs Show Band, a popular Dallas-based rhythm and blues revue.
Scott is a graduate of the University of North Texas, where he studied organ with Jesse Eschbach and piano with Mary Nan Mailman.
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Michael is the Director of Facilities at The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Grammar School, and Day Nursery.
Michael is from Downpatrick, Ireland. He emigrated to the United States in 1999, working in construction before transitioning into residential management in Queens and, for the last eight years, in Manhattan.
Michael joined the parish staff in May 2015.
Fernando Castro joined The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in March 2005. He is the Treasurer for St. Ignatius Loyola Church, Grammar School and Day Nursery, as well as the Jesuit Residence. His experience in the finance and non-profit sector spans more than 15 years. Prior to joining St. Ignatius, Mr. Castro was an Outsourcing Manager at Fiscal Management Associates (FMA), LLC, and was responsible for supervising their outsourced accounting engagements, software consulting projects, and fiscal services to start-up organizations.
Mr. Castro’s past positions also include working as a Field Agent with The Internal Revenue Service. In this role, he was responsible for conducting independent audits and related investigations of income tax returns, which covered a diversified spectrum of individual business taxpayers to include sole proprietorships, partnerships, C Corporations, and S Corporations. After leaving the IRS, Mr. Castro founded a tax and consulting firm focused on providing tax, payroll and bookkeeping services, including audits and other finance-related services. He later sold his practice to take a high level position with FMA.
Mr. Castro holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from New Jersey City University and became a Certified Public Accountant in 2000.