Parish Staff


NameTitleEmail Address
Fr. Dennis J. Yesalonia, S.J.Pastor.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Fr. Michael P. Hilbert, S.J.Associate Pastor.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Fr. Vincent B. Sullivan, S.J.Associate Pastor.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Fr. Brian G. Konzman, S.J.Assistant Pastor.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Fr. William J. Bergen, S.J.Senior Priest.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Teresa Marie Cariño Pastoral Associate.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Carly-Anne GannonDirector of Religious Education/Pastoral Associate.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
K. Scott WarrenDirector of Music.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Erin E. PickDirector of Development.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Fernando CastroTreasurer.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Robert CisterninoDirector of Facilities.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Daniel BeckwithPrincipal Organist.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Maureen HaleyDirector of Children’s Choirs/Pastoral Assistant.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Danya KatokMusic Administrator.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Sara MurphyExecutive Director, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Robert ReuterAssociate Director of Music.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Michael SheetzMusic Associate.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Diane BoyleAssistant to the Pastor.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Patricia SchneiderAdministrative Assistant.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Elizabeth O’SullivanCommunications Coordinator.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Caroline FernandesFacilities Coordinator.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 



Rev. Dennis J. Yesalonia S.J. Rev. Dennis J. Yesalonia, S.J., Pastor

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.



Rev. Michael P. Hilbert, S.J. Rev. Michael P. Hilbert, S.J., Associate Pastor

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.



Rev. Vincent B. Sullivan, S.J. Rev. Vincent B. Sullivan, S.J., Associate Pastor

Fr. Vincent Sullivan was born in Brooklyn and raised in Valley Stream, Long Island. After attending Brooklyn Preparatory School, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1965. As a Jesuit scholastic he taught for two years at Xavier High School, Chuuk, Micronesia. After ordination at Fordham in 1976, Fr. Sullivan served on the staff of St. Ignatius Retreat House in Manhasset. In December 1978 the Jesuits were entrusted with the administration of St. Anthony’s Parish, Oceanside, Long Island. Fr. Sullivan served there for 14 years as an associate pastor and then as pastor. In subsequent years, Fr.  Sullivan served at St. Ignatius Church, Brooklyn, and then as pastor of St. Francis Xavier, New York and St. Peter’s Church in Jersey City. For five years he was also the rector of the Jesuit community at St. Peter’s Prep. In 2004 he began a six-year term as rector of Jesuit scholastics in First Studies at Fordham University. In 2010, Fr. Sullivan became rector of the St. Peter’s University Jesuit community and, a year later, pastor of St. Aedan’s Church, Jersey City.

Father Sullivan joined in parish staff in August 2018.



Rev. Brian G. Konzman, S.J. Rev. Brian G. Konzman, S.J., Assistant Pastor

Father Brian Konzman, S.J., grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Fr. Konzman graduated from Scranton Preparatory School and the University of Scranton, where he got to know the Jesuits well. As an undergraduate, he majored in chemistry and philosophy.

He entered the Jesuit novitiate in Syracuse, New York, directly after graduation in 2008. In 2010, he enrolled at Fordham University in New York City, earning a master’s degree in philosophy. He was missioned to Gonzaga College High School in 2013 for two years, teaching computer science, serving as director of worship, coaching cross-country, and ministering as chaplain for the swim, dive and baseball teams. From 2012 to 2015, he was a managing editor and writer at The Jesuit Post, a website dedicated to faith-based commentary targeting young adults. Next, he completed a master of divinity degree at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California.

Ordained a deacon in October 2017, he served at Newman Hall-Holy Spirit Parish, the Newman Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and as a chaplain for Cal’s rugby team. His Jesuit formation has included summers in China studying Mandarin, in Nicaragua studying Spanish, and in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, working as a spiritual director.

Father Konzman joined the parish staff in June 2018.



Rev. William J. Bergen, S.J. Rev. William J. Bergen, S.J., Senior Priest

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.



Teresa Marie Cariño Teresa Marie Cariño, Pastoral Associate

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.



Carly-Anne Gannon Carly-Anne Gannon, Director of Religious Education/Pastoral Associate

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.



K. Scott Warren K. Scott Warren, Director of Music

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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Erin E. Pick Erin E. Pick, Director of Development

Erin has been a member of the Parish since 2005. She hails from Rockford, IL. She has a BA from the University of Iowa and an MA from University College London and she recently received an MA from Columbia University in Nonprofit Management, with a concentration on fundraising. 

From 2001 to 2018, Erin worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as Senior Administrator of the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts department where she had significant fundraising responsibilities. She has previous work experience at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, and she has worked for a number of not-for-profit organizations in a volunteer capacity.

She lives with her husband and young son in Manhattan.

Erin joined the parish staff in September 2018.





Fernando CastroFernando Castro, Treasurer

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.



Robert Cisternino, Director of Facilities
Robert Cisternino is a lifelong New Yorker. He began his facilities career at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn supervising the paint shop. Soon after, he took over the carpenter shop and assisted in other areas of the Facilities Department. He left the hospital to work in the hospitality industry for GrandLife Hotels, Thompson Hotels, Denihan Hospitality and Hyatt. Robert is a member of New York City’s CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).

Robert joined the parish staff in September 2017.