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. William J. Bergen, S.J.Senior Priest.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Nicole BedardDirector of Religious Education/Pastoral Associate.(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)
Elizabeth O’SullivanDirector of Communications.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Erin E. PickDirector of Development.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Jean SantopatrePastoral Associate, Family & Ignatian Young Adult Ministry/Social Justice Ministry.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
K. Scott WarrenDirector of Music.(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)
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. 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.

Nicole Bedard Nicole Bedard, Pastoral Associate, Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry

Nicole Bedard was born and raised in Wisconsin. Her love for New York City and the Jesuits developed during her time as an undergraduate at Fordham University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology. While studying, she also worked as a tutor for elementary to middle school-aged students, served as a religious education catechist, and held a variety of roles in campus ministry.

After graduation, Nicole headed back to the Midwest and attended the University of Notre Dame. She received her Master of Arts in Theology there through the Echo program in the McGrath Institute for Church Life. Echo is a graduate service program, so while earning her degree she also spent two years serving full-time at a parish in Michigan. At this parish she had an assortment of responsibilities, including beginning and leading a youth group.

Nicole’s favorite saint (after St. Ignatius of Loyola, of course) is St. Oscar Romero of El Salvador.

Nicole joined the parish staff in August 2019.

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.

Elizabeth O’Sullivan, Director of Communications

Elizabeth O’Sullivan, a native New Yorker, graduated from Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Psychology.

Prior to joining the St. Ignatius Loyola staff, Elizabeth held editorial roles within the book and magazine publishing industries.

As a book designer and editor for book producer The Reference Works, Elizabeth oversaw the development, design and production of titles for Sterling Publishing, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble.

Following her tenure at The Reference Works, Elizabeth became Associate Editor for the NYSE Euronext corporate governance publication Corporate Board Member Magazine.

Elizabeth joined the parish staff in September 2013.

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

Erin Pick 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.

Jean Santopatre Jean Santopatre, Pastoral Associate, Family & Ignatian Young Adult Ministry/Social Justice Ministry

Jeanmarie Santopatre is a native of Albertson, New York. Upon graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in photojournalism, Jean embarked on a career as a newspaper photojournalist in Southwestern Connecticut. After a successful newspaper career, she joined the public relations and publications staff at Fairfield University in Connecticut as the university photojournalist.

Drawn to Ignatian spirituality, Jean completed the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and became a mentor in the Ignatian Residential College during her tenure at Fairfield. She co-led student Mission Immersion trips with campus ministry to Tijuana & Mexicali, Mexico, the Passamaquoddy Reservation in Maine, and Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

At Fairfield, Jean studied Ignatian pedagogy and spirituality, receiving a Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology. In 2013, Jean was accepted to the Yale Divinity School, where she earned a Master of Arts in Theology, Education, Leadership and Ministry. During her time at Yale, Jean completed her Clinical Pastoral Education as a Bridgeport, Connecticut hospital chaplain and interned at St. Thomas More, the Yale Catholic chaplaincy.

Following graduation, Jean was hired as the Director of Campus Ministry at Lauralton Hall, an all-girls Catholic, Mercy college prep school in Milford, Connecticut. After four years as a Campus Minister and Religion teacher, her discernment through spiritual direction led her to seek a position in ministry that engages Ignatian Spirituality and social justice.

In addition to her role here, Jean is also in formation to become a Spiritual Director at the Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Fairfield University and will become certified in December 2019.

Jean joined the parish staff in August 2019.

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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