St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church has been serving the spiritual, sacramental, liturgical and other needs of the Catholic community in and around the Smithtown area of Suffolk County on the north shore of Long Island, located midway between New York City and the eastern tip of Long Island.
Currently, the parish supports a vibrant community and offers many services to our parishioners and neighbors. Msgr. Elsworth Walden is our current pastor. He and the associate priests provide the parish with excellent pastor care along with all the staff at the rectory, the nerve hub of the parish. Other priests living at the rectory, serve as chaplains at St. Catherine’s Hospitial in Smithtown, and area nursing homes.
Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden
Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden Biography
Fr. Walden became Pastor of St. Patrick's in 2003.
Shortly after he was born in Scranton, PA, his family moved to Greenport, where he and his three siblings grew up. He attended public schools in Greenport. After graduating from high school, he entered the seminary. He attended Pius X Minor Seminary in Uniondale for his first two years of college and the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington for the remaining two years. He then studied theology for four years and was ordained in 1971.
He served as associate pastor at St. John the Evangelist in Riverhead, St. Anne’s in Brentwood, and St. Anthony of Padua in East Northport, before becoming pastor of St. Thomas More Church in Hauppauge in 1989. He served as pastor at St. Thomas More for 14 years before becoming pastor at St. Patrick’s.
Fr. Sean Magaldi
Fr. Sean Magaldi Biography
Fr. Sean was ordained on June 20, 2015. Our parish is his first assignment as a priest and he brings with him much joy, enthusiasm and youthful energy. Fr. Sean is the son of Deborah and Gerard Magaldi. He has a younger brother, Justin. He attended Catholic school in Queens and then completed his elementary education at a local public school when his family moved to Albertson. His family became active members of St. Aidan’s Parish in Williston Park. He went on to graduate from Chaminade High School and Adelphi University. He then worked as a Catholic Campus Minister at Hofstra University for a year before entering the seminary. He studied at Douglaston, the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, and St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers.
Fr. Shibi Aloysius
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Fr. Shibi Aloysius Biography
In December of 2014, one month after arriving in the United States, Fr. Shibi Aloysius, OIC was assigned to St. Patrick’s to serve as associate pastor.
Fr. Shibi is grew up in Kerala, India as the youngest of three children. His mother, T.C. Sarama, was a homemaker. She died in 1997. His father, G. Pappan, was a government worker. His sister Sheeja and brother Shibu are both married and both have two children.
As a child, Fr. Shibi says he was fascinated by the work of the priests. He says the priests from the Order of the Imitation of Christ were exemplary models for him which inspired him to join the order. The Order of the Imitation of Christ (OIC) is indigenous of India. It was founded by Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios, OIC.
Fr. Shibi has master degrees in Sociology and Psychology as well as a BEd (Bachelor of Education). He also holds bachelor degrees in Philosophy and Theology from JDV Seminary in Pune, India.
Ordained on November 21, 2005, Fr. Shibi’s first several years as a priest have been very busy and productive. He simultaneously served as a parish priest and as principal and board master of a senior secondary school. During his tenure, he constructed one church and renovated another.
Fr. Shibi says his assignment in this country will help him gain exposure and broaden his perspective for future ministry. He is eager to experience parish life here and learn how our parishes operate.
Fr. Xavier Lakra
In Residence, Chaplain at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center
Fr. Xavier Lakra Biography
Fr. Xavier Lakra became chaplain at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in January of 2014. He resides in our rectory and assists with priestly duties here as well.
Born in Ambabhona, India, Fr. Xavier is the youngest of five children, having one brother and three sisters. Fr. Xavier studied at St. Albert’s Seminary in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India and was ordained on May 22, 1993. He served as associate pastor in two parishes before becoming a pastor in 1996.
While serving as pastor, he studied at the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Marriage and Family in Kerala, India, receiving his master’s degree in 2002. He went on to serve as pastor in two other parishes before becoming the pastor of St. Thomas Church in Sarangarh, India from 2006 to 2012.
In May of 2012, he came to the United States to work as associate pastor at St. Pius X Church in Plainview. His next assignment would be his current one, serving as chaplain at St. Catherine’s Hospital and Nursing Home in Smithtown.
Fr. Corneille Boyeye
In Residence, Chaplain at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center
Fr. Corneille Boyeye Biography
Fr. Corneille Boyeye, MSC, arrived in Smithtown in January of 2016 to serve as chaplain at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center. He resides at St. Patrick’s and helps with priestly duties here.
Ordained in 2002, Fr. Corneille’s faith began at home with his parents serving as remarkable role models. Fr. Corneille was also greatly influenced by the Belgium Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in his village who were very close to the people, serving the poor.
At the age of 14, Fr. Corneille left his village to pursue an education. After attending high school in Kinshasa, Congo’s capital, he earned a degree in education, majoring in biology and chemistry. He then was hired as a biology and chemistry teacher at a high school run by the Sisters of Charity. Fr. Corneille’s work with youth in the school and parish led him to consider full time work in the Church and eventually the priesthood. Prior to his ordination, Fr. Corneille earned a degree in philosophy and an M. Div. in theology. Since he has held numerous positions including Pastor of Sainte Marie Madeleine Parish in Kinshasa, DR Congo; and many high-level positions within the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.
Fr. Fred Hill
In Residence, Retired
Fr. Fred Hill Biography
Fr. Fred Hill served as chaplain at St. Catherine of Siena Hospital and Nursing Home in Smithtown for more than 30 year. He has also resided here at St. Patrick’s for more than two decades, celebrating Masses, hearing confessions and assisting in other parish work.
Fr. Fred was born in the Bronx, the youngest of six children. He attended St. Mary's Minor Seminary in Garrison, NY and St. Anthony's Friary in Hudson. He received a master's degree in theology from Mary Immaculate Theologate in Garrison, NY and a master of science degree from Rivier College in New Hampshire. He was ordained in 1967.
Fr. Fred spent his first six years as a priest teaching biology and earth science. He also worked as a vocations director and in a parish in Yonkers before becoming chaplain at St. Catherine’s. He retired from the chaplaincy in June of 2014. He continues to reside in our parish, assisting with priestly duties.
Richard Janiec Biography
Deacon Richard Janiec was ordained to the permanent diaconate on May 16, 2010.
He and his wife Mary have been have been active volunteers in our parish for many years. Both were active in the St. Patrick School Parents’ Guild and worked in the Marriage Encounter program. Rich coached several sports and helped organize our intramural basketball program. He served as a Boy Scout Committee Chairman, and as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector. Mary served as a Girl Scout leader, is a member of Catholic Daughters, and helps coordinate our Altar Server program.
Rich and Mary have two adult children, Peter and Jennifer. Deacon Janiec is a native of Albertson, NY and a graduate of Herricks High School in New Hyde Park. He receive a B.S. Degree from New Your Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY in electronic engineering and has worked in electronic sales for most of his life.
Jerry Reda Biography
Deacon Jerry Reda came to St. Patrick’s in February of 2016. He was ordained to the permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 2003 and was assigned to Sts. Philip & James Parish in St. James where he served for 13 years. Deacon Jerry and his wife Suzanne live in St. James. They have three children: Nicole, Stephanie and Michael. Deacon Jerry received his theological training from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, N.Y. As a permanent Deacon he also works full time as a Chief Operating Officer for a large Beverage Distribution Company. His children are products of Catholic education and he has been a board member for various Catholic elementary schools and high schools on Long Island. Deacon Jerry enjoys fishing and watching high school and collegiate softball and baseball, especially when his children are playing.
Joseph Menge Biography
Joseph Menge has been our parish business manager since 1995.
Joe is a native of the Bronx. He attended St. Frances De Chantal Elementary and St. Helena High School. He received a B.A. Degree from St. John’s University in Queens, NY and a master’s degree from Middlebury College in Vermont. He also went through the diocese Pastoral Formation Institute.
Most of his career was spent as an educator. He taught Spanish in South Huntington for 34 years. He has also prepared taxes for more than 40 years, a part of his background that eventually led to his position as Business Manager. Joe and his wife Marie have been active parishioners for many years. Joe’s volunteer work has included staining and painting, serving as president of the Youth Council and Parish Council, working with Bingo and the Parish Picnic, and running the Booster Club. Marie coordinated the Parish Picnic, worked as producer, set designer and construction coordinator for St. Patrick shows, ran fashion shows, raised funds for the New Life Center, chaired commemorative journals and volunteered in St. Patrick School. More recently, Marie and Joe have helped raise funds through our annual Car Raffle.
Joe and Marie have three children and one grandchild.
Cynthia Marsh Biography
As Youth Administrator, Cindy Marsh overseas a wide range of programs which includes music, youth group, before & after school care, a learning center, summer camp, a program for mothers and their young children, fitness classes and a wide variety of sports.
Cindy was born in Atlanta, GA and grew up in Southern California. She received a B.S. Degree in Human Development from the University of California at Davis as well as a graduate degree in Education, Multiple Subject Clear Credential. She also received an M.S. Degree from Stony Brook University and is certified in Sports Nutrition and Personal Training.
Cindy taught high school English, Home Economics and was a cheerleading coach at Taipei American School. She taught 4th and 5th grade teacher in Winters, CA, 6th grade in Sacramento, CA, and junior high at St. Patrick School.
She is the mother of three children: Christopher, Danielle and Caitlin.
Director of Religious Education (Levels 1 - 4)
Elaina Kedjierski Biography
Elaina Kedjierski is Director of Religious Education for Levels 1 through 4. She also runs St. Patrick’s Adult Faith Formation program.
Elaina lived in Brooklyn until the age of six when her family moved to Bethpage. She holds a B.A. Degree in Education from Hofstra University; an M.A. Degree in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook University, and an M.A. Degree in Theology from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception. She worked as Director of Religious Education at St. Aidan’s in Williston Park; as Religious Coordinator for Special Ed at St. Joseph’s in Ronkonkoma; and as a Special Ed Teacher Assistant in the Sachem School District and at Preschooler’s Place for Learning.
Elaina and her husband Walter have two children: Walter, who is a priest in our diocese, and Christine, the mother of two children, Julianna and Joseph.
Director of Religious Education (Levels 5 – 8)
Peggy Soviero Biography
St. Patrick’s Director of Religious Formation for Levels 5 – 8 is Peggy Soviero.
Peggy has worked in our parish since 1990. She served as Youth Coordinator for several years before becoming Co-director of Religious Formation. In 2003, she took on her current position at Director of Religious Education for Levels 5 to 8.
Peggy grew up in Floral Park where she attended Our Lady of Victory School. She then attended Floral Park Memorial High School and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton College in Yonkers. She and her husband, Steve, have four children and several grandchildren.
Parish Outreach Director
Dianne Williams Biography
Dianne Williams became Director of Parish Outreach the summer of 2010. She oversees a numerous ministries and volunteers numbering more than 200.
Dianne holds a B.A. degree in Special Education from Dowling College in Oakdale, NY and an M.A. degree in Special Education from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. She worked for many years as a special education teacher in the William Floyd School District, teaching autistic and learning disabled children. Her first involvement with Outreach came when she was asked to facilitate a Bereavement Workshop not long after the death of her husband, Bob, in a car accident. She later filled in as a secretary, then worked part-time and eventually full-time. She worked in Outreach for nearly 14 years before becoming the director.
Dianne has four children: Scott, Melissa, Jenna and Keith.
Linda Pymm Biography
Linda Pymm has been an active parishioner at St. Patrick’s since the 1970s. She served as assistant principal in our school for 12 years before becoming St. Patrick School’s principal.
Originally from Baldwin, Mrs. Pymm attended Our Lady of Loretto School in Hempstead, Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, and Marymount College in Tarrytown. After graduation, she married Richard Irwin. They had two children, Kim and Rich, before Richard’s death from a heart attack. Several years later, she met and married James Pymm. They added two more children to the family, Elizabeth and James. Mrs. Pymm received B.A. degrees in Psychology and Education at Marymount; an M.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from Adelphi University; and a degree in Administration from Fordham University.
In 1993, she was hired at St. Patrick School to initiate the preschool program. She taught preschool for nine years before being named assistant principal in 2001 (doing double duty as a pre-school teacher and assistant principal for three years). Mrs. Pymm was named principal in the fall of 2013.
Barbara Pellerito Biography
Barbara Pellerito was named assistant principal at St. Patrick School in the fall of 2015. Mrs. Pellerito began her educational career teaching Preschool, earning her Child Development State Certification. She continued her studies at LIU at CW Post earning her MS in Childhood Education. Mrs. Pellerito began working in public schools, but in 2010 decided to join the Diocese of Rockville Centre, where she has found her home. Mrs. Pellerito is truly a lifelong learner, as she is currently working towards a second MA in educational administration. Mrs. Pellerito resides in Commack with her husband and three children – a daughter and twin boys.