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. Ellsworth 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 Hospital 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.
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Abraham Thannickal Biography
Our associate pastor, Fr. Abraham Thannickal is from Kerala, India. He was ordained to the priesthood on November 21st, 2011. In his first seven years as a priest, he wore many hats, often simultaneously. In his first assignment, he served as assistant director of Bethany College of Nursing. He then served as assistant principal for a K-12 school while also serving as a parish priest in two parishes. He then served as principal for Bethany College of Arts and Commerce in Trivandrum, where he had studied for his commerce degree. Also during that time, he was a parish priest for two parishes and the rector of a hostel that housed the college students. Fr. Abraham then became the administrator of a K to 12 school in Kalayapuram, India, while also serving as a parish priest in two parishes. He then spent time preparing to work in the American Church, arriving at St. Patrick’s on October 10, 2018.
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.
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.
Theresa LoCascio Biography
Theresa LoCascio became St. Patrick’s Youth Minister in April of 2016. Theresa grew up in Levittown with her parents and one younger sister. She attended Catholic elementary school and Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville, graduating in 2013. She then attended St. John’s University, graduating in 2017 (summa cum laude) with a double major in Hospitality Management and Theology, as well as two minors in Business and International Studies. She also studied abroad while at St. John’s - living in Rome, Paris and Seville - and was President of the Catholic Student Community. Her ministry experience also includes teaching confirmation classes to seventh and eighth grade students at St. Mary of the Isle in Long Beach, helping with St. Mary’s Life Nights (high school youth ministry), and serving as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister. She has also worked with LifeTeen’s Steubenville Conferences as a volunteer in 2015 and 2016. In 2017 she began taking a group of St. Patrick’s young people to the conference. While completing her college studies, Theresa served as St. Patrick’s Youth Minister in a part-time capacity. She began her full-time role in July of 2017.
Barbara Pellerito Biography
Barbara Pellerito was named principal at St. Patrick School in the fall of 2017, replacing retiring principal, Linda Pymm. Mrs Pellerito served as St. Patrick School’s assistant principal during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. She began her educational career teaching Preschool, earning her Child Development State Certification. She continued her studies at Long Island University 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. She recently earned a second MA in educational administration. Mrs. Pellerito resides in Commack with her husband and three children – a daughter and twin boys.
Jeannine Stewart Biography
Jeannine Stewart joined St. Patrick School as assistant principal in 2017. Mr. Stewart began her educational career teaching Mathematics at Westbrook High School in Connecticut. She was thrilled when her husband received orders from the Navy that sent them back home to Long Island. In 2007 she taught Mathematics for grades 6, 7, and 8 at Our Lady of Providence in Central Islip. In 2015, Mrs. Stewart taught 7th and 8th grade math and Science at Our Lady of Providence. Mrs. Stewart holds a NY State Teaching Certificate in Mathematics for grades 7-12. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, an MA from Sacred Heart University in Education, and an MS from Fordham University in Administration and Supervision. Mrs. Stewart lives in Bayport with her husband Jack and 2 sons: Michael, who is a junior at Molloy College, and Nicholas, a senior at Bayport Blue Point High School.