Clergy

Fr. Richard Berbary – Pastor

Father Rich was born and raised in upstate New York.  He graduated from Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University with a Master of Divinity degree.  He was ordained in 2004 at the Cathedral Basilica of Sacred Heart in Newark and served at St. Rose of Lima in Short Hills and St. Henry’s in Bayonne before coming to St. Mary’s in 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr. Thomas Nicastro – Parochial Vicar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deacon Ronald Ronacher

Deacon Ron Ronacher was born and raised in Queens, NY. He graduated from Empire State College SUNY, Saratoga, NY with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology – with Advanced Studies in Theology – Deaconate Program. He was ordained in March 1984 at St. James Cathedral, Brooklyn, NY.  Deacon Ron served in St. Rita’s, Brooklyn, Our Lady of Montserrat/St. Lucy, Brooklyn, and again at St. Rita’s parishes before coming to St. Mary’s in July, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr. Zachary B. Swantek

Father Zack was born and raised in Clark, NJ. He graduated from Drew University with a degree in English & Religious Studies. He attended seminary at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he completed a Masters in Theology (S.T.B.) at the Pontifical Gregorian University and a Licentiate (S.T.L.) in the theology of Marriage and Family at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute. He was ordained in 2014 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. Father Zack currently serves as Chaplain for the new Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) Campus of Seton Hall University in Nutley, while assisting with Masses at St. Mary’s. He is also the Chaplain for Stevens Institute of Technology and is an adjunct professor of theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary. He has served at Seton Hall Preparatory School and at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus parish in Linden.