Fr. Rafal T. Smola – Parochial Vicar
Rev. Rafal T. Smola was born in Wejherowo, Poland. He attended the Missionary Seminary of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in the Congregation of the Holy Spirit in Bydgoszcz, Poland in 2012 and received a Master of Arts in Theology from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. After ordination, he served four years as a missionary at St. Martin de Porres Parish and the Spiritan Academy in Sierra Leone, Africa. Fr. Rafal has served as Parochial Vicar at St. Hedwig R.C. Church, Elizabeth, NJ, and Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Maywood, NJ. He is bi-lingual in English and Polish.
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.