So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,
to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.
Father Tom is a native of Schenectady and studied for the priesthood at St. Joseph's Seminary (Dunwoodie) in Yonkers, NY, and Pope St. John XXIII Seminary in Weston, MA. He was ordained was ordained a deacon in 1988 by John Cardinal O'Connor in St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City and ordained a priest in 2005 by Bishop Howard Hubbard in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany. Before being appointed pastor here in 2017, he was pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Broadalbin, St. Francis of Assisi in Northville, Holy Trinity Church in Johnstown and All Saints on-the-Hudson in Mechanicville. He serves on the Board of the Evangelist and is Co-Chair of the Jewish-Catholic Dialogue in the Albany Diocese. As a deacon in the Archdiocese of New York, he was pastoral associate for 16 years at Sts. John and Mary Church in Chappaqua, NY, Assistant Director of the Permanent Diaconate Formation Program of the Archdiocese, and principal of St. Ann's Elementary School in Yonkers.
Our Ministry Team
"I have always been a member of St. Mary's Parish. In the 1990's, God crooked His Finger at me and I said "Yes," and, after 5 years of formation, I was ordained a deacon. My wife Betty, and I graduated from St. Mary's Academy. I have four children and eight grandchildren. I am retired as Inventory Manager from Finch Pruyn Paper Co.
I have always been active in St. Mary's Parish ministries as Parish Council President, and served on various council committees, a Faith Formation teacher, and RCIA coordinator".
Administrator of Finances
I have been handling the finances here at St. Mary's since 2012. Prior to my work here, I worked at Stanton Nursing Home and Our Lady of Annunciation in Queensbury as a bookkeeper. My position here involves receivables, payables, payroll, the annual budget, and the end of the year financial report.
"I am a seminarian in my 3rd year of theology studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy. Originally from Clifton Park, I hold a degree in Music Education and have previously worked at Corpus Christi Church in Round Lake as Director of Music and Pastoral Associate for Administration. I am looking forward to committing my work to St. Mary's until I plan to return to seminary in the fall".
Parish Secretary/Cemetery Manager
"I grew up in the Finger Lakes area and received all my sacraments at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Auburn, NY. God called my family and I to the Adirondack region and it has been a blessing to reside here and work at St. Mary's for over 13 years. Not only have I seen God actively working in my life, but also in our parishioners lives".
"I joined St. Mary's Parish in 2004. I began working at St. Mary's in 2006 in youth ministry. I have the privilege of journeying with our young Catholics in grades 7 to 12 and their families. I coordinate the youth ministry team of teens and adults who select and plan the events for the youths of our parish".
Faith Formation Primary Grades
"My family joined St Mary's parish about 20 years ago. My husband and I have 3 lovely children ages 16 to 24. We've both been Catechists, and involved in Faith Formation for over 15 years. I was blessed to have taught 2nd grade for many years. About 3 years ago, at the end of the last session of the year, I was feeling so joyful. After Mass, while still in church, I said to my daughter : 'If I had to do it all over again, I'd like do this' ( teach the Faith). Later that summer, while having a conversation with Jo K., she asked if I'd be interested in running Sunday Morning Faith Formation. It's been 3 blessed years working with wonderful and faith-filled, co-workers, catechists, parents and children. Be careful what you say in church!"
Faith Formation Family Program Coordinator
"My blessed journey as a Pastoral Associates for Faith Formation started in 1991. The Pastor of St. Mary’s came to my 2nd grade SMSA classroom and ask me to rebuild the parish’s program. My responsibility was to share my faith with the children Pre-K through Confirmation. My favorite part of this assumed mission is the Family Faith Formation Program".
Director of Sacred Music
"I have been at St. Mary's since the first Sunday in Advent 2019, but my entire adult life, from the time I was a high school senior through the past 40 years, I have been a church organist. This has been my passion: God and music. I enjoy being a part of St. Mary's music ministry, and love the wonderful parishioners I've gotten to meet and work with. I'm hoping more will come forward and share their musical gifts with the congregation."