July 17, 2013
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Local News
Archdiocesan parishes welcome new pastors
By Melissa McNally
Editor
Father Jorge E. Acosta
is the former
administrator
of Immaculate
Conception
Parish and
Our Lady of
Good Counsel
Parish, both in
Newark. He
has been ap-
pointed pastor
of both parishes effective July
1.
A native of Nicaragua, he
was ordained to the priesthood
in 2002. He previously served
as parochial vicar at Holy
Trinity Parish, Hackensack, and
Saint Aloysius Parish, Jersey
City.
Father Yuvan A.
Alvarez,
for-
mer parochial
vicar of Saint
Cecilia Parish,
Kearny, has
been appoint-
ed pastor of
Our Lady of
Fatima Parish,
North Bergen.
A native of
Colombia, he was ordained
May 29, 2004. Fr. Alvarez
also served Saint Anne Parish,
Jersey City, as a transitional
deacon. He speaks several
languages, including Spanish,
Italian and Portuguese.
Father Paciano A.
Barbieto
has
been appointed
pastor of Saint
Andrew Parish,
Westwood.
He previously
served as pa-
rochial vicar at
Saint Stephen
Parish, Kearny,
and Holy Family Parish, Nutley.
Fr. Barbieto was ordained to
the priesthood Nov. 8, 1986 in
the Philippines and was incar-
dinated to the Archdiocese of
Newark in 2011.
Father Dominick
Dellaporte,
former paro-
chial vicar at
Saint Stephen
Parish,
Kearny, has
been ap-
pointed pas-
tor of Saint
Rocco/ Saint
Brigid Parish, Union City. The
archdiocesan priest was or-
dained in 1985 by His Holiness
Pope John Paul II at Saint
Peter’s Basilica, Rome. Fr.
Dellaporte was incardinated to
the Archdiocese of Newark in
2011.
He previously served as
parochial vicar at the following
parishes: St. Ann, Hoboken;
Saint Lawrence, Weehawken
and Saint Francis of Assisi,
Hoboken.
Father Edward
Michael Donovan
has been
appointed pas-
tor of Saint
Leo Parish,
Elmwood
Park.
Ordained in
2004,
he was
previously
in residence
and served as
parochial vicar at Most Blessed
Sacrament Parish, Franklin
Lakes. He also served Saint
Joseph Parish, Maplewood, as a
transitional deacon in 2003.
Father John D.
Gabriel,
former director
of voca-
tions for the
Archdiocese
of Newark,
has been ap-
pointed pas-
tor of Saint
James Parish,
Springfield.
He also served
a director of
Emmaus House of Discernment
in Newark. Ordained in 1987,
Fr. Gabriel was pastor of Saint
Thomas More Parish, Fairfield,
from 1999-2008. During his
ministry, he served as parochial
vicar at the following parishes:
Saint Teresa of Avila, Summit;
Saint Thomas the Apostle,
Bloomfield, and Saint Michael,
Union.
Very Rev. Timothy G.
Graff, V.F.,
former dean
of the Essex-
Central
Newark
Deanery #20
and director
of human con-
cerns for the
Archdiocese
of Newark,
has also been appointed pastor
of Saint Joseph Parish, Bogota.
He served as pastor of Saint
Francis De Sales Parish, Lodi,
from 2001-2008. Fr. Graff’s
previous assignments in-
cluded parochial vicar of Saint
Philomena Parish, Livingston
and Saint Gabriel the Archangel
Parish, Saddle River.
Father George Joseph
,
former paro-
chial vicar
of Saint
Philomena
Parish,
Livingston,
has been ap-
pointed pastor
of Saint Paul
of the Cross
Parish, Jersey
City. Ordained in India Dec.
31, 1994,
he was incardinated
to the Archdiocese of Newark
in 2008. Fr. Joseph also served
Saint Michaelw/Saint Joseph
Parish, Bayonne, as parochial
vicar. He worked as a chaplain
at local hospitals including
Jersey City Medical Center,
Saint Mary Hospital, Hoboken,
and Clara Maas Medical
Center, Belleville.
Father Dominic J.
Lenoci,
for-
mer pastor of
Assumption
Parish,
Emerson,
has been ap-
pointed pastor
of Immaculate
Conception
Parish,
Mahwah. Fr.
Lenoci served as assistant di-
rector of vocation awareness
for the Archdiocese of Newark
from 1999-2002. Ordained in
1995,
he served as parochial
vicar of Saint Catharine Parish,
Glen Rock, and Saint Theresa
Parish, Kenilworth.
Very Rev. John M.
McCrone, V.F.
,
has been ap-
pointed pastor of Saint Paul
Parish, Ramsey. Former pastor
of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish,
Mountainside, he was also
Dean of the Union Northwest
Deanery #22. He has served
Christ Hospital,
Jersey City,
and Bergen
Regional
Medical Center,
Paramus,
as chaplain.
Ordained May
14, 1982,
he
was chaplain for the police de-
partment, fire department and
emergency medical services in
Paramus. Fr. McCrone served
was parochial vicar at the fol-
lowing parishes throughout his
ministry: Saint Mary, Dumont;
Annunciation, Paramus; Christ
the King, Hillside; Saint
Joseph, East Orange; Saint
John the Apostle, Linden, and
Ascension, New Milford.
Father Manuel D.
Rios,
pastor of Saint Rocco/
Saint Brigid
Parish, Union
City, has been
appointed pas-
tor of Saint
Mary of the
Assumption
Parish,
Elizabeth.
He is also
a member
of the Presbyteral Council of
the Archdiocese of Newark.
Ordained in 1986, Fr. Rios
served as parochial vicar of
the following parishes: Saint
Aloysius, Jersey City; Saint
Mary of the Assumption,
Advocate photo Melissa McNally
Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Petrillo, executive director of clergy personnel for the Archdiocese of Newark (front row, right)
met with a group of new pastors June 27 at Archdiocesan Center in Newark. Attendees included (back row, left to right):
Father Zephyrin K. Katompa, newly appointed administrator of Saint Peter Claver Parish, Montclair; Father Dominick Del-
laporte, Father Richard J. Carrington, Father Antonio Nuno Rocha and Father Edward Michael Donovan. Front row, left to
right: Father George Joseph, Father yuvan A. Alvarez, Father Paciano A. Barbieto and Father Aro Nathan
A
rchbishop John J. Myers recently appointed 16
new pastors to begin their ministry this summer
at local parishes. On June 27, eight first-time
pastors attended a meeting with Rev. Msgr.
Joseph A. Petrillo, director of clergy personnel
for the Archdiocese of Newark. Below are brief biographies
of the new pastors:
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