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Meet St. Helen's Pastoral Staff

 

 

 

 

 

Fr. Michael Saporito, Pastor

Fr. Michael was ordained a priest for service to the Archdiocese of Newark on May 30, 1992.  He was born in Newark and raised in nearby Bloomfield along with his sister and two brothers. Fr. Michael is the proud uncle of five nieces and one grand nephew.  Upon completion of his undergraduate degree in accounting at Rutgers University, Fr. Michael worked as an auditor for a New Jersey accounting firm.  Since finishing his studies for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall, he has served as a parochial vicar at St. Joseph’s Church in West Orange, St. Peter’s in River Edge, Our Lady of the Visitation Church in Paramus, and St. Elizabeth’s in Wyckoff. Fr. Michael was Pastor of St. Joseph's in Maplewood for seven years before coming to Westfield.  Fr. Michael is an avid fan of the NY Mets and NY Giants.  His family and friends are the joy of his life!

 

 

 

 

 







 


Fr. Gabriel J. Curtis

 

Fr. Gabriel was born and raised in Managua, Nicaragua.  He began his university studies at the Universidad Católica “Redemptoris Mater” in his home city, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy with Education Studies, and a Master of Arts in Humanities.  He also achieved Vocal and Opera Studies at UPOLI’s Conservatory of Music.  While working as a singer he performed roles in operas such as Tosca, La Boheme, and the zarzuela La Gran Via.  At Immaculate Conception Seminary – School of Theology, he earned a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Arts in Church History.  During formation at the seminary he served at St. Peter’s Church in River Edge and St. Joseph the Carpenter in Roselle and as Deacon in Our Lady of Mt. Virgin in Garfield.  In addition he completed a summer formation program at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson and a Spirituality Program at Creighton University, Omaha.  He was ordained priest on May 28, 2016.  Fr. Gabo enjoys music and the arts, especially opera, sports, and learning new languages.

 

 


 




Marilyn Ryan, Pastoral Associate

Marilyn Ryan coordinates St. Helen's many Outreach Programs and Eucharistic Ministry.  She was born and raised in Newark, NJ.  Marilyn has a bachelor's degree in education from Seton Hall University and taught elementary school for  several years.  She also is a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked at Rahway Hospital, and received a certificate in pastoral ministry from the College of St. Elizabeth.  In her spare time Marilyn loves the Jersey Shore, wood working, Sudoku, and needle point.

 

 





 


Tricia McGlynn, Director Religious Education Grades 1-5

 

Tricia grew up in North Arlington, New Jersey and was a parishioner of Queen of Peace Church. She is a graduate of Kean University with a degree in Early Childhood Education/English. She married her husband, Patrick, in 1991 and moved to Westfield in 2001. Tricia was a stay at home mom from 1995-2007 to raise her three sons Christopher, James and Will. She and Patrick joined St. Helen Church as parishioners in 2001; and Tricia has been actively involved in many ministries at the parish including Cornerstone, Vacation Bible School, Catholic Work Heart Camp, a Religious Education catechist, Eucharistic Minister, Pastoral Council member, and most recently as co-coordinator of Kids Corner, our preschool worship ministry. Trish loves working with children and their families and has been a successful preschool and Kindergarten teacher for 25 years.

Before joining the Pastoral Staff at St. Helen, Trish enjoyed teaching Kindergarten at Presbyterian Nursery School and Kindergarten in Westfield. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, entertaining, and spending as much time with her family and friends as possible!

 

 





 


Michael Fusco, Director of Religious Education Grades 6-8 and Confirmation

Michael joined St. Helen’s as a director of religious education in 2012.  Michael brings over twenty years of youth ministry and religious education experience with him.  His resume includes time at St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Summit as both a youth minister and pastoral associate for religious education, youth and young adult ministry and as the director of youth ministry and confirmation at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Short Hills.  Today Michael presents workshops on middle school ministry and technology to parishes and dioceses all over the state and the northeast for Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division.  Michael has also created Christ2Chaos.org and owns and operates two very successful entertainment companies, Summit Soundz Entertainment and NJ Backyard Movies.  Michael lives in Summit with his wife and his two teenage children.
 

 


 


Patti Gardner, High School Youth Minister

Patti has been the Youth Minister at St. Helen's since 1999.  She was born in Staten Island NY and raised in Scotch Plains, NJ.  Patti attended Holy Trinity School, Mount St. Mary Academy and graduated from Wilkes University, PA with a double major in elementary and music education.  Patti began singing at the age 14 with the 10:45 Choir at St. Helen's.  She won best female vocalist of the year in high school performing on the Garden State Arts Center Stage.  She then went on to perform in an off-broadway show and toured with Kenny Rogers in his Christmas concerts one season. Before coming to St. Helen's Patti taught in the Watchung Public School System and Music Together.  Patti started the "Songbirds"at St. Helen's (now the Songbirds Worship Team) in 2000.  Patti loves working with the youth of our parish and is inspired by them on a daily basis with their willingness and ability to serve and reach out to others!  Patti resides in Westfield with her husband George and their dog Willis.

 

 

 




 Cindy Brogan, Director of Adult Faith Formation

Cindy joined St. Helen’s as a parishioner in 2000. She has been the director of the Hummingbirds Children’s Choir since 2007 and served as cantor and choir member in the St. Helen’s Choi. In 2009 Cindy became the Music Director and in 2016 Cindy became the Director of Adult Faith Formation.   In 2010 with support of the Parish, Cindy instituted at St. Helen’s a program of weekly music and movement classes geared to young families through the Making Music Praying Twice curriculum. Cindy is a graduate of Colby College, with a degree in French and Music.  A lifelong resident of Westfield, she has performed as soloist and in varied choral ensembles and musical theater productions from her high school days through the present.  Cindy resides in Westfield with her husband and two children.

 


 

 



Frederick Golz, Director of Music 

Fred started at St. Helen's in September 2013 leading the Sunday 6:30 pm Worship Team and became the Directory of Music in January 2016. He has over 15 years experience as a director of liturgical music, and is a versatile pianist, organist, conductor, composer, arranger and audio engineer.  In addition to his liturgical experience, he is also a pop/gospel music producer and owns a professional recording studio in Franklin Lakes, NJ.