Church of the Holy Family


The Parish Staff

The Reverend Gerald E. Murray, JCD, Pastor

Father Murray was born in Brooklyn, New York in May 1959, and grew up in New Rochelle. He attended Regis High School and Dartmouth College. He entered St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie in 1980, and was ordained a priest on December 1, 1984. He was assigned to various parishes in the Bronx and Manhattan before being sent to the Gregorian University in Rome in 1993 to study Canon Law. He was awarded a Doctorate in Canon Law in 1998, and then served briefly as a Judge on the Metropolitan Tribunal before being named Pastor of St. Vincent De Paul Church on West 23rd Street in 1998. In 2012 Fr. Murray was named Pastor of Holy Family Church.

Fr. Murray has appeared as a commentator on religious topics on various television and radio outlets, including EWTN, EWTN Spanish, Fox News, Fox Business News, MSNBC, NY1, Radio Maria, Relevant Radio, Fox News Radio and the Voice of America. He is fluent in French, Spanish and Italian, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese. He served in US Naval Reserve Chaplain Corps from 1994 to 2005.



The Reverend Joseph T. Chacko, Parochial Vicar

Father Joseph T. Chacko, Parochial Vicar, joined the staff of Holy Family in May 2011.

He was born in India, in the state of Kerala, into a Syrian Catholic family in 1952 and ordained to the priesthood on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19, 1984.

Fr. Chacko was deeply influenced by his uncle, Bishop Jacob Vadakeveetil, a missionary in North India and the Apostolic Administrator of Balasore, Orissa. Among his duties here at Holy Family will be the celebration of Sunday and weekday Mass, RCIA, and the hope of starting a new ministry to young adult Catholics. Prized moments during his period of formation are his days of working with Mother Teresa and her Sisters in Calcutta—an experience that has enriched his priesthood.

Fr. Chacko has been in the United States since July 2006, serving in the Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut. He has served as Parochial Vicar of St. Matthew Parish in Tolland and as Administrator of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Preston.



The Reverend Gérard Messier, AA, In Residence

Father Messier was born on 14 April, 1932. He was ordained on 22 March 1958 in Montlhéry, France.

He is an Augustinian of the Assumption, an order which was founded by Fr. Emmanuel d’Alzon, and whose mission is primarily education. He instilled in his followers what he called “Les Trois Amours” (the Three Loves) - Love of Jesus, Love of Mary and Love of the Church.

Fr. Messier was teacher of French from 1960 at Assumption Prep School, Assumption College and Graduate School in Worcester, MA.

In 1990 he was appointed as a chaplain of the Allen Pavilion in Inwood and then a chaplain at the Village Nursing Home. He was a resident of St.Vincent De Paul Church. Fr. Murray, the Pastor there, invited him to follow him in his new parish, Holy Family Church, where he has been since January, 2013.




Sister Mirjam Hugens, FSO, Pastoral Assistant

Sr. Mirjam (pronounced Miriam) is originally from the Netherlands. She is a member of The Spiritual Family The Work, also referred to as The Work of Christ, (Familia Spiritualis Opus - FSO), a Family of Consecrated Life of Pontifical Right, which was founded by Mother Julia Verhaeghe in 1938.

Sr. Mirjam was sent to New York in 2004 to work for the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, and recently joined the staff at Holy Family Church. She has a broad experience in religious education and religious program development.

Sr. Mirjam’s foreign language abilities (Dutch, German and French) help the parish to meet the needs of the international congregation that comes to the Church of the Holy Family.



Chris Agalias, Custodian



Church of the Holy Family | 315 East Forty-seventh Street | New York, NY 10017-2301
Rectory Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 10:00am-4:00pm. Closed for lunch 1:30pm-2:00pm.
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