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,
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.
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
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
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