Father Shibi Pappan, Administrator
My official name is Fr. Shibi Pappan and my religious name is Fr. Aloysius OIC. This is my 14th year as a priest and 25th year as a professed religious. I was born and raised in Kerala, a southwestern State in India. Kerala is known as “God’s own country” because of its natural beauty, ecological diversity and rich flora and fauna. The people of India have been nurtured through the work of an Apostle, Saints and Missionaries. St. Thomas the Apostle came to Kerala in 52 AD, preached the Gospel and paved the foundation of Christianity in India.
As a young seminarian, I had the good fortune to be trained by missionaries from Europe. I completed my Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Theology from the Jesuit Papal Seminary in Pune, India. I hope you were able to read about my family, my education and my pastoral background in an earlier bulletin.
On June 22, 2020, Rev. Ed Sheridan called me while I was praying near the Blessed Mother's statue on the grounds of St. Joseph Church in Garden City. He informed me of the Bishop’s decision to appoint me as the Administrator of St. Ignatius Loyola Church. I was very surprised. I then turned to the Blessed Mother and asked how is it possible to be a Pastoral Administrator of a great Parish during this strange time? There are so many things that are uncertain and difficult to deal with right now. I know that the providence of the Lord brought me to this land and He has a plan for me; His grace is sufficient for me!
I came to the USA in 2014 without a deep understanding of the American culture. There was pain in my transition and culture shock. St. Patrick’s Church in Smithtown became my second home. The nurturing of Msgr. Ellsworth Walden, Rev. Fred Hill, Rev. David Regan, Rev. Sean Magaldi, Rev. Deacon Jerry Reda, the late Rev. Harold Noviello and the late Rev. Deacon Rich Janiec made my transitional journey easy and exciting. Their blessings and the affection of the parishioners and staff led me to where I am now.
I am so proud that I have been a part of St. Joseph Church in Garden City. Msgr. James Swiader guided and sharpened my God-given skills; Rev. Prasanna Costa encouraged me with his brotherly love and Rev. Deacon Jack McKenna supported me with kindness. Once my appointment was announced, several of the St. Joseph’s parishioners reminded me of their special connection with St. Ignatius. A number of priests were transferred from St. Joseph's to St. Ignatius including Msgr. Bennett. I thank the staff, Rev. Sisters of St. Joseph Convent and parishioners for supporting me with their prayers and assistance.
In this year of uncertainty, a leadership change may find us anxious and even fearful of what the future will be. I want to assure you that I am here to continue the legacy of St. Ignatius Parish, one that is cherished, formed and built by the sacrifices of several generations. It is important that we continue to turn to God in all of our struggles. He is the source of all goodness. As a priest, my first priority is to be your “cura” curer of souls. Let us walk together as a family, pray and strengthen each other. Please let me know what I can do to serve you for the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls.
Fr. Benjamin Uchenna Uzuegbunam
Rev. Fr. Benjamin Uchenna Uzuegbunam was born and brought up in the South East of Nigeria in West Africa - the part of Nigeria (known as Igbo land) with almost 90% Catholic population. Thanks to the Irish missionaries who brought the catholic faith to the Igbo people in 1885. Fr. Benjamin was ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Nnewi on July 3rd 1992. Before coming to the United States, Fr. Benjamin worked as a pastor in different parishes in Nigeria (with other diocesan pastoral assignment) for twelve years. Fr. Benjamin had both his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Counseling and Pastoral studies in the United States of America. Fr. Benjamin is a Board Certified Chaplain and presently works as the Hospital chaplain at the Plainview Hospital in Nassau County. Fr. Benjamin became part of the St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Parish (family) in June 2013. Fr. Ben likes reading, music, dancing and sports.
Father Frank Teye Addey
I am Fr. Frank Teye Addey from Ghana, West-Africa.
I was ordained on the 21st of August, 2010 for the diocese of Koforidua, in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
I attended major seminary education at St Paul's Catholic Seminary, Accra and St. Peter's Regional Seminary, Cape Coast.
I am currently in the Diocese of Rockville Center, New York and works as a Catholic Chaplain at Nassua University Medical Center, East Meadow.
My place of residence is St Ignatius Loyola Parish, Hicksvile, where I assist in parish activities.
I am a graduate student at St John's University, New York.
I really like soccer and listening to Christian music.
I love working with the vulnerable in our society and takes interest in children ministry.