Father Jim Stachacz, Pastor
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Fr. James (Jim) Stachacz has been Pastor of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish since June 2011, when he succeeded Msgr. Donald T. Bennett who had led the parish for 12 years. Fr. Jim is a native of Dickson City, Pennsylvania (near Scranton). He graduated from King’s College (Wilkes-Barre, PA) in May 1991. He then came to Long Island and the Diocese of Rockville Centre that same year where he began his preparation for priestly ministry at the Immaculate Conception Residence, Douglaston and St. John’s University. Fr. Jim went on to be ordained and receive a Masters of Divinity (M.Div) from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington on June 13,1998.
Fr. Jim sees himself as the spiritual leader for approximately 2500 families that make up the St. Ignatius Loyola parish family. He aspires to bring the people of God to a deeper commitment to Christ as disciples, to create a welcoming community of believers, to encourage all believers to pray and serve together no matter one’s cultural/national background, to encourage lay people to live out their baptismal call in serving and building their parish, to encourage families to know and live out their faith and to reach out to the poor, homeless, the sick and those who have no voice in our society.
Fr. Jim recognizes that there is a priority for reaching the unchurched and that we all have a responsibility in helping them feel connected to our parish. Each of us are called to live out our faith every day, not only on Sunday. Fr. Jim believes that the pastor is called upon to be the bearer of the parish vision and the initiator of change. In addition to his priestly ministry for Jesus, Fr. Jim loves to travel, bike ride, workout at the gym and walk, when possible.
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.