Welcome to Our Lady Queen of Peace!
PARISH CENTER - OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Thursday
9 am - 12 noon / 1 pm - 3 pm
Friday & Saturday
9 am - 1 pm
Sunday - Closed
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - OFFICE HOURS
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
9 am - 2 pm
Sundays by appointment
Business Manager, Julius Pulmano - ext. 113, email@example.com
Music Director, Giovanni Longo - firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastoral Associate to Sick & Homebound - ext. 127
Religious Education, Justine Garcia - ext. 117, ReEd@olqp.org
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Rev. Antonio L. Ricarte, Administrator - ext. 102 - email@example.com
Father Antonio “Tony” Ricarte, is originally from Cebu, Philippines. He was ordained on June 16, 1998. Four years after his ordination, he was given the opportunity to leave his country to take further theological studies in Missiology at the Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome. During the period of his studies in Rome, he came to the US for the first time in July 2003 as a “summer priest” at St. Joseph Church, Oradell, NJ. That marked the beginning of his journey in the Archdiocese of Newark. Before coming to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, he has been assigned as Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Church, Oradell (2009-2011), Sacred Heart Church, Haworth (2011-2013), Our Lady of Mt. Virgin Church, Garfield (2013-2015), and Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, Roseland (2015-2019). He was also the Chaplain of Bergen Catholic High School, Oradell (2011-2015).
Rev. Rafal T. Smola, Parochial Vicar - ext. 104
Rev. Rafal T. Smola was born in Wejherowo, Poland. He attended the Missionary Seminary of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in the Congregation of the Holy Spirit in Bydgoszcz, Poland in 2012 and received a Master of Arts in Theology from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. After ordination, he served four years as a missionary at St. Martin de Porres Parish and the Spiritan Academy in Sierra Leone, Africa. In his last assignment, Fr. Rafal served as Parochial Vicar at St. Hedwig R.C. Church, Elizabeth, New Jersey. He is bi-lingual in English and Polish.
Deacon Christian Scalo, Transitional Deacon
My name is Deacon Christian Scalo and I was born and raised in Northern NJ along with my two older sisters.
My journey toward the Priesthood really began around age 6 (I am 28 now), although I didn’t know it at the time. I can remember running around the house with the entire towel closet emptied trying to find a suitable altar cloth and robe to “play priest” - one of the first seeds God placed in my very young heart. As I began to mature into high school, I sensed the richness of my call around the age of 16, although at that point, I was still too afraid to accept it. I continued on to college, studying Biology with a pre-medical focus at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania and graduating Summa Cum Laude with that degree and a minor in Psychology. As I was nearing graduation, I felt a strong pull in my heart that it was time to fully embrace the Lord’s call to the Priesthood.
I announced my decision to enter the seminary to my family on Holy Saturday of the Easter Vigil. They were overjoyed. It seemed like even though I had delayed in coming to this realization, they had known all along that the Priesthood was meant for me. It is the best decision I have made in my entire life and I have never been happier.
I am now a newly Ordained Deacon and preparing for Ordination to the Priesthood in May 2021, God-willing. I am delighted to have been assigned to your parish family here at Our Lady Queen of Peace and am very excited to walk with you all as we live our lives of faith together.
May God protect and bless you and your families especially in these difficult times.
Deacon Joseph L. Mantineo, Permanent Deacon - ext. 119 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Deacon Joe, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick where he majored in Italian and minored in Spanish and Education. He also has a Master of Arts Degree from Rutgers in Italian Literature. He has a Supervisor's Certificate in Education from Montclair State University. Deacon Joe taught Italian and Spanish at Princeton High School for 2 years and Italian for 33 years at Dumont High School. He also received a National Defense Education Act Scholarship from the Federal government to study for 10 weeks in Florence, Italy and two separate Fulbright Scholarships for two Summer Seminars in Perugia, Italy. He married Kathryn (Misty) Sullivan in 1970 and they have four children and three grandchildren. Deacon Joe was ordained a Deacon in 2002. Looking back at all of his life experiences as a student, teacher, husband and father, Deacon Joe believes that this was God's way of preparing him for his ministry as a Deacon.
At OLQP, in addition to his regular duties of assisting at Mass, bringing Holy Communion to the sick and home bound, counseling, officiating at wakes, funerals, baptisms and weddings, Deacon Joe conducts Bible Study, moderates the Bereavement Ministry with Deacon Tony, conducts the St. Padre Pio prayer service on the first Friday of each month and is the Chaplain of the Maywood Council of the Knights of Columbus.