Fr. John was born and raised here in New Brunswick, New Jersey and was a long time member of St. Peter the Apostle Church in New Brunswick, where he attended St. Peter Grammar School; first through eighth and taught by the Sisters of Charity. He was taught by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart at St. Joseph High School in Metuchen. After completion of High School, attended the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania and taught by the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits). Following completion of his degree in communications, he discerned being a priest. He's been a priest of Jesus Christ in the Diocese of Metuchen for the past 14 years. After being ordained by Bishop Paul Bootkoski on May 29, 2004, was assigned to St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Old Bridge as Parochial Vicar from 2004-2006. Then Bishop Paul Bootkoski asked him to study Canon Law in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University from 2006-2009. Following his completion of Canon Law studies, he then was assigned to serve at Immaculate Conception Church in Spotswood as Parochial Vicar in 2009-2011. In 2011, he was asked to be the Vice-Rector/Dean of Men of the College of Liberal Arts at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio and served there until June 30, 2017. At that time, Bishop James Checchio asked him to be Administrator of the Catholic Church of St. Ann in Raritan for one year.
Father Alex was born in Murcia in southeastern Spain. He attended Law School at the University of Murcia. Afterward he served for three years in Spain’s military service. He then studied at the Faculty of Theology in northern Spain in Burgos and the University of Navarre. In 1988 he was ordained in Spain for the diocesan priesthood in the United States in the Metuchen Diocese in New Jersey at the invitation of the then Bishop, Theodore McCarrick.
Father Alex’s first assignment was at Our Lady of Mount Virgin in Middlesex. Other assignments followed at Sacred Heart, South Plainfield; St. Joseph’s in Bound Brook; Immaculate Conception in Clinton; Immaculate Conception, in Somerville. In June 2016 he was welcomed into Mary, Mother of God Parish in Hillsborough.
Father enjoys movies, music and travel, but most of all he has a love of nature exploring and hiking in the mountains, parks and seashore.
Fr. Sean Broderick, (in residence), was born in Co. Clare, Ireland and is a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, a missionary congregation. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree and Higher Diploma in Education U.C.D. and U.C.C.
Fr. Sean was ordained in 1965 and appointed to the Nigerian mission, where he served for five turbulent years in the course of a civil war. He worked in a Parish and High School in the Owerri diocese but spent most of his time with refugees and starving children during the course of the war. At the end of the war in 1970, he was reappointed to Rockwell College, an Irish International High School, as Principal and President until his retirement in 2003.
Fr. Sean came to the United States on sabbatical to minister with Msgr. Liam MInogue at Mary, Mother of God; finding Parish life very rewarding. When Msgr. Liam died in March 2007, Fr. Sean was asked by the bishop to be the Administrator of the Parish.
Deacon Christopher (Chris) Conroy was ordained June 12, 2010 by Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski, D.D. He and his wife Annette have been Hillsborough residents and parishioners of Mary, Mother of God since 1975. They are blessed with three sons who are former parishioners.
A graduate of Rutgers, Chris holds a Bachelors degree in Economics. He is the former President and General Manager of iTouchPoint Services, LLC. His professional career also includes 33 years with AT&T in various managerial positions. Chris is a US Air Force veteran having served on active duty from 1964 to 1968.
Chris assumed responsibility for the Children’s Religious Education program May, 2013 after 6 years as Executive Assistant at St. Joseph Parish in Raritan, NJ.
Deacon “Jake” is a native of Wisconsin, born and raised in Madison. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, where he met his wife Mary. Upon graduation, he joined Merrill Lynch in Chicago, where they lived for 10 years before being transferred to the East Coast.
Jake and Mary joined Mary, Mother of God Parish when they arrived here in 1981 and raised their children in Hillsborough. He worked for Merrill Lynch for another 25 years in New York and New Jersey, before taking an early retirement package halfway through his Diaconate Formation program. Bishop Paul Bootkoski ordained Jake a Deacon for the Diocese of Metuchen in June 2010, and he is delighted to be assigned to his home parish. Jake also continues working as a Realtor in Hillsborough.
Mary and Jake have three adult children: Matthew, married to Robyn – Megan, married to Julian - and Melissa. Jake was active in many ministries at Mary, Mother of God, before his ordination including, Lector and Eucharistic Minister; and was a member of the Pastoral Council, Building Committee, Worship Mini-Council, and Administration Mini-Council. Mary serves as a Extraordinary Minister, brings Communion to Nursing Homes and is a participant in the Adopt-a-Senior program.
Deacon Salvatore Bonfiglio was ordained by Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski on June 6, 2015. Originally from New York, he and his wife Melody have been Hillsborough residents and parishioners of Mary, Mother of God since 1996. They have two young adult sons, Andrew and Thomas.
Sal is a professed Third Order Franciscan, and is actively involved with the Franciscan community’s various ministries. He holds graduate degrees in both Pastoral and Systematic Theology and is currently employed full-time in a corporate manager role. Sal provides spiritual counseling to people in prisons. He also serves as the Catholic Chaplain at the Carrier Clinic, a mental health and addictions facility.
Melody supports Deacon Sal in his ministry work and parish responsibilities. She is active in the local Columbiettes, parish Altar Rosary Society, and teaches religious education.