The Reverend Charles Keeney
The Reverend Pascal Louis
Deacon Fausto Duran
Deacon Manuel H. Quintana
Ms. Clara Martinez
Ms. Jessica Figueroa
CCD Director – St. Teresa of Avila
Mrs. Brenda Donald
Mr. Nicholas Gentile
Director of Music
Mother Maria Amador
Senior Citizen Minister | Altar Servers | Spanish Community
Sr. Maria Fernanda Bello
Baptism | Funeral Planning
Ms. Fabiola Edmond
Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn
The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, the seventh Bishop of Brooklyn, is a forceful voice on behalf of migrants and immigrants, whose causes he has worked for through most of his priestly ministry. By appointing the Bishop to serve as the spiritual leader of the Diocese of Brooklyn, Pope John Paul II recognized both Brooklyn’s popular status as a Diocese of Immigrants, as well as the Bishop’s skill in responding to the needs of newcomers from other lands.
Named to lead the Brooklyn Diocese on August 1, 2003 , after four years as the Bishop of the Diocese of Camden, Bishop DiMarzio was installed in his new See at a ceremony and Mass both solemn and joyous at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Brooklyn on October 3, 2003.
One of Bishop DiMarzio’s first acts after his installation as Bishop of Brooklyn was to speak at the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride Rally at Flushing Meadows Park. In November he spoke before Brooklyn’s Muslim community at a Ramadan celebration and attended the Fifth World Congress of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People in Rome. Read Bishop DiMarzio’s complete bio
Rector for the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph
The Reverend Monsignor Kieran E. Harrington, V.E.
The Reverend Monsignor Kieran E. Harrington, V.E., is Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn. He is the President and Chairman of the DeSales Media Group, a full-service media and technology company that includes NET TV, The Tablet and Nuestra Voz, as well as ecclesiastical public relations.
The Diocese of Brooklyn, which also encompasses the borough of Queens, is located in New York City and is the sixth largest diocese in the United States with 1.5 million Catholics. The only entirely urban diocese in the country, it is the port of entry and home of millions of immigrants. The 126 Catholic schools in the Diocese educate more than 60,000 students.
The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio appointed Monsignor Harrington to his most recent position in December 2006.
Monsignor Harrington is also the Administrator of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn. He graduated cum laude from St. Johns University with a degree in Philosophy. He holds a Masters of Divinity from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and a Masters of Business Administration from the N.Y.U. Stern School of Business.
The Most Reverend Thomas V. Daily ordained him a priest at Saint James Cathedral Basilica on June 2, 2001. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI elevated him to the rank of Papal Chaplain with the title of Reverend Monsignor on September 3, 2009.
Charles Keeney was born in Methodist Hospital to Edward and Julia Keeney on March 14, 1952. He was the first of their seven children.
He attended Sacred Heart parochial grammar school in Glendale from 1957-1965. He graduated winning the mathematics award and a scholarship to Cathedral Prep High School. There he completed his secondary high school education in 1969 and advanced to Cathedral College where he played varsity basketball and received a B.A. in Philosophy in1973. The next level of education was at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, Long Island. He received his M.Div. degree on January 9, 1977.
Bishop Mugavero stationed Charles Keeney in the parish of St. Jeromes in Flatbush Brooklyn to serve as a deacon for the period of one year in preparation for his ordination as a priest. On March 17, 1978 Bishop Mugavero ordained Father Charles P. Keeney (Father Charlie) as a Catholic priest in the church of St. Jerome in Brooklyn.
For eleven years Father Charlie served as associate pastor in parishes in Jamaica, Bushwick, and Elmhurst. In June of 1989 Father Charlie became the first of his classmates to be appointed as a pastor of a parish. He served one term as pastor in St. Margaret Marys Church in Long Island City. There he initiated the process to establish St. Margaret Marys Head Start Program which has helped thousands of children do better in school and in life. He served another term as pastor in St. Leos Parish in Corona where he established a creative fulltime religious education program for the grammar school aged children. This five day a week program took place during the summer months rather than on Wednesday afternoons or once a week on the weekends.
In 1999 Bishop Daily appointed Father Charlie as full time chaplain at St. Johns Prep High School in Astoria.
During this time he assisted Father Lawrence Penzes and the people of Our Lady of Peace Parish by celebrating Sunday Mass. Fathers Penzes and Keeney were best friends starting the day they met in Cathedral College until the day Father Penzes was shot dead as he was celebrating the Eucharist in his parish church in March 12 2002. Father Keeney preached the homily at Father Penzes funeral mass in St. Agnes Cathedral.
After six successful years working with high school students, as well as with the staff and faculty, Bishop Dimarzio appointed Father Charlie to minister as chaplain to college age students at Long Island University in Brooklyn. This assignment began in 2005 and continued for eleven years.
At LIU he has started a Newman Club and has been very successful. The club has been recognized 8 out of 10 years as one of the most successful on campus by the Student Government Association. The Propagation of the Faith of the Diocese of Brooklyn has also recognized the clubs charitable enterprise in Arusha Tanzania by bestowing on the officers and members the Bishop Di Marzio Award for the past 9 consecutive years. He has a special love for a charity run by the Sisters of St. Gemma Galgani in Arusha Tanzania and spends a lot of time raising funds for their grammar school, home for children of incarcerated women, and a volunteer center which houses volunteers from Europe and America.
Deacon Fausto Duran
Deacon Fausto was born in La Vega, Dominican Republic, on October 3rd, 1937. He was baptized and confirmed in the Cathedral of that same city.
In 1954 he entered the Salesian Seminary in La Habana, Cuba, and studied Middle School and High School.
In the Seminary, he studied Philosophy, Latin, Greek, Italian, English, and French.
In 1972 he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Pedro Henriquez Urea National University in Santo Domingo.
He was Professor of Theology, Philosophy, Logic, and Sociology at El Cibao’s Technological Catholic University, and at Pedro Henriquez Urea National University he taught Legal Ethics, Critical History, Spanish, and French.
He married Daniela Canela, and together had five children, three girls and two boys.
On August 24, 1986, he was ordained a permanent Deacon by Bishop Juan A. Flores at the Parish of St. Augustine in the Diocese of La Vega, Dominican Republic.
He served as Deacon in the Diocese of La Vega, where he was Director of Campus Ministry. He also served in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, in the Diocese of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and in the Diocese of Brooklyn-Queens.
He developed an extensive biblical studies program, taught RCIA, and led retreats in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
Deacon Manuel H. Quintana
In 2011, Deacon Manuel came to the Co-Cathedral of St. Josephs from the Oratory Church of St. Boniface, where he had taught the School of Discipleships 7th and 8th graders and served as trustee, parish pastoral council member, and adult faith formation committee co-chair. He organized St. Bonifaces Year Devoted to Prayer and its Year Devoted to Living Faith. Manuel also served on the Diocesan Pastoral Council under Bishop DiMarzio and Bishop Daley.
As Social Action Committee chair, he prepared its 2001/2002 report titled, “Catholics, Jews and Muslims: The Brooklyn Diocese, Leadership and Strengthening the Bridges between Peoples of Faith.” He was the councils president for 6 years.
Manuel graduated from Stanford and NYU Law School. He worked for Kelley, Drye & Warren in Manhattan as a lawyer and for the NYC Housing Authority as general counsel. Former President George H.W. Bush nominated him to be a federal court judge in the Southern District of New York. After graduating from law school, Deacon Manuel moved to Seattle, where he met his wife, Maud, and worked for the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. His office was in their cemeterys lawnmower shed; at the time, nothing else remained of their reservation. His job was to begin recovering the land that had been taken from them. Deacon Manuel was a director of the NYC Economic Development Corporation and is on the Catholic Migration Services board.
In recent years, he has represented soccer players. Football fans may be interested to know Roberto Falco, Carlos Gallo, Claude Makelele, Danilo and Mehdi Ballouchy, the 2006 MLS Number 2 SuperDraft pick, are among those he has helped. Manuels favorite color is orange. He doesnt like lima beans. His favorite modern day saints are Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Blessed Charles de Foucauld and Dorothy Day, Servant of God. His favorite saints of all time are Santa Teresa de Avila, San Ysidro Labrador and San Juan de la Cruz.
In 1997, Deacon Manuel and Maud moved from Brooklyn Heights to Park Slope, where they now live. Their son, Teo, is finishing his Masters of Architecture in New Haven, and their daughter, Mariela, lives in Williamsburg and works in Manhattan. Maud works for the Brooklyn Public Library, where she is in charge of small-business programs. As its past president, she helps the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society with its early childhood education centers in housing developments throughout the borough. In May 2013, Manuel was ordained a permanent deacon.
Alejandro Zuleta, Director of Music
Born in Bogot, Colombia, Alejandro Zuleta comes from a long line of celebrated Colombian Vallenato musicians. He is the son of Emiro Zuleta, one of the most prolific, recorded and celebrated Vallenato songwriters of his generation. His musical training started at the age of 5, both in the oral tradition of Vallenato music as well as in western classical music trough singing and choral practice.
His music has been broadcasted and commissioned by institutions such as CBS, History Channel, Fulbright Choir Madrid, Teatro SEA NYC, Caracol TV, Seal Colombia and others. In December 2015 his music for Teatro Seas show Sueo was performed by a chamber section of the Puerto Rico philharmonic orchestra under Mr. Zuletas conduction, at el Castillo del Morro in San Juan, PR. In September 2016, he received a commission from the Madrid Fulbright Choir to write a choral Vallenato piece that will premier in spring 2017.
Before joining St. Josephs Co-Cathedral, Alejandro served as Choir Conductor and Organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brooklyn. He is currently Associate Musical Director at Teatro Sea NYC (one of the most prestigious Latino theaters in US). He is fully bilingual and capable of conducting choirs and ensembles of traditional classical music, Latin music and Jazz in both English and Spanish. He has performed and conducted a repertoire including selections of motets, anthems, masses, cantatas and oratorio movements from a wide range of composers.
Under Alejandros musical direction, the 2013 production of Rafael Hernandez Romance won best musical theater production at the ACE awards. He directed the 2015 production of La Gloria a Latin Cabaret that won 12 awards including 3 Ati, 6 Ace and 4 Hola awards. This show received the most awards of any Latino musical in New York City during the 2015 season.