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SEMINARIANS

Meet our Seminarians

Cathedral Seminary House of Formation is a diverse, multi-ethnic community, made up of men who are just beginning college, and professionals who have had successful careers. Our seminarians come from 6 dioceses in the New York metropolitan area, and beyond. All the men, however, are united in the common goal of discernment of and formation for the priesthood of Jesus Christ.

Joseph Haas

Joseph Haas

Archdiocese
New York
Home Parish
St. Mary, Washingtonville, NY
Hobbies
Golfing, swimming, watching hockey
Favorite Saint(s)
St. John Paul II, St. Patrick, St. Joseph
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire” – St. Catherine of Siena

Livinus Idag

Livinus Idag

Archdiocese
New York
Home Parish
Holy Family, Bronx, NY
Hobbies
Skiing
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Paul
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Now there’s no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, those who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 8:1

John Ippolito

John Ippolito

Archdiocese
New York
Home Parish
St. Thomas, St. Joseph, St. John Neumann
Hobbies
Hikes, walks, training with my Boston terrier
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Anthony of Padua, St. Padre Pio, St. Augustine
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Charity is the soul of faith; it gives it life; without love, faith dies.” – St. Anthony of Padua

Anthony Maxson

Anthony Maxson

Archdiocese
New York
Home Parish
St. Marianne Cope, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
Hobbies
Reading, hiking, martial arts
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Benedict
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders labor.” – Psalms 127:1

Ryan O'Connor

Ryan O’Connor

Archdiocese
New York
Home Parish
Blessed Sacrament, Staten Island, NY
Hobbies
Reading, weightlifting, swimming
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Michael the Archangel, St. Peter, St. Thomas Aquinas
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“For God so loved the world he sent his only begotten son and who ever believes in him shall never die but live forever” – John 3:16

Thibaut Sardet

Thibaut Sardet

Diocese
Brooklyn
Home Parish
St. Paul, St. Agnes
Hobbies
Hiking, swimming
Favorite Saint(s)
Sainte Therese de Lisieux, Saint Charles de Foucault
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy.” Psalms 137:5-6

Marwan Bishtawi

Marwan Bishtawi

Archdiocese
New York
Home Parish
St. Gregory the Great, Harrison, NY
Hobbies
Reading, playing pool
Favorite Saint(s)
St. John the Evangelist, St. Joseph, St. Teresa of Avila
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.” – 1 John 4:10

Harrison Boyd

Harrison Boyd

Diocese
Rockville Centre
Home Parish
Saint Margaret of Scotland, Selden, NY
Hobbies
Weightlifting, running, watching mob flicks
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Francis of Assisi, St. Alphonsus Ligouri, St. Ignatius of Loyola
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Late have I loved you, beauty so old and so new: late have I loved you.” – St. Augustine

Louis De Rohan Chabot

Louis De Rohan Chabot

Diocese
Brooklyn
Home Parish
St. Paul, St. Agnes
Hobbies
Hiking, climbing, sailing
Favorite Saint(s)
Sainte Jeanne d’Arc, Saint John Bosco, Saint Charles de Foulcaud
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“In the name of God! The soldiers will fight and God will give the victory!” – Joan of Arc

Gregory Marino

Gregory Marino

Diocese
Rockville Centre
Home Parish
St. Patrick’s, Smithtown, NY
Hobbies
Baseball, basketball, playing trombone
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Faustina, St. Augustine, St. Joseph
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Faith means battles; if there are no contests, it is because there are none who desire to contend.” – St. Ambrose

David Rodriguez

David Rodriguez

Diocese
Brooklyn
Home Parish
Blessed Sacrament, Brooklyn, NY
Hobbies
Playing the bongos, drawing
Favorite Saint(s)
St. John Vianney
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Humility is like a pair of scales: the lower one side falls, the higher rises the other.” – John Vianney

Kevin Rueda

Kevin Rueda

Diocese
Rockville Centre
Home Parish
St. John of God, Central Islip, NY
Hobbies
Kayaking, swimming, hiking
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Padre Pio
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” – Padre Pio

Dai Tran

Dai Tran

Diocese
Albany
Home Parish
Holy Trinity, Albany, NY
Hobbies
Playing soccer
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Paul
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” – Matthew 9:13

Jairo Jaramillo

Jairo Jaramillo

Diocese
Paterson
Home Parish
St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, Clifton, NJ
Hobbies
Soccer, paintball
Favorite Saint(s)
St. John Paul II, St. Teresa of Calcutta
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Robert Kaziuk

Robert Kaziuk

Diocese
Rockville Centre
Home Parish
St. Isidore, Riverhead, NY
Hobbies
Running, swimming, hiking
Favorite Saint(s)
St. John Paul II
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12

Herley Mendez

Herley Mendez

Diocese
Rockville Centre
Home Parish
St. William the Abbott, Seaford, NY
Hobbies
Swimming, tourism, watching movies
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Rita, St. Joseph Cupertino, St. Francisco de Asis
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Always give yourselves fully to work of the lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58

Raymond Bartolotti

Raymond Bartolotti

Archdiocese
New York
Home Parish
St. Augustine’s Church, Highland, NY
Hobbies
Running, dancing, learning languages
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, St. Thomas Aquinas
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Only Love is creative.” – St. Maximilian Kolbe

Marc Phillips

Marc Phillips

Diocese
Scranton
Home Parish
St. Maria Goretti Parish, Laflin, PA
Hobbies
Swimming, reading
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, St. Maria Faustina
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Ephphatha (‘Be open’)” – Mark 7:34

Dulangs (Regis) Philogene

Dulangs (Regis) Philogene

Diocese
Brooklyn
Home Parish
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Cambria Heights, NY
Hobbies
Running
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Joseph
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“It is not you who chose me, but I chose you.” – John 15:16

Paul Zwolak

Paul Zwolak

Diocese
Brooklyn
Home Parish
Our Lady of Hope, Middle Village, NY
Hobbies
Running, kayaking
Favorite Saint(s)
St. John Paul II, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Augustine
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“For Jesus Christ I am prepared to suffer still more. And let us not forget that Jesus not only suffered, but also rose in glory; so, too, we go to the glory of the Resurrection by way of suffering and the Cross.” – St Maximilian Kolbe

Van Tuan Cao

Van Tuan Cao

Diocese
Albany
Home Parish
St. Anthony and St. Joseph, Herkimer, NY
Hobbies
Music, playing the organ, walking, reading
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Joseph, St. Mary
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Do whatever he tells you.” – John 2:5

Kevin Dell Osso

Kevin Dell’Osso

Diocese
Brooklyn
Home Parish
Resurrection Roman Catholic, Brooklyn, NY
Hobbies
Biking, reading
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Paul
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:26-29

Brandon Guizar

Brandon Guizar

Archdiocese
New York
Home Parish
St. Joseph’s, St. Gabriel’s, New Rochelle, NY
Hobbies
Running, reading, music
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Damien of Molokai, St. Padre Pio, St. Anthony of the Desert
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“May the wicked fall together into their own nets, while I pass on safely.” – Psalms 140:10

Stephen Jankowski

Stephen Jankowski

Diocese
Brooklyn
Hobbies
Walking, baseball, football
Favorite Saint(s)
St. John Paul II, St. Dominic, St. Maximilian Kolbe
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn’t misuse it.” – St. John Paul II

Patrice Legoute

Patrice Legoute

Diocese
Brooklyn
Home Parish
Incarnation, Queens Village, NY
Hobbies
Theater, painting, screenwriting
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Joseph, St. Genesius
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Where there is injury let me sow pardon.” – Francis of Assisi

Ian Mendoza

Ian Mendoza

Archdiocese
New York
Home Parish
St. Columbanus, Cortlandt Manor, NY
Hobbies
Fencing, photography, martial arts
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Francis, St. Paul, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St. Francis

Joseph Siano

Joseph Siano

Diocese
Brooklyn
Home Parish
St. Helen, Howard Beach, NY
Hobbies
Reading, drawing, studying languages
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Therese of the Child Jesus, St. Catherine of Siena
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Think well. Speak well. Do well. These three things, through the mercy of God, will make a man go to Heaven.” – St. Camillus de Lellis

John Vargas

John Vargas

Diocese
Paterson
Home Parish
Assumption Church, Morristown, NJ
Hobbies
Walking, traveling, watching movies
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Theresa, St. Padre Pio, St. John Vianney
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Don’t allow any sadness to dwell in your soul, for sadness prevents the Holy Spirit from acting freely.” – St Padre Pío

Douglas Villanella

Douglas Villanella

Diocese
Syracuse
Home Parish
St. Mary’s of the Assumption, Binghamton, NY
Hobbies
Hiking, biking
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Faustina Kowalska
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.’” – Matthew 26:39

Carlos Gonzalez

Carlos Gonzalez

Diocese
Syracuse
Home Parish
St. Marianne Cope Parish, Lakeland and Solvay, NY
Hobbies
Running, swimming, watching classic movies
Favorite Saint(s)
St. John Paul II, St. Joseph
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that He, in His goodness, sends to us day after day.” -St. Gianna Molla

David Pirolli

David Pirolli

Diocese
Scranton
Home Parish
St. Mountain Top, PA
Hobbies
Carpentry, making coffee, hunting
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Michael, St. John Paul II, St. Joseph
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“The burden bearers carried their loads in such a way that each labored on the work with one hand and with the other held a weapon.” – Nehemiah 4:17

Diego Saenz

Diego Saenz

Archdiocese
New York
Home Parish
St. Joachim, St. John the Evangelist, Beacon, NY
Hobbies
Basketball, drawing
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Francis, St. Anthony
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.” – Luke 23:46

Patrick Sweeney

Patrick Sweeney

Diocese
Albany
Home Parish
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Albany, NY
Hobbies
Swimming, skiing, reading Russian literature
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Mary, St. Patrick, St. Ignatius Loyola
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“To God who giveth joy to my youth.” – Psalm 43:4

Joseph Tuan Van Vuong

Joseph Tuan Van Vuong

Diocese
Ogdensburg
Home Parish
St. Mary’s Church, Ticonderoga, NY
Hobbies
Swimming, soccer, pool
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Francis of Assisi, St. Dominic Savio, St. Mary
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve.” – Matthew 20:28

Peter Vera

Peter Vera

Archdiocese
New York
Home Parish
St. Vito – Most Holy Trinity Parish, Mamaroneck, NY
Hobbies
Sports, going out to restaurants
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Peter, St. Padre Pio, St. Ignatius of Loyola
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“The struggle is a sign of holiness. A Saint is a sinner that keeps trying.” – St. Josemaria Escriva

Gianni Vergino

Gianni Vergino

Diocese
Syracuse
Home Parish
Sacred Heart Church, Cicero, NY
Hobbies
Working out, baseball, football
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Padre Pio, St. Paul
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” – Matthew 22:37

Alexander Zapata

Alexander Zapata

Diocese
Rockville Centre
Home Parish
Our Lady of Lourdes, Massapequa Park, NY
Hobbies
Running, playing guitar
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Padre Pio, St. John Paul II
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“The greater your sufferings, the greater God’s love for you.” – Padre Pio

Jose Fernandez

Jose Fernandez

Diocese
Rockville Centre
Home Parish
St. John of God, Central Islip, NY
Hobbies
Traveling, hiking, swimming
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Padre Pio, St. Dominic Savio, St. Augustine
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33

Sean Maldonado

Sean Maldonado

Archdiocese
New York
Home Parish
St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus, Bronx, NY
Hobbies
Playing ping pong, listening to opera, hiking
Favorite Saint(s)
St. John Bosco, St. Augustine, Mary Help of Christians
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” – St. Augustine

Shawn Mathew

Shawn Mathew

Archdiocese
New York
Home Parish
Blessed Sacrament, New Rochelle, NY
Hobbies
Basketball, swimming, jogging
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Padre Pio
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Pray, hope, and don’t worry!” – St. Padre Pio

Christian Orellana

Christian Orellana

Diocese
Brooklyn
Home Parish
St. Bartholomew, Elmhurst, NY
Hobbies
Playing soccer
Favorite Saint(s)
Blessed Virgin Mary
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“…neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39

Salvatore Somma

Salvatore Somma

Archdiocese
New York
Home Parish
St. Marianne Cope Parish, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
Hobbies
Golfing, reading, learning Spanish
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Thomas Aquinas, St. John Vianney, St. Philip Neri
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds rest in thee.” – Augustine of Hippo, Confessions

Elvis Toribio

Elvis Toribio

Diocese
Brooklyn
Home Parish
Incarnation Parish, Queens Village, NY
Hobbies
Singing, watching documentaries
Favorite Saint(s)
St. Pius X, St. Padre Pio, St. Therese of Lisieux
Favorite Quote or Scripture
“Where is the road that leads us to Jesus Christ? It is before our eyes: it is the church!” – St. Pius X