Rev. Patrick J. West, Administrator
Rev. Rodnev Lapommeray
To visitor and parishioner alike, I greet you in the Name of Our Savior Jesus Christ! Born in New York City to parents of Haitian origin, I grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn. As a child and high school student, I worshiped at St. Jerome’s Church and was involved in many of their groups and ministries. Through the love of my family, the vibrancy of the parish and the grace of God, I grew in faith, hope and love. As a young man, I wanted to become a medical doctor, yet God had other plans. Through prayer and the support of priests, people of faith, Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Blessed Mother, after college, I discerned a vocation to priesthood. I entered seminary formation and by the grace of God, I was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens in June of 2011 by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio. During my three years as a priest I have ministered to and been involved with the communities of Our Lady of Angels in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Ozanam Hall of Queens Nursing Home in Bayside, and St. Andrew Avellino in Flushing.
I am happy to be a parochial vicar of St. Sebastian Church. I look forward to serving God and ALL of you here in Woodside and beyond. Feel free to contact me. If you feel God may be calling you to be a priest, please come talk to me or any of the priests here. As I hope you can tell from my own experience, it took time and discernment before I entered the seminary; so there is no harm in talking about the possibility.
To one and to all at St. Sebastian parish and to all visitors to this website, I wish you all of God’s blessings and peace. I desire to work together with you to build up the Kingdom of God here in Woodside. For “with God all things are possible” (Mt. 19:26). May Blessed Mother Mary, St. Joseph and St. Sebastian pray for us.
Rev. Henry Torres
The second of three sons born Margarita and Jose Torres, immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Father Torres grew up in St. Michael-St. Malachy parish, East New York. He received a strong foundation in faith from his parents, who made sure they went to Mass as a family every week.
He attended P.S. 214 and I.S. 171, both East New York; and Acorn H.S. for Social Justice, Bushwick. He holds an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Queensborough Community College, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Queens College. Upon completing his studies at St. Joseph Seminary, Dunwoodie, he earned his bachelor of sacred theology degree, and master’s degrees in theology and divinity.
Father Torres’ first discerned his call to religious life at the Hispanic Catholic Charismatic Center in the Bronx, where he had a profound experience while on retreat as a teenager.
“I had an encounter with the person of Christ,” he said. “That was when the faith became very real to me. That’s when everything kind of clicked.”
On his journey to ordination, he served summers at St. Joan of Arc, Jackson Heights, and Mary’s Nativity-St. Ann, Flushing, where he also spent his diaconate year. In his priesthood, Father Torres aspires to model the sacrificial spirit of his parents. Like his father, he wants “to work hard to provide for the people of God,” but to also have the heart of his mother, “compassionate and understanding.”
Deacon Stephen T. Damato
I was raised in Astoria, Queens and had a public school education. I attended St. John’s University and earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Biology. I was married in St. Sebastian’s Church in 1971 to Dorothy Fitzpatrick from Woodside. We have two grown children and four grandchildren. I worked for the FDNY for thirty years and ended as the Captain of Ladder Co. 14 in Harlem. I was ordained to the diaconate in 1990 and was assigned to St. Fidelis Church in College Point. In June of 1994 I was reassigned to St. Sebastian’s where I continue to serve. I was the Master of Ceremonies for Bishop Renee Valero and presently do the same for Bishop Paul Sanchez.
39-63 57th Street
Woodside, NY 11377
Phone: (718) 429-4442
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Mrs. Rebecca Newman-Mahoney, Coordinator
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Ms. Sally Steg Williams, Director
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Dr. Ohsung Bryan Kwon, Music Director
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Mr. Scott A. Battaglia, Assistant Organist
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Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Mrs. Christina L. Peñaloza, Director
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