I was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 1981, at the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in South Ozone Park. After serving there for ten years I have also been assigned to the parish of St. Francis de Sales in Belle Harbor and then as pastor of the parishes of St. Peter Clave in Bedford Stuyvesant, Our Lady of Solace in Coney Island, Corpus Christi in Woodside and now St. Sebastian’s. I have been extremely blessed in my over 40 years of priesthood. I have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people who have been a true blessing to me. I look forward to many happy year’s here at St. Sebastian’s as I continue to try to be of service to you and to the church.

Rev. Patrick J. West, Pastor


Rev. Rony Mendes


Rev. Elvin L. Torres

deacon_damatoI 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.

Deacon Stephen T. Damato

Deacon Marciel Cordon

Deacon Marciel Cordon

Deacon Robert Cruz

Deacon Robert Cruz


Mr. Gerardo Tlatelpa, Pastoral Year Seminarian

39-63 57th Street
Woodside, NY 11377
Phone: (718) 429-4442
Fax: (718) 429-7581

Faith Formation
Mrs. Rebecca Newman-Mahoney, Coordinator
39-66 58th Street
(718) 899-3341 Ext. 210

Music Ministry
Dr. Ohsung Bryan Kwon, Music Director
(718) 429-4442 Ext. 127

Mr. Robert Buonaspina, Assistant Organist/Ms. Jennifer Faith Brown, Cantor
(718) 429-4442 Ext. 126

Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Mrs. Marcela Monney, Youth Minister
(718) 899-3341 Ext. 214