meet our staff
REV. PHILIP J. KELLY
Fr. Philip Kelly completed his studies at St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie and was ordained Priest for the Archdiocese of New York by John Cardinal O'Connor in May of 1993. After language and cultural studies at the Instituto de Idiomas in Cochabamba, Bolivia, he began his pastoral ministry in Manhattan, first as Parochial Vicar at Ascension Parish on Manhattan's Upper West Side followed by Pastor at St. Joseph of the Holy Family in Harlem. In July of 2011, he was appointed Pastor of St.Francis de Sales where he is constantly delighted by the diversity and energy of our parish community.
DIRECTOR of RELIGIOUS EDucation &
ADULT FAITH FORMATION
Jayne Porcelli, aka our fearless leader, has dedicated over thirty years to parish ministry. Jayne became involved in ministry as a teenager which led to a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Sociology, and Theology from Molloy College, followed by a master’s in Religion and Religious Education from Fordham University and a Certification in Spiritual Direction. Jayne is also certified as a Director of the Catechumenate—she was the first to earn this honor from the Archdiocese of New York and is currently the only person in NYC who holds this certification.
Jayne has worked in extensively in parishes throughout New York and New Jersey in the areas of religious education, youth and family ministry, leadership training, and ongoing adult faith formation (RCIA). Here at SFdS, she directs the parish’s affairs while also focusing on our inter-generational catechesis programs for children, adults, and the Latino community. Jayne is fluent in Spanish so feel free to say hola when you see her. She is an accomplished writer as well–keep up with her via our parish blog, The View From Where We Stand.
MUSIC DIRECTOR / head of liturgy
Jim has participated in Music Ministry since the age of 12 and has been a Music Director since 1994 in the Diocese of Miami, Newark, Albany and New York. As an educator at the elementary, high school and college level, Jim has directed and conducted state and nationally recognized and award winning instrumental and choral ensembles. Jim has performed in and conducted choirs at the National Association for Music Educator’s conference and has lectured on “Choral Performance in the Church” and Music Curriculum at the American Choral Directors Association conference.
Jim is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University where he holds a bachelor's in Choral Conducting and a master's in Composition. He is a member of the National Pastoral Musicians Association as well as the American Guild of Organists.
In addition to the huge role he plays here at St. Francis, Jim is currently a Campus Minister at Xavier High School in NYC where he coordinates Liturgy and Spiritual Life.
FR. TONY CIORRA
Fr. Tony Ciorra was ordained a priest in 1973 and earned a Ph. D. in Theology from Fordham University. In 1999, he was given the pontifical honor Pro Eccelsia et Pontifice by Pope John Paul II in recognition of his ministry in the Church. His most recent publication is Beauty: A Way to God (Paulist Press, 2013). He is actively involved in creating programs for inter-religious dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
MONSIGNOR ROBERT STERN
As a young man, Msgr. Robert was educated in the New York public schools and was on his way to becoming a nuclear physicist but experienced a call to the priesthood during a pilgrimage to Rome. He was ordained in 1958 and went on to earn a a Doctorate in Canon Law (J.C.D.) magna cum laude at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome and to serve as secretary-general of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Msgr. Robert holds the titles of Protonotary Apostolic of Pope Benedict XVI, Mitered Grand Archimandrite of the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and a Knight Commander of the Patriarchal Order of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem, among others. He officially retired in 2011 though we are blessed to enjoy his wisdom and humor as a Weekend Associate at SFdS!
DEACON SONNY UNGCO
Deacon Sonny was ordained at St. Patrick's Cathedral in June 2013 after five years of religious studies at St. Joseph's Seminary. Prior to being ordained, he was very active in his previous parish in Westchester by teaching Religious Education, training altar servers, and assuming even more responsibilities right after ordination. He lives in the neighborhood with his wife Nini and is blessed to be a part of this vibrant and welcoming parish.
Sister LYNNE JACOBY, RSHM
Sister Lynne, a Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, relocated to her Religious Community on East 93rd Street and quickly made SFdS her home to nourish her spirituality.
Sister Lynne has worked as a Pastoral Associate in a number of parishes for the greater part of my Religious life, always with the understanding of importance of Unity out of Diversity. "That concept has always been a motivational force for me. One of the goals for all the different parishes where I worked was to form one united parish out of many diverse cultures and language groups represented there."
Kathy Calderon is our office manager. She is a graduate of St. Jean Baptiste HS as well as Baruch College. Kathy has worked for the Archdiocese of NY for the past 30 years. When it comes to multitasking: be it phone, computer, door or folks sitting in her office talking with her, she can manage it all. Kathy enjoys getting to know the parishioners at St. Francis.
HEAD OF HOSPITALITY & SACRISTAN
Felicia comes to us via St. Joseph of the Holy Family in Harlem where she previously worked alongside Father Kelly. Originally from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Felicia can be found here, there, and everywhere—she's the go-to if if you need a door unlocked or have a question. She's our holder of keys with a wisdom that extends to firsthand knowledge of where the snacks are stashed throughout the parish...
Al has been working in the Archdiocese of New York for 14 years. He began his career at St. Joseph of the Holy Family in Harlem and came to work at St. Francis 3 years ago.
More than the maintenance man here at the church, he and his family, including "my beautiful wife Jenny, my daughters, Stephanie and Leslie" are part of this parish family. They have lived here in the neighborhood for 18 years. Last year, Al and Jenny were instrumental in helping the parish celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with great devotion.
digital ministry coordinator
As our new go-to for all things related to digital communications, Lydia is particularly excited to help spread our "live Jesus" message of love and inclusion. Originally from Puerto Rico by way of the Midwest, Lydia went through our RCIA process two years ago and is active throughout the parish in several ministries and groups . Lydia received her bachelor's from Yale and recently completed a master's in Integrated Marketing from NYU. Her previous career experience is in sales and marketing for the wine industry, a path she feels primed her for her current role at SFdS as "no other religion has greater appreciation for wine than Catholicism."
FUTURE SFDS EMPLOYEE OR INTERN
Have some God-given talents that could make St. Francis de Sales flourish further? Or maybe you're in need of some experience, a summer internship, or community service? We're always looking for talent and a kind heart. We think your picture might be a beautiful addition to this staff page in the near future.