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Our Pastor

Fr. Anthony M. Sirianni was born in Long Branch, NJ to Marie and the late Anthony Sirianni. He has three brothers; Joseph, Michael and Fr. Sam of the Trenton Diocese, a sister-in-law, Ann Marie and two nieces and a nephew.

Fr. Anthony attended the local Catholic grammar school, Long Branch High School and Glassboro State College from which he was awarded a BA Degree in Education for the Disabled. He taught school for one year and then entered Immaculate Conception Seminary on the campus of Seton Hall University where he received his Master of Divinity Degree in 1989.

Fr. Anthony was ordained a priest by Bishop Edward T. Hughes on May 27, 1989 for service in the Diocese of Metuchen. His first assignment was as associate pastor in Holy Trinity Parish, Bridgewater, with responsibility as hospital chaplain at Somerset Medical Center. Fr. Sirianni received his certification as hospital chaplain by the NACC (National Association of Catholic Chaplains) in 1992.

In 1994, Fr. Anthony was granted a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Drew University. His next appointment as associate pastor at St. Johns the Baptist Parish, New Brunswick allowed him to continue as hospital chaplain at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Following that assignment, he was appointed as associate pastor in St. Peter's Parish, while still continuing his hospital ministry at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. Fr.Anthony's ministry at RWJ (from 1996-2000) specialized in caring for children and adolescents dealing with bereavement and terminal illness.

In June 2000, Fr. Anthony was appointed associate pastor at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Three Bridges where he implemented the youth program called "Life Teen". Two years later he was assigned to St. Augustine Parish in Kendall Park. This program is an international Catholic ministry that serves the Church and leads all teens closer to Christ. Two years later he was assigned to St. Augustine Parish in Kendall Park. On May 23, 2003, Bishop Paul Gregory Bootkoski appointed Fr. Anthony as Administrator for St. Theodore's Parish in Port Murray. Bishop Paul Gregory Bootkoski subsequently appointed Fr. Anthony Pastor of St. Theodore on May 25, 2004 and Pastor of St. Helena Parish on August 1, 2008.

During his years of ministry, Fr. Anthony has maintained an active involvement in the local community, especially in the area of health care for children. He has served on numerous boards: The Institute for Children with Cancer and Pediatric HIV and Blood Disorder at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Robert Wood Johnson, Somerset County Hospice, the Coalition for Maternity Mortality Review (State of NJ appointed) and Somerset County American Cancer Society. Fr. Anthony is also a trained crisis counselor having served at Ground Zero after 9/11 and continues to be on call for Catholic schools and parishes as a grief counselor.


Rev. Joseph Lukose, C.M.

Rev. Joseph Lukose is a native of Kerala state in south India. He was ordained a priest on January 2nd, 1984 and is a member of the congregation of the missions also known as the Vincentians Fathers. Besides a Masters in theology, he also holds a Masters in Social work, from Mumbai University in India. He was the director of the Organization for Development, Integration and Social action, a social work Organization of the Vincentia's fathers and worked as a missionary in the remote mission areas of North India. Rev. Joseph Lukose worked among the indigenous tribes for more than 15 years before coming to the United States. He served as parochial vicar in Our Lady of Victory parish in downtown Manhattan, New York City, in the Archdiocese of New York from 2001 to October 2003. He witnessed the Terrorist attack on the world trade center in New York and the collapse of the Twin towers and helped peopled in their rehabilitation before joining St. Helena Parish in Edison in the Metuchen Diocese.

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