Pastoral Staff

Rev. William P. Sheridan, Pastor
    732-388-7852, ext. 3        stagneschurch@comcast.net

Fr. William P. Sheridan was ordained on October 7, 1989 and is our sixth Pastor to lead us here at St. Agnes Parish.  Fr. Bill was born in Yonkers, New York; he is one of six children of Dorothy and Charles Sheridan. Fr. Bill is an Uncle to six nieces and six nephews, one great nephew and another on the way.

Fr. Bill’s First Assignment was Parochial Vicar at Holy Family, Nutley. Since he has served as the Associate Director Vocations for the Archdiocese of Newark, Associate Director Campus Ministry, Seton Hall University, Spiritual Director, St. Andrew’s College Seminary, Seton Hall University, Parochial Vicar Immaculate Conception, Montclair, Pastor Immaculate Conception Church, Mahwah, Director of Campus Ministries for Archdiocese of Newark. 

His interests include spending time with family and friends, reading, theology and spirituality. An avid sports fan — NY Mets, Rangers and Indianapolis Colts.


 
Rev. Denis S. Surban, Parochial Vicar
    732-388-7852, ext. 3        dssurbs@yahoo.com

Fr. Denis S. Surban was ordained in the Philippines in 1990. After his two years of studies at the University of the Holy Cross in Rome, Italy, he decided to serve the Archdiocese of 
Newark. 

Fr. Surban's assignments have included Hospital Chaplaincy and Parish works. 

Fr. Surban came to St. Agnes in June 2009 when Archbishop Myers appointed him as parochial Vicar.







 
Rev. Lawrence B. Porter, Weekend Assistant

Father Porter was born and raised in Providence, RI.  After graduating from Providence College, he attended The Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.  Father Porter was ordained a priest on June, 29, 1974 by Bishop Louis Gelineau at St. Dominic Church in Washington, D.C.

After receiving a licentiate in theology, Father Porter's priestly ministry began in August 1975,  when he was assigned the Catholic chaplain at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.  In August 1979, he was assigned parochial vicar at St. Edward Church in Nashville while pursuing doctoral studies at Vanderbilt University's Divinity School.  Then, in August 1988, Father Porter joined the faculty of Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University in South Orange as Professor of Systematic Theology - where he continues to serve.  In August 2009,  Father Porter began his service as weekend assistant at St. Agnes Church.

During his years on the seminary faculty, Father Porter has published two books and more than 30 articles in scholarly and pastoral journals.



Jeanne Fox, Director of Catholic Faith Formation
    732-388-2560        stagnescff@comcast.net

Jeanne came to St. Agnes in July 2014 as the director of Catholic Faith Formation (CFF) for the children of the parish.  This includes Religious Education, sacrament preparation for Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation, Family Catechesis, and Liturgy of the Word for Children.  She began serving as a catechist when her children were small, and in 1999 was appointed Director of Religious Education at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Scotch Plains.

Jeanne earned her undergraduate degree at C.W. Post and has a Masters Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Caldwell College.  Native New Yorkers, she and her husband Jeff reside in Scotch Plains and have two grown children and two grandchildren.






Suzanne Moore, Director of Music Ministry/Organist
    732-388-7852 ext.115        suzanne.stagnesmusic@gmail.com

Suzanne joined Saint Agnes in 2013 as the Director of Music Ministry, serving as organist, pianist and conductor of all parish choirs and instrumental ensembles.

Suzanne grew up in Irvington, NJ, began studying classical piano at age 4 and performed publicly soon after. She is a Union Catholic alumni and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Kean University with a BA in Music Education. She has served as Director of Music in both her home parish, St. Paul the Apostle in Irvington, NJ, and Our Lady of Mount Virgin in Middlesex, NJ, as well as Organist and Cantor at Our Lady of Peace Church in North Brunswick, NJ.

With over 30 years of experience as a vocal music teacher, private instructor, organist, vocalist, solo pianist, and accompanist in varied genres, Suzanne transitioned her career into artist relations in 2010 as an independent freelance consultant. Suzanne, herself, is seen playing classical piano in a 2014 Synchrony Bank national TV commercial, has made appearances on Sirius Radio, and works for both the Les Paul Foundation and T.J. Martell Foundation through Mouth2MouthPR, as Red Carpet Talent Coordinator. She enjoys the balance of work as director of music, performer, and artist rep.

Suzanne’s greatest blessings in life are her children: Elizabeth, Lauren, Julia, and Justin.



Barbara Dietrick, Director of Youth Ministry
    908-358-8235        dietrickb@aol.com  

Barbara was born and raised in Orange NJ. She attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel grammar school and Our Lady of the Valley High School. At the age of 17, she began her volunteer work in the church as she joined the 22 member Folk Group at the Valley, as both a singer and a guitarist. She also coached both boys’ and girls’ basketball teams.  

Barbara had a few careers, all focus on helping people. She was an X-Ray technician for 8 years, then began working to help protect patients' rights – first as an auditor, then as a fraud investigator for 20 years and lastly as a Privacy Associate, always protecting people’s personal and private health information.

Almost 25 years ago, Barbara became a parishioner here at St. Agnes. She was invited by one of the Parish priests to be a Eucharistic Minister. Shortly thereafter, that same priest asked her to help him run the Youth Group. After he left St. Agnes, Barbara began running the program and grew it from a group of 10 to 15 kids, to a program between 80 to 100 members each year - one of the biggest and most active Youth Groups in the Archdiocese of Newark.

Although many people within the Parish rave about the work Barbara does, she says that she is the one who benefits the most. She loves her role working with the youth, and often says, “God did not bless me with children of my own, He blessed me with parents who share their children with me and I am both extremely happy and abundantly blessed that they do!”