Meet the Key Leaders and Staff of the Catholic Center for Family Spirituality. We have a strong and experienced leadership team to execute our mission, implement our strategic goals, and facilitate our events.
Reverend Monsignor Joseph Reilly, S.T.L., Ph.D.
Msgr. Joseph Reilly, a Mountainside native and 1987 graduate of Seton
Hall University, was ordained a priest for service to the Archdiocese of
Newark in 1991. His first assignments were as a parochial vicar at St.
Paul, Ramsey and St. Andrew, Bayonne. In 1994, he served as
priest-secretary to then Archbishop McCarrick and in 1995 joined the
staff of Seton Hall Prep, where he served as a faculty member and
chaplain. In 2002, he was named Rector of St. Andrew Hall and then was
appointed Rector/Dean of the School of Theology on June 20, 2012. He
holds a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Pontifical Gregorian
University, Rome, a licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) from Pontifico
Instituto Terasianum, Rome, and a Doctorate in Philosophy from Fordham
University. He has served as a member of the Archdiocesan Priest
Personnel Board, the Advisory Committee on Continuing Education and
Ongoing Formation of Priests, the Archdiocesan Vocations Board, and the
Board of Trustees of Seton Hall University. Pope John Paul II named him
a Chaplain to His Holiness in 2005, with the title of Reverend
Reverend Robert K. Suszko, M.B.A., M.Div.
Reverend Robert K. Suszko, M.B.A., M.Div., was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Newark in 2002. He served as parochial vicar at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Cedar Grove, from June 2002-January 2010, and at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, West Orange, from January 2010-October 2010. In November 2010, he began his duties as Vice Rector, Director of Formation, and Business Manager at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology.
Reverend Monsignor Joseph R. Chapel, S.T.D.
Reverend Monsignor Joseph R. Chapel is Assistant Spiritual Director for the Seminary, Associate Professor of Moral Theology, Co-Director of the Institute for Christian Spirituality and Director, Center for Diaconal Formation, at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. He earned an M.A. in International Relations from the Paul S. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University. He also earned an S.T.L. and S.T.D. from Accademia Alfonsiana (Lateran University) and an S.T.B. from The Gregorian University. His doctoral dissertation was titled Why Confess Our Sins Out Loud? An Analysis Based on the Dialogical Philosophy of Ferdinand Ebner in Light of the Philosophy of Language and the Symbolic Sacramentology of Louis-Marie Chauvet. Ordained to the priesthood in 1992, he teaches Christian ethics and preaching practicum and reconciliation and anointing. His publications include “Why Confess Our Sins Out Loud? Some Possibilities Based on the Thought of Ferdinand Ebner and Louis-Marie Chauvet” (The Irish Theological Quarterly) and “Dialogical Personalisms Revisited”” (Studia Moralia).
Dianne M. Traflet, J.D., S.T.D.
Dianne M. Traflet, J.D., S.T.D., Associate Dean and Assistant
Professor of Pastoral Theology,earned a
J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, an M.A. in Catholic
Theology and Pastoral Ministry from The Institute of Advanced Studies
of Catholic Doctrine, St. John’s University, and an S.T.L. and an
S.T.D. from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The
Angelicum), Rome. Dr. Traflet is the founder and co-director of
the Institute for Christian Spirituality. She gives numerous lectures,
retreats, and days of recollection, and
is the author of Edith Stein: A Spiritual Portrait (Pauline
Media, 2008). Dr. Traflet serves on the Board of Governors of the
Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, Long Island, and on
the Board of Trustees of Morris Catholic High School, Denville, NJ. Her
recent classes include Women Mystics, Theology
and Practice of Prayer, Spiritual Theology and Public
Speaking, Marian Spirituality and History of Christian Spirituality.
Center Director and Staff
Deacon Andrew E. Saunders, M.A.
Deacon Andrew Saunders is Director of the Catholic Center for Family Spirituality and the Coordinator of Programs for the Institute for Christian Spirituality. He has nearly three decades of business experience with leading Fortune 500 firms including the International Business Machines Corporation, Citigroup, Inc., and CIT Group, Inc. He has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut, an M.A. in Economics from Trinity College and a M.A. in Theology with a Biblical Studies concentration from Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. He is a Pastoral Associate for Liturgy and coordinator of adult faith formation at St. Luke’s Church in Ho-Ho-Kus, a member of the Knights of Columbus and was ordained in 2011 to the Permanent Diaconate in the Archdiocese of Newark.
Stephen B. Kass, M.N.E., M.A.
Stephen Kass is Editor of the Journal of Family Spirituality for the Catholic Center for Family Spirituality and Coordinator of Marketing and Development for the Institute for Christian Spirituality. He has held a variety of leadership positions in the business community where he has worked as the Director of Sales, Director of Marketing and the Director of Customer Care. He has also worked as a Nuclear Marketing specialist and as a nuclear submarine systems design engineer. He spent five years on active duty and nine years of reserve duty as an officer in the United States Navy. Steve received his B.A. in Geological Sciences from the University of Rochester, his M.N.E. in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University and a M.A. in Systematic Theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. He is involved in a variety of Adult Faith Formation ministries and RCIA. He is pursuing his doctorate in Higher Education Leadership, Management and Policy at Seton Hall University and is in formation for the Permanent Diaconate in the Paterson Diocese.
Kristine Hudak is Secretary and Coordinator of Special Programs for the Catholic Center for Family Spirituality and the Secretary for Academics at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. Her previous work experience involved working in medical billing for 22 years. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Kean College. Kris is an active parishioner at Christ the King Church in Hillside.
Eilish R. Harrington
Eilish R. Harrington is Assistant Editor of Publications and Assistant Marketing Coordinator for the Catholic Center for Family Spirituality and the Institutional Research Specialist for Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. A 2008 summa cum laude graduate of Seton Hall, with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and Classical Studies, Eilish is a member of Eta Sigma Phi National Classics Honor Society and Theta Alpha Kappa Religious Studies Honor Society.