Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology

Seminary Leaders

Rev. Msgr. Joseph Reilly S.T.L, Ph.D.

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 Monsignor.

Reverend Robert K. Suszko, M.B.A., M.Div.
Reverend Robert K. SuszkoReverend 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/Business Manager/Director of Formation at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology.

Reverend Christopher M. Ciccarino, S.S.L., S.T.D.
Fr Christopher CiccarinoReverend Christopher Ciccarino is associate dean of the School of Theology and an Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies. He attended Bucknell University, majoring in history and religion, then entered seminary. After a year of Pre-Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary, he continued at the North American College in Rome. He completed an S.T.B. at the Pontifical Gregorian University and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark on May 25, 1996. Father Ciccarino’s first assignment was as priest secretary to Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. He later became a parochial vicar at St. Michael's in Union, New Jersey. Archbishop John Myers appointed him to the faculty of Immaculate Conception Seminary and asked him to return to Rome for graduate studies. Father Ciccarino completed an S.S.L. at the Pontifical Biblical Institute and an S.T.D. at the Pontifical Gregorian University. His dissertation topic was “‘Christ our Passover has been Sacrificed’ (1Cor 5,7). An Investigation into a Pauline Metonymy.”

Dianne M. Traflet, J.D., S.T.D.
Dianne TrafletDianne 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

Reverend Douglas J. Milewski, S.T.D.
Milewski Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor of Theology, earned an S.T.B. in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, and an S.T.L. and an S.T.D. in Patristic Sciences and Theology from the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum of the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome. His doctoral dissertation is titled “‘Nos Locus Dei Sumus.’ Augustine’s Exegesis and Theology of John 17 in the Light of In Evangelium Iohannis Tractatus CIV-CXI.” Father Milewski’s specializations include the theology, literature and history of early Christianity and the Fathers of the Church, in particular, Saint Augustine. Since joining the faculty in 2001, he has co-authored two Seton Hall University undergraduate degree programs, the B.A. in Catholic Studies (launched Fall 2002) and the B.A. in Catholic Theology (launched Fall 2007). Father Milewski has created and taught nearly a score of new courses on both the graduate and undergraduate levels for the College of Arts and Sciences and for Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. He has led study tours of Italy, Poland and Ireland. His publications appear in Augustinian Studies, The American Conservative and The Chesterton Review.

Center Director and Staff

Reverend Monsignor Joseph R. Chapel, S.T.D.
Rev. Msgr. Joseph Chapel Reverend Monsignor Joseph R. Chapel, S.T.D., is Director of the Center for Diaconal Formation, Assistant Spiritual Director for the Seminary, Co-director of the Institute for Christian Spirituality and Associate Professor of Christian Ethics 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).

Deacon Andrew E. Saunders, M.A.
Andrew E. SaundersDeacon Andrew E. Saunders is Associate Director, Center for Diaconal Formation, and was previously the 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 an M.A. in Theology with a Biblical Studies concentration from Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. Deacon Saunders is coordinator for Liturgy and 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. In April 2014, Deacon Saunders was elected by the Board of Directors of the National Association of Diaconate Directors as Regional Representative for Region III (NJ and PA).  His article, "Meeting Modern Challenges", was published in Deacon Digest Magazine in November 2013.

Kimberly A. Mailley
Kimberly A MailleyKimberly A. Mailley, B.S., is Coordinator of Programs for the Center for Diaconal Formation and Seminary's Theological Education for Parish Services (STEPS). She has over 27 years of experience in office management including seven years in continuing education and retreats for priests. She was Assistant Director of the International Institute for Clergy Formation at Seton Hall University. Kimberly earned her B.S. in Business Management with a Finance concentration from Rutgers University Newark College of Arts and Sciences and has a Certificate in Youth Ministry awarded by Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology and the Center for Ministry Development in Gig Harbor, Washington. She currently serves as Coordinator of Youth Ministry and is a Eucharistic Minister at St. James the Apostle Church in Springfield, NJ.


Justin M Anderson

Justin M. Anderson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Moral Theology

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John Chadwick

Rev. John  J. Chadwick, S.T.D.

Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology

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Rev. Msgr. Joseph Chapel

Rev. Msgr. Joseph R. Chapel, S.T.D.

Associate Professor of Moral Theology

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Chris Ciccarino

Rev. Christopher M. Ciccarino, S.S.L., S.T.D.

Associate Dean for Seminary and Academic Studies and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

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Gregory Y. Glazov, D.Phil. (Oxon.)

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, Institute for Christian Spirituality's Great Spiritual Books (GSB) Program Coordinator

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Rev. Thomas G. Guarino, S.T.D.

Professor of Systematic Theology

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Rev. Msgr. Gerard H. McCarren, S.T.D.

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Spiritual Director for the Seminary

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Jeffrey L. Morrow, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Undergraduate Theology

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Rev. Roberto Ortiz, S.T.L.

Director, Seminary Records; Director of Liturgy; Formation Faculty Member; and Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology

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Rev. Lawrence B. Porter, Ph.D.

Professor of Systematic Theology, Director of the Turro Seminary Library

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Joseph P. Rice, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Philosophical Theology

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Dianne Traflet

Dianne M. Traflet, J.D., S.T.D.

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Administration; Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology; and Founder and Co-Director of the Institute for Christian Spirituality

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Adjunct Professors

Reverend Peter J. Albano
Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology
Ph.D., The Philosophy of Religion and Theology Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA

Reverend Hong-Ray Cho
Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology
S.T.L./S.T.B., Pontifical Gregorian University
Ph.D., Stevens Institute of Technology

Reverend Monsignor Raymond J. Kupke
Adjunct Professor of Church History
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America

Robert P. Miller
Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America

Reverend Monsignor John A. Radano
Adjunct Professor of Systemic Theology
Ph.D., Aquinas Institute of Theology

Reverend Monsignor C. Anthony Ziccardi
Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies
S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome
S.T.D., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome

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