Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology
  • 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. SuszkoReverend 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.

  • ChapelReverend Monsignor Joseph R. Chapel, S.T.D.
    Reverend Monsignor Joseph R. Chapel, S.T.D., 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,earned an M.A. in International Relations from the Paul S. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University.  He also earned an S.T.B. from The Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, and an S.T.L and an S.T.D. from Accademia Alfonsiana (Lateran University), Rome.  His doctoral dissertation is 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, Monsignor Chapel teaches Moral Theology, Reconciliation and Anointing and Preaching Practicum and is a member of the theological faculty of the Pastoral Provision.  His publications include “Why Confess Our Sins Out Loud?  Some Possibilities Based on the Thought of Ferdinand Ebner and Louis-Marie Chauvet” (Irish Theological Quarterly), “Dialogical Personalism Revisited” (Studia Moralia) and “Philosophy as Preparation for Sacramental Theology and Moral Life” (Seminary Journal). In Spring 2009, Monsignor Chapel was named Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of Monsignor.

  • Dianne TrafletDianne 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.

  • Deacon SaundersAndrew E. Saunders, M.A.
    Deacon Andrew E. Saunders, M.A., Coordinator of Programs for the Institute for Christian Spirituality and Director of the Catholic Center of Family Spirituality,  comes to the Institute with over 26 years 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, M.A. degree in Economics from Trinity College, and an M.A. degree in Theology with a Biblical Studies concentration from Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. He is the Pastoral Associate for Liturgy 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.

  • Diane CarrDiane M. Carr, M.A.
    Diane M. Carr, M.A., Academic Services and Admissions Coordinator for Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, and Coordinator of the Center for Prayerfully Speaking. Diane is also an adjunct instructor at the Seminary, co-teaching Spiritual Theology and Public Speaking and is the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Prayerfully Speaking Program of the Institute. Drawing on her 17 year background in Sales and Marketing, she is often the first person a potential student will speak to when inquiring about programs at ICSST. She has represented the School of Theology at various Graduate Open Houses and conferences and assists in facilitating all academic applications. Diane received an M.A. in Theology with a concentration in Systematic Theology, and leads the Disciples in Mission Evangelization program in her parish.

  • Julie BurkeyJulie V. Burkey, D.Min.
    Julie V. Burkey, D.Min., Coordinator of the Center for Workplace Spirituality (CWS),  offering programs focusing on a spirituality of work for parishes and academia as well as the secular workplace. Julie holds a master's degree from Immaculate Conception Seminary, having earned the prestigious Pope John Paul II Medal of Academic Excellence upon graduation and a Doctor of Ministry from Catholic University of America. She has worked with the Institute since its inception, initially creating the core program, Finding the Work You Love, followed by several other programs which address the subject of work in all its differing aspects and life stages, including careers in church ministry. She also creates retreats on a variety of work-related topics, such as Virtue Ethics in the Workplace. Julie is an adjunct instructor at the Seminary, teaching the course she created, Theology of Work

  • Kimberly A. Mailley
    Kimberly A Mailley
    Kimberly 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 College of Arts and Sciences and has a Certificate in Youth Ministry awarded by Seton Hall University, School of Theology and the Center for Ministry Development in Gig Harbor, Washington. She currently serves as Coordinator of Youth Ministry and Eucharistic Minister at St. James the Apostle Church in Springfield, NJ.

  • BrackoEwa Bracko, M.B.A.
    Ewa Bracko, M.B.A., Assistant Business Manager, and Director of Finances, Institute for Christian Spirituality has worked at the Seminary since 1991. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration and a Certificate in Accounting, both from the Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University. She is involved mainly with the financial segment of the Seminary and the Institute for Christian Spirituality, including all aspects of budget, payroll and personnel. She assists the administration in planning, analyzing and making recommendations to implement changes. Prior to her work at the Seminary, Ewa worked as a Senior Officer for a housing cooperative in Warsaw, Poland. During her studies, Ewa traveled to various countries where she acquired a global perspective on social and business issues. In May 2010 she received her M.B.A., with a concentration in finance, from the Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University.

  • Deborah KurusDeborah A. Kurus
    Deborah A. Kurus, Secretary for Academics and Administration began working for the Seminary in March 2006 as Secretary for the Institute for Christian Spirituality and Editor of the Institute’s newsletter, Stirrings. In November 2009, she became Secretary for Academics and Administration for the Seminary. She works for the Seminary’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program and the B.A. in Catholic Theology program. Debbie’s previous work experience includes work as a cash applicator in the medical field and as an office manager in the retail field. Prior to serving in these positions, she was an account coordinator in the field of advertising for more than 10 years. Debbie attended Roberts-Walsh Business School, and she later earned an associate’s degree in Office Systems Technology from Union County College. She serves as a Eucharistic Minister at Christ the King Parish, Hillside, NJ.

  • Kristine HudakKristine Hudak
    Kristine Hudak, Academic Resource Coordinator and Assistant to the Catholic Center for Family Spirituality and Institute for Christian Spiritualitybegan working for the Seminary in 2005, and is responsible for assisting the Associate Deans with course scheduling, scheduling of appointments and correspondence. She assists students with registration, advisement and graduation processes and faculty with processes such as book ordering, grade submission and course adjustments. Prior to working for the Seminary, Kris earned a B.S. from Kean College and worked in medical billing for 22 years. She is an active parishioner at Christ the King Parish, Hillside, NJ.

  • Elisha HarringtonEilish R. Harrington
    Eilish R. Harrington, Institutional Research Specialist, joined the Seminary community in early January 2009 as Assistant Editor of Publications and Assistant Marketing Coordinator for the Institute for Christian Spirituality. In August 2009, she became Institutional Research Specialist for the Seminary. A 2008 summa cum laude graduate of Seton Hall University, 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. She also serves as an advisor to Pirates of Irish Persuasion & Extraction (PIPE), Seton Hall University’s Irish cultural society (which she founded in 2006) and is a member of St. Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band, Kearny, NJ.

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