Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology

 Ewa Bracko
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.

Catherine Cunning

Catherine A. Cunning
Catherine A. Cunning, M.A., Director of Development
As Director of Development for Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, since 2005, Catherine manages all aspects of fundraising for the Seminary, including the annual fund and the newly-established Sesquicentennial Capital Campaign. She also produces the alumni newsletter, Cornerstone, and manages the annual Golf and Tennis Classic, now in its 32nd year. Catherine received her B.A. in English and Classical Studies from Seton Hall University in 2004. Prior to her work at the Seminary, she held positions with Merck, Inc. and Ortho-McNeil, Inc.; more recently, she served as an Account Manager for Public Relations and Marketing at Seton Hall University. Interested in advancement's role in higher education in the global context, Catherine holds a master's degree in Diplomacy and International Relations and a master's degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership. She currently is pursuing her Ph.D. at Seton Hall in Higher Education, Leadership, Management and Policy.

Olivia Dineen

Olivia Dinneen
Olivia Dinneen, L.C.S.W.,Director of Counseling Services
Since 1995, Livvy has served the Seminary as Director of Counseling Services, sharing her psychological expertise with faculty and mentors and creating and delivering educational workshops designed to assist seminarians in honing life skills. Livvy interviews accepted seminarians and reviews and follows up on psychological reports. She is responsible for clinical assessment, treatment plans and intervention. In addition to her work at the Seminary, Livvy operates a private practice in psychotherapy, specializing in individual adult and couples therapy. Prior to joining the Seminary community, Livvy provided counseling and spiritual direction at several colleges and parishes across northern New Jersey. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Syracuse University, an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from Seton Hall University and an M.S.W. in Social Work from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. At the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, New York City, Livvy helped to establish a singles group and a grief ministry program, and she currently runs a bereavement group. Livvy also serves on the Board of Renew International.

Elisha Harrington

Eilish 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.

Phyllis Kapucinski

Sister B. Phyllis Kapuscinski
Sister B. Phyllis Kapuscinski, N.D.S., Ph.D., ESL Coordinator
Sister Phyllis became Coordinator of English as a Second Language Services at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology in January 2008. She organizes and facilitates the Seminary's ESL program, supervising tutorial services and providing comprehensive analytical reports regarding placement and assessment of seminarians. Sister Phyllis has extensive teaching experience in the natural sciences, in science education and in religious education at the high school and university levels. She completed graduate degrees in biology, chemistry and religious studies. As a member of Our Lady of Sion, she also has held several administrative positions.

John Nowik

John D. Nowik
John D. Nowik, M.M., Director of Music and Adjunct Professor of Liturgy and Music
In addition to serving as Director of Music (since 1996) and Adjunct Instructor of Liturgy and Music (since 2007) for the Seminary, John works for Seton Hall University as Director of Music for Campus Ministry and as University Organist, a post that he has held since 1996. He and his wife, Martha, also are Co-Directors of Music and Liturgy at St. Bernard of Clairvaux and St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, Plainfield, NJ. From 1983-2001, John was Organist and Director of Music at the Cathedral of Saint Francis, Diocese of Metuchen, NJ. While there, he created the entire graded choir program, from Kindergarten through High School to Adult Choir, the Handbell Choir and the Gregorian Chant Schola. He also founded the award-winning Cathedral Concert Series. He earned his master's degree in Organ Performance at Emory University, Atlanta, GA and his bachelor's degree at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ.


Sister Concetta Russo
Sister Concetta Russo, M.P.F., Librarian A member of the Seminary community since 1986, Sister Concetta is available to help library patrons by answering their reference questions and pointing them in the right direction for the best sources. Questions may concern a topic, person or a special research assignment. As an administrator, Sister Concetta also supervises work-study students and library schedules.


Stella F. Wilkins
Stella F. Wilkins, M.A., M.L.S., Librarian and Adjunct Professor, Research Seminar
Stella has worked for the Seminary for more than 20 years. She provides reference services to students and faculty and teaches Research Seminar. She earned an M.A. in Theology, with a concentration in Church History, from Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology and an M.L.S. from Southern Connecticut State University.

Julie Alam

Julie Alam
Julie Alam, Library Volunteer
A member of the Seminary community since 1997, Julie takes attentive care of the library's books, and assists at the circulation desk. Prior to this volunteer work, Julie worked at Seton Hall University's McLaughlin Library, and later, at Walsh Library, where she was a clerk at the circulation desk. Julie later served in the Archives as assistant to Monsignor William Noé Field, processing music acquisitions. A talented singer, before working at Seton Hall, Julie established a career in radio, concert and opera in her native Newfoundland, Canada. Julie is a member of the Rosary Society at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, South Orange, NJ, where she established a glee club. She also established a children's choir at Our Lady Help of Christians School, East Orange, NJ.


Margaret T. Applin
Margaret T. Applin, Financial Aid Officer
Peg began working for the Seminary in 1978, and has contributed to Seminary life in a variety of ways in her 27 years of service. She currently handles financial aid issues, including helping seminarians to obtain funds needed to meet their daily living expenses. When a seminarian is ready for ordination, Peg assists with exit interviews. Seminarians may rely on Peg to help ensure that they are provided for financially as they complete their formation.


Andrew M. Brenycz
Andrew M. Brenycz, Library Assistant
Andrew has been part of the Seminary community since 1995, when he began working in the Seminary Library as a student worker. After earning a B.A. in English from Seton Hall University, he became a full-time member of the staff in 2002, helping students to obtain needed materials, processing book requisition forms and assisting the librarians. Andrew also serves as the technical support person for the Seminary Library, and oversees the computer room.

Diane Carr

Diane M. Carr
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.

Kathy Childers

Kathleen Childers
Kathleen Childers, Assistant to the Rector and Dean and Vice Rector/Business Manager
A member of the Seminary community since the beginning of the Fall 2004 semester, Kathy works closely with Monsignor Joseph R. Reilly, Rector and Dean, and Father Robert K. Suszko, Vice Rector and Business Manager. Her previous experience includes work as an administrative assistant/office manager in the medical field. Kathy also is very involved in volunteer work in her parish as a Confirmation mentor, lector and member of the finance committee.

Patricia Dunham

Sister Patricia Dunham
Sister Patricia Dunham, M.P.F., Coordinator of Special Programs
A member of the Religious Teachers Filippini for 43 years, Sister Pat has been working at the Seminary for over 10 years. As Coordinator of Special Projects, she is directly responsible to Monsignor Coleman and Monsignor Nydegger. She graduated from Seton Hall University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.A. in Administration and Supervision. Sister served as a teacher in Catholic education for 10 years and as a principal for over 20 years. In 2009, she received certification in Spiritual Gerontology from the Avila Institute. A member of Most Holy Rosary Parish, Perth Amboy, NJ, Sister is a lector and Eucharistic Minister.

Kristine Hudak

Kristine 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.

Deborah Kurus

Deborah 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.


Theresa A. Miller
Theresa A. Miller, Receptionist/Secretary for Faculty
Since 2002, Theresa has provided reception to visitors, faculty and students. She answers a heavy volume of phone calls, and communicates messages to the appropriate individuals. In addition to performing daily secretarial tasks, Theresa provides administrative support for faculty and staff members as needed, and distributes memorandum letters and special newsletters to faculty and students. Theresa is also responsible for collecting payment from students and visitors for meals purchased in the Seminary Refectory. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at Seton Hall University.

Geraldine Romano

Sister Geraldine Romano
Sister Geraldine Romano, M.P.F., ESL Tutor
A member of the Religious Teachers of St. Lucy Filippini, Sister Geraldine has been employed as an ESL teacher at Immaculate Conception Seminary since 2006. Sister received a B.A. in Education and an M.A. in Counseling and Special Services from Seton Hall University and is certified in the states of New Jersey and New York. An Addictions Specialist, Sister Geraldine also is certified in Clinical Pastoral Education in the state of New York. In addition, Sister has extensive experience in Hospice Care, and she has ministered as principal and teacher in the Archdiocese of Newark and the Diocese of Albany. Presently, Sister Geraldine resides at Villa Walsh, the Motherhouse of the Religious Teachers Filippini, Morristown, NJ, where she is a lector and Eucharistic Minister.

Catherine Xavier

Catherine Xavier
Catherine Xavier, Secretary for Scheduling and Building Management
A member of the Seminary staff since 1992, Cathy is responsible for arranging, scheduling and making reservations for the use of all Seminary building facilities. She works with the Vice Rector, Director of Formation and Business Manager; Director of Pastoral Formation; Spiritual Director; and other faculty and staff members in scheduling conferences and programs for the Seminary, and particularly in scheduling both on-site and off-site pastoral assignments and spiritual direction for seminarians. She also helps to oversee the maintenance of the Seminary building and ensures that it is supplied with the equipment necessary for the Seminary to run smoothly and efficiently.

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