Seminary Administration and Faculty
The highly respected faculty of Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology is one of the largest of all the schools of theology in the United States. With hearts and minds committed to serving the Catholic Church, our professors -including priests, deacons, religious, and lay men and women -are national and international leaders who provide scholarly expertise and clarity on ethical and religious issues of our day. Leading authorities in their respective fields, our professors are in demand as lecturers, consultants, and commentators. Award-winning and acclaimed authors, they have published dozens of books and hundreds of articles, and have delivered thousands of presentations. They share their love of their faith with their students, encouraging them to learn and live the riches of Catholicism, as they journey closer to Christ and His Church. Ultimately, the professors seek to introduce the students to the Divine Teacher who is "the reason for this school. He is the unseen but ever present teacher in its classes. He is the model of its faculty and inspiration of its students." (Author Unknown).
Reverend Monsignor Joseph R. Reilly, S.T.L., Ph.D.
Msgr. Joseph Reilly was named Rector and Dean of Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, effective June 20, 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, a licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) from Pontificio Istituto Teresianum, Rome, and a Doctorate in Philosophy from Fordham 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. Suszko, began his duties as Vice Rector/Business Manager/Director of Formation at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology in November 2010. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Newark in 2002 and 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.
Rev. Msgr. Gerard H. McCarren, S.T.D.
Inviting the faithful into deeper relationship with Jesus Christ through seminary ministry has been a joy. The opportunity to do so by serving the spiritual direction of seminarians and others and by teaching, especially in the area of Liturgy and Sacraments, has been a grace given to me.
Reverend Christopher M. Ciccarino, S.S.L., S.T.D.
Reverend Christopher Ciccarino, Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, completed an S.T.B. at the Pontifical Gregorian University and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark on May 25, 1996. He 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 M. Traflet, 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 director of the Institute for Christian Spirituality and author of Edith Stein: A Spiritual Portrait (2008).
Reverend Hong-Ray Cho, S.T.L., Ph.D.
Reverend Hong-Ray Cho began his duties as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in January 2015. He completed an S.T.B. (2010) and an S.T.L. with a concentration in Dogmatic (Systematic) Theology (2012) at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark on May 28, 2011. Appointed to the Formation Faculty of Immaculate Conception Seminary in Spring 2013, Father Cho also teaches courses in Systematic Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology.