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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).

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Reverend Monsignor Gerard H. McCarren, S.T.D.
Monsignor Gerard McCarren was named Interim Rector/Dean of Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology for a period of one year, effective July 1, 2022. Following a national search, on March 27, 2023, the Archdiocese of Newark and Seton Hall University announced Monsignor McCarren’s appointment as Rector/Dean of Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. Monsignor McCarren earned a B.A. from Yale University with majors in History and in Philosophy (Psychology track), an M.Div. from Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, and an S.T.L. and an S.T.D. in Systematic Theology from The Catholic University of America. Monsignor McCarren is particularly interested in the life and works of Saint John Henry Newman, serving as a board member emeritus of the Newman Association of America’s board of directors. In addition to teaching in the areas of Liturgy and Sacraments and having served as Spiritual Director at ICSST, Monsignor McCarren has taught and provided spiritual direction for the summer seminarian program of the Institute for Priestly Formation, Omaha, NE.
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Reverend Robert K. Suszko

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.
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Reverend Mariusz Eugene R. Koch, C.F.R., M.Div., M.A.
Reverend Mariusz Koch was named Spiritual Director for Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, effective July 1, 2022. Father Koch was ordained in 1969 as a priest for the Archdiocese of Newark. He has served the Archdiocese as associate pastor, pastor, Vocations Director, Campus Minister at Seton Hall University, and Rector of St. Andrew's College Seminary. In 1996, he joined the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. He has been involved in hands-on work with the poor; post-abortion ministry for men and women; parish missions; retreats for priests, seminarians and religious; spiritual direction; as well as a number of television series on youth evangelization for EWTN. Father Koch served his community as General Superior for two terms. Before beginning as Associate Spiritual Director at ICSST in July 2017, his most recent assignment was in Paterson, NJ, as Superior of St. Michael Friary.
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Chris Ciccarino

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."
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Dianne Traflet

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 a key leader in the Center for Diaconal Formation and is the author of Edith Stein: A Spiritual Portrait (2008).
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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).

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Justin M. Anderson

Professor and Chair of Moral Theology

Renato Bautista
Rev. Renato Bautista

Director of Formation and Director of Seminary Records

Chris Ciccarino
Rev. Christopher Ciccarino

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

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Timothy Fortin

Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophical Theology

Gregory Glazov
Gregory Glazov

Professor and Chair of Biblical Studies

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Eric Johnston

Associate Professor of Undergraduate Theology

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Rev. Mariusz Eugene Koch

Spiritual Director and Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology

Joseph Laracy
Rev. Joseph R. Laracy

Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology

Patrick Manning
Patrick R Manning

Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Director of the Seton Hall University Center for Catholic Studies

McCarren
Rev. Msgr. Gerard McCarren

Rector/Dean, and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

Fr. Douglas Milewski
Rev. Douglas Milewski

Associate Professor of Undergraduate Theology

Jeffrey Morrow
Jeffrey Morrow

Professor of Undergraduate Theology

Reverend Roberto Ortiz
Rev. Roberto Ortiz

Director of Liturgy and Adjunct Professor and Chair of Systematic Theology

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Joseph Rice

Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology

Ellen Scully
Ellen Scully

Associate Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Theology

Reverend Robert K. Suszko
Rev. Robert Suszko

Vice Rector and Business Manager

Pawel Tomczyk
Rev. Pawel Tomczyk

Director of Pastoral Formation and Assistant Professor of Moral Theology

Dianne Traflet
Dianne Traflet

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Administration and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology

Victor Velarde
Victor Velarde-Mayol

Professor of Philosophical Theology

Msgr. Anthony Ziccardi
Rev. Msgr. C. Anthony Ziccardi

Coordinator for Undergraduate Admissions and Retention and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

Faculty Emeriti

Rev. Jerome Bracken
Rev. W. Jerome Bracken

Associate Professor Emeritus of Moral Theology

Zeni Fox
Zeni Fox

Professor Emerita of Pastoral Theology

Guarino
Rev. Msgr. Thomas G. Guarino

Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology

Porter
Rev. Lawrence Porter

Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology

Monsignor Turro
Rev. Msgr. James Turro

Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies

Wister Robert
Rev. Msgr. Robert Wister

Professor Emeritus of Church History

Adjunct Faculty

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