Resident Jesuit Staff
Rev. George Collins, S.J.
Fr. George E. Collins, S.J., was appointed vice-superior of the Loyola Jesuit Center community in July, 2017. A native of Boston, Fr. Collins is the seventh of nine children of George E. and Helen T. (Sullivan) Collins. He grew up in the Mission Church Parish in Roxbury, MA. In 1978, Fr. Collins graduated from St. Mary’s Seminary High School in North East, PA. Fr. Collins earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from Boston College.
After working at the Boston Edison Company for many years, Fr. Collins returned to Boston College where he received an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry in 2000. He entered the Society of Jesus on August 20, 2000 and pronounced vows on August 15, 2002. During the remaining years of Jesuit formation, Fr. Collins was sent to Loyola University in Chicago, IL where he earned his M.A. in philosophy (2004) before being assigned to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Storrs, CT for one year of regency. He finished his regency assignment at Cheverus High School in Portland, ME where he was privileged to teach theology for two years (2005-2007). Fr. Collins was next assigned to study theology at Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University in Berkeley, CA where he received a Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) degree in 2010, a Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree and his Licentiate Degree in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.), with an emphasis in Christian Spirituality, in 2013.
After ordination in June, 2010, Fr. Collins was assigned to Fairfield University where he worked and served as coordinator of Mission and Identity in 2011 and then as director of campus ministry until June of 2015. For the past two years, Fr. Collins was President of Cheverus High School in Portland, ME.
Fr. Collins’ longstanding interest in and passion for spirituality ministry began during his Jesuit novitiate. In 2003 and 2004, Fr. Collins completed a two-year internship in spiritual direction and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola while studying at Loyola University in Chicago. In 2006, he completed an advanced internship in the Spiritual Exercises at the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford, OH. Privileged to be a companion/spiritual director to many good people on their spiritual journey for several years, Fr. Collins is delighted to now be fully devoted to the ministry of spiritual direction and the spiritual exercises here at Loyola Jesuit Center.
Rev. Steve Pugliese, S.J.
Fr. Steve Pugliese, S.J. grew up in Smithtown, Long Island. He went to Fordham University for college. He was a junior officer in the Navy before entering the Society of Jesus, home port Jacksonville, FL. Fr. Steve entered the Society of Jesus in 1983 and was ordained at Fordham in 1993. He spent his first year after ordination at Mt. Manresa retreat house on Staten Island after which he was asked to go to the Jesuit parish St. Ignatius in Brooklyn where he spent seven years. He spent six years as minister to the NY Province Infirmary in the Bronx and three years on the Upper East Side at the St. Ignatius Loyola community. Fr. Steve has been at Loyola since September 2011 and serves as retreat master and spiritual director.
Rev. Kirk Reynolds, S.J.
Fr. Kirk Reynolds has spent most of his ordained life between parish work and retreat work. His parish work consisted of five years at Nativity parish, a predominantly Hispanic parish on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and eight years in a Jesuit parish in Oceanside, NY, where he served as pastor for seven of those eight years. Fr. Kirk spent two years at St. Ignatius Retreat House in Manhasset, NY involved in retreat work and giving spiritual direction. He has been at Loyola Jesuit Center in Morristown, NJ since 2000 where he continues his retreat work and spiritual direction in both English and Spanish. Fr. Kirk has a Masters degree in Social Work and is fluent in Spanish.
Rev. Tom Marciniak, S.J.
Born in Brooklyn, New York of William and Victoria Marciniak, I grew up as a Polish Catholic boy attending elementary school taught by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. My eighth grade teacher, Sr. Mary Generosa, had quietly arranged with Fr. Headmaster at Brooklyn Prep (the Jesuit High School in Brooklyn which closed in the early 1970s) that I would spend my high school years with the Jesuits. Need more be said?
I entered the Society of Jesus after high school at St. Andrew-on-Hudson with undergraduate studies at Loyola Seminary in Shrub Oak, New York and Fordham University. For regency I was asked to teach at Xavier High School – not on the island of Manhattan but rather in the far flung islands of Micronesia. I had seen a film of the Jesuit work in the Caroline-Marshall Islands during my high school years and immediately began my discernment about where I would do my regency! Would you believe?
I loved my three years as a regent teaching and also learning about the peoples, languages and cultures of the Pacific Islands. After theology studies and ordination in 1976 I returned to Micronesia as a priest and ministered there until 1991.
I returned to the States to do retreat ministry in Morristown, New Jersey and also began to care for my aging parents. I was involved in Campus Ministry work at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York from 1993-2006. I then was assigned to Fordham as Minister at Loyola Hall until 2012 when we moved over to Murray-Weigel-Kohlmann. Besides the usual work of caring for the temporal needs of the community, I was blessed by accompanying our older brothers along the path of their physical diminishment, death and returning the gift of their lives to the Holy Mystery of God who promises eternal life and joy in the Resurrection.
This past academic year I have been on sabbatical. As 2016 comes to a close, I will begin a new ministry at the Loyola Jesuit Center in Morristown, New Jersey where I will dedicate my remaining years and pastoral energy in service of Christ’s mission.
This 50-year journey would not have been possible without the love, encouragement, company and prayers of so many friends in the Lord and my family. Deo Gratias for the adventure of my life in the Society of Jesus. I look forward on tiptoe of expectation to meeting more of God’s People through my new ministry here at Loyola Jesuit Center.
Management StaffRenee Owens
Director of the Work
Spanish Ministry Coordinator
Public Relations/Website Manager
Youth Ministry Coordinator
Board of Trustees
Carlos Aedo, Associate Director Office of Ignatian Spirituality
Dr. Frederick Bender, (Ret.) Psychologist
Timothy J. Brunnock, Esq., Financial Advisor
John Farmer, Executive Vice President – General Counsel Penn Power Group/Former CEO, Atlantic Detroit Diesel, Board Secretary
Thomas Floyd, (Ret.) Manager, Government Compliance, Corporate Controllers Staff, Honeywell, Board Treasurer
Dr. Joann Heaney-Hunter, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, St. John’s University
Charles J. Kelchner, Managing Director, First Funding Solutions LLC
Edward J. Nolan, Esq., Attorney, Board Chairman
Denise D’Oleo, Spanish Program Coordinator for Family/Respect Life Office, Archdiocese of New York
Rev. George Collins, S.J., Jesuit Community Vice-Superior
Sr. Helen Beairsto, RC
Fr. Ken Boller, S.J.
Sr. Margaret Ellen Burke, SC
Sr. Marlene Butler, GNSH
Fr. Jim Croghan, S.J.
Jason Downer, S.J.
Fr. Dan Fitzpatrick, S.J.
Fr. Anton Harris, S.J.
Dr. Joann Heaney-Hunter
Sr. Eileen McGovern, S.J.
Sr. Thomas More
Fr. Mark Mossa, S.J.
Fr. Charles Moutenot, S.J.
Fr. John Murphy, S.J.
Fr. Alejandro Olayo, S.J.
Fr. Fred Pellegrini, S.J.
Fr. Tom Scirghi, S.J.
Fr. Tom Smolich, S.J.
Fr. Ray Sweitzer, S.J.