Resident Jesuit Staff

Rev. Bill Rakowicz, S.J.

A New Jersey native, Fr. Bill Rakowicz, S.J. entered the Jesuits in 1966 after graduation from St. Peter’s Prep. He received his undergraduate degree from Fordham University in 1972 and did his graduate work in theology at Loyola University, Chicago. A year before his ordination in 1980, Fr. Bill worked at Loyola House of Retreats (now called Loyola Jesuit Center) in Morristown, NJ. Afterwards, he was assigned to work in the Caroline Marshall Islands in various positions from director of the local Jesuit high school to spiritual and retreat director. In 1987, he received a licentiate and masters in canon law from St. Paul’s and the University of Ottawa and afterwards served as the judicial vicar in the two dioceses of the region while continuing to assist in Jesuit, parish and school work. Fr. Bill returned to the United States and after a sabbatical was reassigned to Loyola where he currently serves as retreat master, spiritual director and superior of the Jesuit community. 

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.

Fr.KirkBioRev. 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.

jim_donovanRev. Jim Donovan, S.J.

Fr. James T. Donovan, S.J. was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up on Long Island. Fr. Donovan’s Catholic education dates back to grammar school at Our Lady of Lourdes School in his hometown of Malverne, New York, followed by Maria Regina Diocesan High School in Uniondale. A graduate of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, Fr. Donovan earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1986. After graduation, Fr. Donovan began his teaching career at St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows, New York, where he taught biology and chemistry for three years. In 1991, he earned a master’s degree in education from Fordham University in New York and then joined the faculty at Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village, New York. From 1993 through 2004, Fr. Donovan taught chemistry, biology and earth science at Garden City High School in New York, serving for the last four years of his tenure as chair of the school’s science department while earning a certificate of advanced study in school administration from Hofstra University. In 2004, Fr. Donovan entered the Society of Jesus. Following the novitiate, Fr. Donovan was missioned for philosophy and theology studies at Fordham University, where he also worked part-time in hospital ministry at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx and tutored at Cristo Rey High School in Harlem. For regency, Fr. Donovan taught chemistry and theology at Regis High School in Manhattan. During his years of formation, Fr. Donovan also directed retreats at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, California, and completed intensive training in spiritual direction. Ordained a deacon in 2012, he has served at St. Leo’s Church in Oakland, California, and San Quentin State Prison while earning his Master of Divinity degree at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California. His first assignment after ordination was at St. Anthony’s Parish in Oceanside, N.Y. Just prior to coming to Loyola Jesuit Center in 2016, Fr. Donovan was teaching at Xavier High School in New York City.

fr-tomRev. 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 Staff

Renee Owens
Director of the Work

Teresa Elko

Majella Lobello
Office Manager

Rosario Carmona
Spanish Ministry Coordinator

Alfreda DeMoss
Development Director

Nina Androski
Public Relations Specialist

Courtney DeMaio
Youth Ministry Coordinator

John Lucchesse
Executive Chef


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
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. Bill Rakowicz, S.J., Jesuit Community Vice-Superior

Retreat Colleagues

Marie Bannister
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.
Karen Florance
Anna Graziano
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.
Irene Nolan
Fr. Alejandro Olayo, S.J.
Fr. Fred Pellegrini, S.J.
Marie Santana
Judy Schiavo
Fr. Tom Scirghi, S.J.
Fr. Tom Smolich, S.J.
Fr. Ray Sweitzer, S.J.
Judy Warenkiewicz