Board of Members

Rev. Msgr. Joseph P. Calise
Rev. Msgr. Joseph P. Calise was ordained at Saint James Cathedral on June 28th, 1980. He attended Cathedral Preparatory Seminary, Cathedral College and the Pontifical Gregorian University while residing at the North American College in Rome. He earned a BA in English and Comparative Literature and an STB.

Msgr. Calise was first assigned to Saint Mel’s, Whitestone (1980-1984) and then to Saint Leo’s, Corona (1984-1989), Saint Aloysius, Ridgewood (1989-1990) and Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, Woodside (1990-1995). In September 1995, Bishop Daily assigned him to the teaching faculty of Cathedral Preparatory Seminary and appointed him Rector-Principal in 1998. Msgr. Calise has been appointed Pastor of the Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, and administrator of the parish of Annunciation, effective August 1, 2008. He was named Papal Chamberlain with the title Monsignor by Pope Benedict XVI in January, 2007.

Msgr. Calise also served the diocese in a variety of ways in addition to these assignments. From 1989 through 1995, he was Chaplain of the Newman Center at Queensborough Community College. He teaches Pre-Cana classes as part of the Family Life Office, is a regular columnist for The Tablet, is on the teaching faculty and Spiritual Direction staff of the Permanent Deaconate Program, moderated the Catholic Charities Golf Classic from 1991 through 2005, directs retreats within the Matt Talbot movement and serves as Chaplain to the Joyce Kilmer and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Councils, Knights of Columbus and the Father Giorgio Post of the Catholic War Veterans. Bishop Sullivan has invited him to join an ad hoc committee on LGBT concerns and Bishop DiMarzio has appointed him to the Bishop’s Committee on Addictions and to the Seminary Admissions Board.

Rev. Msgr. Anthony Hernández
Msgr. Anthony Hernández is the current priest of the parish of the Transfiguration in Brooklyn, county where he was born, and has a degree in Philosophy from St. John’s University.

After being ordained as a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, Monsignor Hernández served as pastor, Vicar of the church St. Mary Star of Sea, in Far Rockaway; Vicar Legal associate for the Diocesan Tribunal, in Douglaston; Priest Vicar of the Church St. Peter and Paul and Epiphany in Brooklyn; Administrator of the parish of the Transfiguration; Vice-Chancellor and Chancellor of the Diocese of Brooklyn. In 2007 he was assigned as coordinator of the papal visit to New York.

He was elected Councilor Presbyterian of the Diocese of Brooklyn and appointed to hold office in the association of consultants of that jurisdiction. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Casa Bethsaida and Kent Village Housing Corporation.

Fr. Thomas Vassalotti
Fr. Thomas Vassalotti has been the Pastor of Divine Mercy Parish since June of 2012.  Divine Mercy Parish is a merger of three Catholic Churches in the Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods.  The three churches are: St. Nicholas (26 Olive Street); St. Francis of Paola (219 Conselyea Street); and St. Cecilia (84 Herbert Street).

Fr. Vassalotti was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Brooklyn in June 2007.  He has served as parochial vicar at St. Agatha’s in Sunset Park, Brooklyn (2007—2011) and parochial vicar in Divine Mercy Parish (2011-2012).  Since 2008 he has also served as a Chaplain for the Catholic Committee for Scouting in the Diocese of Brooklyn.  Fr. Tom was an Eagle Scout and maintains an active schedule promoting the scouting program in the diocese.

Fr. Tom was born in Richmond Hill, Queens before moving to Long Island where he graduated High School.  Prior to ordination, Fr. Tom was an active classical musician in the New York area. He was a member of the Long Island Philharmonic and New Haven Symphony and substituted with the NY Philharmonic, the NJ Symphony, Musica Sacra and many other local ensembles.