Five Deans Named for Archdiocese


Five priests have been appointed as deans for the archdiocese, the Cardinal’s Office has announced.


The deans and their deaneries are: Father Robert Grippo, Deanery of Yonkers; Father Daniel O’Hare, Deanery of Orange County; Msgr. John Paddack, Deanery of West Manhattan; Father Edward Russell, Deanery of North Manhattan, and Msgr. James Sullivan, Deanery of Dutchess County.

The appointments, which became effective Dec. 1, are for a three-year term.


Last September Cardinal Dolan had announced the change in the name of the geographic areas in the archdiocese from vicariates to deaneries, with a corresponding change in the names of the heads of those regions from vicars to deans. 


Father Robert Grippo has been administrator of Annunciation parish, Crestwood, since July, a position he will retain. He was pastor of St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus, the Bronx, 1991-2014. He also serves as a member of the Archdiocesan Advisory Committee, East Bronx, for Making All Things New, and has served as a clergy trustee of the Northeast/East Bronx regional school board. He served as parochial vicar of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scarsdale, 1980-1991, and St. Frances de Chantal, the Bronx, 1972-1980. He was ordained in 1972.


Father Daniel O’Hare has served as pastor of Holy Name of Mary parish in Montgomery since 2005. He was pastor of Assumption in Maybrook, 1996-2005, and has been administrator there since 2005. He will remain pastor of Holy Name of Mary and administrator of Assumption. He was pastor of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Port Jervis, 1985-1996, and was previously administrator there for a year. He served as parochial vicar at St. Patrick’s, Newburgh; St. Joseph’s, New Paltz, and St. Peter’s, Poughkeepsie. He was ordained in 1965.


Msgr. John Paddack has served as pastor of Notre Dame parish in Manhattan since 2012, a post he will retain. He had served as administrator there for nearly a year. He served as temporary administrator of St. Vincent de Paul parish, Manhattan, and Holy Family parish, the Bronx. He served as principal of Msgr. Farrell High School on Staten Island, 2002-2010. He taught at St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School, Staten Island, 1998-2002, and Cardinal Hayes High School, the Bronx, 1991-1998. He was parochial vicar at Incarnation, Manhattan, 1984-1991. He was ordained in 1984 and named a monsignor in 2006.


Father Edward Russell has served at St. Rose of Lima parish, Manhattan, since 2006, first as administrator, then as pastor from 2008 and, since July, again as administrator. He has also been administrator of Our Lady of Esperanza in Manhattan since 2008. He will remain administrator of both St. Rose of Lima and Our Lady of Esperanza. He also serves as a clergy trustee of the Manhattan regional school board. He was pastor of St. Pius V, the Bronx, 1997-2006, after serving there as administrator for a year. He was parochial vicar of Incarnation, Manhattan, 1991-1996, and Immaculate Conception, Staten Island, 1983-1991. He was ordained in 1983.


Msgr. James Sullivan has served as pastor of St. Martin de Porres parish in Poughkeepsie since 2004, a post he will retain. He also serves as a clergy trustee of the Dutchess regional school board. Before his assignment at St. Martin de Porres he had served at Cardinal Spellman High School, the Bronx, since 1997, first as principal, and from 1999 as president. He was administrator of St. Eugene’s, Yonkers, for nine months in 1997. From 1990 to 1996 he was rector of St. John Neumann Residence in the Bronx and from 1988 to 1990 he was rector of Cathedral Preparatory Seminary. He was special assistant to the archbishop for vocations, 1986-1988, and was director of youth services at Catholic Charities and director of the Catholic Youth Organization, 1983-1986. For the first two years of that period, he was director of the Pope John Paul II Residence on Staten Island for men considering the priesthood. He was associate superintendent for religious education, 1981-1983, and taught at Msgr. Farrell High School, Staten Island, 1973-1981. He served as parochial vicar of Annunciation parish, Crestwood, 1970-1973. He was ordained in 1970 and named a monsignor in 1990.