Monsignor Vincent Rush – Pastor
The key actor in every disciple’s life is the Holy Spirit. The Spirit led me to my work as a priest and as pastor here, and my central task is to help every member of the parish to discover his or her Spirit-given gifts and to put them to work for the sake of the Gospel in family, workplace or school, and community. Most of my time is spent in preaching and teaching the Word of God, in leading our shared prayer in the sacraments, and in preparing for those central tasks. I’m also responsible for the coordination of the gifts of staff and parishioners so that we do God’s work well.
Reverend Gilbert “Gil” Lap – Associate Pastor
Gilbert D. Lap was born in the Bronx. When he was nine years old his family moved to Seaford, and he was enrolled in the Seaford Public Schools. Thoughts of the priesthood crossed his mind occasionally, but were never taken seriously. After his graduation from Seaford High School, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he earned his B.S. degree in mathematics. He continued his studies at Adelphi University, where he earned his M.S., also in math.
He began his career as a systems analyst with Grumman, and spent thirteen years as an analyst for LILCO.
He began taking philosophy classes at Stony Brook and St. John’s University and entered the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington in September of 1997. He was ordained in 2003, and served in St. Barnabas Parish in Bellmore until his transfer to Our Lady of Grace.
Fr. Gil’s favorite form of prayer is reflective. He believes that everything directed to God is prayer but he enjoys sharing with God the events of the day – the people he’s met, the sorrows, and, of course, the many blessings.
Deacon Peter DiGiuseppe
After serving Our Lady of Grace parish for twenty-five years I worked at another parish in Nassau as a pastoral associate for three years. Returning home to Our Lady of Grace has been a delight for me. My ministry is supported by a community of faithful people who search for God along with me. This parish has taught me more about the spiritual journey than all the formal formation has. I look forward to meet old friends and make new ones.
Deacon Brian Miller
Deacon Irwin Saffran
Mrs. Ann Kristoffersen – Coordinator of Parish Social Ministry
Mr. Terence Purtell – Organist and Choirmaster
As a classically trained keyboardist, Terence’s hymn accompaniment is known for its dynamic contrast and rhythmic energy. As a conductor, he dances; as a singer, he has many voices. As a director whose purpose is to build community participation, he often sends personal invitations to choir functions and dreams of a day when faith will transcend politics. Terence’s specialties include sacred choral masterworks, genre crossovers, and large choir collaborations. Outside of Our Lady of Grace, he freelances and volunteers with numerous choruses in the NYC/LI area.
Ms. Jeanmarie Florio – Director of Day Care