Msgr. T. Peter Ryan, Pastor Emeritus, served the parish for nineteen years from June 1991 to June 2010. He was raised in Syosset and attended St. Dominic’s High School I Oyster Bay, Cathedral Prep Seminary I Brooklyn and Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington.
Ordained on June 2, 1962, Father Ryan’s first parish was St. Joseph’s in Kings Park. He co-founded and worked in Smithaven Ministries, an ecumenical community service agency, in Smithaven Mall in the 1970’s and was appointed as pastor of St. Boniface parish in Elmont in June 1980.
Monsignor has a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Seminary in Huntington. His thesis was Catholic Social Teaching as employed in the parish Employment Network. Started in 1992, the Employment Network has served thousands of men and women from all over Long Island, and still does.
Monsignor enjoys his retirement years living and helping in the parish and traveling. You are in his prayers and he is grateful for yours.
Deacon John Rieger has been a member of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs for over 25 years and resides in Greenlawn, New York with his wife, Ellen, and their four daughters - Kathryn, Courtney, Patricia and Meghan.
John graduated from Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception with a B.A. in Philosophy and received his Juris Doctor cum laude from New York Law School in 1986. He earned his Masters of Theology and was ordained a Deacon for the Diocese of Rockville Centre in May, 2008.
In addition to his law practice, John built and co-owned the Blue Honu Restaurant in Huntington; he currently co-owns and operates with his partners the Besito Restaurant Group which operates multiple Besito Restaurants located in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Judy Smith is a long time parishioner at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. She has lived in the Huntington area for over 25 years and spent many years volunteering in the schools, church and the community while raising her four children.
Judy is also a 7th grade catechist and recipient of the St. Pius X Award for ten years of catechetical service. She joined our staff in 2012 and serves as assistant to the Administrator.
Judy can be reached at (631) 757-8184 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Nanci DeSantis has been a parishioner and volunteer at OLQM for the past 20 years. She has been active in many ministries including Children's and Adult Faith Formation as well as Parish Social Ministry. Nanci currently serves as a Catechist, a Eucharistic Minister, and as a member of the Welcoming and Youth/Parent Advisory Committees. She will receive the 10 year St. Pius X Award for service this fall.
Nanci is an essential element of the OLQM Rectory staff. In addition to her tasks managing Fr. John's schedule and and correspondence, she is responsible for communications, day to day scheduling and coordinating for Funerals, Baptisms and Weddings. Nanci resides in Centerport and is the proud mother of two children, John and Eva.
Nanci can be reached at (631) 754-9045 or email@example.com
Mary Ellen Pisano grew up in Garden City and became a parishioner of OLQM when she married and moved to Centerport in 1994.
Mary Ellen worked at New York Life Insurance Company for 25 years. She was an AVP in the Accounting and Finance Department and then transitioned to AVP Project Manager of Systems and HR Services.
Mary Ellen has been singing in the Contemporary Choir since 2010 and finds it extremely rewarding!
Her husband, Roy, just recently became a Catholic through the RCIA program here at OLQM. Mary Ellen and Roy have two young daughters, Lauren and Jamie. They both participate in the Youth Choir and Lauren is currently an altar server.
Georgena Ryan became a Parishioner of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in 1991. She is a resident of Greenlawn with her husband Paul, and is a proud Mother of their four children Ted, Katherine, Cynthia and Liam.
Before joining the Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Family, Georgena worked in the Cable Industry for SportsChannel New York Marketing.
Georgena has been a Catechist since 1999 and is a recipient of the St. Pius X Award. She is the Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church Wedding Coordinator since 2010 and in 2017 became a staff member in the Faith Formation Office.
She loves working with the students at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, helping them further their education in the Catholic Faith.
Alex Korenevski, our Facilities Director, came to the United States from Russia in 1991. He worked several odd jobs while saving money in order to bring his family to America.
Alex joined the staff of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in 1993 and is primarily responsible for the coordination of all parish projects and maintenance as well as the daily preparation for all of our programs and classes.
Alex is known for his warmth, outstanding skills and work ethic, and his commitment to our faith community.
Kathy Palmieri has been a member of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs for 25 years.
She has taken on the rewarding and sometimes overlooked task of making sure that Fr. John and others in the Rectory have a warm, pleasant environment in which to live and work.
Her greatest joy has been the sense of "family" that she has found working with and taking care of so many in the Rectory. She has had a special affection for the dogs, Simba and Nala, who have shared the Rectory with their owners.
Valerie has been the Contemporary Choir Director at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church since September, 1985. In addition, she sings at baptisms and special occasions as needed.
Before coming to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Valerie was the assistant organist at St. Patrick's Church in Huntington for 20 years.
In 2003 Valerie and her partner Joseph Latini composed a song for an organization against domestic violence in Ohio which they used as their theme song: "Someplace Safe".
Lillian has been the Director of the OLQM Adult Choir for 19 years. Over the years, Lillian has found many ways of making music with piano, choral groups, instrumental ensembles and our choir. She often comments that, "Music is the language of the soul."
Lillian directs the 25 member OLQM Adult Choir which sings SATB traditional choral music as well as music written for the liturgy by today’s composers.
The Adult Choir regularly sing at the 10:00 AM Mass on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.