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.
Bill Leone, our Youth Minister, grew up in Garden City and is a graduate of Chaminade High School and Boston College, where he majored in Theology and History. He earned a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Notre Dame and is currently a religion teacher at St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows.
After graduating from Boston College in 2006, Bill attended the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Program at Notre Dame University. While in the program, he taught in an Inner City School in South Central Los Angeles.
While at Boston College, he participated in a service program as a tutor in an after school program for underprivileged elementary school students.
Beth Cotter, a resident of OLQM for 10 years, has been the cook at OLQM for 3 and a half years.
She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park where she interned in the American Bounty Restaurant. She has also worked at the Carmel Valley Ranch Resort in Carmel, CA, Kiawah Island in Charlston, SC and the Waldorf Astoria.
Beth is a wife and mother; she has been married to her Irish husband, Damien, for seventeen years and they have two beautiful children.
Deirdre Kupka grew up in Huntington and has been a member of OLQM Parish for 30 years.
Initially she volunteered in the choir and as a cantor for Sunday Mass. In 1988, she began the Children’s Choir consisting of 10-12 children. Soon it grew to its current size of 66, varying from year to year anywhere from 65-75 children. They currently sing the first Sunday of each month at the 10:00 Mass.
In 1993, Deirdre joined the staff as the Music Coordinator for the Music Ministry. She and her family moved to Centerport in 1999. She is the proud mother of 4 children and 3 grandchildren.
Hugh Carroll was born and raised in Cedarhurst where he began playing the organ in his parish church at the age of 13. From then to the present he has always been involved in playing the organ and directing choirs in a variety of church settings.
He spent 15 years as a member of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Hugh holds degrees from The Catholic University of America and the University of Rhode Island in English Literature and a Ph.D in administration from Fordham University.
Forty years of his life were spent in the education field as a teacher, principal of a public elementary school and superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
He and his wife Loretta live in Kings Park.