Capuchin Community

Fr. Francis Gasparik, OFM Cap.

(212) 246-4732 (Holy Cross Rectory)

The Very Rev. Francis J. Gasparik, OFM Cap., is a New York City-born and bred individual who has been living in and serving the community in midtown Manhattan for the past twenty-seven years. From his diverse background as child care worker, prison chaplain, hospital chaplain, youth minister, educator, and recruiter, Father Francis brought these experiences to bear upon his work at the Church of St. John the Baptist from 1991 to 2002. In 2002, he became the Province's foreign mission secretary and development director. As the former provincial minister (2011-2017) and a provincial councilor for  twenty-one years, he has served as a member of the governing board for the Capuchin Province of St. Mary in the areas of property, finance, investments, fleet management, health care, recruitment, and policy making. Internationally, he served on the Fundraising Committee and Commission for Economic International Solidarity of the General Minister. In the Archdiocese of New York, he has served as a member of the Pastors Advisory Council for the Development Efforts of the Archdiocese of New York, the Archdiocesan Realignment Advisory Panel, and the Priests’ Council under their Eminences Cardinals John O’Connor and Edward Egan in the areas of priests’ compensation, priests’ retirement, and outreach to those disenfranchised by the Church. 

Board Member of the Michael T. and Marjorie V. Gasparik Foundation
Board Member of St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters
Board Member of Downey Side … Families for Youth, New York, NY
Board Member of the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, Yonkers, NY
Board Member of the John Coleman School, Yonkers, White Plains, NY
Board Member of Children's Rehabilitation Center, White Plains, NY

2005 Guardian Angels Role Model Award
2006 Mann of the Year for the Mann Foundation
2008 New Yorker of the Week by New York 1 News
2011 Community Service Award by Hope of New Rochelle, NY
2011 Fr. Francis Gasparik Day – City of New Rochelle, March 31

Fr. Thomas Franks, OFM Cap.

(212) 564-9070 ext. 239 (Saint John the Baptist Rectory)
(917) 768-9490 (cell)

Father Tom is guardian of the Holy Cross-Saint John the Baptist fraternity. He is also deputy chief chaplain for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Father Tom is currently serving as the chaplain of Manhattan College. He was pastor of the Church of Saint John the Baptist from October 2011 to August 2017 and pastor of the Parish of Holy Cross-Saint John the Baptist from August 2015 to August 2017. 

Fr. Michael Marigliano, OFM Cap.
Parochial Vicar

(212) 246-4732 (Holy Cross Rectory)

Michael Joseph Marigliano is a Capuchin Franciscan friar of the Province of St. Mary. The Province serves the local churches in New York and New England, with ministries also established in Central America, Guam and the Marianas Islands, Japan and the Ryukyu Islands. Michael holds a Master of Divinity from Maryknoll School of Theology and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Marquette University.

Fr. John Riordan, OFM Cap.
Parochial Vicar

212) 564-9070 ext. 237 (Saint John the Baptist Rectory)

Father John Baptist coordinates the monthly all-night vigil. He is spiritual assistant to the Secular Franciscans, Saint John Fraternity, supervising their formation. He is involved with the local liturgical and sacramental ministries and in retreat ministry. His pastoral motto is to help people see the presence of Christ in their own hearts and the world around them in Midtown. In his quiet moments, he is working on a crime novel. Born in Woodhaven, Queens, he entered the Capuchin Order on Aug. 31, 1963, and was ordained to the priesthood on Sept. 11, 1971. He has Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Maryknoll School of Theology and an MS in pastoral counseling from Iona College, with additional studies at Catholic University of America.

Bro. Salvatore Patricola, OFM Cap.
Parochial Staff

(212) 564-9070 ext. 241 (Saint John the Baptist Rectory)

Brother Salvatore arrived at Holy Cross-Saint John the Baptist on Oct. 11, 2015, for his second assignment to the parish, having served here before, from 2001 to 2010. He was ordained a permanent deacon on Feb. 11, 1978. He serves as minister of hospitality along with 20 volunteers serving at the parish gift shop. He conducts daily Communion services and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. He also conducts adult formation sessions and serves as spiritual assistant to the Solanus Casey Guild.

Fr. Benny Peter Vettickanakudy, OFM Cap.
Parochial Staff

(212) 564-9070 Ext: 245

Fr.Benny Peter Vettickanakudy OFM Cap, was born in  Kerala, India. He was ordained a Priest on December 28, 1995. He graduated from Fordham, New York Jesuit University. Soon after he was ordained , Fr. Benny Peter was the assistant parish priest of the Dolour’s  Basilica, Trichur. Kerala, India. He was the-Director of the renowned Capuchin Renewal Centres, Calvary Renewal Centre, Trichur , Gagultha Retreat Centre Trichur and Sinai Renewal Centre, Palakkad in Kerala, India. He is the Spiritual Director of the Secular Franciscan Order in the Syro Malabar Catholic diocese of Chicago. He is currently engaged in preaching retreats and renewal programmes especially in the field of Inter-generational healing in different parts of the world.   He is gifted with the power of Resting in the spirit.

 Fr. Benny Peter is cuurently a member of St. John’s Capuchin community assisting the parish, Syro-Malabr Diocese of St. Thomas and Province of St. Mary. In May, he will become a full time parochial vicar at Holy Cross- St. John the Baptist

Sunday Associates:

Fr. Robert Abbatiello, OFM Cap.

Fr. Richard Mattox, OFM Cap.

Fr. Eric Sundrup, S.J.