From the Pastor- Fr. Fredy Sanchez Pachon
Dear Parishioners of St. Bernard of Clairvaux and St. Stanislaus Kostka,
Here it's a bit about myself. I look forward to meeting you!
I was born in Colombia, South America. I came to the United States and went to Saint Andrew's, the College Seminary at Seton Hall University, where I earned a B.A. in Catholic Theology. Following this I entered Immaculate Conception Seminary, here I earned a Master of. Divinity and an M. A. in Systematic Theology. I went on to earn an M.A. in Professional Counseling.
As a transitional deacon in the Archdiocese of Newark my assignment was to Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church in Garfield and after ordination I remained there as a parochial vicar. While at Mount Virgin I had the pleasure to work with the Italian community, celebrating mass for them, leading youth groups, and parish and sacramental ministry in general. After this I was assigned to Saint Joseph’s in Jersey City, where I participated in the Spanish ministry. My final assignment as a parochial vicar was to Blessed Sacrament in Elizabeth, where I worked with the English and Spanish-speaking communities.
In each of these assignments I was given opportunities to bring the light of the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus to men and women from different cultural backgrounds. And was blessed to experience the witness of so many men and women to our Risen Lord.
In coming to the community of St. Bernard’s and St. Stanislaus Kostka I hope to share my faith with all the community and, as I listen to woman and men of faith who live here, to grow together in the love of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and our Savior.