OUR PASTOR, Father William Brisotti
He is a former track & field competitor and lacrosse player. He is a skilled banjo man. And at OLMM, he is our Pastor. But what Father William Brisotti is really best known for is making Christian ideals come alive in the world; not just by preaching but by acting. Father Bill’s personal history is an enduring model of how actions speak louder than words ..... especially when they are rooted in love, compassion, and faith.
William F. Brisotti was born on July 28, 1942 in the Bronx. Dad was an insurance salesman supporting 5 sons. When young Bill was 3, his family moved to Glen Cove—and there they stayed for decades. Bill as a youngster went to St. Patrick’s School and then spent his high school years at St. Mary’s in Manhasset.
Next, Fr. Brisotti enrolled at Mount St. Mary’s College in Maryland, which in turn led him back to Long Island. The next stop was: Huntington’s Immaculate Conception Seminary.
Father Bill was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest in 1968. By this time, he was already a "man of the world", having devoted himself in the summers of 1964, ’65, and ’66 to helping the poor and destitute of Peru and Chile at the Maryknoll Society Missions. Projects he worked on in South America included agricultural cooperatives and home building. A completely fluent bi-lingual speaker for more than half his life, Fr. Bill’s extensive command of Spanish began with these 3 pivotal summers of the mid-1960s.
D I O C E S A N
P R I E S T,
F a t h e r A n d r e w
C o n n o l l y
Always a tall, strong, strapping man, but a man of genuine humility, Father Andy Connolly would be the first person to downplay any talk of himself as a heroic figure. But the truth is, to many OLMM parishioners who can still remember our modest parish and the way it was back in the 1960s and 1970s--he is still a legend. We are all blessed and very grateful to have him back again (since 2014) as a regularly visiting priest, serving the OLMM Parish just as he did decades ago.
Father Andy knew he wanted to be a priest when he was 6 years old. Even as a child, he was a self-assured little man of firm conviction! And, apparently, he has never wavered or questioned his special calling.
Andrew P. Connolly (born July 30th, 1930) grew up as the youngest of 3 sons in St. Albans, Queens. All four of his grandparents had been born and raised in Ireland, and both parents in New York City. The Connollys attended Ss. Joachim & Anne Roman Catholic Church in nearby Queens Village. The pastor there was Father Brosnahan, a man who had a great, positive influence on young Andy--reinforcing his desire to become a priest.
Another inspiring priest at the same church who helped mold and influence the future Fr. Connolly was a Passionist named Father Leopold. He encouraged Andy to become a Passionist too, and though the idea was appealing, he ultimately chose a different path.
R Y A N O U T R E A C H Programs Director
Until recently, Naycha split her duties between the Ryan Outreach Center and OLMM....but now, the GROC is lucky to have her at their disposal as a full-time, and very important staff leader.
Ms. Florival is also Director of the Summer Camp program for the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center—the very same camp she attended as a young teenager. It’s clear that Naycha is a special individual who truly embodies the values and spirit of both OLMM, and the Outreach.
The daughter of a father from the Dominican Republic, and a mother from Haiti, Naycha was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York until the family moved to Long Island in the 1990s.
As the middle sister (between Dorline and Marjorie) Naycha can remember the Sunday mornings of her youth when the three sisters begged to watch re-runs of “The Munsters”. However, their maternal grandmother was a devout Catholic, and not a big Munsters fan. And so, leaving their tv behind, they walked to mass every Sunday together. Yes, Grandma was a very strong, important early influence.
Now, in 2016, Naycha lives in Central Islip, the community of her teen years where she graduated from Central Islip High School. She’s the mother to two children of her own--a 9-year old girl, Rolanda, and 6-year-old Zackory.
As for Naycha’s own education, she credits several years in the North Babylon school district (where her family first lived after leaving Brooklyn) for raising her appreciation of learning and academics.
Thus, when the Florivals moved to Central Islip, she became a standout honors high school student...and later, after graduating from St. Joseph’s College on a full 4-year scholarship, Naycha earned her MS in Education from Long Island University.
May 25th, 2016
P A S T O R A L
A S S O C I A T E,
S i s t e r V i c k i T o a l e
OLMM’s parishioners have many valuable resources available to them, including individuals who have serious credentials and deep experience. Sister Vicki is one such person. If you have religious/theologicalor academic questions to discuss, Sr. Vicki has much to offer as a spiritual, historical and reflective resource.
Sr. Vicki is an Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Molloy College in Rockville Centre. She has been at Molloy since 1995.
In her own words, Sr. Vicki is "a Brooklyn born-and-raised Amityville Dominican sister, preacher and teacher...and someone who believes that parish is the place where we challenge and support each other while striving to follow Jesus, as we incarnate the Gospel in our own time and space."
Sister Vicki also serves as Adult Formation Director which is all about creating opportunities for parishioners, regardless of age, to continue learning about Jesus, the Kingdom Jesus preached...and the Church that continues to work to bring about that Kingdom."
R Y A N O U T R E A C H Executive Director
Noelle Campbell was born and raised in Amityville, including her high school years spent at Queen of the Rosary Academy. A graduate of Stony Brook University (with an MSW earned in 2005) Noelle has been the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center’s hardworking chief since November, 2007.
The Ryan Center provides a range of social services for Wyandanch residents, and on occasion, for others in nearby Town of Babylon communities—helping families and individuals in times of emergency or urgent need. The Center’s work can affect, directly or indirectly, up to 900 people in a single month.
When she took on her new role, Ms. Campbell was very experienced and quite capable (having logged over 15 years as a social worker before 11/07). But nothing could have fully prepared her for the misfortune the Outreach Center was about to face: just one month after she began her tenure as Executive Director, it burned to the ground.
Noelle at Ryan Outreach
Golf Outing Fundraiser
on May 25th, 2016
Additionally, the Ryan Outreach Center “reaches out” in many other ways by running a summer camp for local youths, offering immigration assistance for many newcomers to the USA, and by organizing and managing the distribution of holiday baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Woman Behind the Story of
The Miraculous Medal
When the Virgin Mary and Her Blessed Son were born into the world, the world had almost no knowledge of their coming, nor of the new covenant between God and man that they heralded. It was much the same in 1806 when Catherine Laboure, the visionary of the Miraculous Medal, was born. She was a country farm girl, hidden in a pocket of the Burgundian hills in France. Certainly the brilliant skeptical world of Voltaire and the proud world of Napoleon Bonaparte would have snubbed her. Yet she heralded a new Marian era that begun what many call the Age of Mary.