Fr. Williams

Fr Chamindra S.Williams was born in Sri-Lanka but has spent a good part of his life in South Florida with his family. His parents, Sunthararasan (Bobby) and Carmen, both teachers by profession, are members of St Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens while the rest of his brothers and sisters are dispersed throughout the state. From an early age, inspired by the faith and example of his devout parents, as well as by the charisma of exemplary priests known to the family, Fr Williams felt a call to the priesthood and responded by entering the seminary after high school.  After completing his first four years of minor seminary in California, he entered St Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, only to leave a few years afterwards to pursue studies in Chemistry, Mathematics and Music at Florida Atlantic University. After completing these studies, he taught in Palm Beach County for a few years at the high school and college level and then returned to finish his studies at the seminary and was ordained in May 2013 – Praised be Jesus!  Fr Williams spent one year each at St Anastasia (Ft Pierce), St Paul of the Cross (North Palm Beach) and three years at St Peter (Jupiter).

While Fr Williams has enjoyed living all over the globe (Maldives, Jamaica and Zambia) he prefers eating curried food and doesn’t do too badly in the kitchen. Fr Williams enjoys playing the piano, listening to music (favorite artist: Glenn Gould) and riding his bicycle.

Fr Williams loves the examples of the saints: in the last five years he has been growing in appreciation for the life and work of St Ignatius of Loyola. In exercising his own ministry, Fr Williams aspires towards that which is reflected in the words of Pope Paul VI: ‘Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.


Fr. Michael Massaro

       Father Massaro is the son of devout Italian Immigrants, from the regions of Naples and Benevento, who were blessed to meet, marry and establish their family in Waterbury, Connecticut. There, along with his five older siblings, young “Mickey” was raised with a strong devotion to his Catholic faith and, by fourth grade, dreamed of becoming a priest.

     Within two years, however, the family was rocked by the death of Mickey’s mother. Then, when his father passed away four years later, his older sister, Mary, and her husband, accepted the responsibility for raising Mickey, Helen and Pasquale. To this day, the siblings remain close, all choosing to reside in Vero Beach.

     As a boy, he had hoped to enter seminary after 8th grade, but family convinced him to wait until high school graduation. However, it was not until reaching the age of 21 that he entered the congregation of Holy Cross for his first year of brotherhood formation and study at Stonehill College.

     Soon after, he trained at the Bennington Vermont Novitiate House of Formation where he took his first vows in 1961, and final vows in 1963, to become a Holy Cross Brother. Then, “Brother Mike” returned to Stonehill College and, over the following years, worked in various capacities and completed his college degree before departing Stonehill in 1977.

     Still, Brother Mike’s dream of becoming a priest never left him. But brothers traditionally had been restricted from seeking the priesthood within the same religious community. Vatican II, however, solved that problem by lifting the ban. Eventually, his spiritual director encouraged him to pursue that goal within the Holy Cross Fathers’ Community.

     The University of Notre Dame became Brother Mike’s first stop for seminary priestly formation, followed by two years at The Sacred Heart School of Theology at Hales Corners, Wisconsin. His Diaconate Year was spent at Most Holy Trinity Church in Saco, Maine, where he was ordained on June 13, 1981.

     Over the past three decades, Fr. Massaro’s assignments have been rewarding and varied. At St. Joseph College in North Windham, Maine, he taught theology and served as chaplain. Next came his Connecticut assignments. In the diocese of Hartford, he served as Parochial Vicar at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury. In the diocese of Bridgeport, he was chaplain of Park City Hospital and Parochial Vicar at St. George’s Church. In the diocese of Norwich, he taught high school theology at the Academy of the Holy Family and served as their chaplain. Then he was assigned to the Archdiocese of New York where he was Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

     In 2000, Fr. Massaro moved to Vero Beach, where he served as Parochial Vicar, for one year at St. Helen’s Church and then twelve years at Holy Cross Church. In both parishes, he made life-long friendships which are very special to him and which he is pleased to continue.

     Today, Fr. Massaro is thankful and feels richly blessed to remain in Vero Beach, close to family, while ministering to the spiritual needs of parishioners at St. John of the Cross.


       Fr. Michael J. Martin, C.S.P. is originally from Chicago, the eldest of four boys given to Jack and

Marge Martin.  As Fr. Martin has often said: “I’m 6’9” tall and I don’t play basketball. This is usually

how I introduce myself.”

      His family faithfully attended St. Mary of the Woods Parish, in Chicago, and he went to parochial

schools until college.  When he was two, he (and his mother) had polio, which has affected his

balance and walking.  He attended Knox College, and was always interested in spirituality, minoring

in Religion.   Upon graduation from college, to quote Robert Frost, “two roads diverged in a yellow

wood, and I chose the one less travelled, and that has made all the difference.”  He chose to attend

the Seminary, and learned about the Paulist Fathers, the first religious community of men founded in

the United States.  They sought “the Conversion of America” and worked on college campuses and

with Searchers.

       He earned a Master’s degree from The Catholic University of America and was ordained a Priest in 1977 at St. Paul the Apostle Church in New York City.  He served the first five years, of his

Priesthood at West Virginia University, then went on to the University of Colorado (Boulder) for

another five.  While there, he received a second Masters in Christian Spirituality from Creighton

University, a Jesuit school.  Having done some work as a Seminarian and Deacon in Alaska, he

accepted the call to be Pastor of St. Nicholas Church in North Pole, Alaska, where he served from

1987 to 1994.  “I volunteered, I wasn’t banished!” He likes to remind everyone!

       He then took up a Paulist invitation to work in Pope St. John Paul II’s New Evangelization

Jubilee Year, preparing Dioceses and Parishes throughout the U.S. for the 2000th anniversary of the

Catholic Faith in the year 2000.  He was based in Grand Rapids, MI. Then followed seven years at

the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

       After falling and breaking his leg “The doctor told me I couldn’t do snow and ice anymore,”

That’s when he considered moving to Vero Beach, Florida in 2007. The first weekend he was in

town, he met the new pastor of St. John of the Cross, Fr. John Pasquini on his first Sunday in the

Parish, and has been celebrating Mass here for more than a decade. One of his favorite

experiences, besides singing Sunday Mass, is Tuesday mornings following the 8:30 Mass, when

folks gather for “Tuesday Talks with Fr. Mike”, a conversation with coffee and goodies in the new

Parish Hall. He lives with four other Paulist priests, here in Vero Beach.       


      Born and raised in a small “Mill Town” in Northeastern Connecticut, Deacon Dennis graduated from Killingly High School, in June of 1976.  Approx. a year later, he met Susan, who would later become his wife.   In the Fall of 1978, he enrolled in the Travel and Tourism Management Program at Becker Junior College, in Leicester, Mass. and in May of 1980 he graduated Summa Magna Cum Laude with a Degree in that field.

       Deacon Dennis and Susan were married on August 4th, 1979, by the Late Rev. Fr. Gerald J. Boulanger, MS, at Our Lady of La Salette Catholic Church, in Brooklyn, Connecticut.    Within a few years of getting married, Deacon Dennis began his career in Hotel Management, initially managing a property in Mystic, Ct., and then  eventually  he went on to manage varioys other properties on Cape Cod, where in later years, he and his Family, owned and operated their own Motel.  While living on Cape Cod, 16 years would pass, from the time, Deacon Dennis received that initial nudge, towards the Diaconate, standing in Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, on Cape Cod, in 1992.

​​​​Ironically enough, Our Lady of Victory Church, on Cape Cod, was a  LaSalette Parish, as well as the Parish of St. James Catholic Church, located in Danielson, Ct., the Parish Deacon Dennis attended as a boy and where he received all of his Sacraments of Initiation.

       In the Spring of 2003, following his retirement, Deacon Dennis and Susan moved to Vero Beach and found their way to the Parish of St. John of the Cross, a Carmelite Parish.   Following the installation of Fr. John J. Pasquini, as the Pastor of St. John of the Cross, on August 4th, 2008, initial talks began, about Deacon Dennis entering the Permanent Diaconate Formation Program.  In the Fall of 2009, Deacon Dennis officially began his Academic Journey to the Diaconate, by enrolling at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, in Boynton Beach, and he completed his Philosophical and Theological Studies in May of 2013.  He was Ordained 4 months later as a Permanent Deacon, by the Most Reverend Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito, Bishop of the Diocese of Palm Beach, on September 7th, 2013.  His Ordination took place, at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius of Loyola, in Palm Beach. Deacon Dennis is the first Deacon, to be Ordained to the Permanent Diaconate, from the actual Parish of St. John of the Cross.   Deacon Dennis'  "Mass of Thanksgiving", was Celebrated on Sunday, September 8th, 2013  Whenever September 8th falls on any day, but Sunday, it is observed as Blessed Mother's Birthday.  Among his many duties, having studied Canon Law, while in Formation, Deacon Dennis facilitates all of the Annulments for the Parish.  He serves as Chaplain for the Women’s Guild, He is Staff Coordinator for the Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers of Communion, Lector's of the Word, the Sacristans and the Ushers.  From 2012 - 2018, Deacon Dennis served as the Director of Religious Education, for the Parish.  In 2015, he created and developed the Parish Thrift Store, called "Gifts of Grace" and personally managed that operation for the two years that it was open.  Only open part time, Gifts if Grace raised over $26,000.00 for the Parish and various Parish Ministries in need.  Deacon Dennis is known for his Legendary Flea Markets, where Parishioners from all three Catholic Parishes, in Vero, would flock, to be a part of the Events. Deacon Dennis is also the Founder and Creator of such Parish Ministries as:  "Adopt A Soul Ministries", "Cards of Faith", and "N.O.E.L." - "Notice Of Eternal Life Ministries". Deacon Dennis also served as "Administrator of Deacons", from the time, shortly following his Ordination in 2013,  until 2018, at which time, upon his request, due to health reasons, he stepped down, from that position, primarily to pursue other viable Ministries that he is passionate about.  One of those Ministries, Deacon Dennis is currently working on, is his Book, called:  "G.I.F.T.'S." - "God Is First To See".  Since his Ordination, in September of 2013, Deacon Dennis has hosted talks, on Our Blessed Mother, St. Anthony of Padua, The Angels and has been an invited Guest Speaker for the Ministry of Respect Life.  Deacon Dennis is a 3rd Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 13153 - "Our Lady of the Rosary".  As of August, of this year, (2019), Deacon Dennis and his wife Susan have been married for 40 years, they have one Son - Christopher, and two Grandsons, Liam and Lucas, who live in the Beauregard Family Home on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts.



Deacon Charlie was born in Union City, New Jersey and was raised and educated in Pompton Plains, New Jersey.  On May 5th, 1962, he married his wife Phyllis (Princiotta).  In the early years, Deacon Charlie worked on Wall Street, in New York City - in Operation Management and System Sales, which eventually led to a Position, as a Sales and Operations Consultant, dealing with Major Corporations, based throughout the United States. Subsequently, he later had a career in Real Estate, based in New Jersey.  Deacon Charlie completed his Theological Studies in 1978 and was Ordained to the Permanent Diaconate on June 11th, 1978, at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, in Clifton, New Jersey, which is part of the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey, by the Most Reverend Bishop Frank J. Rodimer, the then Bishop of Paterson.  This year, in June, Deacon Charlie observed his 40th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate.  Following his Ordination, in 1978, Deacon Charlie would serve the next 30 years, as a Deacon for the Parish of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Pompton Plains, New Jersey.  His Ministries included; C.C.D., Visiting the Sick in Hospitals, Nursing Homes and the Homebound.  Both Deacon Charlie and his wife – Phyllis were very involved in Marriage Encounter as well as the Charismatic Prayer Ministry in Wayne, New Jersey.  Also, while in New Jersey, he and Phyllis completed a Cursillo.   Upon moving to Vero Beach in October of 2008, Deacon Charlie joined the staff of St. John of the Cross, where he continues with his Ministry of Visiting the Sick, in the local Hospitals and area Nursing Homes as well as the Homebound. Deacon Charlie is a 3rd Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 13153, Our Lady of the Rosary, as well as being a 4th Degree Member, of Assembly #3297 of the Knights of Columbus.  In addition to serving our Parish, Deacon Charlie continues working as a Real Estate Agent, here in Vero Beach.  Deacon Charlie and Phyllis have been blessed with 5 Sons and 15 Grandchildren.


       Deacon Rob Borchert was born in Brooklyn, NY in August of 1945. He was raised in Ozone Park, Queens NY and attended Nativity B.V.M. Grammar School (1958) and Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School (1962).

After High School, Deacon Rob joined the Montfort Missionaries and completed his novitiate training and college education at St. Louis University in June 1967. He joined the U.S. Army Infantry Reconnaissance and served in Viet Nam. He received an early out for acceptance into Fordham University, where he received his Masters in Business Administration in 1971.

       Deacon Rob met his wife Lorrie in New York City and they were married on July 11, 1970. They moved to St. Louis in 1973. He obtained his Degree in Theology from St. Louis University in June 1981 and was ordained by Archbishop John May on January 23, 1982.  He initially served at St. Jude Parish. Deacon Rob and Lorrie lived in St. Louis for 13 years and have 6 children – Christian, Donald, Timothy, Brian, Stephen and Sarah. He has been privileged to witness the wedding of all of his children as well as baptize his grandchildren…(10; 5 girls and 5 boys).

In 1986, Deacon Rob was transferred to Syracuse, NY where they lived in Skaneateles, NY for 19 years and served at St. Marys of the Lake Parish. In 1994, he opened his own Company in Healthcare Consulting and became established in business. In 2004, he and Lorrie moved to Fredericksburg, VA.,  as part of his Company’s movement and worked with both Commercial and Governmental Healthcare. While there, he served in St. Jude Parish.

In 2015, Deacon Rob and Lorrie moved to Vero Beach, FL. and serves at St. John of the Cross Parish.   He has conducted Pre-Cana Classes and Retreats, has taught in CCD and RCIA programs; as well as Adult Education Programs. Deacon Rob has also conducted Days of Reflection and Parish Missions and is still active in  Ministry.



Deacon Joe was Ordained to the Permanent Diaconate on November 20, 1993 at St Patrick’s Cathedral for the Archdiocese of New York by Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor. Following his Ordination, he was assigned to his home parish of Sacred Heart Church in Suffern, New York. In 1997, Deacon Joe and his wife Audrey moved to Hewitt, in the township of West Milford, New Jersey,  where he served as Deacon, for the next 15 years, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Hewitt, New Jersey, which is part of the Diocese of Paterson. Deacon Joe continued his Diaconal Ministry at St. Christopher’s Parish in Hobe Sound, Florida during the winter months.

       Currently Deacon Joe is assigned to the Parish of St. John of the Cross, where he continues his Diaconate Ministry during the winter months, each year that he and his wife spend, here in Vero Beach.  This year, in November, Deacon Joe will observe his 25th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate.  Married in January of 1963, Deacon Joe and his wife Audrey have five children; 4 sons and a daughter and fifteen grandchildren.  Deacon Joe is a 3rd Degree member of Council #13153 and 4th Degree member of Assembly #3297 of the Knights of Columbus, St. John of the Cross, Vero Beach, Florida. 



Introducing our Newest Deacon - Deacon Gary, who hails to us from the mid-western state of Michigan. Following an extensive 37 year career with General Motors, in July of 1998, Deacon Gary retired from General Motors and accepted the position of Pastoral Minister for the Parish of St. Pius X Catholic Church, located in Flint, MI. As Pastoral Minister, for the Parish, he was later appointed as the Director of the RCIA Program and was involved in hosting several Bible Study’s and Bible Discussion Groups, among a host of other duties, during a span of 12 years, in which, he served the Parish in that capacity, as the Director of RCIA. Just prior to accepting this position, Deacon Gary had entered the Permanent Diaconate Formation Program at Sienne Heights Catholic University and in 2000, he completed his Theological Studies. Deacon Gary was Ordained as a Permanent Deacon, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, in East Lansing, on May 20 th , 2000, by the Most Rev. Bishop Carl Frederick Mengeling, (Retired), the then Bishop of the Diocese of Lansing. In 2011, Deacon Gary retired from the position of Pastoral Minister, with the Parish of St. Pius X, after 13 years of service and he and his wife moved to Arizona, where they would winter for the next 7 years, during the months of November thru April. While in Arizona, initially Deacon Gary served at the Parish of St. Philip Benzi, in Black Canyon City and then at the Parish of St. Elizabeth Seton, in Sun City, both Parishes, which were part of the Diocese of Pheonix. Early in 2017, Deacon Gary and his wife Lauranne, made the decision to sell their home in Arizona and spend the winter months, here in Florida, from November thru April. So in the Fall of 2017, Deacon Gary and his wife purchased a home here in Vero and found their way to our Parish. When in Michigan, during the months of May thru Oct., Deacon Gary serves the Parish of Holy Redeemer, located in Burton, MI.. Deacon Gary and his wife Lauranne Oneil-Gallagher were married on July 29 th , 1983. Together, they have 4 children. In coming here to our Parish, Deacon Gary hopes to assist others experience God’s Love and the tangible sense of peace and joy that comes from having Christ within. We welcome both Lauranne and Deacon Gary to our Parish.


Deacon Gene Hoch

Deacon Gene was ordain to the Permanent Diaconate on May 10, 1997 at Saint  Mary’s Cathedral for the Diocese of Trenton New  Jersey by Bishop John C. Reiss. Assigned to St John Neumann Parish in Mount Laurel New Jersey his home parish, and severed there for 11 years.

Deacon Gene and his wife Rose moved to Vero Beach in 2008 while Father Crowley was still the pastor, and Father John was associate. Deacon Gene was the Deacon of the mass when Father John Pasquini was assigned Pastor of St. John of the Cross by Bishop Gerard Barbarito .

It was Father John and Deacon Gene, who served the parish of S J C alone for many years. Deacon Gene was appointed “Deacon Administrator” and  incarnated in Cathedral of Saint Ignatius of Loyola August 2, 2014 by Bishop Gerald Barbarito. Deacon Gene served as Administrator until moving to ;N J

Deacon Gene was invited back to St. John of the Cross by Father John Pasquini in August of 2018. On January 1st of 2019 he and his wife  moved back permanently.

Deacon Gene and Rose were married May 13, 1961 have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Deacon Gene is 3rd  degree in the Council 13153,  4th degree Assembly 3297 here at St John of the Cross and pass Grand Knight of council 7755  Mount Laurel New Jersey