Pastors of Saint Callistus Church


Fr. Michael Ryan (1952 - 1964)                                                Fr. Edward Casey (1984-1991)
Fr. Parnell McCarthy (1964 - 1973)                                         Fr. Richard Gagliardi (1991 - 1997)
Fr. Patrick Kearney (1973 - 1984)                                            Fr. Dana Paul Michaels (1997 - 2006)
Fr. James O'Connor (1984-1984)                                             Fr. James Thottapally (2006 - present)

Fr. Michael Ryan

Fr. Michael Ryan became the first pastor of Saint Callistus in 1952.  He was responsible not only for the establishment of the parish but the construction of our present church building.  His quiet manner and 
holiness as founding pastor is still remembered today by elderly parishioners.  

Fr. Parnell McCarthy

During Fr. Ryan's last months in 1963, Fr. Parnell McCarthy kindly assisted him as administrator.  After Fr. Ryan's death in 1964, Fr. McCarthy became the second pastor until his transfer to St. Jerome's Parish in 1973

Fr. Patrick Kearney

In March 1973, Fr. Patrick Kearney was appointed third pastor and served until his death in 1984.  It was during his time at Saint Callistus that the hall was built as well as renovations to the sacristy and church like the present stained glass windows.

Fr. James O'Connor

n 1984, Fr. James O'Connor was appointed administrator for six months until Fr. Edward Casey was appointed pastor that same year. .

Fr. Edward Casey 

Fr. Edward Casey served at Saint Callistus until his death in 1991.  It was during Fr. Casey's time that the hall was extended and classrooms built. Rosary after daily mass and Mother of Perpetual Help 

devotions were encouraged.



Fr. Richard Gagliardi 

In 1991, Fr. Richard Gagliardi became the sixth pastor.  He was the first to introduce parishioners to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.  For example, Fr. Richard established the first council ever! Under his direction, a new parish office was built and equipped.  Fr. Richard is also responsible for the new church vestibule and the youth group modular building.  


In 1995, Fr. Richard hired Sister Angela Burke, SHJM to become our Director of Religous Education.  Up until that point the religious education of the parish was given by the Holy Family sisters.  In 1997, Fr. Richard retired at age 70.

Fr. Dana Paul Michaels

Our seventh pastor, Fr. Dana Paul Michaels was installed on October 12, 1997.  Fr. Dana continued to build on his predecessors,  Fr. Gagliardi and exposed the parish to the reforms of the Vatican II.  Fr. Dana also has the distinction of leading Saint Callistus into the new millenium and beyond.  He was being assisted by Fr. Larry Byrne of the Salesians.

Fr. Jimmy

Fr. Jimmy Thottappy, our 8th Pastor,

Fr. Larry Byrne

Fr. Larry Byrne, SDB, and the Salesians priests of the Western Province provide the Parish with Pastoral support.  Fr. Larry has been in service to Saint Callistus Parish for almost 30 years.

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