Our clergy members include our Pastor: Fr. Anthony Sorgie, our Pastoral Associates: Fr. Paul Waddell and Fr. Seán Connolly, and Deacons Carl Degenhardt and Anthony Viola.
Select any of our clergy members from the list below to get a short biography.
Rev. Anthony Domenic Sorgie, our Pastor, was born in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx and received his Sacraments at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus. He attended St. Theresa School and Cardinal Hayes High School. He began studies for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary-College in Douglaston, Queens and earned his B.A. in European History.
Father Sorgie was admitted to St. Joseph’s Seminary and completed his Master’s degree in Theology. He was ordained a deacon in December of 1981 and spent his diaconate year at St. Boniface Church, Wesley Hills. After his ordination to the priesthood on November 6, 1982, Fr. Sorgie continued his ministry at St. Boniface Church until 1986. During that time at St. Boniface, Terence Cardinal Cooke assigned him to pursue graduate studies in music at Columbia University.
On completion of his MA in Music, he continued his doctoral courses and John Cardinal O’Connor appointed Fr. Sorgie to the faculty of St. Joseph’s Seminary as Professor and Director of Sacred Music and as Adjunct Spiritual Director.
Fr. Sorgie spent 14 years (1986-2000) at the Major Seminary. He was Director and Professor of Liturgy and Homiletics and the Dean of Admissions. He was awarded the Doctorate in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, was nominated for the position as Academic Dean, and finally served Monsignor Francis McAree as his Vice Rector until October 3, 2000.
Fr. Sorgie was appointed Pastor of St. Benedict Church in the Bronx on October 4, 2000. He has served on many Archdiocesan and international committees and projects both in Sacred Music and Art and seminary formation. He has spoken throughout the country and in many parts of the world. The only commitment he retains is the teaching of an annual course in Latin Gregorian Chant in Rome each winter. Fr. Sorgie continues to be a member of the Archdiocesan Personnel Board, which the Archbishop entrusts with the task of assigning all of our priests.
Fr. Sorgie was assigned as Parochial Vicar to St. James the Apostle Church on August 14, 2001. He was appointed Pastor on July 1, 2004. For the fourteen years that Fr. Sorgie served at St. James, he saw to the complete restoration of the two churches, school, Carriage House and Religious Education Center. Of particular pride was the restoration of Our Lady of the Lake/ Mt. Carmel Church in Lake Carmel. In 2010 Cardinal Dolan came to Carmel to consecrate the only free standing Columbarium in the Archdiocese for the interment of many deceased from the parish and the surrounding area.
On August 1, 2015 he was appointed Pastor of the new merged Parish of Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Our Lady here in Tuckahoe/Eastchester. As priest and educator, Fr. Sorgie is committed to and supportive of Catholic education; in particular the continuation of the excellent education offered at Immaculate Conception School, the Parish School of Religion and Adult Faith Formation.
Fr. Paul, Parochial Vicar here at the Parish of the Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Our Lady since August 1, 2015, was ordained a priest of Jesus Christ by John Cardinal O’Connor on December 1, 1984 after serving as a deacon for six months in Holy Rosary Parish in Staten Island.
Over the years, Father has served as parish priest in the following parishes:
Fr. Seán Connolly is from Ossining, New York. He attended Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx and then the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts where he received a Bachelor of Arts in the Classics.
Immediately following college, Fr Connolly entered Saint Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie to begin his priestly formation for the Archdiocese of New York. There he received a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome and a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts from Dunwoodie.
Fr. Connolly was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on 23 May 2015.
He enjoys studying Catholic history and liturgy, but has a particular interest in the Holy Land.
Deacon Carl Degenhardt was born and raised in New York City. Later, his family moved to the Bronx, where he graduated from All Hallows High School. After high school, he worked for an advertising agency. It was there that he met his future wife, Philomena. After leaving the ad agency, he worked for a medical instrument manufacturing company, where he was employed for the next 42 years.
In 1998, his pastor, Monsignor Francis Burns of St. Ursula Parish, approached him and asked him if he had ever considered becoming a Deacon. A light bulb turned on for him and he said yes! He filed his application only to find out he was too late for that year. That gave him a year to pray and decide if this was to be his vocation. In September 1989, he entered the Diaconate Formation Program at St. Joseph Seminary. During the next four years, he had the love and support of his family along with two Deacons at St. Ursula Parish. He was ordained a Deacon on November 20, 1993 by John Cardinal O’Connor with Monsignor Burns vesting him. He spent the next 22 years as Deacon at St. Ursula Parish.
During his years as a Deacon, he served as Minister of Baptism and Minster of Marriage. He was also involved with the Wartburg Nursing Home in Mount Vernon. There he would do a Communion Service for the patients every other week. He also made sick calls to Parishioners. Deacon Carl and his wife were the Liturgy Committee and Spirituality Committee at St. Ursula Parish.
Deacon Carl is presently with Gate of Heaven Cemetery for Committal Services. He and his wife were parishioners of St. Ursula Parish for 49 years before it closed in August 2015.
Deacon Viola was born in the Bronx and attended Evander Childs High School. In 1995, after a 35-year hiatus, he completed his BS in Management - Information Systems. Currently, Deacon Viola has a full time job working as a Facility Manager for an International apparel company.
Deacon Viola began his Deaconal studies at St. Joseph’s Seminary (Yonkers) in 1994 and on June 6, 1998 was ordained a Permanent Deacon by John Cardinal O’Connor. He was immediately assigned to Assumption and Immaculate Conception, where he continues to serve as “The Deacon”. The call to Holy Orders for Deacon Anthony was fostered initially in 1985, when he was invited to a Cursillo weekend experience. Monsignor Maltese guided Deacon Anthony and his family through several years of discernment and prayer regarding the Deaconate. Monsignor Case, who vested Deacon Anthony at his Ordination, was also very influential in his spiritual development as a Deacon. In addition, Monsignor Oliverio added another dimension to the role of Deacon. Under the guidance of Monsignor Oliverio, Deacon Viola obtained his Preaching Faculties, which permits Deacon Anthony to not only proclaim the Gospel, but also give a homily at the Sunday Liturgies.
Some of Deacon Anthony’s other duties are: RCIA catechist, Minister of Marriage, Minister of Baptism, Funerals, Pastoral Counseling, Hospital Visitations, and Sick calls. Deacon Anthony indicates that he is fortunate to have the Deaconate integrated into his life.