Parish Staff


Fr. Lawrence Ford, O.F.M. – Pastorr
Fr. Larry is originally from Olean, New York and met the friars, including Fr. Dan, through St. Bonaventure University.  He was professed as a friar in 1991 and ordained in 1996.  Upon ordination he was assigned to St. Anthony Shrine in Boston to work the schedule of masses and confessions and served as the business and operations manager.  Staying in Boston, he began doctoral studies while working as a Doctoral Fellow in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.  He worked for a year as a program manager at the University of Notre Dame, from where he received an MSA degree in 1996.  In the past few years he has served as a friar in residence at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Maryland and most recently at Siena College outside Albany, New York.

He enjoys playing golf, cheering for college athletics, especially basketball and is a Buffalo Bills and Boston Red Sox fan.  Fr. Larry is the oldest of five children and his whole family looks forward to visiting him in New York City.  He is looking forward to his New York City adventure and discovering the community at Holy Name Parish.

Fr. Lawrence Hayes, O.F.M. – Parochial Vicar
Fr. Lawrence Hayes (Larry) was born in Franklin Square, Long Island (NY).  Both his parents were native New Yorkers.  He is the fourth of 5 brothers who now live across the U.S.  As Fr. Larry attended high school and college in Manhattan, his assignment to 96th Street is somewhat a “homecoming” for him.  “It’s good to be home again,” he notes.  Ordained in 1989, Fr. Larry has worked for 25 years in Hispanic and multicultural parishes and is fluent in Spanish.  Most recently he was pastor at Immaculate Conception parish in Durham, N.C.  In parish ministry, Fr. Larry particularly enjoys involvement in adult education--RCIA, Bible studies, etc.--and providing spiritual direction.

Fr. Larry looks forward to serving at Holy Name and getting to know the parishioners here.  “I’m already quite impressed by the diversity in the parish and moved by the friendliness of the folks as they leave Mass.  It doesn’t take long to feel at home at Holy Name!”

Sr. Mary Petrosky, F.M.M. – Spiritual Director
Sr. Mary, a member of our parish, and an experienced spiritual director holds a MSW from St. Louis University and an MA in Systematic Theology from Jesuit School of Theology in Berkely, CA. She has had many years of experience in the fields of social work and counseling and more recently in spiritual direction.

Holy Name is sponsoring a new service for those who may be interested in the opportunity to meet with a person trained in Spiritual Direction.  Spiritual Direction encourages one to explore a closer relationship with God. Because of the busy lives we lead in the ‘city that never sleeps’ many people may find it difficult to notice God’s action in their daily lives. Spritual Direction is really not about being ‘directed’ but rather very much about being encouraged to draw closer to God.

Sr. Maria-Teresa de los Rios, F.M.M. – Pastoral Associate
Sister Maria-Teresa is a native of Bilbao, Spain.  In 1955 she entered Religious life with the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, an international missionary Congregation.  Shortly thereafter she was sent to Rome, Italy to complete her religious formation.  She remained in Rome for five years.  Sister came to the United States in 1961 to work with the increasing number of Spanish speaking children in the care of Social Services.  Always serving the poor, the immigrants and the sick, Sr. Maria-Teresa has lived in San Francisco, Chicago and Waukegan, Illinios.  She received her B.A. in Social Work from Marillac College in St. Louis, Missouri.  She also has a Certificate in Pastoral and Religious Studies from “El Instituto Superior de Pastoral” in Madrid, Spain.

In 2005.  Sr. Maria-Teresa celebrated her Golden Jubilee in Religious life, but she is still serving those in need.  Presently, Sr. is coordinating the Pastoral Care for the home-bound, the sick and the dying.  She also recruits and prepares ministers of the Eucharist and Lectors to serve at the 10:30 Sundays Spanish mass.  In her spare time Sister Maria-Teresa enjoys reading, walking, gardening, swimming at the beach (not too often) and being a member of her international community.  She and her sisters spend valuable time each day in their chapel before the Blessed Sacrament praying for the needs of the world.

Peter Adamczyk – Director of Music
Peter was born in Evanston, Illinois.  Both his parents were active as church organists and began teaching him organ at the age of five.  As a boy in Evanston, he sang in the chorister program at St. Luke’s, and at age 14 began his first position as organist and choir director at St. Andrew’s.  Later he was Director of Music at Resurrection Parish in Wayne, Illinois, which was administered by the Franciscans at that time.  He later pursued formal keyboard, composition, and musicology studies at Eastman School of Music.  He relocated to Houston, Texas where he studied organ with Clyde Holloway and received the Bachelor of Music degree at Rice University’s Shepard School of Music.  While in Houston he served as director of music ministries at Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Frances de Sales parishes. 
He earned his M.A. in music at New York University.  He has performed as organist and directed choirs in various New York City area churches and took the position of Music Director at Holy Name in December 1998.  Since his start at Holy Name, he has performed as organist in France and Germany.  His compositions have been premiered in New York, Los Angeles and Beijing.  He is married to composer Chien-Yin Chen and together they have a son named Ian-Pascal.

Veronica Soto - Coordinator of Faith Formation
Our Coordinator of Faith Formation, Veronica was born in Cortazar, Guanajuato, Mexico.  Veronica is the third oldest of ten children.  She earned her degree in pedagogy from Instituto Pedagogico Anglo-Español and her Master in Theology from Universidad La Salle, both in Mexico City.  She continued her education with courses and workshops in philosophy, catechesis, pastoral planning and administration in Mexico, El Salvador and the United States. 
Veronica’s work experience includes a wide array of positions including that of catechist, Director of Religious Education, counselor, spiritual director, lecturer, and teacher in locations ranging from Mexico, El Salvador, the Philippines, Guatemala, Honduras, Macao, Hong Kong and the United States.  During her many years of service to God’s people, Veronica has especially enjoyed working with homeless children, gang members, immigrants and people struggling with addictions.  Veronica co-founded the pastoral school for the laity in the Diocese of Sonsonate in El Salvador.
Veronica joined the pastoral staff of Holy Name Parish in September 2008.

Jacqueline Espinal - Assistant to the Pastor
Jackie is the Assistant to the Pastor.  A graduate of our own Holy Name School and bi-lingual, she is the primary liaison within the parish.  Jackie has been a member of the staff for well over a decade, serving in a variety of positions, since 1998.


Fr. Matthew A. Pravetz, O.F.M.
Father Matthew is a native New Yorker, growing up in the College Point section of Queens before entering the Franciscan Order in 1964. A graduate of St. Francis College, Brooklyn, most of his full time ministry has been in the field of education.  Early in his career was spent at the secondary level as teacher and administrator in Brooklyn and Long Island.  Fr. Matthew was ordained to the priesthood in 1979 by the then Bishop Theodore McCarrick.

After completion of his training at New York Medical College specializing in the field of clinical anatomy, Father Matthew has been on the faculty of the medical school since the early 1980’s where he is presently the director of Medical Gross Anatomy.  He teaches medical students and resident physicians in the surgical subspecialties.  In addition he is involved in the medical ethics curriculum.

Father Matthew is very happy to be part of the vibrant friar community at Holy Name of Jesus and especially looks forward to weekend Eucharistic celebrations with the wonderfully diverse members of the Holy Name parish.


Maria Cosme - Receptionist
Marielys Gabino - Receptionist
Maria Munoz - Receptionist
Frankie Medina - Maintenance
Manuel Olsen - Sacristan/Security
Manuel Fontan - Sacristan/Security
Open - Housekeeping