Parish Staff


Fr. Daniel Kenna, O.F.M. - Pastor
Fr. Dan was professed as a Franciscan friar in 1971 and ordained to the priesthood in 1973.  He has ministered in a variety of ways and places over the past thirty-five years.  Fr. Dan served as a Vice President at St. Bonaventure University out in the western part of our state and much further west, out in the state of Colorado, as a Director of St. Francis Interfaith Center in Denver.  Returning to the east coast, he served as Pastor of St. Joseph church in Winsted, Connecticut for five years and then as Director of Novices for Holy Name Province for the next five.  After three years of “hardship duty” on New Jersey’s Long Beach Island, Fr. Dan returned to his home state of North Carolina where he served for twelve years as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Raleigh and as Chaplain to the North Carolina State Basketball team.  Before coming back North, Fr. Dan served a three year term as President of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh.

Fr. Dan enjoys travelling, golf and college basketball and loves finding new and exciting places to eat out in New York City.

Fr. Michael McDonnell, O.F.M. – Parochial Vicar
Fr. Michael was born in Dublin, Ireland. He was ordained in 1965.  He has worked in areas ranging from Puerto Rico to Peru. He assisted with a migrant ministry in Florida and New Jersey, Fr. Michael has also worked at Holy Cross Church in the Bronx, New York, St. Camillus in Silver Spring, Maryland, and most recently at St. Francis of Assisi in Manhattan. He has been with us at Holy Name since the summer of 2007.

Fr. Lawrence Ford, O.F.M. – Parochial Vicar
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 is looking 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. Michael Tyson, O.F.M. – Parochial Vicar

We welcome the return to Holy Name of Fr. Michael!  Fr. Mike was professed as a Franciscan Friar in 1962 and ordained to the priesthood in 1967.  His first assignment as a priest was to the province’s mission of Madre Cabrini in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he served as an associate pastor.  Returning to the States in 1972, Fr. Mike went on to minister to the Latino community in various parishes in Maryland, New York and New Jersey.  Fr. Mike worked here among our Latino community from 2002-2008.  He also was responsible back then for developing our Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation Ministry and our parish’s ecumenical outreach.  He was a founding member of the West Siders for Peace Movement and the annual Martin Luther King Day Peace Walk.  For the past three years Fr. Mike was responsible for Latino Ministry at the friar’s parish of St. Paul in Wilmington, Delaware.

Fr. Mike enjoys walking and painting sea shells.  He loves the Yankees and watching reruns of Law and Order.  Welcome back, Fr. Mike, we’ve missed you!!

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.

Sr. Liliane Alam, F.M.M. – Director of Finance and Administration
Is the Director of Finance and Administration.

Mildred Morency – Director of Franciscan Community Center
Mildred became the Director of the Franciscan Community Center(FCC) in 2004.  Mildred began her career in education at her alma mater, Holy Name School.  She received her B.S. in Education and Psychology from SUNY at Stony Brook and her M.S. in Education from CUNY.  Mildred began her work at the Franciscan Community Center in 1991 when the FCC instituted the Franciscan Tutorial Program.  Ms. Morency was hired to teach French to 7th and 8th graders. She became the program’s coordinator in 1994.  She became the Director of Youth Services at the community center in 1996, responsible for the operation of educational and recreational programs.

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.


Jose Medina - Sacristan/Security
Nathaniel Davis - Friary Chef / Food Pantry
Regla Lara - Receptionist
Onika Brown- Receptionist
Frankie Medina - Maintenance
Kossi Vivon - Sacristan/Security
Henry Crawford - Housekeeping