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Father Patrick Woods C.Ss.R
I am Father Patrick Woods C.Ss.R. I was born and raised in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Brooklyn, and my family is still living in the parish. I professed my vows as a Redemptorist in 1968 and was ordained a priest in 1975. I attended the Redemptorist seminaries, and have a B.A. in philosophy, an M.Div. in ministry and an M.R.E. in religious education. I also have an M.A. in English from Fordham University as well as an M.S. in Guidance and Counseling from Gannon University.

I was a teacher of high school English in North East, PA for ten years; then I was appointed Director of our seminary formation program in Washington D.C. for five years. I was elected Provincial Vicar of the Redemptorists for four terms (twelve years) and Provincial Superior for six years. During those eighteen years of administration, I was stationed at our provincial Residence in Brooklyn. I have also been very active in preaching missions and retreats all over the United States. For ten years, I was the Director of the Erie Engagement Encounter.

I am a long suffering Mets/Jets/Rangers/Knicks fan with an interest in American history and movies. I love the pastoral theology of John Shea. I was appointed pastor of St. Martin of Tours Parish in June of 2011, and I am delighted to be part of such a faith-filled and vibrant parish. I joke that every boy in Brooklyn dreamed of someday being able to move to Long Island, and now I am here and very happy.


Father Denis J. Sweeney, CSsR
Associate Pastor
I was born and raised of Irish parents in Brooklyn, New York and the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help - the same parish as our pastor, Fr. Patrick Woods. My parents are deceased and I have 4 sisters and 2 brothers.

I am a Redemptorist priest of 36 years and blessed to do parish ministry for 24 years in Baltimore, Md. North East (town outside of Erie, Pa.), Lima, Ohio and Annapolis, Md.
For the last 12 years I have served as formation director to our students of theology as candidates for Redemptorist brotherhood and priesthood. I spent 4 years with our students in Washington, DC. (2005-2009) and 8 years with them in Boston, Mission Church (2009-2017).

As a sports fan my allegiance is with the Mets, Jets and Rangers. Particularly with the Mets and Jets I sincerely believe they are my ticket to heaven for the past and present suffering I have endured.

I am a runner and have been happy to find the jogging trails not far from our rectory. I also enjoy singing that I picked up from my Dad.

I am happy to be among you and to be part of the Redemptorist community here and part of the St. Martin parish family.

I look forward to meeting you and working with you as fellow disciples of the Lord Jesus.

Father Jim McCabe C.Ss.R
I was born April 18, 1957 in Red Bank, NJ and grew up in Little Silver, NJ. I attended grammar school in Red Bank and Little Silver. I graduated from Red Bank Regional High School in 1975 and graduated from The Citadel in 1979. After graduation, I spent 4 years in the Navy on board the USS Peleliu-LHA 5.

In 1983 I left the Navy to enter the Redemptorist Seminary in Suffield, Connecticut. I left the Redemptorists in 1987, two years before I was originally to be ordained a priest. It is important to note I left the Redemptorists on good terms; I remember fondly my years in the Redemptorist Seminary, and these were very important years in my life as you will see later on.

I hold two degrees: an MBA from Dowling College and an MDIV from Boston College.

After leaving the seminary, I began work at National Grid in NYC and left National Grid in 2006. In 1993 I married at a Unitarian Church on Staten Island. My wife at that time had two children from a previous marriage. In 2001 I filed for a separation and was divorced in 2002. A deacon at Nativity Parish in Fair Haven, NJ encouraged me to get an annulment and go through the process in case I decided to remarry. Instead, I returned to the Redemptorist Formation Program in 2006 and was ordained a priest in June 2011 while serving at Saint Martin of Tours in Bethpage.

Saint Martin of Tours is a very welcoming and generous parish. The Spirit of the Risen Christ is alive in the parishioners and they are the ones who make Saint Martin of Tours an excellent parish. My assignment at Saint Martin of Tours is a rewarding and enriching experience, and I am glad the good people of this parish are a part of my life.
Father Ciya Thomas C.Ss.R
I am Ciya Thomas and I come from Kerala, the southern most state in India. I joined the Redemptorist Congregation on June 6, 1994. I made my first Profession on June 1, 1998 and the Perpetual Profession on May 29, 2004. I was ordained on April 26, 2006 at St. Mary's Church, Pazhayidom by His Excellency Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil, C.Ss.R., the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church.

In the first year of my Ordination, I spent six months in a parish as an associate pastor to experience and study the administration of the parish activities in Kerala. The remaining six months I was with our Community at Podimattam in Kerala. From that time forward I was fully involved into missions, especially for the youth and children's ministry. During this time I had the opportunity to travel to different countries as well as many towns in India to conduct youth and children's programs. My past six years working with them has resulted in a deeper commitment and enriched my priestly life.

My invitation to the Baltimore Province came as per the apostolic commitments of my province.  From March of 2012, I am appointed as an associate pastor in the Redemptorist Fathers Parish of St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage, New York. As an associate pastor, I am happy to serve the good people of this Parish with the Living Word and the Sacraments. I am looking forward to this appointment in giving myself and my gifts for the parish and community.
St. Martin of Tours
220 Central Avenue · Bethpage, NY 11714 · 516-931-0818