Father Anthony Stanganelli has been appointed pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, effective June 29.  Father Stanganelli is currently pastor of St. Brigid's in Westbury.  Please see his bio below.  I am sure all parishioners will join me in extending a very warm welcome to him.

Msgr. Frank Maniscalco


Father Tony Stanganelli, a native of Bellmore, received his religious formation through the Sisters of Charity at Saint Barnabas School.  He entered the high school seminary, St. Pius X in Uniondale and later went on to Cathedral College in Douglaston and Immaculate Conception in Huntington.  He was ordained to the priesthood on March 17, 1979 by Bishop John McGann and served as an associate pastor in Our Lady of Lourdes, West Islip, Saint Edward’s, Syosset, Saint Catherine of Sienna in Franklin Square and Saint Philip Neri in Northport.  During these early years of priesthood, Father Tony was assigned to teach philosophy at Cathedral College in Douglaston and later went on to complete graduate studies at the Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome where he received his licentiate degree in Dogmatic Theology.

As a pastor, Father Tony served at Holy Spirit, New Hyde Park, Saints Philip and James in Saint James and most recently for these past nine years at Saint Brigid’s, Westbury.

Father Tony’s parents had passed away a number of years ago and his only sibling, Frank, died most recently in September of 2021.

Father Tony speaks of the connections he has had with the previous pastors of Saint Thomas: a classmate of Monsignor Lisante from their days together at the seminary, living with Monsignor Maniscalco in residence at Saint Agnes’ Cathedral when Father Tony was a deacon, and serving with Monsignor Martin at Saint Edward’s and Holy Spirit Church.

Father Tony has expressed his desire that the people of Saint Thomas know his heartfelt eagerness to listen attentively to their faith journey, to come to understand their deepest hopes for this vibrant community, to celebrate well the mystery of the Father’s compassionate love for all of us, and to grow together as a family united in Christ, building upon the great work of Monsignor Maniscalco and the pastoral team of Saint Thomas the Apostle.