Rev. Msgr. Anselm Nwaorgu, Ph.D., Pastor
Rev. Msgr. Anselm Nwaorgu, a former parochial vicar here at St. Michael Church (1992-1998), was ordained to the holy priesthood on May 30th, 1992. In June of 2009, Pope Benedict elevated him to the status of a Papal Chamberlain—a Monsignor, making him the first Native African Born priest to be made a monsignor in the United States Catholic Church. He is a licensed psychologist in the State of New Jersey and holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, from Urban University, Rome; a master’s degree in Systematic Theology; a master’s degree in Counselor Prep; a Master’s in Divinity in Pastoral Ministry, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, from Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. Over the years, he has received several awards and citations for outstanding performances. In May 1991, he received the Pope John Paul II Medal for Superior Academic Work in Theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. In 2015, he was awarded the “2015 Man of Vision” by The Municipal Council of the City of Newark. He has co-authored book Chapters and written his own books also. He is presently the consultant for Africa to the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees, and Travelers, at the United States of Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Rev. Fr. Camilo Lopez, Parochial Vicar
Fr. Camilo (aka Fr. Miles) was born and raised in Daraga, Albay, Philippines. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Divine Word College of Legazpi, Legazpi City, Philippines in 1986, where he majored in Political Science. After his graduation from college, he migrated to the U.S.A. In 1989, he attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. There he obtained a Master of Divinity Degree in 1993. On May 29, 1993, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Newark. He has served as a Parochial Vicar at St. Augustine’s Church in Union City, Church of the Madonna in Fort Lee, St. Vincent De Paul Church in Bayonne, Church of Assumption in Emerson. Fr. Miles came to St. Michael’s in Union in the summer of 2016.
Deacon Michael Cavallo, Permanent Deacon
Deacon Michael grew up in the Ironbound section of Newark and was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. There he served as the Moderator of the Youth Program and was the coordinator of the Religious Education program for First Eucharist. He attended Seton Hall University as an undergraduate and received his degree in Business Management and Administration. Deacon Michael continued his studies at Chubb Institute where he earned a Certificate as a Mainframe Computer Programmer and currently holds PMP certification in Project Management. He currently works as a Portfolio/Program Manager in IT for a healthcare insurance company in New Jersey. In 1990, he moved to Union with is family, and continued to attend Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church in Newark. In 2002, Deacon Michael and his family joined St. Michael’s Parish, where his 2 children Nicholas and Gianna attended Religious Education and CYO. Upon joining the parish, he became a member of the Adult Choir, was a substitute cantor as well as a Lecturer and Eucharistic Minister. Always having an interest in serving the Lord from an early age, Deacon Michael applied for the Permanent Diaconate in 2011 and was accepted into the program. He attended Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University and graduated in May 2016, receiving his Master’s Degree in Theology as well as a Certificate in Diaconal Studies. Deacon Michael was ordained by Cardinal Tobin, Archbishop of Newark on May 21, 2017 as a Permanent Deacon and was assigned to St. Michael’s Parish to carry out his ministry. Deacon Michael enjoys spending his free time with his family and friends as well as attending to small projects around his home.
Deacon Michael Alfano, Permanent Deacon
Michael has lived in Union most of his life and currently lives with his wife Jeanne of 36 years. He is currently employed as Director of Quality at Benjamin Moore Paints in Flanders, NJ. Michael received his early religious instruction and the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation at St. Michael’s. After graduating from Union High School, Michael attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree concentrated in Physical and Life Sciences. While at Notre Dame, Michael learned the importance of being an active member of the community, especially his obligation as a Catholic to participate in community service and in being charitable toward those less fortunate than himself. To prepare for the diaconate ministry, Michael just completed a five year theological program established by the Archdiocese of Newark in conjunction with Seton Hall University that led to his graduating with a master’s degree concentrated in systematic theology. On Saturday, July 11, 2020, Michael was ordained to the ministry of Permanent Deacon at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark by Cardinal Joseph Tobin Archbishop of Newark. Deacon Michael has been assigned to his home parish, St. Michael the Archangel. Michael has served St. Michael’s for several years as the coordinator and teacher of the Right of Christian Initiation for Adults program and as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector. He is looking forward to serving the parishioners of St. Michael’s by encouraging their spiritual growth and strengthening their faith. Amongst other duties, he will be presiding over Baptisms and Weddings and will proclaim the Gospel and preach at weekly masses.