Most Blessed Sacrament
787 Franklin Lake Road Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
Most Reverend John W. Flesey
Most Reverend John W. Flesey is a Jersey City native. He attended Saint Peter's Preparatory School and College. He was ordained in 1969 in Sacred Heart Cathedral after studying for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary.
His first assignment was to St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish, Plainfield, where he served for 14 years. While there, he completed an M.A. in pastoral counseling from Iona College, New York, and was involved in a program for the renewal of priests.
In 1983, Bishop Flesey studied for a licentiate in spiritual theology from Gregorian University, Rome. He received his degree in 1985. He returned to serve at Immaculate Conception Seminary.
In 1990, Bishop Flesey defended his thesis for his doctorate in theology from the University of Saint Thomas, Rome. In December 1996, he was elevated to the rank of Prelate of Honor and given the title of Monsignor.
From 1995-2000, Bishop Flesey served as rector of the seminary before taking a sabbatical year in Italy. He returned to the seminary, and in September 2002 was named Director of the Office of Continuing Formation of Priests.
On June 1, 2004 he became pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. On August 4, 2004 he was named Titular Bishop of Allegheny, Auxiliary Bishop of Newark and Regional Bishop of Bergen County.
Reverend John Job
Born in Jersey City 46 years ago, Fr. Job was raised in Bayonne. He is a graduate of Saint Henry School and Marist High School there. He holds a bachelor's degree in Theology, Classical Languages, and Literature with a minor in Philosophy from St. Peter's College and a master's degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Seton Hall University. Father Job also attended Immaculate Conception Seminary, where he earmed a M. Div. degree in Pastoral Ministry and a master's degree in Systematic Theology.
After graduating from Saint Peter's College, Father Job taught Theology and was campus minister at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth for a year. He moved on to Marist High School and spent a decade in a variety of capacities including teaching math, Spanish, and Theology. He was also chair of the Theology Department, campus minister, and assistant principal for academics. He was principal of Saint Joseph Regional High School for ten years prior to entering Immaculate Conception Seminary four years ago.
Dr. Thomas Altonjy
Academy of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Dr. Altonjy has nearly thirty-five years of experience in the field of education. He began his career – upon receiving his undergraduate degree from William Paterson University – as a high school Mathematics teacher, serving at Wayne Valley High School and Neumann Preparatory High School in Wayne, NJ and Montville Township High School in Montville, NJ.
In Montville, he advanced to the administrative positions of District Supervisor of Mathematics, Middle School Assistant Principal, and Elementary Principal after completing the Masters of Art in Education/Human Service Leadership program at The College of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station/Morristown, NJ.
After over two decades in Montville, Tom moved on to become the Assistant Superintendent for the Cedar Grove, NJ school district. It was during his tenure there, that he pursued his doctorate through St. Elizabeth’s and successfully defended his dissertation in 2011.
Tom then became the Superintendent of Schools for the Warren Hills Regional school district, located in Washington, Warren County, NJ and retired from public education in June 2015.
Above all, Tom’s roles as husband and father are his true vocations. He and his wife, Louanne, have been married over thirty years and are the proud parents of three children – Alexandra (the music teacher at AMBS!), Christopher (a Technology Education high school teacher), and Julianna (studying to pursue a career as a music therapist).
Dr. Altonjy has always dreamed of returning to his roots in Catholic education and is honored and proud to be the Principal of the Academy of the Most Blessed Sacrament!
Lauren Longo, Ph.D.
Office of the Bishop
Dr. Longo holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York with a specialization in music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She received an M.A. in Music Theory and a B.A. in Music Education from Montclair State University.
Lauren's recent recordings are Celtic harp: Angel Calls (2005) and Glory Be, released in July of 2007. She is currently using her recording expertise to create podcasts of Bishop Flesey's homilies and is drawing on her liturgical experience to enhance the worship environment of Most Blessed Sacrament Church.
Sister Rose Marie Kean, S.S.J.
Pastoral Associate-Adult Ministries
Born and raised in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, Sister Rose Marie is one of six children born to Thomas and Helen Kean. Her oldest sister, Eileen was the first in the family to enter the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill, followed by Rose Marie and later her youngest sister, Kathleen. Her three brothers are happily married and parents to a total of 13 children and grandparents to 25 more.
Sister Rose Marie has served God and his people for the last 46 years; first as a grade school and music teacher and now as a Pastoral Associate at Most Blessed Sacrament. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Chestnut Hill College and a Master Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Boston College. In 1993, Sister was certified in counseling by the Creative Living Counseling Center of Mental Health Associates and in 1998 began attending a Bereavement Qualification Certification program from the American Academy of Bereavement. In July of 2002 she completed that course of studies with a certificate in the Advanced Bereavement Facilitator Program. Sister attends several workshops throughout the year and is constantly working to keep herself abreast of the latest and most advanced skills needed to best help the people she serves.
Sister Rose Marie's ministry at Most Blessed Sacrament goes in many directions. She coordinates the Baptismal Program, is Spiritual Coordinator of the Women's Cornerstone Program, gives Pastoral Counseling and visits the sick at home, in hospitals and in nursing homes. She helps families and individuals in crisis, journeys with the chronically ill and dying and offers faith and hope to families who have lost a loved one. The bereavement program she facilitates is a priority to her and a great source of consolation to those who attend it. Sister Rose Marie's greatest gift is the peace, the faith, and the grace that she brings to each individual whose life she touches.
Krista M. Vancophsky
Catechetical Coordinator, Grades 1-8
Photo & Bio coming soon!
Director of Confirmation & Youth Ministry
Photo coming soon!
Jen Fox is excited to be the newest addition to the MBS staff. She has a B.A. in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College, where she also received a minor in Art History. She was always an active youth group member as a teen and when she moved on to her college years, she was asked to join the group as a volunteer. Before long, she was fully immersed in Youth Ministry and working on her Certificate of Youth and Young Adult Ministry which she proudly received from the College of St. Elizabeth. Jen was the Youth Minister at St. Anthony's, Hawthorne for eight years before coming to MBS. She is so excited to be a part of such a fabulous group of teens!
Director of Music-Choirs/Organist
Described by Opera Now Magazine as "a pianist of sentiment, discretion and style" David Maiullo is an avid accompanist/coach in the New York City Metropolitan area. His performances of over 2500 recitals and programs have led him to the stages of Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and Merkin Concert Halls in the US as well as venues in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France and Japan.
He was awarded a scholarship as an accompanist to the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and has been a recipient of a fellowship with Opera-Music Theater International with Jerome Hines.
Mr. Maiullo had the distinct honor of performing the European premiere of Gian Carlo Menotti's Mass for its composer in Spoleto with the Ars Musica Chorale and has also performed in the prestigious "Fringe Festival" in Edinburgh. Mr. Maiullo held the position of Chorus Master for the New Jersey State Opera for eight seasons and he continues to be a lecturer and pianist for opera logs and concerts with the company.
As a collaborative pianist, New York Times critic Bernard Holland wrote, "Mr. Maiullo's playing was sensitive and effective." Some of the notable singers with whom Mr. Maiullo has collaborated include Mario Bertolino, Dominick Cossa, Gilda Cruz-Romo, Sandra Darling, Mark Delavan, Enrico DiGiuseppe, Marta Eggerth-Kiepura, Jerome Hines, Kim Josephson, Vahan Khanzadian, Teresa Kubiak, Ted Lambrinos, Anthony Laciura, Edward Pierson III, Paul Plishka, Olga Ramanko, Joan Sena-Grande, Kevin Short and Margarita Zambrana.
Currently Mr. Maiullo serves as the accompanist for the Gerda Lissner Foundation, Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, Career Bridges, and is the official Accompanist/Music Director for the Altamura/Caruso Competition. He is Conductor/Musical Director of the New Jersey Alliance of Performing Artists (a 501 (c) tax exempt organization) and Chamber Virtuosi Orchestra. He is also Music Director of the Church of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Franklin Lakes.
Mr. Maiullo holds positions on the faculty of NYACK College where he is director of the Opera Workshop, New Jersey City University, and is the Coach/Accompanist of the Musical Theater Class at the Julliard School of Music.
Valerie Muller Torkelson
Director of Music Programming/Cantor
Valerie Muller Torkelson, a Franklin Lakes native, grew up at MBS and has been serving as Cantor since 1999. As an active performer in regional, national and international concert, opera, and musical theater, she has appeared on the concert stage and in leading roles in many theatrical productions throughout the country, and across the globe. Most recently she has appeared as a guest soloist with St. Peter By the Sea Orchestra and, as an active member of New Jersey Alliance of Performing Artists, she has appeared in various concerts throughout the state. Valerie has twice performed for the troops in Asia, and has been honored to be an annual guest artist to perform the National Anthem at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo --- “The Daddy of them All!”
Valerie regularly sings throughout the Archdiocese of Newark. She has performed benefit concerts for the Office of Vocations, has cantered for the Women’s Commission Annual Day of Reflection, and has led the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy for various Archdiocesan events. Valerie also has taught voice classes through regional after-school programs, and she enjoys giving private voice lessons (when her schedule permits!). Valerie has released three CDs: Lights, a collection of sacred music; Spirit of the Season, the Christmas album; and Stages - songs from stage and screen. She is a graduate of Northwestern University where she earned a degree in Voice and Opera Performance.
Philip M. Tancorra
Phil is a life-long resident of Bergen County and currently resides in North Haledon. He has over 30 years experience in the financial industry and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Phil is married and has two sons.