Our Parish Staff


Rev. Donald T. Finney
Pastor

Fr. Don Finney was born in Omaha, NE. He attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and graduated with a degree in History. He taught U.S. History, World History, Theology and was Assistant Headmaster at Marianapolis Preparatory School in Thompson, CT. He studied for the priesthood at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA and was ordained to the priesthood on May 28, 1994 at St. Patrick Cathedral in Norwich, CT. Fr. Don has served at St. Louis Parish in Webster, MA, the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and St. Lucie Parish in Port St. Lucie, FL. In April 2003 Fr. Don was appointed pastor of St. Peter and has overseen tremendous growth in our parish and the many ministries that serve our parish community

 


Rev. Jean W. Boulin
Parochial Vicar

Rev. Jean W. Boulin was born in Haiti. He attended St. John Vianney Seminary in Miami, Florida.  Following that he moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he attended Notre Dame Seminary.  Fr Jean was ordained a deacon in 2003 and was involved in both the Spanish and English communities in Indiantown. In May 2004 he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Palm Beach and was assigned to St. Joseph Parish in Stuart.  Subsequently was assigned to St. Helen Parish in Vero Beach.  After two years he elected to improve his knowledge of Spanish by studying in Mexico and then assumed responsibility for the Spanish ministry at St. Helen’s where he served until 2012. After St. Helen Fr Jean served at St. Ann Parish in West Palm Beach where he ministered to the Haitian, English and Spanish communities.   I like God’s humor.  He called me.   I assumed that my call was for Haiti.  After wrestling with that, I find myself serving in two languages that are not native to me.  I have learned to follow Him.


Rev. Chamindra Williams
Parochial Vicar

Rev. Chamindra S.Williams is a native of Sri Lanka but grew up in the Maldives, Zambia and Jamaica before settling, with his family (i.e. parents, brothers & sisters), in the US. After a few years in Southern California, the family moved locally and now he calls South Florida his home. Fr Chamindra was ordained for the Diocese of Palm Beach in 2013 and after having spent a year each, at St Anastasia and St Paul of the Cross Parishes, was recently rewarded with the assignment at St Peter Catholic Church. Fr Chamindra comes from a family of teachers and spent some years teaching math/science at Dreyfoos, PBSC and PBAU before ordination. Like most, if not all, Catholics, Fr Chamindra is a fan of Pope Francis! EMAIL

 


Rev. Ray 
Zielezienski

Assisting Priest

 

By way of introduction, I offer a few words about my background. I was born in Passaic, N.J. After graduating from Hackensack High School I attended Pratt Institute in New York City and became a Graphic Artist. After graduating from Art School I enlisted in the Army at the time of the Vietnam Conflict. After being discharged from military service I worked for Harper & Row Publishing Company, in New York City, designing advertising brochures for their college textbooks. After visiting California on a vacation, I decided to move to the Golden State in 1972, settling in Berkeley and working there in the art field. I became very involved in ministry at the local parish, and after much discernment I decided to enter the seminary. I was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Oakland on December 4, 1981. During my priestly ministry, I have served as a pastor in three parishes in the Diocese of Oakland, as well as serving as Vocations Director and the Vicar of Priests. In August of 2008, Bishop Allen Vigneron, then Bishop of Oakland, appointed me as pastor of St. Joan of Arc Church in San Ramon, CA.  On September 2, 2015 I retired from full time ministry at the age of 70 and moved to Palm Beach Gardens to be close to my family and to enjoy the beautiful weather.  I look forward to being an assisting priest here at St. Peter and become involved with this vibrant and faith filled community as we continue to live the Mission of  Jesus.


Deacon Don Battiston

Deacon Don Battiston graduated from Marianapolis Prep School, Georgetown University and St. Thomas Seminary. He was ordained to the Diaconate in 1976 for the Archdiocese of Hartford.  Deacon Don assists the parish on week-ends; however, his primary ministry is with the Diocesan Office of Prison Ministry as the Catholic Chaplain at a maximum security State prison in our diocese. He and his wife Pam have 5 children and 17 grandchildren.

Deacon Steve McMahon

 

Deacon Steve McMahon and his wife Mona are both "Native Floridians". They live in Tequesta and have four adult children (Steve Jr., Tess, Katie and Matthew) and one Grandchild (Rían).  Deacon Steve was ordained right here at St. Peter in 1999 in what is now the Parish Hall. He is involved in our LifeTeen ministry. He graduated from Clemson University and began his theological education at St. Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach attending nights and weekends. Deacon Steve has made a career working full-time supporting his family as a Wealth Advisor at a major brokerage firm since 1985. Mr. McMahon also served seven years as Captain McMahon in the U. S. Air Force where he learned how to drink coffee and fly sideways for hours at a time. 


Deacon Stephen Scienzo

Deacon Stephen Scienzo was born in Providence RI and ordained as a Permanent Deacon on September 6th 2008. He moved to Florida in 1968 with his parents and met his wife Cheri in 1971 and married her in 1972. They have two children Michael and Catherine and five grand children Liliana, Toby, Salvatore, Cody and Emma. A parishioner since 1987, Deacon Stephen has been involved in many different ministries. He has served as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Lector, and Altar Server as well as working in the Food for Families ministry and the Ministry for the Sick. He has recently become involved in Pastoral Care at St Mary’s Hospital for the diocese of Palm Beach and oversees our Hospital, Nursing Home, Critically ill, and Home bound Ministry for the Sick at St Peters. Currently Stephen is an Independent Insurance Agent and owner of his own firm Scienzo and Associates Insurance Agency. His desire in life has always been to serve needs of others as he now serves the people of God as a Permanent Deacon. He reminds us that “Life is precious from the moment of conception until natural death and should never be taken for granted. Life is a Gift from God. Let us always remember that and cherish it.


Deacon Serge Dube

Deacon Jean Serge Dube’, Jr. was born in Hartford, CT. He graduated from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT with a degree in Elementary Education. Deacon Serge, JoAnn and their three children Mia, Jack and Christy moved to Florida in 1997. Deacon Serge teaches Religion at Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach. He studied for the Diaconate at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, FL and received his Masters in Theological Studies. He was ordained to the permanent deaconate on September 7, 2013. Deacon Serge loves to pray, read, study and share about the wonderful gifts of our faith! May we all realize the wonderful gift we have indeed been given: “The Word of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, who did through His transcendent love, become what we are, that he might bring us to be even what He is Himself.” – St. Irenaeus, Against the Heresies.

Deacon John Collins

 

Deacon John Collins was born in Silver Creek, NY, a small town south of Buffalo.  He has an undergraduate degreefrom Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA. and an MBA from SUNY Binghamton, Binghamton, NY.  Deacon John is retired and lives with his wife, Judy in Jupiter. Between them, they have four children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  He studied for the Diaconate at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, FL and received his Masters in Theological Studies and was ordained on September 6, 2014.  “As Catholics, we should continually strive to serve the Lord and to make the link between the Gospel proclaimed and the Gospel applied, a living reality.”


Deacon John Bartalini

Deacon John Bartalini was born in New York City and has lived in Palm Beach County since 1985.  He has a B.S. and an M.B.A. from St. John's University in Jamaica, New York and an M.A. in Theological Studies from St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, FL. He and his wife Deanna have two children, Peter and Elisa.  Deacon John teaches math at a charter school in Boynton Beach.  Currently, he serves in the EDGE middle school youth group and Food for Families ministries.  Ordained on Sept 12, 2015 after hearing God's call to serve him as a  permanent deacon he strives to live out John 2:5, "Do whatever he tells you." 


Deacon Dave Licata

Deacon Dave Licata resides in Palm Beach Gardens with his wife Carol. They have been parishioners at St. Peter since 2006 when they relocated from New Jersey. The Licata’s have six grown children who are now all out of the nest. Deacon Dave was ordained on September 10, 2016 at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola. Prior to his ordination, he studied at Saint Vincent De Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida. During the five formation years at seminary, he was continuously active on the altar here at St. Peter and additionally took personal interest in many of the ministries and functions that have contributed to making our parish welcome to all who enter its doors. He is presently the Ministry Leader for the Bereavement Ministry and is assigned as the assistant to the chaplains at All Saints Catholic School. Prior to accepting the vocation of diaconate, Deacon Dave, devoted all his time in the business world, initiated a startup food service company in Sussex, New Jersey, a company that he still consults for. His future outlook as deacon is simply to be available to the parishioners at St. Peter, and as he is charged to do…bring souls to Christ.       


Layne Behncke
Director of Youth Ministry & Young Adults

Layne Behncke is the Director of Youth Ministry and Confirmation. She was raised in Palm Harbor, FL with her two older sisters. At age 13, during a Steubenville conference, God made her desire for Youth Ministry strong and from then on she has been dedicated to serve Catholic youth. She studied Religion and Theatre at Florida State University and went on to be a Missionary for Retreat and Youth Ministry in Wisconsin. From Wisconsin she moved to Tennessee to be a Youth Minister full time. She is very excited about her new adventure with St. Peter and looks forward to growing in faith with all our teens!


Leonardo Busa
Director of Stewardship

Leonardo was born in Brazil, studied at St. Joseph High School and graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University with a Bachelor Degree in Law and with a Master's Degree in Environmental Law. After graduating he taught Political Sciences and Constitutional Law at Universo University, in Brazil. When he moverd to the United States, in 2006, he lived in California for five years and became a Medical Interpreter. Leonardo has lived in Florida since 2010. Before becoming a member of the staff at St. Peter, he workd as a Family Counselor at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery in Royal Palm Beach. Leonardo is excited about stewardship as a way of life and encouraging others to discover their talents and serving in ministry. Leonardo proudly became an American citizen in 2015!

Joe Buckley
Facilities Manager

Joe Buckley is the Facilities Director.  Joe was born in Miami, FL and was the youngest of nine children.  He attended St. Mary’s School and then Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School.  After graduation, he served six years in the United State Army as a Military Policeman.  Joe recently retired from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office after more than 25 years of service. Joe shares his talent with the parish is a member of the Lifeteen Kitchen Krew.  EMAIL


Giovanna Christian
Director of Finance

Giovanna Christian is the Director of Finance.  Giovanna was born and grew up in the Chicago area. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.  She has been a parishioner since 1990 and has been the Director of Finance since 2000.  She is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and a member of the Bell Choir. She has three children, Kate, Kelly and Michael.  Giovanna loves being a part of our dynamic growing parish and enjoys participating in its many events, from spiritual to social and getting to know our wonderful families. EMAIL

Dr. Gonzalo Gonzalez
Director of Music

Dr. Gonzalo Gonzalez is our Director of Music. Dr. Gonzalez is originally from Spain and comes from a family of musicians. He studied music at the University of Miami where he earned a double Bachelor of Music in Music Engineering and Keyboard Performance. In 2000 Gonzalo won first prize in the university’s Chopin Piano Competition. After graduating he went on to study composition earning both a Master and Doctoral degrees in Music Composition and winning several awards for his work. Prior to coming to St. Peter Dr. Gonzalez was the Director of Music at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Miami and an Adjunct Professor of music theory, ear-training/sight-singing, orchestration, and counterpoint at the University of Miami and at Florida International University. Gonzalo’s music is published through International Liturgy Publications and is steadily growing in popularity. He lives in Jupiter with his wife and two children. EMAIL

Christine Macdonald
Parish Secretary

Christine Macdonald is the Parish Secretary.  Christine was born in Long Island, New York and moved to Merritt Island, FL as an infant.  In 1972 Christine and her family moved to Port St. Lucie, FL where she still resides.  Christine is a single parent with three daughters; Allison, Jennifer, and Heather.  Christine shares her time and talent in the LIFE TEEN Youth Ministry playing her guitar in the band and as a member of the Core Team. EMAIL


Becky Miklos
Director of Religious Education

Rebecca Miklos is the Director of Religious Education.  Becky was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area and moved to Florida in 1992. She has a Bachelor of the Arts from the University of Notre Dame, and an Master of the Arts in Religion and Religious Education from the Catholic University of America. Becky became the Director of Religious Education at St. Peter in January 2008. She is the single mom of two teenage daughters, Sarah and Eva. Becky loves the vibrant, Catholic community of St. Peter Parish and is thrilled to be able to contribute to its growing vitality and authenticity by leading children and families to an ever deeper understanding of their Catholic faith. EMAIL

 


Jo Munoz
Administrative Assistant

Jo Munoz is the Administrative Assistant.  She was born in Glen Cove, New York and moved to South Florida after attending Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.  She had worked with personal injury lawyers for eighteen years before coming to St. Peter in 2006.  She has been married to her husband, Angel for 37 years and they have two grown children, Joseph and Raquel and one grandchild, with a second on the way.  Jo and Angel volunteer for Food for Families as well as other parish functions and consider St. Peter to be their extended family. EMAIL


Etiel Tejada
Maintenance

Etiel Tejada is a member of our maintenance staff.  She was born in El Salvador and moved to Boston, MA when she was very young and worked for Harvard University in the Maintenance Department of the Divinity school. Etiel moved to Jupiter, FL  in 2003 with her husband Santos. Etiel and Santos are devoted, and active parish members. Etiel follows Christ path by serving the community and sharing her love for Christ with her children, family and friends. Etiel has been an active staff member since December 2012.

 


Santos Tejada
Maintenance

Santos Tejada is a member of our maintenance staff.  Santos was born in El Salvador, the third son in a family of ten! He left El Salvador as a young man in his twenties and moved to Boston, MA where he worked at Harvard University in the Department of Facility and Maintenance Operations. It was there he met his wife Etiel. In 2003 Santos moved to Florida and became a member of our parish. Not long after, he saw our ad for help and joined our staff in 2004. He believes that God sent him here to work and be a part of our parish family. Santos, Etiel and their three children, Jason, Kevin, and Magdalena are very happy here at St. Peter


Ediza Vega
Director of Hispanic Ministry

Ediza Vega was born in Cajamarca, Peru. She graduated from San Martin University in Lima, Peru with studies in Journalism.  In 1995 she immigrated to the United States and lived in Maryland for 20 years working in Journalism and Latino Community Leadership until moving to Jupiter, FL in 2010 for family reasons.  Upon having her personal encounter with Jesus Christ, she decided to change careers. She will soon begin her third year of Pastoral Leadership Seminar in the Southeast Pastoral Institute of Miami. She graduated from the Palm Beach Diocesan Christian Formation School, and also from the first phase of Christian formation at San Andres School of Evangelization.

Since arriving to Jupiter, Ediza has been an active parishioner of St. Peter Church which has led her into many leadership roles. She began as a member of the Emmaus Retreat Team and was the leader of the Hispanic Lectors Ministry and member of the Core Team of the Hispanic Ministry while serving as Sub-Coordinator of the San Andres School of Evangelization.

Ediza is excited to be part of a large and vibrant Hispanic community that prays, celebrates, and shares the Word of God with all the faithful.

   
   

 

 

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