Biographies of Priests and Brothers of the Brooklyn Oratory
Father Dennis M. Corrado, c.o.
The Very Reverend Dennis Michael Murphy Corrado, Provost, and co-founder of the Brooklyn Oratory is a native New Yorker. Having entered the seminary training system at an early age, he was ordained a diocesan priest for the Diocese of Brooklyn. He was fortunate to have completed his undergraduate and first graduate degrees at St. Bonaventure University prior to ordination.
He served for three years at Good Shepherd Parish in Flatbush, then The Diocesan Offices of Education and Communications prior to his assignment to the Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Downtown Brooklyn. Further graduate and doctoral studies included attending Fordham University, the University of Denver and the University of Southern California. He taught film history while studying film and aesthetics at USC’s Cinema department.
His twelve-year tenure at St. James saw the development of a flourishing community celebrated by the New York Times as a model for the revival of urban Catholic communities. Working closely with the late Father James Hinchey, they sought and received Pontifical recognition for the establishment of the first Oratory (a Society of Apostolic Work founded by St. Philip Neri) in the New York metropolitan area. This change to the Oratorian vocation included departure from incardination in the Brooklyn Diocese. While at St. James, the fledgling Oratorians supervised the restoration of the Cathedral buildings; Church interior, the historic Convent and the Pavilion Community Center. They successfully petitioned and received St. James’s destination as a Papal Minor Basilica.
Father Dennis and four confreres relocated the Oratory to St. Boniface Church during the massive redevelopment of the Downtown Metrotech Campus. Again, the community restored the Church buildings and a moribund faith community. He organized and is current President of the Oratory’s not for profit arm,The Breukelein Institute, which specializes in fundraising and grants for needy local groups. For over 20 years, in addition to participating in the pastoral life of the Oratory parish community, he formulated The Oratory Mission Ministries preaching week long retreats in 26 States and 3 foreign countries.
During this time, the New York Daily News named him one of New York’s religious leaders for the 21st Century and New York Magazine profiled him as one of New York’s best preachers. Recently, he joined the expanded clerical and lay community in restoring their permanent residence in Brooklyn Heights. Proud of his immigrant Irish and Italian heritage, he is an uncle to eight nieces and nephews and grand-uncle to seventeen scattered across the United States.
Father Mark Lane, c.o.
Fr. Mark was ordained in 1983 and obtained a Pontifical License in Sacred Theology in 1994. He served as a parochial vicar in Sydney, Australia, before joining the Brooklyn Oratory in 1990. He served as parochial vicar at St. Boniface from 1991-2001 and then as pastor from 2001- 2011. Father Mark is a preacher for the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (www.cfcausa.org) and the Executive Director of The Friends of Turkana (www.friendsofturkana.org). He continues to minister in our parish by celebrating Mass and remaining an active presence.
Father Joel Warden, c.o.
Administrator of the Oratory Church of St. Boniface, Fr. Joel is originally from Buffalo, NY, and he joined the Oratory as a novice and resident in the fall of 1993. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1999 at St Boniface after completing his seminary studies at Oxford University, England. Father Joel holds a degree in Organ Performance and serves as the Music Director of the Cappella Oratoriana, an early music ensemble specializing in the vocal music of the late Renaissance and early Baroque. Father Joel also serves on the Board of Directors of St. Joseph-St. Dominic Catholic Academy.
Father Anthony D. Andreassi, c.o.
Born in Yonkers, Fr. Anthony did his undergraduate studies at The Catholic University of America and trained for the priesthood at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie. He later earned a doctorate in history at Georgetown University with a concentration in American Catholicism. He joined the Oratory in 2004 and was ordained in 2007. In addition to his work in the Oratory parishes, he serves as the interim principal of Regis High School (www.regis.org) where he has taught for the last 15 years. Father Anthony has written articles and book reviews for both “America” and “Commonweal” magazines and recently published with Fordham University Press, “Teach Me to Be Generous: The First Century of Regis High School in New York City.” In addition to history, Father Anthony enjoys film and running.
Father Michael Callaghan, c.o.
A New Jersey native, born in Passaic, Fr. Michael spent a good bit of his childhood moving around the country with his family. When they settled in Maryland, he attended Dulaney Senior High School in Baltimore County (yes, he was a “public”!) He graduated from Loyola University in Maryland with a BA as a double major in political science and philosophy, in a pre-law program track. He continued his education in graduate studies at Marquette University in Philosophy. Milwaukee was too cold so Fr. Michael went to work in medical sales in northern Virginia where he became involved in his local parish and discerned a vocation to the priesthood. Fr. Michael did his seminary studies at Catholic University and St. Mary’s Seminary and University completing his S.T.B and Master of Divinity. He was ordained on the Feast of St. Philip Neri, May 26, 1990, which led him to come to know and love Philip and his Oratory model of faith and community. In 1991, Fr. Michael met the Provost of the Brooklyn Oratory and a friendship began with the house that culminated in his joining the Congregation in 2005. In 2013 he completed a Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) through the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.
Fr. Michael has served in a variety of ministries over the years including parishes, ministry with the deaf, hospice chaplaincy, housing, and education. He is currently parochial vicar for the Oratory Parishes in Brooklyn and teaches religion at the Cornelia Connelly Center, a Holy Child sponsored school in the Lower East Side. He serves as an Almoner for the Havens Relief Society is the Managing Director for Project Haiti, supporting the development or education and catechesis through the parish of St. Francis Xavier in Desarmes Haiti. The project is completing a pre-K through high school campus supported by solar power and provides food and other resources to over four hundred children each year. He enjoys travel, reading history and biography and cooking.
Brother James Simon, c.o.
Born in Kingston, PA, Br. James completed his undergraduate and graduate studies from Penn State University. A member of the Brooklyn Oratory since 1990, Br. James is the Director of Development at St. Joseph High School, Brooklyn (www.sjhsbridge.org). He is also the coordinator of the Oratory’s Newman and Seminarian Scholarship Funds as well as a current and founding Board member of the Breukelein Institute.
Buddy joined the Brooklyn Oratory June 2, 2018. He was adopted through Sean Casey animal rescue in Brooklyn and has become a fixture of the Oratory residence and offices. He is a nine-year-old Havanese/Poodle mix. He loves a romp around Cadman Plaza Park or a swim in the Long Island Sound as is often confused with Fr. Michael’s shadow.