The Roman Catholic Parish of
St. Christopher and St. Margaret Mary
Staten Island, New York 10306
A FAREWELL LETTER
“Rejoice always, pray constantly and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus for you."(1 Thess:4;16-18)
Dear and loving members of St. Christopher-St. Margaret Mary Parish family. It’s with a great feeling of
gratitude and thanks that I am writing this note. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to each and
everyone of you for your love, support, concern and prayers for me. From the very first day of my life
here I always felt at home. Day after day I was finding my HOME away from Home. I always thank God
for this great opportunity to do pastoral ministry with incredi-ble members of St. Christopher-St. Margaret
Mary parish family. I want also to thank Fr. Joe McLafferty, our wonderful pastor for his guidance,
fraternal love ,care and support.
My sincere gratitude to our parish staff, and to Fr. John DeLora, Fr. John Boehning, Fr. Tom Mullin,
Fr. Ed Devina, Fr.Deo Lingao and Deacon Patrick Graham too. Now it’s time to say good-bye. I am
moving to the diocese of Reno, Nevada by the end of August 2016.
As of now I will leave Staten Island on August 21st to India for the wedding of my nephew and go to
Reno on August 29th from India. All the families of St. Christopher-St. Margaret Mary parish are, and
will be always, in my prayers.
I request you to please remember me in your prayers.
Fr. Tomy Joseph
Fr. Tomy Joseph, family name Mamparampil, was born on May 14, 1972 in Kerala State,
one of the southern states in India. His primary education was in his home village in Kerala.
The state of Kerala is known for its Catholic population and the large number of vocations to
priesthood and religious life. He earned his bachelor degree in philosophy from University of
Kerala and his bachelor degree in theology from St. Mary's Major Seminary, Trivandrum,
capital city of Kerala. He was ordained a priest on February 16, 1998. After ordination he
was appointed assistant pastor in a big parish of the Archdiocese of Changanacherry and then
from 2001, he served as pastor of three different parishes in the Archdiocese. From
June 2010 to July 2013 he was deputed by Superior General of Missionary Society Of
St. Francis Xavier (MSFX) to the United States to do pastoral ministry in the diocese of
Bismarck, North Dakota. He was appointed administrator of three parishes as well as
Chaplain at Trinity Hospital, Minot, ND. In October 2013 he came to St. Christopher Church
as parochial vicar, and has continued on to serve St. Christopher – St. Margaret Mary.
He has six brothers and sisters, and many nieces and nephews.