Our Deanery

A deanery is a group of parishes that acts in common to foster pastoral care. The Dean, or priest in charge, is appointed by the diocesan bishop. Saint Helen belongs to the Q-8 Deanery. Our current dean is Father Marc Swartvagher, who also serves as pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Howard Beach. The following parishes belong to the Q-8 Deanery:

Saint Elizabeth, Ozone Park
Very Reverend Robert Barclay, Pastor

Holy Child Jesus, Richmond Hill
Most Reverend Octavio Cisneros, D.D., Pastor
Reverend Christopher Heanue, Parochial Vicar/Administrator

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary-Saint Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr, Ozone Park
Reverend Paul Palmiotto, Pastor

Our Lady of Grace, Old Howard Beach
Reverend Marc Swartvagher, Pastor

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, South Ozone Park
Reverend Thomas W. Ahern, Pastor

Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, Richmond Hill
Reverend John Tino, Administrator

Saint Mary Gate of Heaven, Ozone Park
Reverend Carlos Velasquez, Pastor

Saint Teresa of Avila-Saint Anthony of Padua, South Ozone Park
Reverend Richard Conlon, Pastor

Saint Thomas the Apostle, Woodhaven
Reverend Frank Tumino, Pastor