Paulist Father Steven J. Petroff comes to St. Patrick’s from Chicago, Illinois where he’s been associate pastor of Old St. Mary’s church since July of 2017. He arrived in Rome for his new assignment on August 21, 2019. As of October 2020 he is the active Rector of St. Patrick's.
A native of Clarkston, Michigan, Fr. Steve earned a B.A. from Oakland University in Rochester, MI, and an M.S. in Hispanic literature and linguistics from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He then spent 20 years in Los Angeles working in marketing and strategic planning for both international companies and specialized firms.
Fr. Steve joined the Paulist novitiate in the fall of 2011 and spent Lent of 2012 with the American community in Rome at Sta. Susanna. He made his final promises to the Paulist Fathers on September 2, 2016 and was ordained a transitional deacon the next day at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC.
Paulist Father Joe Ciccone is originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., although most of his family now lives in New Jersey. He was born in October of 1952 and has two married sisters. He discovered the Paulist Fathers after a seven-year career as an Art Director for a major New York advertising firm. He had received his undergraduate degree in Communication Design in 1974 from the Pratt Institute of Brooklyn, NY. Fr. Joe joined the Paulists in 1983, received a Masters of Divinity in 1988 from the Catholic University of America, and was ordained on May 13, 1989.
Most of Fr. Joe’s ministerial career has been in campus ministry. Like Fr. Greg, he first served at St. Andrew’s Parish and its missions in Clemson, South Carolina (1988-1993), then at St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish in Boulder, Colorado, (1993- 2000).
The welcoming voice on the other end of the phone here at St. Patrick's Church is our parish secretary, Rosanna. She is at the very heart of everything that happens at our parish and visitor center. If anyone knows the details or an event or program, it is Rosanna! Over the last nineteen years Rosanna has acquired quite an expertise in visitor issues and questions about Rome! Not only was she surrogate mother to hundreds of American volunteers during the Jubilee Year 2000 but she has rescued many an American, confused or disoriented, who wanders into our office. Rosanna has the most extensive email network of anyone in the parish! She can also answer your questions about the current Jubilee of Mercy.
She was born in Cairo Egypt and is fluent in English, Italian, French and Arabic. When not at her desk in the Santa Susanna office next to the church, she is busy working on her License in Theology.
Raimundo was born in Caracas in 1972. Studied in his country of origin: Composition, Singing, Conducting, Piano and Venezuelan traditional stringed instruments. In Caracas he has been professor of Musicianship and Choir at the Lamas and Reyna Schools of Music, as well as a Cantor of the Tribuna Musical of the Cathedral.
Jung-Ah (Dafrosa) Cho, organist of Santa Susanna Church, was born in Dae-gu, South Korea. In 1995 she graduated in organ at the Catholic University of Dae-gu. During studies in Dae-gu, she was director of Dae-myung’s church choir and organist in the Cathedral. After graduating she was the director of the Armed Forces Nursing Academy’s church choir. In 1996 she moved to Italy to begin her studies at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. In 2003 under the tutorship of M° Giancarlo Parodi, she obtained her Master’s degree of organ.
Fr. Greg Apparcel, Rector "Emeritus" of St. Patrick's Church (Chiesa di San Patrizio a Villa Ludovisi) and Chaplain to the US Faithful Residing in Rome from 2004 to 2020. On August 1, 2017, St. Patrick's officially became "A Mission for the Care of Souls of the US faithful residing in Rome or visiting the city," and Fr. Greg became Rector of the Church and Chaplain to this mission.
He led the American Community in Rome from their historical home at Santa Susanna's to their new home at St. Patrick's Church.