Fr. Greg Apparcel is the Rector of St. Patrick's Church (Chiesa di San Patrizio a Villa Ludovisi) and Chaplain to the US Faithful Residing in Rome. 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.
Father Greg’s grandfather was born in Martina Franca, a 14th Century medieval village in the Puglia region of Italy. In fact, he considers all of Puglia his ancestral home, especially the Salento area on the southern Adriatic coast. Born in Alhambra, California, just down the road from Hollywood, a love of the film industry became an early part of Father Greg’s identity. He received his degree in these fields from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and later earned a Master’s degree in Public Health Education (also at UCLA) before entering the Paulist seminary in 1978. Having earned an M.A. in Theology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Father Greg was ordained a priest in May of 1983 and served first as Chaplain at Clemson University in South Carolina and then as Assistant Pastor at Old St. Mary’s Church in San Francisco. During this time he earned a third Master’s degree in Pastoral Liturgy from Santa Clara University. In 1992, Father Greg joined Paulist Productions and the Humanitas Prize organization for four years, and then on to Rome.
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.
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.
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. Rosanna is absolutely masterful in answering many basic questions about Rome and under her guidance, she has rescued many pilgrims and visitors. She knows the pope's schedule and can tell you when he will and will not be in Rome. The new phone number for the Parish Office of St. Patrick's American Parish is (+39) 06.8881.8727.
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.
Dafrosa and Raimundo were married in the Church of Santa Susanna on April 14, 2007.