Rector of the Church of Santa Susanna
Father Greg Apparcel returned to Santa Susanna in 2004 after an absence of nearly two years to become the 11th Rector of the Church of Santa Susanna. Father Paul Robichaud invited Father Greg to be the Vice Rector when he began his own term as Rector in 1996. Six years later, Father Greg returned to Los Angeles to be the Vice President of Paulist Productions, where he assisted in the research, selling and making of religious films and documentaries for television. Having thrown a great many coins in the Trevi Fountain before he left, the call was strong to come back to Rome, and when the offer was made to be the new rector, Father Greg said “yes” immediately.
On 5 September 2018, Paulist Father Bernard J. Campbell, joined our parish staff as Vice Rector. Fifty years ago last April, Fr. Bernie was ordained a priest by Archbishop John Maguire of the Archdiocese of New York during a Mass at our mother church, the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City. He grew up in the Bronx, attending Holy Spirit Parish and School. He entered the Paulist novitiate in 1961 and made his first promises to the community on September 8, 1962. He earned his undergraduate
Fr. Campbell spent more than 30 years as a Catholic campus minister, serving at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at San Diego, the University of Texas at Austin, Clemson University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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.