Fr. Richard Boyle, Principal

Fr. Richard Boyle was born into a military family, now residing in New Jersey. Upon graduating from St. Joseph’s Academy in Richmond, MI he entered St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary. After his ordinations in June of 2009, he was appointed to Denver, CO. For six years he taught at the academy there and traveled to numerous chapels around the nation. He served his first role as Principal at Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy in Oak Grove, MN in 2015. Two years later his Alma Mater claimed their alumnus as Prior and Principal. In 2017 Warners, NY welcomed Fr. Boyle.

  • Prior of Blessed Virgin Mary Church
  • Principal of Mater Dei Academy
  • Religion Department Head
  • Chaplain of the Altar & Rosary Society
  • Chaplain of the Holy Name Society

Fr. Nicholas Gardner, an Idaho native, spent some years in college and working various trades before receiving the grace to follow his vocation. He attended St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary and was ordained a priest in June of 2012.  Since his ordination, the east coast has claimed his assignments. He taught in Nicholville, NY for three years, during which time he serviced the missions in Glens Falls, NY, Boston, MA, and Gilford, NH. In 2015, he was transferred to Ridgefield, CT and traveled to the mission in Long Island. His most recent assignment brought him to Mater Dei Academy in 2017, where he also services the mission in Buffalo, NY on the weekends.

  • Dean of Discipline
  • Chaplain of the Faculty
  • 11th & 12th Boys’ Religion
  • Physical Education Teacher

Fr. Richard Brueggemann comes from northern Kentucky. Before entering St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary he gained experience working in various trades. Upon his ordination in July of 2017, he was stationed in Denver, CO. For three years, he taught at the academy there while also overseeing the missions in Nevada and Texas. In August of 2020 he was appointed to Mater Dei Academy.

  • Chaplain of the Archconfraternity of St. Stephen
  • Chaplain of Boys’ School
  • Prefect of the Boys’ Dormitory
  • 7th & 8th Religion

Fr. Joseph Haynos grew up in Post Falls, Idaho where he attended the SSPX school, Immaculate Conception Academy. He graduated in 2007 and entered St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary that fall. Upon his ordination in June of 2014, he spent his first three years of priesthood in St. Mary’s, KS where he taught in the academy and college, serviced the mission in Wichita, KS and took charge of the high school boys’ dorm for one year. In 2017 he was transferred to Walton, KY where he served as Principal of Assumption Academy and cared for St. Benedict’s Chapel in Louisville, KY. Fr. Haynos moved to Syracuse in 2020 where he works at the school while traveling on the weekends to St. James Church in Pittsburgh, PA.

  • Dean of Academics
  • Chaplain of the Girls’ School
  • High School Girls’ Religion
  • 9th & 10th Boys Religion


Mr. Douglas Rowe, Vice Principal, Athletic Director

Mrs. Cheryl Byrne, Treasurer

Mrs. Lisa Bobka, School Secretary

Mrs. Ann Hatty, Admissions

Mr. Thomas Rowe, Asst. Athletic Director

Mr. Loren Mader, Facilities Maintenance

Mrs. Debbie Massett, Academy Kitchen Manager

Mr. Tom Derowski, Grounds

Mr. Vincent Ferrelli, Director of IT


Miss Clare Bryan: Music

Miss Kathryn Crozier: 3rd & 4th grades

Miss Rita Goodwin: Media Department Advisor

Miss Gwenolyn LaDuca: Girls Middle School Language Arts

Miss Constance Mader: Teachers Assistant

Miss Elizabeth McDonald:  5th & 6th grades

Mr. Christian Melnick: Boys Middle School Language Arts, Math, Spanish

Mrs. Mary Page: Chemistry, Biology, Pre-calculus

Mr. Gregory Randazzo: History

Miss Molly Bascom: 1st grade

Miss Antigone Ratajczak-Smith: Kindergarten

Mr. Douglas Rowe: Language Arts Department Head, English, History

Miss Teresa Simonton: 2nd grade

Mr. Andrew Tucker, HS Guidance Advisor: National Honor Society Advisor, English, Latin

Mrs. Christine Zallo: Elementary Math

Mr. Anthony Zapp: Science, Latin, Earth Science, Algebra I

Miss Caroline Hamm, Mathmatics

Mr. Vincent Ferrelli, AP and Technical Electives