Our team

Meet the familiar faces you'll see around St. Joseph's. 


Father David Nolan

Father Nolan was born in Brooklyn, NYC. After working in the textile industry for many years, he was ordained in 1995 - a decision he maintains was the best of his life. He worked in parishes across the city until joining St Joseph’s as Pastor in 2011. 

Our uplifting Sunday Mass is one of his favourite things about St Joseph's, spending time together and chatting after the service.

He also works regularly as the Catholic Chaplain for the women incarcerated at Rose M Singer Correctional, the women’s prison on Riker’s Island.


Father Nelson Picardo

Father Nelsen Pichardo was born in Tenares, Dominican Republic in 1966. He has completed assignments in diocese in the Dominican Republic and New York, where he joined St Joseph’s in 2014.

He has brought life and energy to our Spanish speaking community, brought contemporary Spanish hymns to our choir, and given many retreats and celebrations.


Father Joseph Kinda

Father Joseph Kinda was born May 29, 1971 in Ziniare, Burkina Faso. He was ordained on July 3, 1999 in the diocese of Ouagadougou and has since studied Communications in France and taught in Burkina Faso.

In 2016 Cardinal Ouedraogo asked him to move to New York. Father Kinda has brought life and spirit to our African French speaking community. He describes his experience of St. Joseph’s as a great place of welcome, warmth and home.

Catherine Keller

Catherine Keller was born in Harlem in 1961. She has worked as a School Coordinator for years, running voluntary programmes in Harlem’s public schools.

She has been an active members of St Joseph’s for over 25 years, and  is currently the Coordinator of the Food Pantry, our project which provides food to over 800 families each month. 

Kevin Noyola

Kevin Noyola was born in New York 1994 and has been a member of St. Joseph’s all his life. He is Master of Ceremonies at our Gospel and Spanish Mass, and oversees baptisms and registrations in our office. He’s also been as Altar Server and is a member of the Spanish Choir.

Gloria Forrest 

When you enter St. Joseph’s one of the first people you meet is Gloria. One day she was walking down 125th street and was drawn to St. Joseph’s. When she entered the Church she had such a warm feeling and felt at home!  

Gloria is in charge of the ushers, serves as the sacristan, and overseas the volunteers who clean the Church.

James Young


Jim has been a parishioner of St. Joseph's for over 36 years.  He has overseen our Food Pantry for more than 36 years and has served as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Usher, sacristan and overnight chaperone for our mens shelter.  Jim gets to St. Joseph’s  most mornings before the sun rises to open the church and to set up for Morning Prayer and Mass. 

Joyce Aikens

Joyce has been a parishioner for over 16 years and was drawn to St. Joseph’s by the warm, diverse parishioners here. She's our Office Manager and has supported us in many ways. From organizing our fundraising, to anniversary dinners and leading the Sunday hospitality. She's also chairperson of the Finance Council.