Holy Trinity's Roman Catholic faith is the heart of our Campus Ministry community. The Campus Ministry Team works together with the Religion Department, faculty and service clubs to foster and support our school's four-year comprehensive religious education program by providing students with opportunities to deepen their faith through Eucharist, prayer, service and retreats.
Holy Trinity's Campus Ministry reaches out to the whole student body, faculty, and staff, striving to create a Christian community filled with active disciples of Jesus Christ.
Campus Ministry is committed to providing opportunities for the Holy Trinity community to nurture a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, guided by the motto, Pray, Serve and Believe.
Students are invited to actively participate in the celebration of the liturgical and sacramental prayer life of the school, provide Christian service to the Church and community, and foster a personal belief in God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Holy Trinity Campus Ministry recognizes the responsibility to provide opportunities for student to live out this apostolic mission set firmly in the Roman Catholic tradition.
The Campus Ministry staff at Holy Trinity is comprised of a full time Chaplain assigned by the Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and two Campus Ministers. The Campus Ministry team works together to assist in the planning and execution of all religious celebrations including liturgies and Reconciliation services, prayer services, retreats, pilgrimages, and service activities/trips. The Chaplain is available at any time throughout the school day to administer sacraments and in conjunction with the Campus Minsters, provide pastoral guidance and care. The Campus Ministry team is available to all members of the Holy Trinity community and can be called on at any time, especially during occasions of grieving and bereavement. The Campus Ministry team works closely with school administration and faculty to ensure that our Roman Catholic identify permeates into the hallways and classrooms, and students grow in knowledge and understanding of who Jesus Christ is and how He works in their lives.
Fr. John McCarthy, Holy Trinity Chaplain
Father John McCarthy is a priest for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY. He was born in Brooklyn and raised in the community of Levittown, with his home parish of Saint James in Seaford. Father John attended twelve years of Catholic School education and graduated from Holy Trinity in 1978. During his senior year, he joined the U.S. Navy and began his career shortly after graduation by serving God and Country in the Naval Aviation Field for a twenty year period.
During his Naval career, Fr. John earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics during off-duty hours from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and graduated in May 1991. Upon transition from active duty Naval service in 1998, Fr. John served on staff with the Naval Air Systems Command for a five year period as Senior Program Manager on the F/A-18 Aircraft Test and Evaluation Team at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Maryland.
In the Year 2002, Fr. John opened his heart and mind to the profound possibility of God's calling to him for service in His Church, and for His People, in a much different capacity. He graciously entered the priesthood formation program in August 2003 at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, NY. Fr. John McCarthy was ultimately ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ through the grace of God on June 14, 2008. His first parish assignment was the Cathedral of Saint Agnes in Rockville Centre, NY. He also had the privilege and honor to serve once again in the military as a Chaplain for two years at the Naval Submarine Base in Kings Bay, Georgia.
Father John McCarthy officially assumed the Chaplaincy position here at Holy Trinity on October 15, 2013. He is most grateful for his priestly assignment as appointed by Bishop William Murphy. Additionally, he offers part of his priestly ministry by serving and residing at Our Lady of Victory parish community in Floral Park, NY.
Father John is especially grateful for the prayerful support of his family and friends. Keep the Faith!!! – Galatians 2:20
Nolan Reynolds, Campus Minister
Nolan grew up in Lindenhurst, NY and graduated from Lindenhurst High School in 2000. It was during his time in high school, through various youth ministry experiences, that he really encountered Christ and fell in love with his Catholic faith. After high school, he attended SUNY New Paltz where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 2004. He began his first position in ministry the following fall, working part-time as youth ministry intern at St. Joseph’s Parish in Babylon, while also substitute teaching in Lindenhurst. For the next 8 years he served as the full-time director of youth ministry at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Hicksville, running the parish’s Life Teen and WyldLife ministries for high school and middle school teens respectively. During this time he lead retreats, camps, service projects, and other unique experiences for Catholic youth, most notably pilgrimages to pray and celebrate with the Pope in Australia (2008), Spain (2011), and Brazil (2013) for World Youth Day. For 2 years during this period Nolan also taught religion at McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School in Riverhead. Nolan is happily married to his wife, Becky, with whom he has one son, Justin. He is excited to become a part of the Holy Trinity Family where he may walk with students and their families on their faith journey and continue this school’s dynamic campus ministry legacy.
Susan Coffey, Campus Minister
Mrs. Susan Coffey has worked at Holy Trinity in some capacity since January 1992, She first started out as a substitute teacher, then hired as a religion teacher, and subsequently took on the additional role of Campus Minister. Ms. Coffey received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English and a minor in secondary education from St. John's University and in May 2007 received her Master of Arts degree in Theology from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception. She also completed a three year certification program, in 2001, for spiritual direction through St. Joseph's Renewal Center in Brentwood.
Ms. Coffey is a 1973 graduate of Holy Trinity and is happy to share that her three children have graduated from Trinity as well: Kristen Smaldone LaMaina '97, Peter Smaldone '02 and Grace Ann Coffey '10. Her son-in-law and daughter-in-law are also Trinity graduates: Thomas LaMaina '97 and Jennifer Carman Smaldone '03. "Holy Trinity has definitely been a big part of our family history with the hopes of my five grandchildren following in our footsteps."
Created on 7/12/2012 - Last updated on 6/20/2014