Saint Joseph Mission Church

A Progressive Church in the Old Catholic Tradition that Welcomes All

Clergy & Team


Board President Dr. Diane DiSpagna

Dr. DiSpanga has been in Catholic Education for over 30 years. As a former Catholic School teacher and Principal for both the archdiocese of Newark and Sussex County in New Jersey, Diane has changed the lives of countless students, parents, and her community.  Currently Dr. DiSpagna is the Director of Teacher Education for Dominican Catholic College in upstate New York preparing a new generation of teachers to change the world.

Board VP, Dr.  Meyer

Dr. Meyer has been a Public School Teacher for nearly 16 years in one of NJ poorest cities. He sees the heartbreak, struggles, and need for change for those in the margins and often left behind by society.  Dr. Meyer hopes that Saint Joseph Mission Church can help set the example of changing the world one student, one person, one family at a time.

The Reverend Father  Joseph Ciccone

In 2013, Fr. Joseph Ciccone graduated with a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. As a practicing Catholic throughout his interfaith studies, his hope is to bring a greater ecumenical understanding of faith, learning, and inclusion to all communities. Fr. Joe is currently completing CPE certification (Chaplaincy) at the Jewish Theological Seminary.  He holds a Doctorate in Education, is a College Professor, has been assigned to Saint Miriam Parish and Friary for the past 4 years and is also a retired Police Officer. Fr. Joe’s hope at the Saint Joseph Mission is to be able to bring the Good News to the world with a special focus upon social justice and change while helping those in the margins of both society and faith.


Also, proudly on our Team & at your service ~

Our Bishop ~ Progressive Catholic Church
Rt. Rev. A. Edmund N. Cass, DMin, CFS, OCR
Little Portion Friary
106 Courtney Circle, Greenville, SC, 29617

Dr. Art Joseph ~ Spiritual & Psychotherapeutic Counseling - 222 Bridge Plaza South, Suite 590 Fort Lee, NJ  (201) 944-9347

Rev. Deacon Jeff Grant, JD, M Div
Minister/Director I Progressive Prison Ministries I I (o) +1203.769.1096 I (m) +1203.339.5887 

Rev. Deacon Dr. Shaun Ake-Little

Rev. Deacon William Riley  

Rev. Fr. Robert Chung, LA Mission

Rev. Mother Dorothy Klemas - Retired