CHURCH OF SAINT MONICA
Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey
 
679 W. Veteran's Highway, Jackson, N.J.
phone: 732-928-0279, fax: 732-928-1853
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Parish Staff

Clergy

Father Alex Enriquez is our Parish Administrator

Deacon Mike Principato

Deacon Christian Knoebel

About Our Staff

Born Dec. 1, 1957 in San Pablo City, Philippines, Father Alexander C. Enriquez was raised as one of 13 children in the religious and politically prominent household of his parents, Amado and Cresencana Enriquez. His father, an attorney and judge, served as vice president for the town council and campaign manager for many mayoral candidates.

He graduated San Pablo Minor Seminary, Phillipines, St. Carlos Seminary, Makati, Phillipines and after graduating from St. Francis de Sales College and the University of St. Thomas Central Seminary in the Philippines, Father Enriquez was ordained Oct. 1, 1985, in St. John the Baptist Church, Laguna, by Bishop Pedro N. Bantigue. After his ordination, he served a number of assignments in the Philippines and then traveled to Rome’s Santa Croce University for further studies. While in Italy, he and a group of fellow students were sent to the United States in 1991 in response to a call from then-Archbishop Theodore McCarrick for summer assistants in the parishes of the Archdiocese of Newark.

Father Enriquez volunteered, and his assignments in northern New Jersey in Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Maplewood and St. Philomena Parish, Livingston, extended into the next year. As the majority of his family had moved to the United States, he expressed a wish to remain here and applied to dioceses throughout the New York-Metropolitan area to be near his family. In 1992, he accepted a call from the Diocese of Trenton.

His assignments since then have included service in the parishes of St. Denis, Manasquan (1992-1995); St. James, Red Bank (1995-2009) and St. Alphonsus, where he was named administrator by Bishop John M. Smith in 2009. The following year, in the midst of celebrating the 25th anniversary of his priestly ordination, Bishop Smith named Father Enriquez pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish. On July 1, 2013 Fr Alex was assigned as Administrator of Church of St. Monica, Jackson.


Deacon Michael Principato

  • Ordained to the Permanent Diaconate by Bishop John Reiss in May 1984
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from St. John’s University 1967
  • Masters in Theology, La Salle University 1992
  • Assigned to St. Robert Bellarmine, Freehold, N.J. 1984 – 1990
  • St. Catherine of Siena, Farmingdale, N.J. 1991 – 2007
  • Church of St. Monica, Jackson, N.J. 2007 – Present

Officiates many marriages and baptisms over the years. Taught Religion at St John Vianney High School, Holmdel, NJ for 16 years. Currently moderate the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program at St Monica. Married to Monica 48 years, 4 adult children are married and 10 grandchildren.


Deacon Christian Knoebel was ordained on May 10, 2014, by Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University and a Masters of Environmental Pollution Control from The Pennsylvania State University, has worked in digital media as an editor, producer, editorial writer and business executive for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer, and today manages a business media publishing company. He is married to wife Debbie for 20 years and together they have two children. His new deacon warranty is still valid.


Karen Badach, heads the religious education program and handles its day-to-day functions. The office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Ms. Badach is responsible for assessing the needs of children in the parish and coordinates programs designed to meet those needs. She supervises the two religious education sessions, which are held on Monday evenings at St. Aloysius School. She recruits religious ed staff, and works with catechists, providing them with information on certification and continuing education. She functions as a liaison between the parish and the Diocesan Office of Religious Education in Trenton, is responsible for sacramental preparation programs, parent meetings and special events, and offers support to our youth group.

Church of Saint Monica, Catholic parish, Jackson, N.J.

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