Fr. John Ringley was born in Chicago in 1960 and spent the first half of his youth in the Chicago area. The second half was spent in rural Arkansas, where he attended high school at New Subiaco Abbey and Academy, a Benedictine school for boys. He studied piano at the University of Arkansas, the University of Iowa, and North Texas State University. After completing his Master’s Degree in piano performance he worked as a freelance composer, accompanist, and teacher in various capacities. Some of his compositions for piano and voice were published by Concordia Publishing House, while piano pieces for students were published by the Willis Music Company.

Fr. Ringley entered the seminary at the St. John Fisher Residence in Stamford, CT in 1996. He completed seminary training in Rome and was ordained for the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT in May, 2001. As a priest he was first assigned to St. Lawrence Parish in Shelton where he spent 8years (2001–2009). He then taught at Kolbe Cathedral High School for 5 years (2009–2014). He began serving on the weekends here at St. Mary’s in 2011 before being assigned as the pastor of the Cathedral Parish (St. Augustine church and St. Patrick church) in Bridgeport (2014–2018).

Fr. Ringley looks forward to this new chapter in his life and requests your prayers as he prepares to continue the good work done by Fr. Markey and Fr. Cipolla.

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Parochial Vicar

Fr. Donald L. Kloster has been a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut for 22 years. He was ordained in 1995 at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport by the then Bishop Egan. Fr. Kloster served nearly 7 years (2011–2018) as the pastor of 32,000 souls in the poorer parish of Maria Inmaculada Eucarisitica in the Archdiocese of Guayaquil, Ecuador. He also served as a VA chaplain for 8 years (2003–2011) in San Antonio, Texas. He is a graduate of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Philadelphia, having completed his Master’s Thesis in Moral Theology. A native of Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas (Austin), Fr. Kloster also spent two years as a student (and then novice) at the 7th century Benedictine Abbey of Disentis, Switzerland.


Dn. Stephan Genovese is a permanent deacon of the Diocese of Bridgeport. He also serves as the director of Religious Education at St. Mary's. Deacon Steve was recently featured in an article in the National Catholic Register, "The Role of the Deacon in the Traditional Latin Mass."