Religious staff

We are blessed to have four priests serving our priory and academy.  Our priests also serve our mission parishes in Buffalo and Binghamton, NY, and Pittsburgh, PA.

Fr. Richard Boyle

Prior and Mater Dei Academy Principal

Fr. Boyle hails from a military family in New Jersey where he was home-schooled until 8th grade.  Following this formation he attended our SSPX boarding school, St. Joseph’s Academy, in Richmond, MI.  After graduating in 2002, he entered St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary and was ordained a priest on June 19, 2009.  Since his ordination he was stationed in the following locations:

  • Denver, CO for 6 years as an assistant priest while teaching in the academy there and traveling each weekend to numerous chapels around the nation (Las Vegas, NV, North and South Dakota, Dallas, TX, and St. Paul, MN where he was principal of the academy attached to the chapel)
  • then he was transferred to his Alma Mater in Michigan for two years as Prior, Pastor, and Principal
  • in August 2017 he was sent to us as the Prior where he currently directs all operations for the sake of the flock entrusted to him

Fr. Nicholas Gardner

Assistant Priest, Pastor of Our Lady of The Rosary Mission Chapel, Buffalo, NY

Fr. Gardner hails from Idaho.  During most of his formation he was home-schooled, after which he went to college and worked in the world.  Receiving the grace to follow his vocation, he entered St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in 2005 and was ordained a priest on June 15, 2012.  Since his ordination he was stationed at the following locations:

  • Nicholville, NY — traveling on the weekends for Mass and helping during the week at the Academy 
  • Ridgefield, CT where he taught in the Academy but also traveled to Long Island, NY for Mass on the weekends
  • in 2016 he was transferred to us here, where he assists the parish as Prefect of the Sacristy and travels to Buffalo, NY for Mass on the Sunday where he is pastor

Fr. Charles Deister

Assistant Priest, Prefect of the Boys' Boarding House

Fr. Deister hails from a military family in Kansas City, MO.  His formation was completed at our SSPX boarding school, St. Joseph’s Academy in Richmond, MI for two years and then graduated from La Salette Academy in Georgetown, Illinois (as the former school moved to the latter location) in 2006.  Father entered St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in 2006 and was ordained a priest on June 13, 2014.  After his ordination he was stationed in Post Falls, ID where he assisted in the parish and academy while traveling on the weekends to different chapels, including Seattle, WA and Montana.  In August 2018 he was sent here to help in the following capacities:

  • Chaplain of Archconfraternity of St. Stephen 
  • Chaplain of Third Orders 
  • Prefect of the Boys' Boarding House
  • 9th & 10th Grade Boys Religion
  • Latin I & II

Fr. Michael Brown

Assistant Priest

Fr. Brown hails from St. Mary’s, KS.  He received his education at St. Mary’s Academy graduating in 2007.  After one year at St. Mary’s College he entered St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in 2008 and was ordained a priest on June 12, 2015.  After ordination his was stationed in Walton, KY where he assisted in the parish and the academy while traveling on the weekends to Pittsburgh, PA and Girard, OH where he was pastor.  In August 2017 Father was sent to us here and has assisted the parish and academy in the following capacities while still traveling to Pittsburgh, PA as pastor of the chapel there:

  • Chaplain of Eucharistic Crusade
  • Chaplain of Girls’ School
  • Chaplain of Coaches  
  • Soccer Coach
  • 11th & 12th Grade Religion