Our Staff


Father Lance Gonyo


Ordained 1993
Educational background:
-Aquinas Institute
-St. John Fisher College
-Catholic University of America
-Saint Mary’s Seminary and University
-Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio, Texas
-Saint Bernard’s Institute

Deacon Lon Smith

Pastoral Associate

(585) 544-8880 x 3103


My first vocation is marriage. I was married to my wife Susan in 1983. We have two children and a wonderful grandson that attends Aquinas Institute. Susan means more to me than anything else the Lord has given to me. She is my precious gift from God. She is my soul mate and has been since we first met way back in high school. We have shared all the highs and lows life offers.

I was ordained a deacon in 2010. Since ordination Susan and I have served at St. Charles Borromeo in Greece, then at St. Leo the Great in Hilton, and then four years ago we began the assignment at St. Kateri in Irondequoit. Please note, I was ordained but we serve as a team, UNITED IN LOVE.

In addition to serving at the parish level, we find much of our time in various places in the city serving those in need. My wife and I serve the diaconal community as Co-Presidents in the St. Stephan’s Diaconal Community Association. There we work to support the diaconal community for the DOR by helping to plan participation in the ordinations, convocations and diaconal retreats. We also  serve the Diaconal Personnel Board that supports the deacons and their wives in the DOR. Here we help assess diaconal assignments and evaluate diaconal relationships within their assignments.

I enjoy working with technology and inventing. At 18. I served in the Navy as a nuclear power plant watch supervisor and a scuba diver on board the USS Gato (SSN 615). While married and raising my family, I received my BS from RIT in electrical engineering and then an MS in Computer Integrated Technology, Color Science and Education. After a couple of years off, I decided to pursue my BS in Pastoral Studies at St. Bernard’s and after five short years “in the blender” I was ordained a deacon.

I have been a leader in the community for many professional associations, have several patents and have done some cool things in my life-time. Nothing I have done is as important as being husband, father and grandfather. When I am not tending to “church stuff” I love nature, birding, sports and most of all telling jokes and laughing. The greatest gift to me from God is the ability to share in the life of His people. I always try to remember, the diaconate is His ministry, and I have so little time left to share in it. His people have shared their lives with me and for that I am grateful.

Peace and Blessings, Deacon Lon

Parish Staff

Annette Syracusa

Business Manager

(585) 544-8880 x3125


Mary Jo DiNoto

Pastoral Associate

(585) 544-8889 x3131


Anna Steele

Catechetical Coordinator

(585) 338-1146 x 3404


Corynn Shaw

Office Manager

(585) 544-8880


Yunn-Shan Ma

Music Ministry

(585) 544-8880


Joan Sullivan

Finance Director

(585) 544-8880 x3115


Mark Keller

Coordinator of Liturgy

(585) 278-8103


Tim Reetz

Business Manager

(585) 544-8880 x 3105


Georgiana Bondi

Office Assistant

(585) 467-8730


Anthony Reale

Principal – Saint Kateri School

(585) 544-8880 x 3402



Christine Bondi

Confirmation Leader