Pastor: Rev. David Swantek. He is better known as Father Dave and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Trenton in 2008 after completing his studies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and won awards for excellence in Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, and Preaching. Fr. Dave is an Appalachian trail hiker, amateur guitar luthier (and player), and an avid Minnesota Vikings fan. Fr. Dave previously served as Chaplain at Princeton University, Parochial Vicar at St. Mary’s in Middletown, and for five years as a summer supply priest in Skagway Alaska. Little known fact: Fr. Dave once said mass for the Catholic players and coaches on the Vikings and took the field with the team as their game chaplain when they played the Jets October 11, 2010.
Deacon: Francis Groff. In 1974, Francis Groff was one St. Martha’s first parishioners. The new St. Martha’s was Fran’s third parish, while he lived in the same house and parish boundaries moved. In 1992, Fran became a deacon. He attributes taking that step to his parents’ respect for the Lord and love of their faith. Fran also credits his wife’s influence. The couple have ten children, eight of whom graduated from college. Thanks to a son who is a United Airlines pilot, Fran and his wife travel stand-by to see their other nine children, 39 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Director of Religious Ed: Georgina Kotz has been married to Deacon Ted Kotz for over 20 years. She received her Advanced Catechetical Diploma and Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from the Notre Dame Apostolic Catechetical institute in Arlington, VA, and has worked in religious education for many years. Before moving to Point Pleasant, she was the DRE at St. John the Baptist Parish in Hillsdale, NJ. Georgina is a fan of Jane Austen, St. Teresa of Avila, the Chicago Cubs, and her eleven grandchildren. Little known fact: She loves to crochet with yarn and thread and has made way too many doilies.
Coordinator of Youth Ministry: Bob Morris grew up in Point Pleasant and has been a St. Martha’s parishioner since high school. He has served St. Martha’s in many ministries through the years, including being a Eucharistic minister, teaching Religious Education, serving on the PreCana team, and participating in the Knights of Columbus. Bob attended Pt. Pleasant Boro public schools, the University of Dayton, and has a bachelor’s degree from NJIT. He is now taking classes to become certified in Youth Ministry. Bob and his wife Paddy have been married for 14 years and have an 11-year-old daughter Bridget.
Director of Liturgical Music: Louis Letizia began his music ministry at age 14 in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Paterson, N.J. His career began in earnest when he became Assistant Organist at St. Gerard Majella Parish, Paterson in 1972. Five years later he was promoted to Music Director. During his years in Paterson, he worked part time for Dutch Craft Organ Builders, Haledon, NJ, because of his love for pipe organs. After moving to the shore in 1986, he settled in Brick, and, with his family, joined St. Martha’s. He has served our parish for over 28 years. During his time here, Lou continued his education and, in 2007, earned an Associate’s Degree from Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. Today he lives in Toms River. He continues to pursue personal growth in music as well as in work for Christ and His people.
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