Fr. Eugenio (Geno) Palileo de la Rama
in Queens, N.Y,
32 years ago, Fr. Geno grew up in Jersey City. His parents, Concepcion and Reynaldo, work at the United Nations in New York City.
While attending Rutgers University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Fr. Geno originally thought he was headed for a career in public service or law.
However, after becoming active in a youth group during his senior year, he signed up to become a lay missionary for a year. As he served in South American, one year turned into five years.
“I never seriously considered it any way (becoming a priest) until having gone on a mission and seen the priests,” he said, “I sought marriage and family life, and yet the Lord, through these amazing priests, was inviting me to service, celibacy and solitude, for the sake of the Eternal Kingdom.”
Fr. Carmine Rizzi has been assigned as Assistant Secretary to Archbishop Meyers.