Fr. Sal DiStefano
Father Sal DiStefano comes to Oratory Prep with over thirty years of education experience in both Catholic and public schools. Father Sal holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and a Psy.D. in Pastoral Psychology. Currently, Father Sal is pursuing postdoctoral research in Ecumenical Studies. He also holds graduate degrees in School Administration (A.P.D.), Pastoral Ministry (M.Div.), Theology (M.A.) and Counseling (M.S.Ed.). Father Sal is certified as a school administrator, supervisor of guidance, school counselor, board certified pastoral counselor and certified crisis negotiator. He also holds a New York City Public Schools Elementary and High School Principal's license. Before commencing his studies for the Priesthood, Father Sal served as an assistant principal, guidance counselor and teacher with the New York City Public Schools Division of Special Education. Prior to his tenure with the New York City Public Schools, Father Sal served as a law enforcement officer with the New York City Department of Probation, the New York State Court System and the New York City Police Department Division of School Safety. After ordination to the Priesthood, Father Sal served as guidance counselor at Sacred Heart School, Lyndhurst and Saint Stephen School, Kearny. He also administered the merger of Saint Stephen School, Kearny and Holy Cross School, Harrison into Mater Dei Academy, where he served as pastoral administrator. He is also a former member of the New York City Community School Board where he served as Chairman of the School Safety and Security Committee and the New York City Department of Probation Task Force for Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse Prevention. Father Sal attended Fordham University, Seton Hall University, Hunter College School of Education, State University of New York, The Institute for Religious Studies at Saint Joseph’s Seminary – Dunwoodie, Immaculate Conception Seminary and Graduate Theological Foundation. He holds professional membership in the American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association, American School Counselor Association, American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Spiritual Directors International, National Catholic Education Association, National Postdoctoral Association, Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, Center for Education Diplomacy - Association for Childhood Education International and professional affiliate of the American Psychological Association –Division 36 – Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. Father Sal also serves as Chaplain of Magistral Grace for the American Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Chaplain for Chapter XIX of the United States Army Special Forces Association.