Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton parish was established on June 6, 1978 by Bishop Thomas J. Mardaga. In the early days, the founding members worshipped in the Pleasantville Elementary School. In 1980 the community moved to a new multi-purpose facility on the parish grounds off Route 7 in Bear. In response to the rapid growth of the area, the building was expanded and additional classrooms added in 1985.

Father Clemens Manista was appointed the second pastor in 1985. With the continued growth of the parish, plans were developed under his leadership for a new church to accommodate the growing community. On February 1, 1998 Bishop Michael Saltarelli dedicated the new church, the result of many years of hard work, commitment and sacrifice.


Father Charles Brown was appointed third pastor in 1998 and with the parishioners built the Formation Center.  Fr. Roger DiBuo was appointed our fourth pastor in 2007.


The parish presently has over 2400 households with many different parish groups and organizations that support the ministry of the church. There are over 400 children in the Religious Education and Youth Ministry Programs. The parish has reached out to those in need by supporting a strong St. Vincent de Paul society and Parish Outreach program. By working together and praying together we have become a strong and compassionate community.


Virtual Tour


Our Gathering Space provides a very warm environment for fellowship before and after worship. The area in front of the Route 7 entrance was designed to be an outside Gathering Space.


In the Church, begin your visit at the Baptismal Font; as you look to the sanctuary, you will see the rose granite Altar; the same material supports the Ambo (pulpit) and the Tabernacle within our Eucharistic Chapel. Behind the Altar note the Presider’s Bench and the large Jerusalem Cross on the reredos (back wall) and the surrounding grid. Fish symbols are contained within the grid pattern. (Hint: look at the longest pieces of the cross to see these early Christian symbol for Christ.) Notice the source of light falling on the back wall from the large skylight at the highest point of our Church.


Turn left and begin your walk about in the Church by the Choir area, pass the Grand Piano and come to the Way of the Cross. Stop to admire our striking statue of Mary. Continue around until you come to the Eucharistic Chapel; note the seating along the walls within the Chapel as well as seating all around the walls of the Church.


Leave the Eucharistic Chapel by the wooden door leading to the Meditation Walkway. Stop to visit the Daily Mass Chapel. Notice again the wall seating and the individual seats with kneelers. This seating allows us to rearrange the chapel for prayer events, small weddings and funerals. When you leave the chapel, you will pass the Reconciliation Chapel and Prayer Room.


After you pass the large hallway doors you are in the Meditation Walkway. This area provides a quiet reflective place for reading and contemplation during the week. on the weekends, it serves as a quieting area for children.


The last door you pass before getting back to the Gathering Space is the entrance to our Sacristy work areas. This door leads to our Priests’ Sacristy, and Liturgy, Music and Associate’s offices. As the tour is completed, remember that our Church represents the fulfillment of our dream. It celebrates our faith and desire to share the Good News with the world.

 

History of Seton


Father Roger dibuo

Father Roger dibuo


Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware

Ordained by Bishop Robert Mulvee in October 1989.


University of Delaware ’80 with a degree in Education

Peace Corps in Malaysia

St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, MD

North American College in Rome, Italy

Father Roger enjoys time with family in Marche, Italy, travel and meeting people.  He has a great devotion to the life and memory of Blessed Pope John Paul II.


 
ADministrative Asst. Karen Sullivan

ADministrative Asst. Karen Sullivan

Director of RE Teresa Burke

Director of Religious Education Teresa Burke

Scheduling Coordinator
Lucy Lopez

Scheduling Coordinator

Lucy Lopez

Youth Minister Mary Holmburg

Youth Minister Mary Holmburg

 

 

Music Director Pat Maley

Music Director Pat Maley

Pre-school Director Janet Gargani

Pre-school Director Janet Gargani

Bookkeeper Rob Coan

Bookkeeper Rob Coan

Maintenance Bob GiLlespi

Maintenance Bob GiLlespi

Spiritual Director, Anita Wood

Spiritual Director of Evangelization and Mission Anita Wood

Deacon William Kibler

Deacon William Kibler