Parish Staff Bios
Father Greg Faulhaber, Pastor
Fr. Greg is the third of eight children, raised in Lancaster N.Y. where his family’s roots go back to at least 1850. He was ordained as a priest in 1979 and his first assignment was at St. Barnabas Parish in Depew. He next served at St. Amelia in Tonawanda, and then directed the Newman Center at SUNY Buffalo, South Campus. Fr. Greg was then sent for further studies, and he completed his doctorate in Moral Theology at the Catholic University of Louvain, in Belgium in 1994. Since that time his full time ministry has been at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora where he has been serving as Professor of Moral Theology, Vice Rector, and Director of Seminarian Formation.
For the past 20 years he has also served as weekend associate at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Lancaster. In addition to his priestly ministry, Fr. Greg enjoys most sports and spending time with his mother, brothers and sisters, nephews, nieces, grand-nephews & nieces, and many other cousins and relatives. He has served on numerous committees and advisory boards in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout WNY.
Father Dave Richards, Parochial Vicar
Fr Dave Richards is the parochial vicar at Queen of Heaven parish. Ordained since 2010, Fr Dave was first assigned to St Gregory the Great parish in Williamsville, and has been at Queen of Heaven since July 2014. His favorite part of ministry is the celebration of the Sacraments. Fr Dave considers it a great privilege to accompany God’s people through the many spiritual and emotional milestones of their lives. Oldest of four children, Fr Dave loves spending time with his mother, his sisters, his brother and his fifteen nieces and nephews! He also really enjoys being outside during Buffalo summers, relaxing with brother priests and playing the guitar.
Deacon John Ruh
Deacon John is a graduate of Bishop Timon High School; Canisius College, B.S. History; Niagara University M.A. History; and Christ the King Seminary, M.A. Pastoral Ministry. Prior to ordination, he taught social studies at West Seneca Sr. High School. He was ordained by Bishop Mansell in 1998 and was first assigned to Immaculate Conception Parish, East Aurora. Following this, he came to Queen of Heaven in 2001 as parish deacon and presently continues in that capacity today. From 2004 to 2008, he was asked by the Bishop to fill a vacancy and serve as parish administrator of Immaculate Conception Parish, East Bethany, NY.
While at Queen of Heaven, Deacon John has worked in sacramental preparation, Bible Study, Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, Greeter Ministry, and is spiritual advisor to the Legion of Mary. He preaches regularly at Sunday liturgy, and performs various and sundry duties assigned by the pastor. He and his wife Joan have three adult sons and six grandchildren. They live in East Aurora.
Alane Hoy, Parish Secretary & Receptionist
Alane has been a parish secretary and receptionist at Queen of Heaven since 2013, assisting with the many duties that come with the job! Prior to that, Alane was bookkeeper here for fifteen years. She has been a member of the Ladies’ Sodality for many years. With her late husband, Ron, Alane designed their home. She enjoys traveling, especially to visit one of her two sons and her grandson who live in Illinois.
Sarah Jankowski, Administrative Coordinator
Sarah is a full time presence in the office, responsible for day-to-day operations for our parish, school and community. Sarah has two children and lives in Lancaster, NY. She loves spending time with her children and family. During the summer they spend a great amount of time at Chautauqua Lake.
Diane Zubricky, Parish Secretary
Diane has been a parish secretary at Queen of Heaven since 2013. While her primary job is bulletin editor, she also assists with daily administrative tasks in the parish office. Diane is happily married to her husband Gary of forty years. They love all things Buffalo including Canalside, the waterfront, sunsets from their boat, and most importantly the Buffalo Sabres! Diane and Gary also enjoy traveling, especially to Disney World.
Ann Walter, Accountant & Business Coordinator
Ann has worked at Queen of Heaven since December 2000. She currently works as the accountant and business coordinator. Ann and her husband Steve have been parishioners for over 33 years and live in Orchard Park with their family. In her spare time Ann enjoys spending time with her family including her three children, reading and walking.
Kelly Evers, Bookkeeper
Kelly has been employed at Queen of Heaven since April 2013 as a bookkeeper. Kelly and her husband Steve and their two children live in Lancaster, NY. In her spare time Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, shopping and reading.
Kevin Capanyola, Director of Music
Kevin is the Director of Music at Queen of Heaven. He recently retired from teaching band/chorus from the Newfane Central School District after 31 years and enjoys traveling, sports and attending concerts with his wife Maureen. He has been involved with music ministry since high school, spending most of that time here at Queen of Heaven. If you have any interest in participating in music ministry such as playing an instrument or adding your voice in song, please consider joining the choir or folk group. You can contact Kevin after mass or by calling 564-0698 with any questions you may have.