Our Parish Priests
REV. LEON S. ANISZCZYK, Pastor
Father Leon S. Aniszczyk was born on March 10, 1945 to Czeslaw and Albina Lubartowicz Aniszczyk in Bartniki, Poland. He grew up in a family of six children – three sisters and two brothers. In 1963, he entered the Major Seminary of SVD Fathers in Pieniezno, Poland, and in 1967 the Major Seminary of the Diocese of Lomza, where he studied Philosophy and Theology. He was ordained on May 27, 1973 in the Diocese of Lomza by Bishop Alexander Moscicki. His first parish assignment was at St. John the Baptist Church in Wizna, Poland. In 1981 he went to Belgium to study Portuguese in preparation for missionary work in Brazil. In 1982, Father Leon came to the USA to Philadelphia, PA, where he served at St. John Cantius Church and St. Ladislaus Church. He was accepted by Bishop Theodore E. McCarrick into the newly formed Diocese of Metuchen where he was assigned to Sacred Heart Church in Manville. Later he served at Sacred Heart Church in South Amboy; Mary Mother of God Church in Hillsborough; St. Bernard Church in Bridgewater; and St. Mary of Ostrobrama in South River. In February 1992, he was assigned as temporary administrator at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Sayreville and appointed pastor by Bishop Edward T. Hughes in September 1992. After resigning from the parish for health reasons, he was assigned to Immaculate Conception Church in Spotswood in November 1999. On June 10, 2003 he was appointed as an Administrator of St. Mary of Czestochowa Church in Bound Brook and on August 27, 2004, Father Leon was appointed Pastor of St. Mary's of Czestochowa Church.
REV. JOHN STEC, Parochial Vicar
Father John Stec, parochial vicar of St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish in Bound Brook, New Jersey, was born in Jablonka Orawska, Poland, to the late Jan and Maria Świętek Stec.
He attended schools in his hometown before attending Krakow Archdiocesean Seminary, 1968-74. Ordained May 19, 1974 in Krakow by Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, who became Pope John Paul II, Father Stec served in various parishes in Poland before emigrating to the United States in 1984.
He first served the Archdiocese of Newark as extern priest at Most Sacred Heart Parish, Wallington, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Bayonne. Father Stec joined the diocese in 1986 as parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, Manville. He served as parochial vicar in St. Stephen Parish, Perth Amboy; St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish, Bound Brook; and St. Magdalen de Pazzi Parish, Flemington.
Father Stec was incardinated into the diocese Jan. 10, 1994 and appointed to his first pastorate in St. Stephen Parish, Perth Amboy May 17, 1994. He was transferred in 2006 to St. Mary of Ostrabama Parish, South River, and St. Stephen Protomartyr, South River, where he served as parochial vicar until being transferred to Holy Family Parish now Divine Mercy Parish in 2007. In 2013, Father Stec was assigned to St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish as Parochial Vicar and Somerset Hospital Chaplaincy.