Parish Staff


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To contact a staff member via telephone, please call 716-674-3468 and dial the appropriate extension.



Fr. Gregory 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 family. He has served on numerous committees and advisory boards in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout WNY.

Email: [email protected]                                  Phone Extension: 113

Father Denning Achidi, Parochial Vicar


Email: [email protected]                                 Phone Extension: 112



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.

Email: [email protected]

Deacon Michael Dalesandro

Deacon Mike was ordained in September, 2018 and assigned here at Queen of Heaven by Bishop Malone.
He grew up in New Jersey and moved to West Seneca in 1999. He was a parishioner and youth minister at St. Catherine of Siena Parish until its closing and then he and his family were parishioners at St. Vincent de Paul in Springbrook before his assignment at Queen of Heaven.
Deacon Mike is a Physics teacher at Williamsville East High School, and his wife, Debbie is a retired music teacher from the West Seneca Schools. She also assists in the music ministry at Queen of Heaven. Mike and Debbie have a boy and two girls at West Seneca East High School.
His Ministry of Charity is to Little Portion Friary, a homeless shelter in Buffalo. At Queen of Heaven, he is the RCIA coordinator, working with people to help bring them to the faith.

Email: [email protected]


James Bobak, Seminarian

Email: [email protected]            Phone Extension: 119

Robert Strozewski, Administrative Assistant


Email: [email protected]          Phone Extension: 118



Patti Waszak, Parish Secretary & Receptionist

Patti has been a parishioner of Q of H for 12 years and happily married to her husband Jerry for 9 years. Together they enjoy traveling, and watching football and hockey. In their free time they are avid walkers and you can often find them walking 5 to 7 miles a day around town.

Email: [email protected]            Phone Extension: 110


Lauren Binder, Communications Coordinator

Lauren joined the Parish Staff in June 2017. She holds a Masters of Science Degree in Communications and Leadership Development, Specializing in Integrated Marketing, Canisius College ’12. A lifelong member of the Parish and graduate of Queen of Heaven School, she is excited to follow in her Mother’s and Grandmother’s footsteps in helping to grow this Parish Community. She also enjoys traveling abroad and theatre, among other things.

Email: [email protected]                Phone Extension: 135



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.

Email: [email protected]               Phone Extension: 111

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.

Email: [email protected]                Phone Extension: 122



Kevin Capanyola, Director of Music

Kevin is the Director of Music at Queen of Heaven. He 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 Contemporary Ensemble.

Email: [email protected]                  Phone: 716-946-2994


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