Meet our Pastor
Father Gabriel Piedrahita cames to SHJ Parish in September 2009 with a vast pastoral experience. He has served as a missionary priest in South America, Africa, Germany, Switzerland, and the US for the past 23 years. He speaks 5 languages including English and Spanish.
During his time at the Church of Our Savior in the South Bronx, Father Gabriel worked with a variety of parish groups and he developed a strong parish community. He also built a strong partnership with the local community organizations and other churches to improve the quality of life for the parishioners and the most vulnerable members of the neighborhood.
For the last 2 years, Father Gabriel has been serving the people of St. Peter’s Church in Haverstraw, NY, where he enthusiastically has been leading parish groups in a vigorous campaign to reach out to families and conducting Bible studies in their homes.
He is part of a multidisciplinary coalition to develop a model of cooperation between clergy and clinicians in the mental health field to assist patients and their families in a continuation of healing. Father Gabriel has strong ties with Fordham University, his alma mater, where he is member of the Partners in Healing coalition and presents workshops on Parenting and Addiction treatment.
He has also worked in the field of drug treatment and mental health with such prominent organizations as Daytop, Beth Israel and Mt. Sinai Hospitals.