About Us

Parish Mission Statement

The Parish of St. Thomas More is a Roman Catholic family of faith, built on the inspiration of past generations, to serve the community by loving God and our neighbor. We strengthen faith, celebrate the sacraments, provide for the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, educate across the life span, heal the spiritually broken and respect the dignity of human life. We live the Gospel and seek Christ in all people.


St. Thomas More Church 186 Gordons Corner Road Manalapan, N.J. 07726

St. Thomas More Parish Office

Hours: M-Th : 8:00am - 4:00pm, Fri 8-2pm

Vincenza Magliano, Business Manager

Eileen Weber, Secretary

Phone: 732-446-6661 / Fax: 732-446-6507

Religious Education Office

Dr. Patricia Colontino, CRE

Liz Halstead, Secretary

Phone: 732-446-3232

Our Lady of Mercy Church 58 Main Street Englishtown, N.J. 07726

Our Lady of Mercy Church

There is no parish office at this location.

All inquiries should be directed to St. Thomas More in Manalapan @ 732-446-6661


Father Daniel Peirano


Bio to come.....

Rev. Monsignor Peter Kochery Parochial Vicar Emeritus

Born in India to a traditional Christian family that claims its Christian root even to the first century, I entered the seminary in 1960 and graduated from Papal Seminary, Pune, in 1971. After 13 years as pastor in three different places I came to Toronto, Canada in 1985 for graduate studies in theology.

On returning to India in 1993 I was appointed the Rector of the Minor Seminary and Director of Formation for the Archdiocese of Tiruvalla. In 1997 I came to the U.S. on a temporary assignment as the pastor of St. Mary’s Malankara Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Dallas and from there the Lord led me from one circumstance to another until I became a U.S. citizen and incardinated priest of the diocese of Trenton.

In 2012, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI graciously made me a Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of Monsignor.

On July 1st, 2021, I retired from active ministry and continue to be in residence at the St Thomas More Parish.

Some Highlights of Ministries:

- Pastor, in India & US

- Diocesan Director of Catholic Students League.

- Diocesan Consultor and Member of

- Rector of Seminary/ Diocesan Director of Formation.

- Editor, Diocesan Publication.

- Coordinator/President of Malankara Catholic Missions of North America.

- Nine Years as Parochial Vicar at St.Veronica, Howell.

Educational and Training Background:

- Pontifical Licentiates in Philosophy & Theology (India)

- Advanced Degree in Systematic Theology. (Canada)

- Certificate in Pastoral Counseling (India)

- Certificate in Pastoral Practioner in NLP (Canada)

- Two Months Training of Seminary Formators (Italy)

Experience & Background:

- Spiritual Direction, Directing Retreats, RCIA, Directed Pilgrimages to Holy Land, Medjugorje, Fatima-Lourdes, Italy, Eastern Europe, Greece, and Guadalupe

Special Interests:

Reading: Philosophy, Theology, Spirituality and Psychology, Prayer Meetings, Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Lonergan Studies & Ecumenism.


Deacon Michael Lee Foster

Deacon Matthew P. Nicosia


Vincenza Magliano,Parish Business Managerenz104@aol.com
Eileen Weber,Parish Secretaryeileen.weber@moremercy.org
Dr. Patricia Colontino,Coordinator of Religious Educationpat.colontino@moremercy.org
Liz Halstead,Religious Education Secretaryliz.halstead@moremercy.org

Director of Sacred Music Anna Gugliotta music@moremercy.org