Staff Biographies

Rev. Joseph Jude Gannon

 

Deacon Francois Innocent

Deacon Francois Innocent is the eldest of nine children. He attended the Institution St Louis of Gonzague, before enrolling in the Faculty of Agronomy in Port-au-Prince Haiti from which he graduated in 1951 with a BS in Agronomy. He continued his post-graduate studies in Credit Administration and Information processing in United States and Economics in Brazil.

He was admitted into the Diaconate Program in the Diocese of Brooklyn and ordained a permanent deacon in 1990. Deacon Francois and his wife, Bernadette, are the parents of three grown children and six grandchildren; they will be celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 2010. Deacon Francois has been serving in the Parish of Incarnation Queens Village since his Ordination. He is the senior cleric of the parish staff.

 

Deacon Franklin Munoz

Born in Cuenca, Ecuador, first of 4 Children, Dcn Franklin went to school with the Salesian Brothers and graduated from Colegio Tecnico Salesiano in Ecuador. Dcn. Franklin arrived in NY on Jan 5, 1985. He continued his studies at Queens Community College.

He is married to Ana Maria and they have 3 children: Kevin 14, Gracemary 10 and John Paul a special little boy born on July 2009.

In 1997, he received a special call and with his family’s support, he entered the Diaconate Program and was Ordained as a Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Brooklyn by Bishop Daily on April 21, 2001 and assigned to Immaculate Conception Church in Astoria.

In 2004 Dcn Franklin was transferred to Incarnation Church. In 2006 he was assigned by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio to work for the Catholic Migration Office as the Special Assistant for Hispanic Concerns.

 

Deacon Clemenceau Pierre -Antoine

Deacon Clemenceau was born in Cap-Haitien, Haiti and is the seventh of ten children. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Faculté des Sciences, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Continuing his engineering studies at Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule (RWTN), Aachen, Germany he was awarded a master’s in Foundation Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Economics.

With the support of the parish staff, he attended the diocesan diaconate preparation program at Cathedral Prep and was ordained a permanent deacon of the Diocese by Bishop DiMarzio on May 19, 2007 at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Brooklyn.

Before ordination Deacon Clemenceau was married to Gerarde B. Canal who is currently an administrative/medical assistant. They have one daughter, Christina, who recently graduated from St. John’s University.

 

Deacon Robinson Despeignes

Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti before immigrating to the United States, Deacon Robinson graduated from York College with a degree in accounting. He is currently in the field of higher education as Associate Director of International Education, Principal Designated School Official and International Students Advisor.

He is married to his wife Marie and they have two teenage daughters. They reside in Elmont, New York.

After being accepted into the Permanent Diaconate Program for the Diocese of Brooklyn, Deacon Robinson was prepared for his ministry and Ordained a Permanent Deacon on May 23, 2009 by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio. He was appointed to serve the People of Incarnation Parish that same day.

 

Mr. Perry Townsend, Director of Music

Mr. Perry Townsend is thankful to be serving Incarnation parish as Director of Music since March 2010.  He is also a cantor and Contemporary Ensemble director at Immaculate Conception parish in Astoria, and conducts the Community Singers of Queens in Flushing.  In the past, he has made a joyful noise at Holy Family in Fresh Meadows, St. William the Abbott in Seaford, Most Precious Blood in Astoria, and Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Manhattan.

He grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he attended Trinity United Methodist Church and sang in the Raleigh Boychoir.  He has a bachelor’s degree from University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and a master’s from Queens College.

In addition to church music, Perry is active as a composer.  His music can be heard on Capstone/Ravello Records and American Modern Recordings.  His music has been performed at Carnegie Recital Hall, Tenri Cultural Institute, the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, the ppIANISSIMO Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France.