Our Staff

Msgr. Donald McE. Beckmann, Pastor
Raised on Long Island’s North Shore (“Where our beach gave us rocks in our shoes as opposed to the barrier beach’s sand!”) Donald McElligott Beckmann received a graduate degree in theology from Catholic University in Washington and a Doctorate in Ministry from our diocesan seminary in Huntington. He was ordained a presbyter of the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1970.

After serving parishes in Rockville Centre and Huntington, he was appointed spiritual director of St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary. He was Chaplain at Hofstra University and Diocesan Director of Campus Ministry. During his university tenure as well he was appointed Diocesan Director of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, a position he still holds. In that role he served on the national Orthodox Christian – Roman Catholic dialogue, the national Muslim – Catholic dialogue and the national Orthodox Jewish – Catholic dialogue.

For eight years he was ecumenical representative from the Catholic Church in the United States to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. (“My father’s Lutheran family was delighted with that appointment.”)  His most memorable work has been his involvement in the peace process in Northern Ireland in the 80’s and 90’s. (“My mother’s family in the County Kerry was proud if a bit bemused that their cousin was ‘involved with those people in the North.’”) He continues to represent our diocese on the Board of Governors of the Long Island Council of Churches. In recognition of his ecumenical and interfaith work he was named an Honorary Prelate by Pope John Paul II. Since 2005 he has been pastor of Saint Ignatius Martyr (“a parish I have come to love like none other”)

Fr. Anthony Chidi Osuagwu-Hospital and Nursing Home Priest Chaplain

Fr. Anthony was born in Eastern Nigeria where he studied at the St. Joseph’s Seminary and Bigard Memorial Seminary obtaining a Bachelors’ Degree in both Philosophy and Theology.  He was ordained on July 2nd, 1983. After two years of associate pastoral work he was commissioned as Brigade chaplain and later Divisional Chaplain.  For four years, 2001 to 2004 he was the Chief Chaplain of the Nigerian Navy.  He has his Master’s Degree in Pastoral counseling from Fordham University, New York and also a Master’s Degree in Education from City University of New York.  He retired formally from the Nigerian Army in 2009 with the rank of Colonel.

Fr. Anthony has served as Hospital Chaplain at Long Beach Hospital and South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside.  He is currently assigned to St. Ignatius Martyr, Long Beach and is helping out in St. Mary of the Isle, Our Lady of The Miraculous Medal in Point Lookout and Sacred Heart Parish in Island Park.  Additionally, he is a student of The Graduate Theological Foundation.

Sister Diane Morgan, O.P., Pastoral Associate

Sr. Diane grew up in Whitestone, NY and entered the Dominican Sisters of Amityville 1965. She has served in ministry teaching on the elementary level in St. Catherine of Sienna School in St. Albans and in pastoral ministry and religious education in St. Thomas the Apostle, Woodhaven, Notre Dame, New Hyde Park, and St. John of God, Central Islip. Sister completed graduate degrees in liturgy and pastoral ministry at Notre Dame and Boston College. Sister has served on various diocesan committees. In 2001 she was elected Assistant Prioress for her congregation and served on the Council until 2007. During that time she served on several national boards for the Dominicans. She began her ministry as Pastoral Associate here at our parish in 2007.  Sister Diane says she is fortunate to meet so many wonderful and faithful people at St. Ignatius Martyr.

Pam Shannon, Director of Religious Education

Pam has over 40 years experience in Religious Education in our diocese. She has taught pre-school through college. Having ministered as DRE in four parishes, Pam finds St. Ignatius to be her favorite.  It is a community where parishioners have great ties to one another. The Religious Education staff is made up of volunteers.  The generosity of this community and the dedication of the catechists insure there will be Catholics in Long Beach for years to come.


Mrs. Kerry Kahn, Principal Long Beach Catholic Regional School

Kerry was born and raised on Long Island and attended both Catholic elementary and high school.  From there, she received her Bachelors in Reading and Elementary Education from the College of Notre Dame and then acquired a Masters in Education from Adelphi University.

Kerry has always worked within the Diocese of Rockville Centre and began her teaching career immediately after college. She soon married Steve and once they began their family, Kerry stayed home to raise their three children; Jen, Christopher and Tyler. She returned to teaching once their youngest was in school and shortly thereafter acquired a Masters in Administration and Supervision from Fordham University. Kerry and Steve are active members in their home parish of St. Agnes and Kerry worked in several Catholic elementary schools over the years before she became Principal at Sacred Heart School in North Merrick. Miracles come in all shapes and sizes and as the doors closed at Sacred Heart, she was tremendously blessed to find a home here at Long Beach Catholic Regional School. Being a part of this faith community along with sharing every day with the children, faculty and staff is an absolute blessing.


Deacon Phil Newton, Parish Deacon

Born in Detroit, Michigan, one of six children in the family of Bill and

Lila Newton.  Graduated from St. Mary's Seminary & University in Baltimore

with a BA Degree in the Humanities and Philosophy, magna cum laude.  Went

on to Notre Dame University and was awarded a MA, Counseling Psychology, a Juris Doctorate in Law and a Master of Theology/Divinity.  Phil has been a

corporate human resources executive for over 30 years.  Phil was ordained a permanent deacon in June1990 and has served in this capacity in the Diocese of Bridgeport, the Diocese of Raleigh and the Archdiocese of Boston before coming to Long Beach in 2007 and being appointed a deacon at St. Ignatius Martyr.


Colleen Phillips, Parish Business Manager

Colleen has a special attachment to St. Ignatius Martyr Parish, having been raised in Long Beach and having attended LBCRS. She also married here, raised her children and sent them to LBCRS as well. Colleen joined the staff 6 years ago part time as the bookkeeper then came on full time as Office Manager. She is also a Lector, Eucharistic Minister and serves on the Ministry of Consolation. Colleen considers herself very fortunate to be working at a place near and dear to her heart.