Board of Directors

Aid to the Church in Need is blessed to have a fine group of both lay and religious who, while doing so much for the Catholic communities in which they serve, now lend their time, deep faith and vast knowledge to further the mission of our organization.

George J. Marlin served two terms as Executive Director and CEO of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (1995-1997). In that capacity he managed 35 facilities, including the World Trade Center, La Guardia, JFK, and Newark Airports, PATH Subway and the four bridges and two tunnels that connect New York and New Jersey.

In 1993, Mr. Marlin was the Conservative Party nominee for mayor of the City of New York. In 1994, he served on Governor-elect Pataki’s transition team and in 2010 served on Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo’s transition team.  Mr. Marlin has been a member of the Governor of New York’s Council of Economic and Fiscal Advisors and served as a Director of the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority (NIFA), a state fiscal oversight and control board (2010-2014).

Mr. Marlin is the author/editor of numerous books including The American Catholic Voter: Two Hundred Years of Political Impact, Narcissist Nation:  Reflections of a Blue-State Conservative, Squandered Opportunities:  New York’s Pataki Years, Fighting the Good Fight: A History of the New York Conservative Party, The Quotable Chesterton, Quotable Fulton Sheen and Quotable Paul Johnson.  Mr. Marlin has also served as general editor of The Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton.   

Most recently he is the author of Christian Persecutions in the Middle East; a 21st Century Tragedy, and, with Brad Miner, Sons of St. Patrick, A History of the Archbishops of New York City. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, New York Post, National Review, New York Daily News and Newsday.

Abbot Eugene Joseph Hayes was born in 1951 in Brooklyn, New York, the second of six children. He attended the preparatory high school seminary for the Diocese of Brooklyn and also its college-seminary.  In 1973, Eugene Hayes joined the Norbertine Fathers at St. Michael’s in Orange County.

After his ordination to the priesthood in 1977, Fr. Eugene continued the Norbertine tradition of teaching.   A decade later and with a doctoral degree in canon law, Fr. Eugene was elected to help the Norbertine Order on the international level.  He moved to Rome, Italy and worked closely with officials in Vatican City on behalf of Norbertines from around the world.

In June 1995 Fr. Eugene was elected by his confreres as Abbot of St. Michael’s Abbey. He continues this task to today.  Currently, Abbot Eugene’s focus is building a new abbey monastery and church necessitated by the growth of the community from the original seven founding fathers to now almost 80 members of which 34 are seminarians.  This building project is an important milestone in Catholic Church history for Southern California.

Fr. Gabriel StaFather Gabriel Stackck was born in 1957 in Cleveland, Ohio, the fifth of seven children. He graduated from Kennett public high school in Southeast Missouri. In 1975 Gabriel Stack joined the Norbertine Fathers at St. Michael’s in Orange County.

After his ordination to the priesthood in 1982, Fr. Gabriel entered the abbey’s teaching apostolate for which the Norbertines of St. Michael’s are so highly regarded. In the late 1980s Fr. Gabriel assisted on the international level by serving as the vice rector of the Norbertine generalate in Rome, Italy. Returning to the US, Fr. Gabriel reentered the classroom and accepted a position on the board of ACN-US. Fr. Gabriel finished his doctoral degree in education in 1993.

In 1995 Fr. Gabriel was appointed as headmaster of St. Michael’s Preparatory School; a position he held until 2012. Currently, Fr. Gabriel is the secretary to Abbot Eugene Hayes.

Brad Miner is Senior Fellow of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. and Senior Editor of The Catholic Thing (

He is the author of seven books, including The Concise Conservative Encyclopedia and The Complete Gentleman: The Modern Man’s Guide to Chivalry. With journalist Charles J. Sykes, he co-wrote and edited The National Review College Guide: America’s 50 Top Liberal-Arts Schools. Smear Tactics, was published in November 2008 by HarperCollins.

Mr. Miner is the author of scores of magazine and newspaper articles that have been published in Publishers Weekly, National Review, The Wall Street Journal, CRISIS, Newsmax, The University Bookman, and First Things, among others. A number of his recent essays appear in The Catholic Thing: Five Years of a Singular Website, an anthology published in 2013. His latest book, Sons of St. Patrick: A History of the Archbishops of New York (written with George J. Marlin) was published on St. Patrick’s Day 2017.

Mr. Miner has held senior editorial positions in New York with both Bantam Books and HarperCollins, and from 1989 until 1992 was Literary Editor of National Review magazine. As a book and magazine editor, he has published the work of a diverse and distinguished group of authors, including Sidney Hook, Evan S. Connell Jr., Hal Lindsey, Mother Angelica, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Chuck Yeager.

Father John Bonnici

Father John Bonnici has served as pastor of Saint Columba Church in Chester, NY since 2008; previously, he was pastor of Saint Philip Neri Church in the Bronx, NY. He completed studies for the priesthood at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. A native of New York, he was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal John O’Connor in 1991.

From 1994-2013, he taught theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary, in Dunwoodie, NY, in addition to courses in social justice and the theology of marriage & human sexuality. From 1996-2001, he was Director of the Family Life/Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of New York; he served as Chair of the New York State Pro-Life Coordinators Conference and was a member of the Public Policy committee of the New York State Catholic Conference. From 2002-2008, Father Bonnici was a Trustee of the City of New York (CUNY).

Father Bonnici holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family/Pontifical Lateran University. He is the author of numerous articles on friendship, human sexuality, marriage and co-habitation. He is the co-author, with Joseph Giandurco, of “Partners in Life and Love” and the author of “Person to Person: Friendship and Love in the Life of Hans Urs von Balthasar.”

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