Cantors

As a liturgical minister, the cantor primarily serves to proclaim the Word of God through the Psalm.  At St. Peter’s, our cantors also serve as leaders of song, helping the congregation to find its voice. This page will give you an opportunity to meet our cantors.

Julie DeFilippo

I have been a cantor at St. Peter's since September 2007. I studied Music Education and voice at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University here in New Brunswick. Before college, I was involved in church choirs and first began as a cantor when I was twelve years old. I met Fr. Peter, Fr. Tom, and Fr. Kevin in 2001 as a member of the Catholic Center at Rutgers. I love to travel and have been lucky enough to tour with various choirs to Michigan, Canada and Italy, in addition to performing with the Kirkpatrick Choir at Carnegie Hall. The most memorable moment was when my choir sang an arrangement of the Prayer of St. Francis during a beatification Mass at the Vatican presided over by Blessed Pope John Paul II. Currently, I am a Music Teacher for students in grades 1-5 at Parsons Elementary School in North Brunswick. My husband, Matt, and I were married at St. Peter's in October 2009; we share our home in Edison with our pets, Penny and Dexter. I feel tremendously blessed to be a part of the St. Peter's community, and I hope I am able to help the congregation attain a closer relationship with God through the beauty of song.

Lisa Mary Nardino

I have been a member of St. Peter’s Parish since 2006. I have sung in choirs since I was a child and have served as a cantor for about seven years – five of those at St. Peter’s. God has used music in a powerful way to draw me into deeper and truer relationship with Jesus. Away from the Catholic faith for about five years, I first came back to church to sing and to find the support of a community of good people. God used that opportunity to stir in me a desire to receive the Eucharist again and return to Him with all my heart. I thoroughly enjoy serving our parish through the ministry of cantor. I feel grateful for what God has done in my life, so it is an honor to use my gifts to help others enter more deeply into the mystery of God’s awesome love for us in the sacrifice of the Mass.