My name is Father Amilcar Benito Prado, because my first name is hard to pronounce and over time, my middle name has evolved into my nickname, I’m known as Fr. Benny.
I am originally from Nicaragua and this coming September is going to mark my 30th year since the day I arrived to this country as a teenager. I wound up spending the opening chapters of my new American life in the Bronx and it was a rough go at first because I spoke no English and I was on my own living with my mother’s relatives. Six months later my dad arrived and a year later my mother and sister came. We eventually left the Bronx and made our way to the Van Cortland Park section of Riverdale.
I am blessed to have my family close to me. My parents are retired and they live in South Hackensack. My sister, who lives in Stony Point, NY, is married and she has three children. My niece Kasey who is now in College, my nephew Joshua who is 13, and my little niece Emily who is 10.
I attended college at St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens, where I earned a BA in Philosophy and Theology. I then entered Immaculate Conception Seminary and was ordained a priest on May 29, 2004. I earned a M Div. and MA in Theology. My first assignment was at the Parish of the Resurrection in Jersey City, followed by Sts. Peter and Paul in Hoboken. I’ve been at Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River for the past five years.
I thank God for the gift of my vocation and I am grateful to Archbishop Joseph Cardinal Tobin for his trust in appointing me as the Administrator of St. Teresa of Calcutta. I am here to begin a new chapter in my life, and I am looking forward to getting to know all of you. May God bless our new journey together.