Fr. Jay grew up in Basking Ridge. He attended St. James School and Ridge High School. For undergraduate work he attended Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL. For seminary he attended Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, MD. Fr. Jay was ordained on May 29, 2004 by Bishop Paul Bootkoski. Parish assignments as a parochial vicar were Our Lady of the Mount in Warren and St. Thomas in Old Bridge. In 2008 he was named pastor of St. John the Evangelist in Dunellen where he served for the past 10 years.