It is with great joy that I begin my time with you as pastor of Saint Joseph Parish. These past few days have been a whirlwind of activity for me with
getting settled in and learning the lay of the land. Due to the pandemic and the need to socially distance at Mass, I was only able to meet a limited number of you. Let me take this opportunity to
share with you a few things about myself.
born on November 21, 1957, and grew up in Bridgeton, New Jersey, less than an hour from here in Cumberland County. I was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish (now Holy Cross Parish) and attended
our parish grammar school. I went on to Sacred Heart High School in Vineland, New Jersey, graduating in 1976. I attended LaSalle University in Philadelphia and received a BA in Elementary Education
in 1980. I began formation for the priesthood for the Diocese of Camden at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, New York (just south of Buffalo) and received a Master of Divinity degree. I was
ordained a transitional deacon on May 19, 1984, doing my deacon internship at Saint Mary, Williamstown. I was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop George H. Guilfoyle on May 24,
three assignments as a parochial vicar: Saint Stephen Parish, Pennsauken,
Saint Mary Parish, Cherry Hill,1988?-1992; Saint Bernadette Parish, Northfield, 1992-?1998. I was assigned to the faculty of Holy Spirit High School in August,1998, and three years later was named
vice principal of Gloucester Catholic High School, Gloucester City, New Jersey (during both these assignments I was in ?residence at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Margate, New Jersey, with my dear
friend Father Battisti). I would receive a MA in Education from Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, in May 2002.
eight very fulfilling years in diocesan secondary education, Bishop Joseph A. Galante appointed me pastor of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton parish, Absecon, New Jersey, in June 2006. In February 2008, I
was named president of Holy Spirit High School, Absecon.
addition to parish and school responsibilities, I have served on the Priest Personnel Board and I currently serve on the Diocesan College of Consultors and Presbyteral Council. As your pastor, I will
continue to serve as president of Holy Spirit High School for three more years. Holy Spirit will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2022. In addition, Bishop Sullivan has appointed me the chair
of the Board of Pastors for Bishop McHugh School, so I’ll be spending some time over there as well.
be remiss if I did not take the opportunity to thank Bishop Sullivan in assigning me as your new pastor. Since 1992 and my assignments in Northfield, Margate, and Absecon, I was only a few miles away
from the beach. I have a lot of sand in my shoes -- I love the beach. And now I’m only a few blocks away.
many challenges continuing to face us due to Covid, it may take a while before I will have the opportunity to meet many of you. In the meantime, please know how very happy I am to be in Sea Isle and
I look forward to the day when all of us can gather together and be with each other (with no masks) and celebrate Mass in our beautiful church.
well. Stay safe.