Sunday, June 5, 2011

Getting to Know You

Dear Parishioners of St. Joseph’s Parish,
I’m your new pastor (as of June 30).
Let me tell you a little about myself so that we can start to get to know each other better!
I was born in the City of Brotherly Love, but grew up at the shore in Wildwood, NJ.  I am the oldest of five children—four boys and one girl.
I am truly the product of Catholic Schools:

I have been a priest for 24 years now, ordained in 1987 by the late Bishop George H. Guilfoyle.  Most of my priesthood I have spent involved with Catholic education, primarily at St. Joseph High School, Hammonton (6 years) and Sacred Heart High School, Vineland (14 years) and as a regional pastor of Notre Dame Regional School, Landisville/Newfield.
Now I come to you with enthusiasm, zeal and the desire to build on the strong foundation that Fr. Josef Wagenhoffer has established for the past 15 years.

Every priest brings with him his own unique gifts, talents and abilities.  I hope to be able to share mine with you.  I enjoy writing and, with the encouragement of my parishioners from Queen of Angels Parish (Buena Borough), began writing a weekly column (now a blog for my parishioners to read.  I invite you to check it out!

I have been involved with Worldwide Marriage Encounter, giving weekends for well over 20 years now.  If there has been an influence that has truly impacted my priesthood and ministry, Marriage Encounter is at the top of the list.

From my seminary days—especially from my time at Mt. St. Mary’s—I took with me a strong devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and a great love for Our Blessed Lady.  Nothing defines my life and my priesthood more than this.
I await the days when I will see each of you at the celebration of the Mass.  Please pray for me as I do for you!
Fr. Ed Namiotka
(soon-to-be) Pastor

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