Our parish is blessed with experienced and dedicated professional pastoral ministers and admi
nistrators who assist the parish in its mission of welcoming, teaching, guiding, praying and serving in the ministry of Jesus Christ in our own day, our own time, and in our own way, always seeking the greater glory of God.
Rev. Philip Florio, S.J. – Pastor
Rev. Philip Florio, S.J., was born and raised in nearby South Philly. A 1983 graduate of St. Joseph’s Prep he holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Master of Science degree in Training and Organizational Development from Saint Joseph’s University. Fr Phil entered the Society of Jesus in 1991 and began preparation for ordination to the priesthood. After professing first vows in 1993, he advanced to studies and eventually earned a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from Fordham University, and a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Theology degree at Boston College. During theology studies he also spent the fall semester of 2000 studying at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago Chile while also working there with disadvantaged youth at an inner-city Catholic middle school. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 9th, 2001 in Baltimore Maryland.
After ordination, Father Florio served in several apostolates including having ministered as; the director of Campus Ministry at the University of Scranton, the parochial vicar at St. Christopher’s Church in Philadelphia, the assistant to the vice president for Student Affairs at St. Joseph’s University and the first Jesuit chaplain and director of the Newman Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He also served as an adjunct spiritual director at St. Charles Seminary. In August 2010, Father Florio joined the administration at Fordham University in New York City where, until 2015, he served as the assistant vice president for Campus Ministry and as the housemaster of the Manresa residential learning program. While in New York, in addition to his pastoral duties at Fordham, Fr Phil celebrated the sacraments monthly in Spanish, at St. Martin of Tours, a primarily Latino parish in the Bronx.
Father Florio successfully earned the degree of Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation at the Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., in June 2013 and was also professed of his Final Vows in the Society of Jesus that same year.
His interests include, traveling, reading, volunteering, cooking, exercising, walking, music, dining out, and visiting with friends and family.
Father Florio is eager to serve at Old St Joseph’s and hopes to contribute his skills, energy, vision and passion in helping the parish to advance its mission as a vibrant, welcoming and diverse faith community in the Jesuit tradition. He can be reached by calling the rectory at 215-923-1733, ext 107.
Fr. Edward O’Donnell, S.J. – Parochial Vicar
Father O’Donnell became the Parochial Vicar at Old St. Joseph’s in July 2010 after previously serving in that capacity at a diocesan parish, St. Teresa in Runnemede, New Jersey, and at St. Ignatius, the Jesuit parish in Baltimore. He spent many years in higher education: teaching at the University of Scranton (where he regularly assisted at the downtown Cathedral parish) and as an administrator at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He has M.Div. and S.T.L. degrees in theology from Regis College, the Jesuit Faculty in the Toronto School of Theology. A native Philadelphian, and a graduate of St. Joseph’s Prep, he majored in English at Fordham University. Father O’Donnell enjoys movies, Blue Jays and Phillies baseball, walking, reading (biography, history, theology) and listening to classical music. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or by calling the rectory at 215-923-1733, ext 102.
Pat Montenegro – Director of Music Ministries
Pat joined the Pastoral Staff of Old St. Joseph’s as Director of Liturgical Music in May, 2015. His interests in music for Worship are equally balanced between classical and contemporary styles. In fact, he prefers not so much to use terms such as these, as much as the term “timeless,” to describe any and all music that is worthy of accompanying the Liturgy.
He is a part-time faculty member at two area schools: The University of the Arts School of Music in Philadelphia, where he conducts ensembles, coaches, and accompanies in the Voice Department, and Widener University in Chester, where he conducts the Chorale. In addition to his University work, he conducts two choirs in the Philadelphia area: A Cappella Pops in West Chester, PA and The Masterworks Chorale in Springfield, PA. Pat has worked with many ensembles in the area as a pianist and organist as well. A few of them are The Philadelphia Boys Choir, The Philly Pops Festival Chorus, The Philadelphia Chorus, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra. He has also spent a great deal of time playing in Jazz bands, namely the Al Raymond Jazz Orchestra and the Jump City Jazz Band.
His degrees include a BM in Piano Performance from the University of the Arts, where his studies were equally balanced between Jazz and Classical techniques, and an MM in Choral Conducting from Temple University, with focuses on Choral, Orchestral, and Opera conducting. His organ training was private, having spent seven years developing his organ technique under the watchful eye of organist Joseph Jackson. He lives in Williamstown, NJ with his wife Lauren, a Soprano, and their three young daughters. They love making music together! He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the rectory at 215-923-1733, ext. 111.
Sr. Asunta Thanh, acj
Here comes Sr. Asunta Thanh, acj and watch out! She is an authentic Vietnamese-Irish nun, a rare combination indeed! Sr. Asunta is a member of an International Roman Catholic Congregation of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Her order is deeply rooted in the Eucharist and education in the service of the Gospel. She is no stranger to the Jesuit way of life and Ignatian Spirituality-in fact she lives by its “Way of proceeding”.
Since she coming USA, she has lived in the heart of Philadelphia and its surrounding areas. She also lives among the poorest of the poor, the marginalized people in the cities; she works in service for them and with them. She earned her BA in Temple University. She works in many different ministries, always in a leadership capacity.
Sr. Asunta seriously takes on the responsibility of a Liturgy Coordinator with a touch of joyfulness, she intends to enliven and embody the already beautiful liturgical celebrations at OSJ’s Church through her Asian smiling encouragement, her Vietnamese gentle nudge and her witty Irish “push”, so that, together, we will attract more people to come to share our Eucharistic Worship, to let them taste the sweetness of Jesus’ gift of Life, to experience God’s unconditional Love, and to constantly respond to His attractive invitation.
Christine Szczepanowski – Coordinator of Religious Education
Christine Szczepanowsk has been a parishioner at Old St. Joe’s for over 30 years. She has been active in the liturgical and spiritual ministries and became the Coordinator of Religious Education in 2009. Formerly she worked in the Sociology Department of the University of Pennsylvania focusing on issues of poverty and race and has volunteered at various levels in a number of social outreach organizations. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Barnard College and an M.A. in Christian Spirituality and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Christian Spirituality Program at Creighton University. Christine is married to an artist, Matthew, is the mother of two grown children and a stepdaughter, and has four grandchildren. She lives in Center City in the house she grew up in.
Eric German – Business Manager
Eric has been serving the parish since 1988 in a number of capacities, including cook for the Jesuit community, organist, children’s choir director and interim director of music. On the side, Eric has his own line of humorous (and some serious) greeting cards which he makes for parish staff birthdays and which are also sold at the Wanamakers General Store located in the NW corner of Lehigh County. In his spare time, he also paints Fraktur (PA German folk art) on the walls of the homes of friends, family members and clients. Since 2013 he has been the Parish’s Business Manager. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or by calling the rectory at 215-923-1733, ext 103.
Mary Freedman – Coordinator of the Faith Food and Friends Outreach Program
Mary Freedman is the coordinator of the Faith Food and Friends outreach program and an Old St. Joseph Church parishioner. A retired library director, Mary and her husband recently relocated to Philadelphia from New York City where Mary was an Ignatian Volunteer Corp volunteer. Mary has a long history of all things Jesuit as she graduated from a Jesuit college (John Carroll University) and was active in Xavier Mission, the outreach program of St. Francis Xavier parish in New York City.
Eleanor Margaret – Administrative Assistant
Eleanor is our newest addition to our parish staff. Hailing from Bucks County, PA, she attended Corcoran College of Art College in Washington, D.C. and continues to practice printmaking and performance art. For any parish needs she can be contacted at 215-923-1733 or firstname.lastname@example.org