Clergy Support

Appeal gifts help to keep our retired priests protected from the coronavirus at Villa St. Joseph, where the staff is committed to providing a safe environment for this community of brothers.

Our seminarians are also grateful for the continued generosity of the faithful as they continue their journey to serve as priests in our Diocese.

Msgr. John A. Esseff has been in service of God for 68 years. He has served in East Stroudsburg, directed the Diocesan Propagation of the Faith, served in missions overseas and taught seminarians at St. Pius X Seminary.

He still gives retreats from the Villa and he shared, “Many of the retired priests still have the servant attitude. Not to be served, but to serve.”

Msgr. John J. Bendik has been a priest in our Diocese for 53 years. He is thankful for the comradery of the brotherhood of the retired priests he shares at Villa St. Joseph.

He explained, “We miss the people we serve and they’re faithful to us, too. I was told by a caregiver here, ‘you’ve always been there for us, now we’re here for you.’”

Our Diocese is truly blessed to ordain three native sons to the priesthood during the pandemic. Fr. Jonathan P. Kuhar, Fr. Shawn M. Simchock and Fr. Kevin M. Miller were recently ordained by Bishop Joseph C. Bambera in the Cathedral of St. Peter.

“I am prepared to be part of the lives of our parishioners and help them walk this path in life,” said Fr. Kuhar.