Fr. Michael J.Field, Pastor
Fr. Michael Field was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1954. As a young boy, the youngest of five children, he moved to Ocean City, New Jersey. He, along with his older brother and sister converted to Catholicism at the age of twelve through the waters of Baptism. He attended the Ocean City public schools and later went to Mount Saint Mary’s College in Maryland. Graduating in 1976, the influence of a number of priests called him to discern the call to priesthood. He entered Immaculate Conception Seminary in 1978 in Mahwah, New Jersey. Michael witnessed the death and transition of three Popes in his first weeks of seminary. Pope Paul VI to Pope John Paul to Pope John Paul II.
Fr. Michael was ordained a priest on May 29, 1982, one day after his twenty-eighth birthday As a parochial vicar, he’s served in a number of parishes from Vineland to Blackwood to Cherry Hill. As a parochial vicar, he received a doctor of ministry degree (D.Min) from Drew University focusing on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. He was appointed Diocesan Director of the RCIA office and served in that capacity for five years.
In 2002, Fr. Michael was appointed pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish in Swedesboro. From there he served as Pastor of Queen of Heaven, Cherry Hill.
In his term there, the bishop began the merging process. The bishop assigned Fr. Michael to merge the Wildwood parishes. Near the end of his first term in Wildwood, Fr. Michael requested a sabbatical. Using the year to renew and be enriched, he updated himself at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Upon completing the sabbatical, the bishop appointed him pastor of St. Bridget University Parish in Glassboro. Fr. Michael served there until he was appointed pastor of our parish in 2019!
What is his vision for our parish? He says, “The church of the future, the church of now must reflect the Good News. It must reflect welcome, free of judgment or exclusion. If we create safe, welcoming environments with liturgies full of life, joy and hope — we’ll see a faith community full of disciples!”
Fr. Joseph Pham, Parochial Vicar
Fr. Joseph was born in Vietnam in 1972. He is the third of eight children in the Pham family. In 1994 he moved to the United States and settled in Camden, NJ. He attended St. Andrew Seminary at Seton Hall University and did his Theological studies at St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. He was ordained in 2001 for the Camden Diocese. Fr. Joseph ministered in the parishes of Our Lady of Lourdes in Glassboro and St. Teresa in Runnemede. Most recently, he has served as hospital chaplain in Cherry Hill and in ministry to the deaf community for the Camden Diocese.
Deacon Joseph Webb
Deacon Joe was born in Long Branch, NJ and raised in Hazlet, NJ. He is the youngest child of 13 children born to his parents, Frank and Sarah. He has always enjoyed athletic pursuits and currently frequents many of our local golf courses. He was ordained to the diaconate on May 21, 2011. He has been married to his best friend, Marilyn, “Mare” for 41 years. They reside in Pittsgrove Township, NJ. They have been blessed with two grown children, Matt and Emily and now have five wonderful grandbabies to share their love. Deacon Joe is a retired educator who served the public schools as a teacher, principal and school superintendent. His educational background includes a Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University in Educational Leadership, a Masters Degree from Glassboro State College in Administration, and a Bachelors Degree from GSC in Elementary Education. During his professional career he served on many local, county and state committees and associations. His former parish was St. Mary’s in Rosenhayn, NJ. Deacon Joe enjoys gardening, cooking for family and friends and traveling with Mare.
Deacon Robert Fanelli