Msgr. McDermott, Camden pastor, to retire

Msgr. McDermott, Camden pastor, to retire



Msgr. McDermott, a Camden City pastor and vicar general for the Diocese of Camden, will retire Oct. 1.

Bishop Dennis Sullivan made the announcement Sept. 22.

Msgr. McDermott, 72, has been pastor of St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, Camden, since 1985.

Throughout his 30 years as a pastor in Camden, he devoted himself to serving those in need by launching numerous ministries to meet the needs of the people of the city.

He started the St. Joseph Carpenter Society, a non-profit housing corporation, and he often takes a visible role with Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP), an ecumenical group that works for improvements in the city.

He also helped establish Romero Center Ministries, an education and retreat center, and Joseph’s House, a mission to the homeleess.

Msgr. McDermott attended The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and was ordained in the parish he would eventually lead as pastor, St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, on May 31, 1969.

He was parochial vicar at St. Vincent Pallotti Parish, Haddon Township; St. Raymond, Villas; and St. Luke, Stratford; and he taught at Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill, 1971-72.

Msgr. McDermott has served as dean of Camden City and as a member of numerous diocesan groups, including the Commission on Social Justice, Priests’ Council, Vocation Advisory Board, Presbyteral Council, Diocesan RCIA Commission, Continuing Education and Spiritual Formation of Priests, and the Clergy Personnel Board.

He was appointed a vicar general of the diocese in 2005.

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