Bishop announces priest retirements


Bishop Joseph A. Galante this week announced the retirement of four priests:

— Father Sebastian V. Annino, chaplain, South Jersey Healthcare, Elmer and Mater Dei Nursing Home, Elmer and In-Residence, St. Mary, Rosenhayn, retired Dec. 1.

— Msgr. William P. Graham, former pastor of St. Lawrence Parish, Lindenwold and In-Residence, Our Lady of Guadalupe, will retire Jan. 1, 2010.

— Msgr. William Quinn, pastor, St. Paul, Stone Harbor, retired Dec. 16. Msgr. Quinn (in his retirement) will continue in- residence at St. Paul in Stone Harbor.

— Father Fred W. Voltaggio, pastor, St. Thomas, Brigantine will retire (for health reasons) Jan. 1, 2010.

Father Annino, 76, born in Cromwell, Conn., attended Our Lady of the Angels Seminary in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Seton Hall before being ordained on May 27, 1961.

His first assignment was at Holy Rosary, Ashland, where he served as parochial vicar from 1961-66. He also was parochial vicar at St. Edward, Pine Hill, 1967-69; St. Mary, Salem, 1969-71; St. Isidore, Vineland, 1971-78; St. Peter, Merchantville, 1978-82; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Woodlynne, 1982-84; and St. Theresa of Avila, Bridgeton, 1984-91.

Father Annino served on the faculty at three Catholic high schools in the 1960s: Camden Catholic, Cherry Hill; St. Joseph’s, Camden; and Holy Spirit, Absecon. He also served as hospital chaplain at Vineland and Newcomb Hospital and at Mater Dei Nursing Home and Elmer Hospital, Elmer.

Msgr. Graham, 71, attended Jordan Seminary in Menominee, Mich., and Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., before being ordained on May 22, 1965.

He served on the faculty of Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill, and Paul VI High School, Haddon Township. In 1973, he became vice-principal at Gloucester Catholic High School.

He also served as a member of the Priests Council and Priest Personnel Board.

He was pastor at St. John Bosco, Millville (1991-98), and at St. Lawrence, Lindenwold, starting in 1998.

Msgr. Quinn, 73, attended St. Patrick’s Seminary in Carlow, Ireland, and was ordained on June 9, 1962 in Carlow.

His first assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Monica, Atlantic City from 1962-64. He also served as parochial vicar of St. Mary, Gloucester, 1964-69, and was pastor of three parishes: St. John of God, North Cape May, 1979-85; St. Ann, Wildwood, 1985-2000; and St. Paul, Stone Harbor, 2000-09.

Msgr. Quinn also served on the faculty at Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill, and served as Executive Director of the Marian Commission, 1988-91.

Father Voltaggio, 64, attended Immaculate Conception Seminary in Darlington, N.J., Notre Dame and Seton Hall. He was ordained on May 22, 1971.

From 1987-96, he worked at Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Camden, serving from 1987-90 as a part-time counselor, and from 1990-96 as director of the Counseling Center. He also taught religion at Camden Catholic high school, and was a religion teacher and guidance director at Sacred Heart High School, Vineland.

Most recently, he was pastor at St. Cecilia, Pennsauken (1995-2000), pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Berlin (2000-04), and pastor at St. Thomas, Brigantine (2004-10).