Father Frederick G. Link, senior priest, retires

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Father Frederick G. Link
Father Frederick G. Link

Father Frederick G. Link, senior priest at St. Joseph the Worker, Haddon Township, retired July 1, Bishop Dennis Sullivan announced.

Father Link, 74, continues in-residence at St. Joseph the Worker, where he has served since 2011.

In more than 45 years of ordained ministry, Father Link has been a parish priest and also worked closely with the permanent diaconate of the Diocese of Camden.

He was pastor of St. Anne Parish, Westville, and St. Maurice, Brooklawn, 2004-11. (The two parishes merged with Annunciation, Bellmawr, in 2011 to form St. Joachim.)

He was parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish, Vineland, 1969-73; St. Jude, Blackwood, 1973-76; St. Rose of Lima, Haddon Heights, 1976-80; St. John Vianney, Deptford, 1980-82; Sacred Heart, Mount Ephraim, 1982-88; Christ the King, Haddonfield, 1988-92; and St. Anne, Westville, 1992-94. He also was administrator of St. John Bosco, Millville, 1999-2000, and St. Mary Magdalen, Millville, 2000-01.

Father Link was named to the Permanent Diaconate Advisory Board in 1974, two years before the first class of deacons was ordained for the diocese. In 1991 he was named director of the permanent diaconate and chairman of the Admissions Board of the Permanent Diaconate Ministry. Ten years later, in 2001, he became their chaplain.

Father Link served as secretary to Auxiliary Bishop James L. Schad in the late 1970s and belonged to several diocesan entities, including the Presbyteral Council and the Common Policy Committee for Pastoral Marriage Preparation.

Ordained May 31, 1969, Father Link attended Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and Our Lady of Loretto Seminary, Loretto, Pa.