Father Harte to serve as pastor in Linwood


Father Paul D. Harte has been appointed pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Linwood, a parish previously under the pastoral care of the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Father Harte, who is the first Camden Diocesan priest to serve as pastor there, has been appointed for a six-year term, which became effective Feb. 18.

He was pastor of Nativity Parish, Franklinville, 2001-05; and both Corpus Christi, Carneys Point, and St. James, Penns Grove, 2005-10.

When several parishes, including Corpus Christi and St, James, were merged to form St. Gabriel the Archangel in 2010, Father Harte was named pastor of the new parish, a position he held until his Linwood appointment.

Father Harte, 62, studied at Siena College, Albany, N.Y.; Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington, N.J.; and LaSalle University, Philadelphia. He was ordained May 19, 1976.

After ordination, he was parochial vicar of Queen of the Apostles Parish, Pennsville, and then became active in Catholic education, teaching at both Holy Spirit High School, Absecon, and Gloucester Catholic High School.

In 1995 he was appointed executive secretary for RENEW, a parish-based faith renewal program, in the Camden Diocese, and two years later he was named director of priest personnel for the diocese.

Father Harte also has worked with Engaged Encounter, as coordinator of marriage preparation, and as Scout chaplain. He has served on the Continuing Education and Spiritual Formation of Priests Committee, the College of Consultors and the Preesbyteral Council.
He was administrator of Holy Maternity Parish, Audubon, 2000-01.