Bishop Joseph A. Galante announces that Father John C. Killeen, pastor of St. Mary, Cherry Hill, will retire June 30.
Upon the retirement of Father Killeen at St. Mary’s, that parish will be clustered with neighboring St. Thomas More Church (both are located on Springdale Road in Cherry Hill). The parishes will remain independent, but will have one pastor, Msgr. Thomas J. Morgan.
Father Killeen, 75, has been pastor of St. Mary since 1983.
He previously served as pastor of Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Cape May Court House, 1974-76, and St. Joseph, Sea Isle City, 1976-83.
Born in Ireland, Father Killeen attended St. Patrick’s Seminary, Carlow Ireland, and was ordained in the cathedral there June 13, 1959. Three months later he began his ministry in the United States, as parochial vicar of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Woodlynne.
He also has served at St. Lawrence Parish, Lindenwold; St. Francis Cabrini, Ocean City; and St. Margaret, Woodbury Heights.
He has been a Pre-Cana team moderator and served on the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, Committee on Pastoral Ministry, Inter-Parochial Board and Special Committee on Pastors.
Msgr. Morgan, 70, has been pastor of St. Thomas More Parish since 2003.
He was pastor of Queen of the Apostles Parish, Pennsville, 1990-96, and Christ the King Haddonfield, 1996-2002.
Msgr. Morgan also has held several administrative positions in the Diocese of Camden, including episcopal vicar of priestly life, vicar general and moderator of the curia. He was apostolic administrator of the diocese during the time between Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio’s departure for Brooklyn and Bishop Galante’s appointment to Camden.
Born in Ireland. Msgr. Morgan attended Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y.; and St. Kieran, Kilkenny, Ireland. He holds a doctorate from Temple University, Philadelphia in organizational and career psychology. He is a New Jersey licensed clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist.
He was ordained June 6, 1965, in Kilkenny, Ireland.
Msgr. Morgan has served at St. John Parish, Paulsboro; St. Margaret, Woodbury, Heights; St. Patrick, Woodbury; St. Luke, Stratford; St. Agnes, Blackwood; St. Peter, Merchantville; Epiphany, Longport; and St. Andrew, Gibbsboro.
He was director of the Catholic Charities Counseling Center in Longport. He has been chairman of the Priest Personnel Board, and served on the College of Consultors, Presbyteral Council, and the Committee for the Continuing Education and Spiritual Formation of Priests. He also has been director of vocations and the transitional deacon program, and served as a Pre-Cana team moderator.