Father William S. Vandegrift to retire


vandegriftwilliam-webFather William S. Vandegrift, pastor of St. Raymond Parish, Villas, will retire for health reasons on Jan. 25.

Father Vandegrift, 65, has served at St. Raymond since 2003, first as administrator and, since 2004 as pastor. Previously he was pastor of St. James Parish, Penns Grove, 1997-2003.

Father Vandegrift was born in Philadelphia and attended Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md. He was ordained May 24, 1980.

His first assignment was as parochial vicar at Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, Bellmawr, where he spent the next three years.

He subsequently served as parochial vicar of St. Matthew Parish, National Park, 1983-87; St. Maria Goretti, Runnemede, 1987-92, St. Augustine, Ocean City, 1992-94. He was administrator at St. Augustine 1994-97.

Father Vandegrift also formerly served as spiritual moderator for the ministry to separated and divorced Catholics.