Remembering Msgr. Pack



I thoroughly enjoyed the July 20 article on Msgr. Eugene Pack, “A priest who understood the importance of his vocation.”

In 1955 then-Father Eugene Pack had his first assignment as a Camden Diocese priest at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Cape May. I was 13 years old then and about to start eighth grade in a brand new Our Lady Star of the Sea School building. When my classmates and I first met Father Pack we all fell head over heels in love with him. He was warm and welcoming and let us know that he cared about us, and when you’re 13 years old that goes a long way. Never did Father Pack treat us as though we were just a bunch of annoying kids.

We never wanted him to leave Our Lady Star of the Sea in Cape May, but of course he had to move to his next assignment in the Camden Diocese.

As a 13-year-old girl, I felt Msgr. Eugene Pack absolutely enriched my life and I thank the diocese for making my parish in Cape May his first assignment.

Rest in peace. Msgr. Pack. All of us then 13-year-olds and now 70-year-olds love you just as much in death as we did in life.

Sandy Johnson

Cape May