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Rev. Msgr. Joseph C. McLoone

Rev. Matthew W. Guckin

Rev. Mr. Edward R. Schiappa
Permanent Deacon

Deacon Jim Bogden, MS

Monsignor Joseph McLoone is the third of four children born to Patrick (deceased) and Bridget Teresa McLoone both immigrants from County Donegal, Ireland. Msgr. McLoone grew up in the Olney section of Philadelphia and attended Incarnation Grade School and Cardinal Dougherty High School (1980). After high school he attended LaSalle College for one year before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook. He graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy (1984) and a M.Div. (1987) and M.A. in Theology (1988).

Father McLoone was ordained on May 21, 1988. Most of his pastoral assignments have been in the city of Philadelphia: Parochial Vicar / Assistant Pastor at St. Anne Church (1988-1991), St. Martin of Tours Church (1992-1997) and the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul (1997-2001). In July of 2001 he was appointed the pastor of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Parish in East Mount Airy. In June of 2006 he was named the pastor of Saint Katharine Drexel Parish in Chester and is a founding board member of the recently chartered Drexel Neumann Academy.

Monsignor McLoone has also served as the Chairman of our Bicentennial celebration as a Diocese. He previously has helped in organizing many other Archdiocesan celebrations including the Prayer on the Parkway. Msgr. McLoone was appointed the Parochial Administrator of Saint Joseph Parish, Downingtown in February 2011. He was appointed pastor in November 2012.
Father Guckin graduated in 1984 from Fr. Judge High School. He completed his B.S. in logistics from Penn State in 1988. Prior to entering Saint Charles Seminary in 1992, Father Guckin worked for Manugistics in Washington, D.C. He was ordained in 1999 and has received his Master of Arts in Moral Theology. Currently Father Guckin has spent the last nine years as a member of the faculty at Bishop Shanahan High School as well as the Chaplain. Prior to Bishop Shanahan, Father Guckin spent four years at Saint Cecelia's in Philadelphia.
Deacon Ed, ordained June 1, 1997, has been a parishioner at St. Joseph Parish for 26 years, as long as he has been married to his wife Eileen. He is originally from Holy Innocents Parish in Juniata Park, Philadelphia where he served as an usher and lector. He attended North Catholic High School, St. Joseph University, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton, and St. Norbert College. Retired from AT&T in 1998 after 25 years of service, and worked part-time as a Krapf school bus driver for 10 years. Also was a trained volunteer telephone counselor for Tele-Help, a pre-911 emergency counseling service that originated from a local hospital.
Deacon Jim and his wife, Pat, have three sons and six grandchildren, two of which are on their way. He was ordained in 1993 and in 1996 went into full time ministry with an MS in Pastoral Counseling. He is the Director of Evangelization and DRE at St Elizabeth Parish. His vocation is to help others heal, develop their giftedness and recognize God’s love on their Journey into God. A quote from an Elizabeth Browning poem resonates in Jim’s heart, “If I can keep one heart from breaking, then I will have lived.” He loves playing, vacationing and working in ministry with his wife, Pat, a liturgist with a profound love for our Catholic worship. They both look forward to serving the people of St Joseph’s parish.

St Joseph Church Mission Statement
Motivated by our belief in Jesus Christ and bound together by our Roman Catholic faith, we are a parish that seeks to respond to the Gospel invitation by living as God's people. Baptized into Christ Jesus, confirmed by the gift of the Holy Spirit, and nourished by the Eucharist, we are a community that gives glory to God and proclaims His message of love and salvation.