|New Pastor Appointed to Sacred Heart Parish, Cutchogue|
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, June 21, 2007—The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre, appointed Father Joseph W. Staudt pastor of Sacred Heart parish, Cutchogue, N.Y., effective June 27, 2007.
Born in Rockville Centre, N.Y., and raised in East Meadow, N.Y., Father Staudt attended St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary, then in Uniondale, N.Y., and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Cathedral College, Douglaston, N.Y. He attended the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, N.Y., and was ordained into the priesthood March 4, 1978.
“I’m grateful to God for the gifts of the priesthood,” he said. “I thank God everyday for it.”
Father Staudt’s first assignment was associate pastor of Corpus Christi parish, Mineola, N.Y., followed by St. Sylvester parish, Medford, N.Y. and St. Patrick parish, Bay Shore, N.Y. In 1997, he was appointed pastor at Christ the King parish, Commack, N.Y.
He said he enjoyed his time at the Commack parish.
“I had 10 wonderful years with the people of Christ the King and I’m looking forward to having wonderful years with the people of Sacred Heart.”
Father Staudt serves on the board of Catholic Charities and the Education Department’s Pastors’ Council.
He enjoys exercising, reading, playing the drums and listening to anything from Jimi Hendrix to Metallica to Gregorian chants.
Father Staudt said his parishioners know about his eclectic tastes.
“They’ve come to expect it. They aren’t surprised by anything.”
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