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Priests

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 Father Joseph Pham, Pastor

Fr. Joe was born and raised in a family of eleven children in Vietnam. In 1975, the communist regime from North Vietnam took over South Vietnam where he lived. After years of living under the communist control without freedom, especially freedom of worship, my parents finally decided to escape from Vietnam for the sake of our Catholic faith.

In 1986, his whole family got into a small boat and headed to the unknown destination on the Pacific Ocean. The three day and four night journey was very rough and dangerous due to the strong storms and enormous waves, the small boat was almost to the point of sinking, everyone on the boat was screaming, crying, and praying desperately. Thanks be to God for His love and mercy, his family finally was rescued by the Malaysian coast guards and brought to the refugee camp there. After a year living in the refugee camp, they were received into this “promised land”, God bless America. Father Joe just could not thank God enough in this life for all the good and miraculous things He has done for his family and for him personally.

Living in this free country and with the help of God, He was able to pursue his Priestly vocation which would have been impossible if he was still in Vietnam. In 1998, after years of study and formation, he was ordained to the Priesthood. Being a priest for eighteen years, he has never stopped thanking God and the people whom God had sent into his life and his ministry. Father Joe says that it is a blessing, a joy to share the ministerial Priesthood of Jesus Christ, and a true fulfillment to serve His people.

Father Joseph L. Pham served as Pastor in Atlantic City and then as Director of Catholic Identity, Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill and In-Residence, Mary, Queen of All Saints, Pennsauken.
Father Joe’s parish email is: FrJoePham@comcast.net

Father Christopher Mann, Parochial Vicar

Father Christopher T. Mann was born and raised in South Philly, where he lived for eighteen years. After graduating from Saint John Neumann High School in 1985, he served six years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant. He then graduated with honors from California State University (Fullerton), where he earned a BA in Speech Communication with a minor in Philosophy. He then worked as the Assistant Director of Religious Education and Spiritual Development at Holy Family Parish in Brooklyn, NY.

In 1996, Fr. Chris entered the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs) in Bronx, NY. He completed his priestly formation (summa cum laude) at Saint Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie), where he earned a Bachelors in Sacred Theology from the Angelicum in Rome and a Masters in Divinity from Saint Joseph’s Seminary. He was ordained by Edward Cardinal Egan on 17 May 2003 in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC. He later joined the Diocese of Camden in 2011.

Besides leading retreats and parish missions and hands on work with the poor, Fr. Chris has served as the Community Secretary and Director of Liturgy for the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. He was also the Director of Saint Anthony’s Residence for sixty-five formerly homeless men in the Bronx. He helped to establish new foreign missions in London, England; Bradford, England; Limerick, Ireland; and Derry, Northern Ireland. He also served as a missionary in Sudan, Africa. Since joining the Diocese of Camden, Fr. Chris has served as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of the Angels in Cape May Court House, NJ and Holy Child Parish in Runnemede, NJ.
frchris.ijp@gmail.com