VIII. RESTORATION


As the parish approaches its 113th year in existence, its present buildings (the grammar school & convent have been removed), the parish hall (1895) rectory (1901) and church (1913) are beginning to show signs of much needed repair and restoration. In 2003 the State of New Jersey had declared the church building an historical site because of its importance as a center of Polish culture and community in the beginning of the 20th century in South Jersey as well as its architectural beauty. As a result the State of NJ has given us a matching fund Grant of $908,000. A parish campaign is now under way to raise the necessary funds of $454,000 to match the State's funds in order to restore the exterior of our beautiful church. Plans to begin restoration are scheduled for the Spring of 2005. Restoration should be completed by the year of 2008.

St. Joseph's new pastor, Reverend Edward J. Lipinski, was born on February 24, 1944 in West Jersey Hospital, Camden, NJ, baptized and raised in St. Joseph's Parish, South Camden, attended St. Joseph's Grade School and High School, Class of 1962.

Father Lipinski attended Mt. St. Mary's Seminary, Emmittsburg, MD. On May 22, 1971, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Camden. Stationed as an Associate Pastor at St. Joseph's from 1972-1979, after which he attended Catholic University, Wash. DC pursuing a Church Law degree. For 20 years he was Adjutant Judicial Vicar of the Diocesan Tribunal, then became Pastor of St. Maria Goretti Church, Runnemede, St. Thomas, Brigantine and on June 14, 2004 Fr. Ed became Pastor of St. Joseph's Church, South Camden---the first native son to become its Pastor.

Father Ed comes to St. Joe's proudly following in the footsteps of some of its giants: Msgr. Strenski, Bazela & Bucia. His immediate task is to restore the three remaining parish buildings to their original architectural beauty and to reunite the past with the present. His aim is to revitalize St. Joe's as a cultural and religious link in the life of people of Polish Heritage who mostly live now in the suburbs. While maintaining the customs and traditions of the Polish people, he sees his role as "gatherer," as one, who continues to preach the message of Jesus "in season and out of season" in this beautifully restored place of worship.

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