JFOUND: Franco, Fr. Joseph [MC1997] Pastor @ Sacred Heart South Bronx



Fr. Joseph Franco

Father Joseph E. Franco was ordained at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in May 2004 by then-archbishop Edward Cardinal Egan. He was assigned to Sacred Heart Parish, South Bronx as a parochial vicar immediately thereafter. He served in that capacity until September 2008; then as parish administrator from October 2008 until September 2010, when he was appointed pastor by Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

In additional to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves as a staff chaplain at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx and as a department chaplain for the NYPD. He was the chair of the Northwest South Bronx Catholic School Region Board from 2012-2017 and chair of the Resource Center for Community Development from 2013-2016. He is currently a board member of the following organizations: Highbridge Community Development Corporation (HCDC), Hearts Home –USA, and Cardinal Hayes High School.

Father Franco was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, NY where he attended Archbishop Molloy High School. He began his studies for the priesthood at the St. John Neumann Seminary Residence, Riverdale, NY in 1997 after graduating from Manhattan College with a B.S. in Psychology. He continued his studies for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Northhampton, PA and Saint Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, NY from 2000 to 2004 where he earned a Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) and a Masters of Arts in Dogmatic Theology (M.A.). From 2017-2019 he attended Columbia University in the City of New York and graduated with a Masters of Science in Strategic Communications (M.S.).

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Franco, Fr. Joseph [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Fr. Joseph is a member of the Class of 1997.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Franco, Fr. Joseph [MC1997]

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