Hello St. Agnes Parish!

As Fr. Dan explained at Masses last week, Bishop Kulick has assigned me to be Parochial Vicar here at St. Agnes Parish.  I am a native of the Diocese; my home parish being St. James in New Alexandria and I am a 2003 graduate of Derry Area High School.  My parents still live in the New Alexandria area.  I have one sister, Kimberly, who is married to my brother-in-law Luke; they have three very active boys: Julian, Alexander, and Cameron.

When I graduated High School, I didn’t have any intention of becoming a priest; I attended Grove City College and majored in Electrical Engineering.  It was during my time there that I began to discern a vocation to priesthood.  I did seminary studies at St. Mark Seminary/Gannon University in Erie, The Pontifical North American College/Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and Theological College/Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  I was ordained in 2013, along with Fr. Dan and with Fr. Tyler Bandura. I have had assignments as Parochial Vicar at St. Barbara, Harrison City, Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, and Church of the Good Shepherd, Kent.  I also wear a few other hats in the diocese, including celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass at Holy Family Church in Latrobe, member of the Board of Trustees for Catholic Charities, and assisting with the Catholic Committee on Scouting.

When I’m not doing things pertaining to ministry, I also enjoy gardening, drawing, and painting.  I try to keep up with technology and have become the resident “tech guru” in many of my previous assignments—many of you might remember me from livestreaming Masses on Facebook during the pandemic.

I am looking forward to meeting all of you (but please be patient with me—I’m not good with names).  I am grateful to Bishop Kulick for sending me to you and grateful to Fr. Dan for his warm welcome here as I continue sharing my gifts here at St. Agnes Parish.

~Fr. Matthew

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Father Matthew Morelli
Parochial Vicar
Saint Agnes Parish

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