Fr. Edward Connolly is a native of Philadelphia. A graduate of St. Joseph College, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in English. Before entering the seminary in 1961, he worked as a Youth Rehabilitation Officer for two years. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1966. In recognition for his work, he was named “Man of the Year” for the Allentown chapter of a Catholic-Jewish inter-religious outreach organization.
In 1974, he received his M.Ed. from Boston College. Since his ordination, Father has served in various capacities, including high school teacher, Director of Pastoral Care and Hospital Ministry, Assistant Superintendent of Education for the Diocese of Allentown, and campus ministry and college instructor. He is currently Pastor Emeritus, St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville PA. He was a co-host of the EWTN program “Road to Cana,” a program focusing on the formation of Catholics for the dating process and marriage.
With characteristic humility and sense of humor, Father says of himself, “My mother always thought I was wonderful. I think my father did too. I can’t think of anyone else who shared their opinion.”