About the Parish, A message from the Pastor

I welcome you to our parish family and I hope that you will see the advantage of getting involved with the many ministries and activities that your parish has to offer. We have lively and enriching liturgies and offer a variety of social, educational and spiritual events for you to attend or get involved in. The parish has been here since

October 23, 1959 when Archbishop Hurley established it. We had masses in the Holiday Inn until the new church was built; now known as Fr. Flynn Hall. The present church was dedicated in 1984 and has been in constant use since that time. At present, the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular administer and serve the parish community, along with the wonderful help of some retired priests. We look forward to your worshipping with us and adding your talents and gifts to our wonderful faith family.

Our Preists

Fr. Joseph F. Connolly, TOR, Pastor OLQM

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Fr. Joe was born into an Irish/French-Catholic family in Springfield, Massachusetts in August of 1941. He was educated in the parochial and public schools of the area until he entered the Franciscan TOR's in 1959. Ordained in May of 1968, he was immediately assigned to Bishop Egan Boys High School in Fairless Hills, PA where he taught for seven years and then became Principal for nine years. After this educational apostolate ended, he served as an Associate Pastor in Cinnaminson, NJ until he was transferred to Bradenton, Florida in the summer of 1994. From St. Joseph's Parish he was assigned to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs as Pastor on December 7, 1996 and still serves in this position. Fr. Joe has been a priest for over 40 happy years and enjoys the climate and the people whom God has given for him to serve.

Fr. Benjamin Medeiros, a TOR Franciscan OLQM

Fr. Benjamin Medeiros, a TOR Franciscan, was born of Portuguese immigrant parents in Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1945. Educated in public schools through high school, and following voluntary military service in the United States Army, he entered the Third Order Regular Franciscans in 1967 and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and a Master’s of Divinity degree by 1977. After ordination to the priesthood, he began preparing for a collateral career in healthcare and earned first a Diploma and then a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Working as a registered nurse during the week and ministering to the faithful on weekends, Fr. Benj (his preference) fulfilled both responsibilities in Pennsylvania and Texas for 24 years. While in Texas, he focused on caring for the dying and did so for 15 years with The Community Hospice of Fort Worth, Texas, caring for the terminally ill in their homes for the first 7 years, and then as night shift charge nurse for 8 years in an 8-bed Community Hospice facility for the more challenging patients. In 2004 Fr. Benj was ready for a career change and eagerly accepted the archives directorship for his community, The Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, based in Loretto, PA, where he continued the work of collecting, preserving, and organizing documents and materials related to the history of the province. In 2012 Fr. Benj was assigned to his present post as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. His interests include the visual arts, the seaside, educational TV, NPR, reminiscing about his past European trips, and quietly imagining fantastic future travels.

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