Sunday, May 23, 2010
Father Joe Muth, pastor of St Matthew and Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Churches, has completed thirty-six years as a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
A native of Baltimore, Father Joe is a tireless pastor, whose commitment to his Church and his two parishes is a 24-7 proposition. Father Joe celebrates daily Mass for his parishioners and on many occasions throughout the week, for others, as well.
A vital, popular and well-regarded preacher, Father Joe often conducts retreats and seminars on a variety of subjects. He has traveled to many nations in Africa and elsewhere. The African nations Fr Joe has visited include, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Rwanda.
Much of Father Joe' work is focused on social ministry, yet without neglecting the uniquely priestly work of counselling and spiritual guidance offered to individual parishioners.
Fr. Joe's expression of the Christian Faith entails an explicit welcome to all peoples of all races and nations. Fr Joe's ministry is international in every sense. His enthusiastic welcome to immigrants has made Saint Matthew Church a multi-racial and multi-ethnic community of faith. Over forty nationalities are represented among the parishioners at St Matthew Church. The Immigrant Outreach Service Center, which Father Joe founded in 2000, is housed at St Matthew Church. The Center focuses on family reunification, adjustment of status and political asylum.
Father Joe Muth Jr, we salute you on the completion of your thirty-sixth year as a Priest.