St. Joseph the Worker Parish
 
 
 

Clergy

Rev. Shane L. Kirby, S.T.L. - Pastor
I was brought up in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, the southwestern corner of the state, and educated in the Pennsylvania Public schools there. I am the oldest of four, a brother and two sisters. I am a convert to the Catholic faith, having been reared as a Pentecostal (Church of God); I was baptized at the Easter Vigil, April 14, 1990 at 17 years old. Afterward I went to college at Marywood in Scranton, and began studies for the priesthood at the age of 25 in 1998. I studied at the University of Scranton and St. Pius X Seminary in Dalton, where I first met Fr. Bechtel, our assistant pastor. Then I went to the Eternal City, Rome, to study theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University and to prepare for priesthood at the Pontifical North American College. I was ordained June 26, 2004, by Bishop Joseph F. Martino, and I served as assistant pastor in several parishes and as secretary to Bishop Martino. I first came to Lycoming County in 2008 as administrator of St Luke, Jersey Shore and Immaculate Conception, Bastress. I was appointed the first pastor of Saint Joseph the Worker on July 15, 2009. I am blessed to be here in Williamsport serving such wonderful people.


Rev. David W. Bechtel, M. Div - Assistant Pastor

Father Bechtel, upon graduating from Saint Charles Borremeo Seminary in 2007, was ordained a Transitional Deacon on May 26, 2007, then assigned to Saint Mary of the Mount in Mount Pocono in the capacity of Transitional Deacon. He was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on June 28, 2008 and assigned to the Church of Saint Matthew, East Stroudsburg PA. He was assigned to the Saint John Neumann Regional Academy on July 15, 2009. In October that same year, Father Bechtel was appointed Assistant Pastor of Saint Joseph the Worker Parish.

Father Bechtel graduated from the University of Scranton in 2000 with a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies. In 2004, Father Bechtel graduated from Saint Mary's Seminary and University with a Masters of Arts in Theology. In 2005, Father Bechtel received his Board Certification from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains for health care ministry. In 2007, Father Bechtel graduated from Saint Charles Borremeo Seminary with a Masters of Divinity Degree.

Father Bechtel is ecstatic to be assigned in Williamsport, especially since he has a connection to the area. Before becoming a priest he formerly worked at the Susquehanna Health System, and served as a substitute organist for what was then Annunciation Parish, and full time organist at Our Lady of Lourdes in Montoursville PA. He also served as an organist for Muncy Presbyterian Church in Muncy PA. Father Bechtel enjoys reading, Theology, Christian and Catholic apologetics, debates, and debating, watching TV, eating out, and playing the organ.


Deacon J. Morris Smith, Th. D. - Permanent Deacon
Teacher of Sacred Scripture, pastoral counselor, formation director, contemplative poet, theologian, and author, has spent fifty-two years in ministry. He holds a Master of Arts in Theology degree from St. Mary's University of San Antonio, TX and a Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling from National Christian University of Arlington, TX.

He presently serves the poor as Shepherd of the Streets in Williamsport, PA, an ecumenical ministry sponsored by the United Churches of Lycoming County. He is a charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, a chaplain in the International Order of St. Luke, The Physician, and is on the board of Lycoming Co. Health Improvement Coalition.

He and his wife Barby of 52 years, have three married children, nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.


Staff

Mrs. Ann McDermott - Secretary
Mrs. Virginia Borek - Business Manager
Mr. Jim Foran - Director of Religious Education
Mr. Michael Foust - Facilities Manager