Welcome to our new Pastor
Rev. Fr. Douglas A. Freer, S.T.M.
Born in Mendham, NJ Father Freer attended Susquehanna University, The School of Theology at Drew University, The General Theology Seminary in New York and St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, NY. He was awarded both the Master of Divinity degree and the Master of Sacred Theology degree in liturgics. He was ordained as a priest of the Episcopal Church in 1993 serving parishes in Rahway and Long Branch. His ministries included service as a hospice chaplain, a priest at Ground Zero during the 2001 Relief and Recovery Effort, and liturgist for the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey. In 2005 he came into the Catholic Church and attended Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall from which he received a Master of Arts degree as well as the Bishop Ahr Award and the Pope John Paul II Academic Achievement Award. In 2007-8 he served as Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph Church, Toms River. In 2008 he was appointed to serve as Administrator of Holy Family Church and School in Union Beach/Hazlet, NJ. Two years later he was appointed Pastor of St. Rose Church and Schools in Belmar. After having served several communities with primary and secondary schools he was appointed Vicar for Catholic Education for the Diocese of Trenton on July 1, 2011. He is a frequent writer for the Trenton diocesan paper The Monitor. Effective, July 1, 2014, he was appointed Pastor of both St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Deal, NJ and St. Jerome Church and School in West Long Branch, NJ.
"To live and advance the Gospel values of Jesus Christ to all through worship, education, and service, by giving of our time, talents and tithes” – St Jerome Parish Mission Statement
O Blessed Virgin Mary, you are the Mother and Queen of every Christian family....Watch over our families.
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