The communities of Red Bank Catholic and Saint James proudly welcome Monsignor Joseph Rosie as Pastor. Raised in a devout Catholic household in Trenton and receiving his primary and secondary education in Sacred Heart School, Trenton, and Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, Msgr. Rosie said that for as long as he can recall, the Church has always played a very important part in the life of his family. Every Sunday as a child, he would attend Mass with his parents, and brother in the family’s beloved Sacred Heart Church, Trenton, where they were active in many ministries.
After graduating from Notre Dame High School, Msgr. Rosie went on to pursue studies for the priesthood at St. Andrew’s College Seminary at Seton Hall University, South Orange, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. It was also in St. Andrew’s where he was given the “well rounded” opportunity to discern his calling.
Following his graduation from St. Andrew’s, Msgr. Rosie was asked by Bishop John C. Reiss to attend the Pontifical North American College, Rome. He found it to be an extraordinary experience where he and other seminarians from throughout the world discerned their vocation in the city that is at the “center of our faith where we had a true experience of the universal Church.” Msgr. Rosie earned a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from Gregorian University, and then went on to Lateran University to earn a licentiate degree in moral theology. He and his fellow classmates were ordained transitional deacons in April, 1989, in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, by Archbishop Emeritus John Quinn of San Francisco.
Monsignor Rosie was ordained to the priesthood in June of 1990 by Bishop John C. Reiss in his home parish of Sacred Heart. Msgr. Joe served in the Office of the Bishop under then Bishop John M. Smith as his priest secretary and Chancellor of the Diocese of Trenton, simultaneously working as the weekend assistant at St. Ann’s Church, Lawrenceville. The Red Bank Catholic campus is a familiar place for Msgr. Rosie where served as school chaplain from 1991 until 1994.
“I am thrilled to return to Red Bank Catholic to pastor this great group of Caseys and serve this wonderful church.” said Monsignor Rosie. “In addition to his outstanding credentials and a life devoted to serving others," said Principal Robert Abatemarco, "Monsignor Rosie is the real deal: warm, enthusiastic, genuinely kind and inclusive. We're very excited to have him back at RBC to lead us in meeting the spiritual needs of our community."