Reverend James E. Goerner, M.Div., Pastor
Father Goerner was born and raised in West Reading, PA graduating from Holy Name High School in 1975. After graduation Fr. Goerner attended McCann School of Business in Reading. Fr. Goerner worked for the John Wanamaker store in the Berkshire Mall for 10 years before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1985. After ordination in 1993 Father was assigned as a parochial vicar at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Horsham from 1993 – 1999 and St. Matthew Parish in Philadelphia 1999 – 2007. Father was assigned as administrator of St. Bartholomew Parish in Philadelphia in 2007 and was named pastor in 2008. In 2011 Father was named pastor of St. Laurence Parish in Upper Darby. As a result of a parish merger and the need for a bi-lingual priest in Upper Darby, Father was named pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Norristown in 2013.
Reverend Augustine Esposito, OSA, Weekend Assistant
Father Esposito is a member of the Augustinians and was ordained in 1979. Father Esposito is assigned to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary as director of Apostolic and Pastoral Formation.
Miss Bridget Tigue, Principal
Miss Tigue earned a BS in Elementary Education with minors in Special Education and English from Marywood University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Citation in Honors. Miss Tigue earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Gwynedd-Mercy College. She has worked as an educator in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for eight years before coming to St. Francis of Assisi Parish. Currently, Miss Tigue is a member of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Mathematics Curriculum Committee and serves as a Safe Environment Trainer for the Office of Children & Youth Protection. In addition, Miss Tigue serves as a Visiting Team Chairperson for the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools. St. Francis of Assisi School is a Middle States accredited institution which serves children in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Mrs. Erica Gonzalez, Director of the St. Francis Early Learning Center
Mrs. Gonzales earned a BS in Education from Temple University and an MBA from Arcadia University. She has worked in the child care field since 1996 and served as a director of a Philadelphia Archdiocesan child care center for nine years before coming to St. Francis Parish. St. Francis Early Learning Center offers full and part-time care for children who are 6 weeks to 4 years old.
Mrs. Dolores Landis, Office Manager
Mrs. Landis held management positions for two oil companies over a period of 17 years while simultaneously working in a part time capacity at St. Francis of Assisi Parish. She has worked under four pastors in numerous capacities, which included domestic responsibilities, maintaining parish sacramental records, inputting all parishioner files onto the parish data software program, which is currently in use, and has served as a Lector and Extraordinary Minister. She assumed full time responsibilities at the rectory office in January of 2005. Having fulfilled the responsibilities of raising and educating her two sons, she now owns and trains two therapy dogs and enjoys ministering to the sick, elderly, and infirm with them at several local institutions, including the Sisters of St. Joseph at St. Joseph ’s Villa.
Mr. Edward C. Scott, Business Manager
Mr. Scott (“Ed”) joined the St Francis of Assisi staff in April 2012 as Business Manager. He comes to us most recently from Northampton Country Club, Bethlehem PA where he worked as General Manager. He brings to us over 22 years experience in the customer service, hospitality and business management areas. He holds a certificate from the prestigious Walt Disney “Management By Design” Leadership Program and in his early years was a Club Steward in the US Air Force and an internationally trained pastry chef.
Mr. Scott has been an active parishioner for nearly 20 years. His three children are all graduates of St. Francis of Assisi School, Bridget (1998), Catherine (Katie) (2004), and Kevin (2009). Ed has served on the Parish Finance Council for 5 years and will continue to serve on this committee now in his capacity as Business Manager. He was instrumental in assisting our former Pastor, Father Vincent Welsh, with the early stages of the creation of the St. Francis Early Learning Center and served on various fund raising committees and the Advancement Committee for SFA School.
Ed and his wife, Mary Kathleen Maguire (also St Francis alumnus, 1974) resides in Worcester. In his spare time, Ed enjoys entertaining, patio gardening and spending time with his family.
Mrs. Elizabeth Nacarelli, Parish Secretary and Receptionist
Mrs. Nacarelli, a life-long parishioner, attended the St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School , graduated from Bishop Kenrick High School , married an SFA alumnus, and raised three children who also attended St. Francis of Assisi school. Mrs. Nacarelli has been a parish employee since 1991.
Mr. Andrew Fedak, Parish Maintenance Supervisor