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Reverend Samuel V. Scott , Pastor 

The Reverend Samuel V. Scott was appointed the pastor of St. Joseph Parish in June, 2011. Most recently, Father Scott served as the rector of St. John Fisher Seminary, Stamford, the college seminary of the Diocese of Bridgeport. He previously served at parishes in Westport and Brookfield, and is thrilled to return to parish ministry at St. Joseph Parish, which he describes as a "vibrant Catholic parish blessed with a thriving diocesan school." 

A native of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Father Scott is a graduate of St. Joseph Academy, McSherrystown, a school administered by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Chestnut Hill. He attended Delone Catholic High School where a religion course made a life-changing impact and led to his vocation to the priesthood. Father Scott is an alumnus of Cranleigh School, an English public school, where he took A levels in English, Ancient History, and Divinity.  He received his undergraduate degree from Vassar College where he read philosophy and theology. Upon graduation, he was granted a fellowship to study at Union Theological Seminary, New York, where he received the Master of Divinity degree in Church History.  Father Scott entered the formation program of the Diocese of Bridgeport in 1990 and completed his theological studies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbook, in 1995 where he was graduated with an M.A. in Sacred Scripture. Father Scott was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Edward M. Egan, in 1995, at St. Augustine Cathedral, Bridgeport

Father Scott's priestly ministry is focused on the restoration of the contemplative orientation of prayer in parish life.  He is involved in the Contemplative Outreach movement and Centering Prayer.  His ministry seeks to affirm that prayer does not not blind us to the world, but transforms our vision of the world, and makes us see it, all people, and the history of humankind, in the light of God (Thomas Merton, Contemplative Prayer).

Reverend David W. Franklin, Parochial Vicar 

Born in Peabody, MA., Father Franklin attended Catholic Schools in Danvers, MA graduating from St. John's Preparatory School in 1971.

Following high school graduation, he entered the Brothers of Holy Cross, Eastern Province. He attended Stonehill College, which included a year abroad at the University of Nice, France, and a year of studies at Holy Cross Novitiate in Bennington, VT. Father Franklin received his bachelor's degree in French and Secondary Education in 1976 and a minor in Religious Studies.

Father Franklin taught French at Notre Dame High School in West Haven, CT and at Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, CT from 1976-1979, as a Holy Cross Brother, prior to beginning studies for the priesthood at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, CT where he received his Master of Divinity degree in 1984.

Ordained by Bishop Walter W. Curtis on June 22, 1985, Father Franklin has served in parishes in Shelton, Fairfield, Stamford and Ridgefield. 


Reverend Raymond Scherba, Part Time Parochial Vicar 

As a native of Fairfield, Fr. Ray attended local schools and graduated from Roger Ludlow High School in 1974. He earned a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Political Science from the University of Bridgeport in 1978.

After earning a Masters in Divinity from St. Mary’s in Baltimore in 1981, he was ordained for service to the Diocese of Bridgeport on June 26, 1982.  His parish assignments have included Holy Family in Fairfield CT, St. Mark’s in Stratford, CT, and St. Gregory in Danbury, CT with work in Bereavement Ministry.  Currently, he serves as part time parochial vicar at St. Joseph parish in Danbury, CT and is also a certified (former) EMT.

In his spare time, he enjoys photography, the piano and keeping up with the “Mets.”  Are there any other Met fans in the Danbury Hospital community?














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