Father Joe Fitzgerald is a native Long Islander. He was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, but raised in St. Joseph’s parish in Babylon. He is a product of Catholic Elementary School, and Standout Athlete at North Babylon High School before attending Ithaca College from 1989-1993 where he was a history major. Fr. Joe also played football and baseball, he was a quarterback on the 1991 Division III National Championship Football Team.
Fr. Joe was also a member of the 1996 US Olympic Team Handball Squad at the Atlanta Olympic Games. His Olympic and National Team experience allowed him to travel the world to over 60 countries where he experienced the true meaning of our Catholic (Universal) faith while attending Mass in each country. The Eucharist and the Blessed Mother (as well as many prayers from his own Mother) kept him close to his faith and eventually inspired and led him to enter the seminary in August of 2001. Fr. Joe was ordained on June 9, 2007 – he spent two years serving at St. Kilian parish in Farmingdale, four years as the Chaplain at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School and Hofstra University and is currently the Vocations Director of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He looks to Pope Francis as his inspiration along with the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, and Pope St. John Paul II. Fr. Joe’s Favorite Scripture Quote is Matthew 16: 15-16 – “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”