Fr. Kelly's Bio

Hello, I am your new pastor, Fr. Bill Kelly. I am 64 years old and was born and raised in Conshohocken, Pa. I am the son of William John Kelly, and Patricia Ann Golas Kelly who are both enjoying eternity with God in heaven with one of my brothers, Joseph who was called home to the Lord in 2015 and one of my nephews Matthew (son of my sister Colleen) who was called home to the Lord in 2016. I am the eldest of five siblings. I have 3 brothers, Joe (deceased), Shaun, and Christopher, and 1 sister, Colleen. They each have three children so I am the blessed and proud uncle of 12 of which as I said, one is in heaven. Seven nephews and five nieces, who range in age from 38 to 16 years of age. The sixteen-year olds are my three triplet nieces. I also am the proud great-uncle of 3 great nephews and 4 great nieces, of which there is a set of twins. I am also the godfather to three of my nieces. ALL of my nieces and nephews are the pride and joy of my life. I have been a priest for 14 plus years...it will be 15 years on September 17, 2020. I am what is known as a delayed vocation. I was ordained at the age of 49. I was actually in a religious order, the Norbertines at Daylesford Abbey in Paoli for 10 years before being ordained a priest. For those 10 years before priesthood I was a religious brother in the order. The Norbertines for many years ministered and taught at Southeast Catholic/Bishop Neumann/St. John Neumann High School in South Philly. I was blessed to have taught there for three years, from 1997-2000. Before entering religious life and then becoming a priest, I was a CYO coach, a park and recreation playground supervisor, a hospital orderly, a religious education teacher, a director of religious education, an elementary school teacher, a high school teacher, a disc jockey, and a registered nurse who worked primarily in Pediatrics.I still am a nurse, and still keep my licensure, but (obviously) am not employed as a nurse. However, I am called on occasion by my family and friends, especially when they need the advice of a health care professional. I usually just say...go to the doctor. I am in good health, especially after having two open heart surgeries...quadruple bypass in 2005 at the University of Chicago and then aortic valve surgery in 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania. However, I must, according to my cardiologist, do my best to keep my stress level down, exercise, and eat healthy...all of which I am planning to work harder on here at St. Brendan the Navigator. I like all types of music. I like photography (especially nature scenes)and am the family photographer. I love nature and especially bird watching. I like to travel and have done a great deal of that as a cruise-ship priest chaplain for the Apostleship of the Sea of the United States of America. I usually do this when I take vacation, although now all cruises have ceased since Covid. Prior to the Bishop asking me to be the pastor here at St. Brendan the Navigator, I was pastor at Mary, Mother of Mercy, Glassboro/Pitman, NJ. Before that I was in Ocean City, NJ as the parochial vicar (associate pastor) for 2.5 years at St. Damien Parish, and before that was at the Parish of the Holy Cross in Bridgeton, NJ for 2.5 years.