Father Joseph Devlin (Co-Coordinator)
Fr. Devlin, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, grew up in St. Anselm’s parish and graduated from Archbishop Ryan HS in 1981. After attending La Salle University he entered St. Charles Seminary and was ordained in 1991.
Father Devlin’s first assignment was St. Andrew’s in Newtown, followed by Archbishop Wood HS. In 1997 Father Devlin was assigned as Vocation Director for Diocesan Priesthood. And in 2003 he was named pastor of St. Barnabas Parish, South West Philadelphia.
With the Cardinal’s blessing, Father Devlin spent a 10 month discernment period with the Capuchins Friars in 2005. When he returned to the Archdiocese he assisted at St. Albert the Great Parish for a year before being named pastor of St. Bridget’s parish, Philadelphia, where he served for the last 8 years.
The attraction to serve in a ministry like Mother of Mercy House has been with Father Devlin for a long time; it is one of the reasons he spent time with the Friars who are known for their creative ministries to the poor.
Prayer, spiritual direction, reading, and engaging the 19th Annotation of St. Ignatius of Loyola have all strengthened his desire to serve those who are poor, hungry, addicted and those whom society has left behind.
A life-long love for St Francis of Assisi and Franciscan spirituality and now, with Pope Francis’ consistent call for the Church to not forget to serve those who are poor and on the margins, have also fueled Father Devlin’s interest in being a part of a mission like, Mother of Mercy House.
As he begins his 25th year of priesthood, Fr. Devlin is enjoying this new challenge, and feels blessed to be working with Father Murphy & Sister Anne Raymond, IHM. He is committed to making Mother of Mercy House a great blessing for people of the K&A neighborhood.