Father Pasley Biography


Father Robert C. Pasley, KHS, a native of the Diocese of Camden, was born on November 20, 1955 in Woodbury, NJ.  He attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary College form 1974 to 1978 and received a BA in Philosophy.  He then attended Mount Saint Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD from 1978 to 1982 and received an MA in Systematic Theology.

He was ordained by the Most Reverend George H. Guilfoyle in 1982.  Father Pasley was stationed as a parish priest in Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Berlin, NJ, 1982-1984, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Cape May, NJ 1984-1987, Our Lady Queen of Apostles, Pennsville, NJ 1987-1990, and Sacred Heart, Mount Ephraim, NJ, 1990-1992. In 1992, he became a resident at St. John, Collingswood, NJ were he lived for the next 8 years.

In 1992, he was assigned to Paul VI High School, Haddon Township, NJ and taught all levels of Religion and reestablished a course in Latin.  In 1996, he was transferred to Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill, NJ, were he taught Religion and French I.

In 1998 he was appointed Vice Principal of Academics and served in this post for two years.  During his time at Camden Catholic, Father received an MA in Education from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.

On October, 13, 2000, he was appointed Rector, by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, of the newly established Tridentine Parish of Mater Ecclesiae, Berlin, NJ.  Mater Ecclesiae is the first, diocesan run Tridentine parish in the United States.

Father Pasley is also a member of the Church Music Association of America and attends the Sacred Music Colloquium that has been offered by the Association since 1990. The Colloquium is currently held, each June, at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

He is the former Vice-President of the CMAA, and he is a member of the board of directors for Sacred Music Magazine.  Father has been the celebrant at St. Agnes, in St. Paul Minnesota several times and he established the annual Mass of Thanksgiving on the Feast of the Assumption at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, in Camden NJ.

In the Diocese of Camden, Father Pasley was a member of the Presbyteral Council.  He served as a county Pro-Life Chaplain, and as Chaplain to the Camden County Presidium of the Legion of Mary.  He is presently a member of the Diocesan Marian Commission, the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and an assistant vocations director for recruitment. Father also assists at the Newman Center at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.


In September of 2004, Father was installed as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, NY, by His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan.

Father Pasley would like to thank Bishop DiMazio for his generosity in establishing Mater Ecclesiae. Bishop DiMarzio has always been very supportive of all that is done here. He has reconciled a very vibrant faith filled people and Father Pasley is honored and privileged to participate and serve at this wonderful parish.





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