Fr. Joseph W. Elliott
Ordination: May 22, 1971, Diocese of Ogdensburg,
WWME Weekend: February 1977 & November 2000.
What or who influenced you to enter the priesthood:
I was influenced by the two priests in my home parish. I wanted
the holiness of the pastor and the enthusiasm and energy of the
assistant. My parents were also a strong influence without pressuring
me in any way.
Wadhams Hall Seminary in Ogdensburg (Minor)
St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers (Major)
I have always been in parish work – Pastor of two parishes:
St. Alexander’s in Morrisonville, NY and St. Joseph’s
in Plattsburg. I was also director of our Deacon Program for the
diocese form 1985 to 1995. On July 1, 2004 I became dean of this
Hobbies & Interests:
Highs and Lows of ministry:
High: My present assignment is a high I have a real sense of team
with the staff. Another high was being the Director of the Deacon
Program for the same reason.
Low: Being assistant pastor in 5 different parishes in 7 years.
It was very difficult moving and maintaining friendships. My WWME
Weekend in 1977 “saved” my priesthood because I became
aware of my need for friends within the parish no matter how often
What inspires you?
Being able to make a difference in someone’s life.
What lowers your self-esteem?
Allowing myself to spend too much time in the office and/or the
How has WWME helped or supported you in your ministry/priesthood?
WWME has made me more aware of my own potential as a human being
and as a pastor, more honest about my talents and abilities. I have
also found through WWME many couples who love me and appreciate
who I am.
Your suggestion for promoting WWME:
To continue sharing the dream with one couple, one priest, one religious
at a time.
Your Hopes and Dreams for WWME:
To someday have a WWME Community in the Diocese of Ogdensburg again.
In the meantime, I am helping Syracuse, NY and Burlington, VT in
their dioceses and as they share themselves with Ogdensburg.
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