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About Our Parish

Mission Statement 

The Parish Family of St. Matthew, East Stroudsburg, in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania and the Diocese of Scranton, endeavors to provide a welcoming environment to all. Guided by the Holy Spirit, through prayer and worship, and the sharing of our resources, we humbly strive to witness the Good News and to spread the Kingdom of God.


Parish History 

The first Roman Catholic Church in the Stroudsburgs was a frame structure built at the corner of Brown and South Courtland streets on property donated by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. Traveling priests served until 1902 when Father Francis Craft, a convert, former soldier, surgeon and chaplain was appointed the first resident pastor.

Father John T. Butler, the second pastor, served until his death in 1943 when Father Harold Durkin became the third pastor. Monsignor Thomas Cawley was appointed as pastor in 1961 and served until his retirement in 1986. Msgr. John Bergamo served as pastor from 1986 until his retirement in 2015 and is currently Pastor Emeritus. Fr. Jerry Shantillo, who arrived in July of 2015, served as pastor until July of 2020. Father Donald J. Williams, current pastor, took over after being the Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Scranton. 


St. Matthew: Our Patron

St. Matthew was one of Jesus' Twelve Apostles. The story of St. Matthew's call and conversion is recorded in the Gospel account that bears his name, and tells of the mercy God on him: 


"As Jesus passed from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, 'Follow me.' And he got up and followed him. While he was at table at his house, many sinners and tax collectors came and sat with Jesus and his disciples. The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, 'Why does your teacher eat with sinners and tax collectors?' Jesus heard this and said, 'Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of these words: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners." (Matthew 9:9-13)


After the Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, St. Matthew went forth to preach the Gospel. Ancient traditions claim that St. Matthew proclaimed Christ throughout Palestine, Ethiopia, and Persia. St. Matthew was martyred for his apostolic activity. His feast day is celebrated on September 21st. 


From St. Matthew, we learn of the transformative power of encountering Jesus, the continued need for the conversion of hearts, and the desire and zeal to spread the Good News to all people. Like St. Matthew, we are called to proclaim the Gospel, remembering how the Gospel of St. Matthew concludes: "Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded of you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the world" (Matthew 28:19-20) St. Matthew, pray for us! 



Fr. Donald J. Williams





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