Get To Know Our Pastor,
Father Jerry Wild...
Fr. J. Jerome Wild was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1981 by John Cardinal Krol.
Fr. Wild’s first assignment was Assumption BVM Church in Feasterville, PA from 1981- 1985. In addition to serving as the Parochial Vicar at the parish Father also served as a chaplain at Archbishop Wood High School and served on the Archdiocesan Metropolitan Tribunal.
In 1985, Cardinal Krol, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, assigned Fr. Wild
to post-graduate studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome,
in Italy to pursue a degree in Moral Theology. Fr. Wild completed this
S.T.L. degree in 1988 and returned to priestly ministry in the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Throughout his ministry as a priest, Fr. Wild has taught Theology and various courses in Christian Ethics at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Gwynedd Mercy University and Villanova University. In addition, Father has served in various positions of priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as a Parochial Vicar, Campus Minister at Temple University, Parochial Administrator and Pastor.
Fr. Wild received the assignment to Pastor of St Teresa of Avila Parish in Norristown in 2012.
Fr. Wild considers the parish to be the privileged place where the faithful concretely experience the Church. Each parish is a worshiping community of faith. It is where the Gospel is preached, the sacraments are celebrated and where most people learn what is means to be a Christian community.
Fr. Wild is fully committed to continuing to lead
St. Teresa of Avila Parish as it’s spiritual leader and to helping parishioners to grow in their discipleship and become more fully, living walking witnesses to Jesus. This involves helping individuals and families to acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus. It involves further the ratifying of that faith sacramentally, especially in the faithful and reverent celebration of the Holy Eucharist and in committing themselves thereby to membership and mission for the sake of the Kingdom of God, the rule of God’s love in history.
As the Parish of St. Teresa of Avila celebrates the centenary of its founding as a parish community, Fr. Wild invites all parishioners to commit themselves to being “living stones” of this faith community. This means the ongoing work of building a parish foundation on the pillars of reverencing God’s holy Word, worship, community building and service in the name of Jesus Christ, our brother and our Risen Lord.