I was born on July 29, 1956, the 4th of 5 children of Michael and Joan (Natale) Matveenko. I lived with my family in the village of Fairview (city of Camden) New Jersey, until I entered the priests’ formation program at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Mahwah, NJ in the fall of 1978. I attended St. Joan of Arc RC School (Grades 1-8) and St. Joseph High School, Camden, graduating in the top 10% of my class in 1974. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with certification to teach secondary social studies from Rutgers University (Camden campus) in 1978 and entered the seminary shortly thereafter.
Upon my ordination on May 29, 1982 I have served as Parochial Vicar of Holy Rosary Parish, Cherry Hill (1982-86), teacher of history and religion at Wildwood Catholic High School and resident at Maris Stella Parish, Avalon (1986-87), and Parochial Vicar at Holy Family Parish, Sewell (1987-91), St. Cecelia Parish, Pennsauken (1991-92), St. Margaret Parish, Woodbury Heights (1992-1997) and Resurrection Parish, Marmora (1997-2002).
In March, 2002 I was appointed Pastor of the Church of the Assumption, Pomona (Galloway Township). During that time, a new church, regional school, rectory and parish center were constructed near the center of Galloway. In 2008 I was appointed Administrator of St. Nicholas Church, Egg Harbor City, in addition to remaining as pastor of Assumption, and tasked with overseeing the eventual merger of the 2 parishes. Upon the retirement of Rev. Msgr. James Tracy in July, 2011 I was appointed Pastor of St. Charles Borromeo. I was reappointed for a second 6 year term starting on July 1, 2017.
My entire life has revolved around the Church and the Catholic faith instilled in me by my parents, family, neighbors, clergy and teachers. I have been blessed in my life as a priest of the Church, especially by all the wonderful people I’ve served in all of my assignments, and I cherish all the relationships I have with them. It was a special blessing to be part of the building of a new Church and School. I am thrilled to be the pastor of such a warm and vibrant faith community here at St. Charles, and look forward to many happy years of ministry among you!