Meet Our Staff
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
1201 E. Bogard Road
Wasilla, Alaska 99654
Phone: (907) 376-5087
Fr Joseph Mc Gilloway
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Director Faith Formation
Deacon Jay Cable
Deacon Dave Schutt
Deacon Jon Hermon
This page has been updated:
October 19, 2016
Fr Joseph distributing the Eucharist at Sacred Heart
Fr. Joseph Mc Gilloway was born in Derry, Ireland. At age 17, he attended a seminary college in Cork but decided to take discernment time. Two years later, he was elected to the governing board of Fine Gael, the largest political party in Ireland. However, his call to the priesthood persisted, and after reading the Rule of St. Benedict, he entered the Order. He continued his studies at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. In 2003, he was ordained.
Fr. Joseph’s work includes teaching at a boys’ secondary school, serving as chaplain to Benedictine nuns at Kylemore Abbey, and assisting in parishes in Talkeetna, Trapper Creek, Dutch Harbor, and Eagle River.
An avid sportsman, Alaska captured his soul and with permission of his Abbot and Archbishop Schwietz, he came to Alaska in 2014. In June 2016, he left the Benedictine Order and became a priest of the Archdiocese of Anchorage.
Sacred Heart welcomes Fr. Joseph as our newest pastor and we look forward to many years of his energy and gifts.