Father Scurti's Ministry
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Past Ministry
About Fr Scurti

He will bring you a
message through
which you and all your
household will be

“As I began to speak,
the Holy Spirit came
on them as he had
come on us at the
beginning. Then I
remembered what
the Lord had said:
‘John baptized with
water, but you will be
baptized with the Holy

Acts 11:14-16

...from the catalog of the Legacy Awards Dinner

Born in Jersey City, the Reverend Louis J. Scurti was ordained a Catholic priest in 1973. For thirty-one years, he has served William
Paterson as director of the Catholic Campus Ministry, Bishop Rodimer Catholic Campus Ministry Center (CCMC), and Jesus Christ
Prince of Peace Chapel. He was the host of "The Word: Alive and Well," the Catholic Campus Ministry Communication's flagship
television production, which aired on forty cable networks throughout the country and on his website. Prior to this Father Scurti
served on the faculties of St. Pius High School, Passaic NJ & De Paul High School, Wayne, NJ.  He also celebrated Mass on Sundays
at St. Patrick's Chatham and St Rose of Lima, East Hanover.

An artist whose paintings hang on the walls of the chapel and ministry center, as well as in many private collections, Father Scurti
worked as an adjunct professor both at the University and St. Peter's College in the Fine Arts, Sociology and History Departments.
He is also a NJ & FL licensed marriage and family therapist, and worked closely with the University's Counseling, Health, and
Wellness Center.    

The volunteer programs Father Lou has initiated at the University include the annual Thanksgiving Awareness and Shelter the
Homeless programs, which over the years, have netted tens of thousands of dollars directly to county agencies that feed and house the
poor.  He also initiated outreach programs to Preakness Nursing Home, the North Jersey Developmental Center, and Eva's Kitchen.

A highlight of Father Lou's mission at William Paterson was the construction of the CCMCenter & Jesus Christ Prince of Peace
Chapel & CCMCommunications Center.  Some of the funds came from the  Prepare the Way campaign and personal donations from
Bishop Frank J. Rodimer, to construct the Jesus Christ Prince of Peace Chapel and the Bishop Frank J. Rodimer Catholic Campus
Ministry Center and private donations.

Dedicated in 1999, the chapel and center became an ecumenical gathering place and "home away from home" for University
students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the local community.  Among the special events offered at the chapel were alumni  
& faculty weddings, baptisms, and funerals, biannual healing Masses, the Annual Communion Breakfast, Beefsteak "9/11 Public
Servants Mass" and Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Confirmations, the Universality Masses (celebrating the universal
heritage of Catholicism, in various ethnic languages), memorials, concerts performed by the CCMC Music Ministry and William
Paterson University Music Department students and faculty, Annual Lenten Christian Art Exhibit, and all special events of the
liturgical year.

Father Scurti holds the following academic degrees: B.A. in philosophy from Seton Hall Degree in liberal arts from Johns Hopkins
University; a master of fine arts from Montclair State University; and an Educational Specialist degree in Marriage and Family
Therapy from the School of Psychology and Human Services of Seton Hall University.
In May 2000, Father Lou was awarded his Ph.D. in Family Mediation from
La Salle University.  He is a licensed Marriage & Family  Therapist in NJ & FL.

Father Lou was honored with the
Haledon Rotary Club's 2005 Community Service Award.
In 2009 the Passionists honored Fr. Lou with the "Passionist  Presence Award" and the William Paterson University Board of
Trustees bestowed an
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters on Fr. Lou Scurti, at Commencement, 2010.

The last Mass that Father Scurti celebrated at the Chapel was May 30, 2010,
As the academic year came to a close, Fr. Lou received the following honors from the
William Paterson Community:
“The Arnold Speert Students First Award”, May 2010
“Outstanding Greek Advisor” award, May 2010
And at the William Paterson Commencement he was awarded
An Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (DHL) by the William Paterson
University Board of Directors.
When Father Scurti’s ministry at the Chapel, Center & CCMCommunications
ended May 30, 2010, he studied Italian and Islamic Studies as part of his
sabbatical. In February, 2011 Father Scurti was granted his retirement as a priest of the Diocese of Paterson. He now continues his
ministry at local parishes, until 2014 ,*Chaplain at the North Jersey Developmental Center, Totowa,  Chaplain of the North Haledon
Police Department and his Marriage & Family therapy in Wyckoff, NJ
(www.drscurtimarriageandfamily.webs.com ).
He also continues his painting and sculpture
Internet sites that highlight Fr. Lou’s present and past ministry and work in the community are included his site,
Father Scurti's Evangelization Ministry continues via his web site:  
                                                                                                                                     *NJDC closes
Fr Lou at his
40th Anniversary Mass,
Annunciation, Wayne.
Dec 8, 2013
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