Assignment Record– Rev. Philip A. Mathews

Summary of Case: Philip A. Mathews was a Camden NJ priest, ordained in 1967. He assisted in Berlin, Laurel Springs and
Margate parishes before going on a leave of absence in 1973, which was his status until 1978. His whereabouts during that
time and beyond are unknown.

Ordained: 1967

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Camden bishop was Celestine Joseph Damiano (1960-1967), followed by George Henry Guilfoyle (1968-1989).

1970 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Berlin NJ 3/3, 2/2 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel had a school with 691-720 students.
1970 1971 St. Lawrence's Laurel Springs NJ Assistant  
1971 1972 Blessed Sacrament Margate NJ 4/4 Blessed Sacrament had a school with 291 students.
1972 1973         Mathews is indexed in the 1973 Directory as at 1845 Haddon Ave., Camden, which was the address for chancery offices.
1973 1978 Leave of Absence       Mathews is last indexed in the 1978 Directory.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons 1968-1978)

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

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This assignment record was last updated on January 17, 2016.