Our community is fortunate to be served by the following ordained clergy:
- Father Michael J. Lee, O. Praem, Pastor
- Father Carl Braschoss, O. Praem, Parochial Vicar
- Deacon John Lozano
Father Michael Lee
I was born and raised in Saint Gabriel Parish in the Grays Ferry area of South Philadelphia. I attended Saint Gabriel grade school and then went on to high school at Bishop Neumann High School. The school was staffed by the Norbertine Fathers and Brothers. After graduating from Neumann I joined the Norbertine Community and began my novitiate at the then Daylesford Priory located in Paoli, Pennsylvania. I was then sent to Saint Norbert Abbey in De Pere, Wisconsin to complete my novitiate, college and theological education. I graduated from Saint Norbert College in 1966. After graduation, the community assigned me and several other Norbertines from Daylesford Priory to a year of practice teaching at Bishop Neumann High School.
Bishop Gerald Mc Devitt, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, ordained me a priest on May 16th 1970 at Daylesford Abbey. Fathers William Leonard, Joseph Mc Laughlin and Ronald Rossi were also members of that ordination class. After my ordination I completed my graduate studies at Villanova University as well as Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois in 1973. I continued teaching and serving in various areas at Bishop Neumann High School. In 1982 Abbot John E. Neitzel, O.Praem., superior of the Norbertines of Daylesford Abbey asked if I would go to Saint Gabriel Parish (where I was born and raised) and serve as parochial vicar. I served at St. Gabriel Parish for ten years.
Following my first ten years at St. Gabriel, I was appointed principal of Saint John Neumann High School by Abbot John M. Logan, O.Praem. After one year the Archdiocese established a new administrative structure and I was appointed first President of the school. Father Ronald Rossi, O.Praem. (future Abbot of Daylesford ) was Principal.
After a Sabbatical Year for Spiritual Renewal, I returned to Saint Gabriel and after one year was appointed pastor. I had served there for another ten years when Abbot Richard Antonucci, O.Praem. assigned me to become pastor of St. Norbert Parish.
When I left Paoli as a newly ordained priest in 1970, Father Walter Burke, O.Praem. was serving as pastor of St. Norbert. Now I return 40 years later to take on the same role. With the help of all the parishioners and God’s grace I hope to continue the mission and vision of St. Norbert Parish.
Rev. Carl W. Braschoss, O.Praem.
I was born in Morristown, NJ to a Brazilian mother and American Father. I am the 2nd oldest of 5 boys. My family moved to Raleigh, NC for three years before my family settled just north of Philadelphia. I went to Cheltenham High School and then Villanova University where I studied accounting and French.
After spending a few years in corporate accounting, I left the Philadelphia area for a two year period of travel as well as personal and vocational exploration. During this period, I became much more conscious of and committed to my Catholic faith which planted the seed for my desire for to be a religious priest. After returning to Philadelphia, I worked as a demo cook and then a business manager for the Catholic Leadership Institute before joining the Norbertines as a novice in August 2004. Following my profession of simple vows in the Norbertine Community of Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, I studied theology and ministry in Chicago before returning to be ordained a priest on December 18, 2010.
Currently I am enjoying my priestly role as associate pastor which gives me ample opportunity to celebrate God's love for and with the people of St. Norbert Parish in the sacraments. I especially enjoy the celebrating the mass and the sacrament of reconciliation. I also love the variety of the work and how it connects me with so many different people in the parish. I am deeply grateful for God's goodness.
Deacon John Lozano
John Lozano and his wife Helen have been married for 28 years. They have three children and one new son-in-law. John is a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He has been working part-time here at St.Norbert's as the coordinator of adult formation for three years. Prior to coming to St. Norbert's, John was on the Campus Ministry staff at Villanova University for 23 years.
John has worked in retreats, ecumenical Christian fellowships, marriage preparation, development of small faith sharing groups and as a teacher both in High School and in University classes. He loves spending time with his children, gardening, hiking and kayaking. His greatest joy is witnessing someone coming to experience the Love of God in Jesus Christ in their life.