O. PRAEM, PASTOR
Father Steven J. Albero
Fr. Steve was born in South Philadelphia, attended Bishop Neumann High School, and entered Daylesford Abbey upon graduation.
As a high school student, Fr. Steve felt called to helping disadvantaged children and received a BA in Special Education from LaSalle University.
In his Norbertine study, he received an MA in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University and a Master of Divinity degree from Washington Theological Union.
Prior to coming to St. Norbert’s, he worked in counseling at Catholic Social Services, was a teacher at Archmere Academy, a guidance counselor at Sts. Neumann and Goretti High School and a campus minister at Immaculata University.
Fr. Steve was Prior of Daylesford Abbey and was instrumental in the launching of AbbeyFest on the grounds of the Abbey in 2014.
Before becomming Pastor of St. Norbert’s, Fr. Steve served as our Parochial Vicar for a year and was installed as our new Pastor on December 2, 2018.
“St. Norbert’s is truly an Amazing Parish and I look forward to continuing our journey of forming Fervent Disciples for Jesus Christ,” said Fr. Steve.
O. PRAEM, PAROCHIAL VICAR
Father James C. Rodia
Fr. Rodia was born and raised in South Philly’s St. Richard’s parish.
As a student at Saint John Neumann High School (then a boys school and now Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School), Fr. Rodia felt a calling to the priesthood. “There were Franciscans, diocesan priests and European congregation priests. But one thing that attracted me to the white robed Norbertines was Community. When I asked the other priests what they did for Christmas, birthdays and holidays, they said they just stayed in their rooms. When I asked the Norbertines, they said they celebrated with their brothers in community.
He was ordinated in 1972 and served at Neumann High School for 20 years as a counselor for course selection, taught psychology, scripture, history, morality, current events and was the school chaplain.
Following Neumann, he served in several parishes including St. Richard’s where we was born and baptized and in recent years St. Monica’s in South Philly.
This is Fr. Rodia’s third assignment at St. Norbert’s. He served with Fr. Walter Burke; Fr. John Joseph during Fr. Domenic Rossi’s and Fr. Maurice Avacoli’s sabbatical years; and now with Fr. Steve.
John Lozano and his wife Helen have been married for 28 years. 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.
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.
John has recently published a new book: “Becoming A Fervent Disciple: Practical Tools For Developing A Deeper, Daily Relationship With Jesus” available from Twenty-Third Publications: Learn More
Steve and Terry Martino were married at St. Isaac Joques in 1996 and became parishioners at St. Norbert the following year. Steve and Terry have one daughter, Olivia Jude.
Steve has spent his professional life in the field of advertising as a writer and creative director. In 2010, he started his own company, a brand consultancy serving clients in the health sector.
Over the years, he has served in many areas of ministry, including separated and divorced, prayer and healing, and small group ministry.
Deacon Steve was ordained by Archbishop Chaput in 2018. He holds a bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in theology from St. Charles Seminary.
Deacon Hank was ordained in 2020.