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…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  served William Paterson University as director of the Catholic Campus Ministry, the 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 Masses  on Sundays  and served the following parishes:-St. Patrick’s Chatham  8 years-St Rose of Lima, East Hanover, 6 years-Sts Peter & Paul, Hoboken, NJ  4 years-Annunciation, WayneAbout Father Louis Scurti

When he served at the William Paterson Bishop Rodimer Catholic Campus Ministry, Jesus Christ Prince of Peace Chapel Father Louis J. Scurti’s ministerial experiences included:  Campus Ministry, cable television ministry, coordination of volunteer ministries in service to the poor. He taught Western history and Church history at William Paterson University & St. Peter’s University and his favorite, preaching the WORD.                                       Fr Louis Scurti & Santa Anna

As a retired priest he has celebrated at local parishes, within Passaic, Morris & Sussex counties of New Jersey, as well as visiting parishes in other dioceses, including St. Petersburg, FL, & St. Cecelia, Clearwater, FL. He now serves at:   St. John Nepomucene Manhattan, NY, New York Archdiocese & St. Frances St. Frances Cabrini, Roosevelt Island, NYC.  You may sign up to be included on his mailing list, as “Friends of the Word” and comment on his FACEBOOK,  TWITTE, NJ 8 yrs. Once the Jesus Christ Prince of Peace Chapel and Bishop Rodimer Catholic Campus Minisrty Center were completed, Fr Louis Scurti celebrated Masses only at the Chapel where he served the WPUNJ community for 31 years.    An artist, whose paintings, Stations of the Cross, hung on the walls of the chapel until a subsequent campus minister removed and destroyed them. His paintings are, as well, as in many private collections.

Fr Louis Scurti is also a NJ & FL licensed marriage and family therapist, and worked closely with the William Paterson University’s Counseling, Health, and Wellness Center. The volunteer programs Father Lou has initiated at the University included: -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, Paterson, NJ-the North Jersey Developmental Center, Totowa, NJ and-Eva’s Kitchen Paterson, NJ

Associate Campus Ministers, Tom DiMicelli & Joanne De Pasquale with Catholic Campus Ministry Students at Preakness Nursing Home

MEMORIES-Fr Scurti’s Chalice, In Memory of the Scurti & Alaimo Families. 1850 Hildesheim, Germany. Chalice being presented to FrLouis by his parents, Frank &R ose Scurtiat his First Masss, Holy Rosary, JerseyCity, NJ Dec.9,1973

Father English Community Center, Paterson, NJ Fr Louis interviewing Carlos Roldan , Campus Minister, Matt Shields, Crazy Susan’s Cookies *his cousin, with Santa Anna, his Mascot.

Christmas Eve, Neumann Prep, prior to Chapel construction

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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.

Preaching at the Shrine of Fatima, Portugal>

His degrees include: B.A. in Philosophy from Seton Hall University                                                                                  Interviewing Classmate Vinnie McMahon, Faculty Member, SHU Prep

MLA in lLiberal aArts from Johns Hopkins University

M.A. Master of Fine Arts from Montclair State University       

Educational Specialist degree in Marriage and Family Mediation from La Salle University.

Ph.D. in Marriage & Family Therapy from the Department of Psychology and Human Services of Seton Hall University.

He is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in NJ & FL.                                                      


Father Louis Scurti was honored with the Haledon Rotary Club’s 2005 Community Service Award.
In 2009 the Passionists honored Fr. Lou with the “Passionist  Presence Award” . 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:

  1. “The Arnold Speert Students First Award”, May 2010
  2. “Outstanding Greek Advisor” award, May 2010
  3. Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (DHL) William Paterson Commencement by the William Paterson University Board of Directors, May 30, 2010
  4. Sabbatical Work: studied Italian and Islamic Studies as part of his sabbatical.
  5. February, 2011 Father Scurti was granted his early retirement as a priest of the Diocese of Paterson.
    1. He now continues his ministry at parishes throughout the country, and as he travels.

 with St Theresa of Calcutta,

Chaplain at the North Jersey Developmental Center, Totowa, (closed in 2014)


Chaplain of the Haledon & North Haledon Police Departments >

  1. Marriage & Family Therapist in Wyckoff, NJ, Mountain Lakes, NJ & Via Telehealth. He site: (drscurtimarriageandfamily.webs.com)
  2. He also continues his painting and sculpture (http://paintingsbylouscurti.)
  3. Father Scurti’s Evangelization Ministry continues via his web site:   friendsoftheword.org

Visiting with his dear friend, Sr. Ascenza Tizzano, MPF, Mother General of the Maestri Pie Filippini, in Rome, New Years Day, 2023

Father Scurti’s present mission is to share the Word, Jesus, through his preaching ministry.  His presentations on his web site are taken from celebrations of Mass, special events and the Weekday Word.  We invite you to support his Ministry: Paypal.me/FriendsoftheWord. You may contact him at:  Friends of the Word, inc. P.O. Box 7994 Haledon, NJ 0753                                                                                   

Greetings from the Family!