About Father Louis Scurti

imageFather Louis J. Scurti’s ministerial experiences include:  Campus Ministry, cable television ministry, coordination of volunteer ministries in service to the poor, teaching art, history and church history on university campuses and his favorite, preaching the WORD!

Many of these past areas of ministry are included on this site, for your information. As a retired priest  he celebrates at local parishes, within Passaic, Morris & Sussex counties of New Jersey, as well as visiting parishes in other dioceses.

You may sign up to be included on his mailing list, as “Friends of the Word” and comment on his FACEBOOK,   TWITTER and YOUTUBE pages.  He  would enjoy hearing from you.

Please pray to and thank the Holy Spirit as we spread the Word. The  Holy Spirit  has been with his ministry
and  remains with the Church as Father Scurti continues to preach the word, and keep it, “ALIVE & WELL”, Check out our pages daily: www.FRIENDSOFTHEWORD.ORG

Fr Lou celebrating Mass at the Catacomb of St. Callistus, Rome

…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, 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. 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
  • Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (DHL) William Paterson Commencement by the William Paterson University Board of Directors, May 30, 2010
  • Sabbatical Work: studied Italian and Islamic Studies as part of his sabbatical.
  • February, 2011 Father Scurti was granted his early retirement as a priest of the Diocese of Paterson.
  • He now continues his ministry at local parishes and as he travels, to various parishes
  • Chaplain at the North Jersey Developmental Center, Totowa, (closed in 2014)
  • Chaplain of the North Haledon Police Department
  • Marriage & Family therapy in Wyckoff, NJ (www.drscurtimarriageandfamily.webs.com )
  • He also continues his painting and sculpture (http://paintingsbylouscurti.)
  • Father Scurti’s Evangelization Ministry continues via his web site:  www.friendsoftheword.org
  • Chaplain of the Haledon, NJ Police Dept.DSC_9284-001
  • *NJDC closes

Father Scurti’s present mission is to share the Word, Jesus, through his preaching ministry.  His presentations on his web site are taken from his celebrations of Mass, special events and the Weekday Word.  We invite you to support the ministry, for supplies, technology improvement and advertising. Go to his home page to support his ministry via PayPal or contacting him at: Friends of the Word, inc. P.O. Box 7994 Haledon, NJ 07538.


Of course Fr Louis Scurti’s ‘sidekick’ Santa’Anna is always with him! Check her out: https://www.friendsoftheword.org/2016/04/26/a-bit-of-levity-santaanna-goes-thru-the-drive-thru/


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    • Louise A. Micci on December 27, 2015 at 3:13 pm
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    Hi Father Lou: I was able to listen to your beautiful homily on Christmas Day. I like when a priest talks longer where so many people are ready to be done. I have been friends with the Zecca’s for over thirty years, so I am visiting their house for a few days. I arrived on Wednesday and am leaving Monday. I live in Wallington and my church is Carlstadt Christian Assembly. Formerly a parish member of Saint Joseph’s in East Rutherford, NJ. I am a teacher assistant for slow learners and health issues in the Rutherford district. I met Mrs. Zecca when her daughter was going to the Montessori school in East Rutherford and the rest is History. I write a lot of poetry and recite at my church and the school where I attend.
    When I heard you speak I said to my friends that you looked and talked just liked Tony Orlando.Well thank you for sending out a beautiful Christmas message. May God continue to let your light shine as you share the Good News with everyone.

  1. Dear Father Louie Scurti,

    I can’ even believe I am writing to you….My name is Maria Restivo (nee Bonini) of Jersey City, NJ.
    I was married to Joe Restivo and had a son David who is now 43…..Rutherford

    We have had our share of family problems that could fill a ball stadium we need all the prayers we can get.. Joe owes a restaurant in NYC called Restivo’s….he is ill, our son is with him…..Maryanne passed away 4 yrs ago,,,,I really loved her. am close to her kids…….I believe the Dear Lord is guiding me in writing to you. Joe’s # is 646 752-8864…..he would absolutely love to have you come to his restaurant (Very delicious Italian cuisine)
    ……..I can’t continue…I am crying so much. Pray for all of us, please.

    With all my

    1. great hearing from you. call me

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