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Immaculate Conception BVM Church

602 West Avenue
Jenkintown, PA  19046


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Biographies of Clergy
Rev. Joseph E. Howarth 
We welcome Rev. Joseph E. Howarth as the new Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish.  We wish Father Howarth many days and years of health, happiness and holiness as he shepherds our flock. We look forward to his leadership in helping us fulfill the call of our Baptism as he fulfills the call of his priesthood.  We hope and pray that the love and support that he will receive from our parish will fill his heart with joy.

Rev. Charles J. Sullivan
We also welcome with great joy Father Charles Sullivan to residence at our parish.  Father Sullivan is Pastor Emeritus of St. Bernard Parish in Philadelphia and intends to play an active role in parish life both sacramentally and socially.
Deacon Alvin A. Clay was ordained to the Diaconate on June 9, 2002 by Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua and was assigned to Immaculate Conception. He and his wife Kathy have been parishioners since 1992, when they moved with their seven children from Delaware County to Bryn Athyn.  In addition to his service to our parish, Deacon Clay assists the Archbishop at many liturgical celebrations at the cathedral. He also serves on the Archbishop’s Finance Council and has been a member of a number of other Archdiocesan boards and committees over the years.  He serves the world church through his position as Treasurer and board member of the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

Deacon Clay, one of ten children, graduated from Cardinal O’Hara High School and received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Villanova University. He has had a long career in Accounting, Investments and Financial Planning. Over the past 20 years he has served as CEO of two different trust companies and board member of many charitable organizations.
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