New Windsor - Over two thousand people gathered at the Meadowbrook Lodge in celebration of Reverend William A. Scafidi’s 25th anniversary last Sunday.
Rev. Scafidi, better known as Father Bill, is currently the Pastor of the Church of St. Mary in Newburgh, N.Y. He was born and raised in Kingston, and lived there with his parents, William and Frances, along with his three sisters, Martha, Frances, and Mary. He graduated from Kingston High School, received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts from St. John Fisher, Rochester, NY, continuing on to the SUNY Continuing Education Program at New Paltz, N.Y., attended St. Joseph’s Seminary at Dunwoodie. From 1978-1980 he was in the Air Force Chaplain Candidate Program receiving an Honorable Discharge. In 1982 he served as a Deacon at St. Anthony’s in Nanuet prior to being ordained to the Priesthood at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in New York City on November 5, 1983.
Following his ordination, Father Bill was assigned to Sacred Heart Parish in Newburgh, as Parochial Vicar for six and a half years. During his tenure at Sacred Heart Father Bill received his Masters in Special Education from Mount St. Mary College.
Following this first assignment Father Bill served for three years as Parochial Vicar at St. Margaret of Antioch Church in Pearl River, before being asked by Cardinal John J. O’Connor to serve as Master of Ceremonies at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in New York City.
In May, 1996, Father Bill was asked to become Administrator of St. Mary’s Parish in Newburgh, and on June 28, 1998, he was installed as Pastor by Monsignor George Valastro, Vicar of Orange County.
As Pastor of St. Mary’s, Father Bill serves as Chaplain to the St. Mary’s Seniors, St. Mary’s Youth Group, U.N.I.C.O. and is Chaplain and Lifetime Member of the Knights of Columbus #444. He is also Spiritual Director of the Catholic War Veterans as well as Founder and current President of Trestle, Inc.
Father Bill was the Celebrant for the Tenth Anniversary Mass of UNICO Park and former President of the Greater Newburgh Ministerial Association. He spearheaded and chaired the Martin Luther King Jr. Monument Project for the City of Newburgh.
Presently Father Bill serves as Commissioner for the Human Rights Committee and Treasurer and Commissioner of the Newburgh Housing Authority. He is a member of the Greater Newburgh Ministerial Association, the Elks and Kiwanis. Father Bill serves as the caretaker for the People’s Garden, an urban garden located in the City of Newburgh.
As he begins his thirteenth year as Pastor of St. Mary, he looks back at the pastoral assignments with appreciation for all the support and prayers of the faith communities, Catholic and Non-Catholic.