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Susan Marie Schessler

Deacon 2014

Priest 2015

Susan M. Schessler holds a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from Providence College in Rhode Island. She is a New Jersey Certified teacher in the areas of Elementary Education and English.  Susan taught elementary grades in New Jersey and Alabama before becoming the first Director of Religious Education in the Archdiocese of Newark NJ.  As DRE she ministered in two parishes and was on the Staff of the Religious Education Center in the Archdiocese of Newark when Youth Ministry was introduced after Vatican Council II.  She also served as liaison to the Directors of Religious Education in the Archdiocese.  While residing and participating in the work of Genesis Farm in Blairstown NJ,  Susan served on the staff of the Northeast Center for Youth Ministry housed in Paterson, NJ.  Realizing the call to serve the poor in the inner-city of Newark NJ, Susan served as principal of an alternative junior high school founded and  sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, NJ.  On leaving parish ministry Susan took a position with the public school system in East Orange NJ serving as mentor to over 25 alternate route teachers.  At the closing of that position Susan retired and now serves the people of Newark, NJ as a volunteer Director of Development with Future Potential Youth OutCry Foundation Inc./The H.U.B.B. (Help Us Become Better) an organization that strives to help youth and adults achieve their God-given potential.  Susan’s call to priesthood is about oneness with God, celebration and service.


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