May 30, 2014 — (Wilmington, Delaware) — The Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, has named Rev. James Nash as the new pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Easton, Maryland and its mission churches, St. Joseph Church in Cordova, Maryland and St. Michaels Church in St. Michael’s Maryland, effective June 25, 2014. Fr. Nash replaces the Rev. Robert Coine who has served as pastor since 1999 and is retiring.
Born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1962, Fr. Nash attended St. Mark’s High School in Wilmington and the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware and studied theology at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. Fr. Nash was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert Mulvee in 1994.
Fr. Nash has served as Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Wilmington and as associate pastor of Holy Family Parish in Newark, Delaware and pastor of Christ Our King Parish in Wilmington. He is currently the pastor at Holy Family Parish.
“I am very excited to be coming to Ss. Peter and Paul/St. Michael/St. Joseph Parish,” Fr. Nash said. “I love the Eastern Shore and I am looking forward to serving the people in any way possible. I have learned so much about being a priest from the people of Holy Family in Newark and I know that will help me be a good pastor for the parishioners that I will serve going forward. I ask that the people of my new parish keep me in their prayers as they are definitely in mine as I begin my ministry with them.”
In a recent letter to his parishioners, Fr. Robert Coine said, “To announce my retirement is somewhat incorrect because there is no retirement from priestly ministry. I am a priest, and along with all of my human frailties and weaknesses, will continue to serve the church until my last days on earth.” Fr. Coine will be relocating to the Ocean City, Maryland area.
More information about Ss. Peter and Paul Church, St. Joseph Mission Church, St. Michael’s Mission Church and their ministries is available at www.ssppeaston.org.
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 57 parishes, 18 missions and 30 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. There are over 233,000 Catholics in the diocese. Information about the diocese is available at www.cdow.org on the Internet.
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