Welcome to all of you who find your way to our parish of Saint Joseph’s Monastery. We are a vibrant and welcoming parish located in the Irvington community of Southwest Baltimore. For over 155 years, we have been a spiritual oasis for those seeking to deepen their relationship with the Lord with the help of a supportive community. Our parish was founded by a religious community of priests and brothers known as the Passionist. The Passionist served here until 2014 when the parish welcomed its first diocesan priest as their Pastor.
The parish to this day maintains a strong connection to Passionist spirituality which is centered on the redemptive passion and suffering of Jesus. We believe that we must be a healing presence to all whose crosses are heavy. Our parish is located in Baltimore City, where many of our brothers and sisters’ shoulders are carrying heavy crosses. The crosses of addiction, poverty and violence are just a few of the crosses so many carry each day. Without question, we are right where God wants us and where we can do the most good.
We are keenly aware that our city of Baltimore is facing many challenges. Crime and violence here make the news every day. This reality has its impact on business, restaurants, and yes – even churches. People question, is it safe to come to mass in the city? My response is, you will be as safe as you are anywhere else! For our part, we strive to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all parishioners and visitors. The area around our beautiful church is well lit as is our new paved parking lot.
Saint Joseph’s Monastery Parish is a stabilizing anchor in the community. We, along with the other churches and other institutions such as Mount Saint Joseph High School, Saint Agnes Hospital and the Irvington Community Association, work together to better the quality of life in the community.
I would like to offer you two invitations. The first is to reflect on our statement on inclusivity. This statement expresses who we are as a community of faith and is our welcome to all! The second invitation is to come visit us. Experience the warmth of our community, the joy of our liturgies and tour our beautiful church.
Father Mike Murphy
Father Mike, who grew up in the neighborhood and served the parish as an altar boy, graduated from the nearby Mount St. Joseph High School. He became pastor in the spring of 2014. Before becoming pastor, Father Mike served on the faculty of Mount Saint Joseph High School for 20 years. He continues to serve the school as its chaplain. It has been very rewarding for him to serve these two institutions, both of which has had a profound impact on his life and vocation.