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Meet Our New Pastor

Father Eric Banecker

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May 16, 2024

Dear Parish Family and Friends of SMM,


Please join me in praising God and thanking Archbishop Nelson Pérez for assigning Father Eric Banecker as our pastor. Father will pray with us at our school’s May Procession on Friday, May 17, at 1:30 p.m.

Father Eric has roots in South Philadelphia, where his parents, brother, and sister reside. He attended Epiphany of Our Lord School, Roman Catholic High School for Boys, the University of Pennsylvania, and Saint Charles Seminary. He was ordained by Archbishop Charles Chaput on May 19, 2018.

Currently, Father Eric serves as the pastor of Saint Francis de Sales in Philadelphia. When he took on his role at Saint Francis de Sales, he was asked about his agenda and goals. Father Eric answered: “My response is simply to be a faithful, energetic, and holy priest for all of you who call de Sales home. A great parish is a center of worship, evangelization, and service. If I have any “goals,” they would be to build upon the solid foundations

that have been here long before I was born, which express themselves in worship, evangelization, and service. The good fruits emerge when the Word falls on good soil, as our Lord tells us in the Gospel.”

May God be blessed! Saint Francis de Sales, pray for us!

                                     —Msgr. Ralph

The transition date is June 17, 2024.

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