Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Reverend Joseph T. Gilbert 1953-2008

Reverend Joseph T. Gilbert, Chaplain of Holy Cross High School, Scranton and Dunmore and a resident at St. James Parish in Jessup, died suddenly on Sunday, April 20, 2008.

Father Gilbert, son of Joseph R. and Mae Esposito Gilbert, was born in Scranton on December 3, 1953. He completed his early educational studies at Lafayette Elementary School and West Scranton Senior High School, Scranton. He graduated from St. Pius X Seminary, Dalton, the University of Scranton and Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, New York, where he completed his studies for the priesthood.

Father Gilbert was ordained to the priesthood on September 1, 1979, in Saint Peter's Cathedral, Scranton, by the Most Reverend J. Carroll McCormick, D.D., late Bishop of Scranton. Father served as an assistant pastor at Our Lady of Snows, Clarks Summit, St. Matthew's, East Stroudsburg, St. Mary's, Old Forge, SS. Peter and Paul, Towanda, Sacred Heart-St. John the Evangelist, Wilkes-Barre and St. Peter's, Wellsboro.

Father Gilbert served as Director of Religious Formation at Bishop Neumann High School, Williamsport and Seton Catholic High School, Pittston. During his years of school work Father Gilbert was a resident at St. John the Evangelist, Pittston, St. Luke's, Jersey Shore, Ascension and Annunciation, Williamsport and St. Mary, Help of Christians, Pittston. He also resided at St. Mary's, Swoyersville and Sacred Heart of Jesus, Wilkes-Barre. He was Pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Elkland. Father Gilbert also served as Dean of Tioga County from 2005 through 2006.

In addition to his parents he is survived by a sister, Elaine Davitt and husband Martin, a brother, James and his wife, Susan, all of Scranton and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Esposito and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ciliberti.

Viewing will take place at Saint Peter's Cathedral Rectory, 315 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, on Thursday, April 24, 2008, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Transferal will be celebrated at Saint Peter's Cathedral, Thursday Evening, April 24, at 7:00 p.m., with the Reverend John V. Polednak, Dean, presiding.

A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Joseph F. Martino, D.D., Hist., E.D., Bishop of Scranton, on Friday, April 25, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. in Saint Peter's Cathedral, Scranton. Viewing will also take place in Saint Peter's Cathedral, Friday morning, prior to the 10:00 a.m. Funeral Mass. Interment will be in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was recently made aware of the passing of REV Joesph. I'm deeply sadden to of hear of the passing of my childhood priest one who was such a great roll model for all of my youth, young adulthood, and even as an adult. He has provided me with un-remarkable spiritual guidance. I called him father and was very proud to have him as one of my roll models. I looked up and respected Rev. Joseph Gilbert, He has truly changed my life even now as I am a successful adult. I thank you for making such an impact on my life and credit you to much of my own success. You will be missed forever. Rest assure apart of your legacy will continue to move forward. May you sit at the right hand of the father as I in time pass look forward to meeting you once again.

Best regards and may you rest in peace my dear friend, my father, my roll model. To remarkable priest.