OC Catholic pastor celebrating last Masses here this weekend

The Rev. John Miller (left), pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Oil City, talks with parishioners last weekend at a gathering held to say goodbye to him before he moves to a new parish. The “Bittersweet Sunday” events were held in the church garage after each of the St. Joseph Masses last weekend, and parishioners wished Miller well before he moves next week to become the new pastor of parishes in Hermitage and Sharpsville.

The Rev. John L. Miller will celebrate his final Masses as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Oil City today and Sunday before moving to a new assignment. Last weekend, the parish held “Bittersweet Sunday” gatherings to bid him farewell. The Erie Catholic Diocese announced Miller will become the pastor of Notre Dame Parish in Hermitage and St. Bartholomew Parish in Sharpsville starting July 9. The Rev. Richard J. Allen will replace him at St. Joseph and St. Venantius in Rouseville. Miller, who has served in Oil City for seven and a half years, expressed gratitude for his time there, calling it a privilege and part of God’s plan. Parishioner Kim Fornof praised Miller’s kindness, care for the community, and dedication to his pastoral duties, including visiting the sick and connecting with parishioners. Miller is also known for his love of baking and sharing desserts.


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