REV. JAMES DONALD HREHA was born in Darby, Pennsylvania. He received his early education at St. Pius X School and Devon Preparatory School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began his studies for the priesthood at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, Philadelphia, PA. Upon graduation he pursued a career in law enforcement as a Correctional Officer at the Chester County Prison. He returned to his studies for the priesthood for the Diocese of Wilmington. He completed theological formation at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland and was ordained on November 7, 1987 at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Wilmington, Delaware by Bishop Robert E. Mulvee. He was first assigned as associate pastor at St. Elizabeth Church, Wilmington, Delaware. In 1990 he was transferred to be the associate pastor at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Wilmington, Delaware. In 1992 he was appointed chaplain to the Delaware Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware and in 1997 he was assigned as associate pastor to St. Peter the Apostle Church, New Castle, Delaware. In June 2000 he was assigned as associate pastor at St. Edmond’s Parish in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware with special Pastoral Care of St. Jude Mission. On November 30, 2002 St. Jude Mission was erected as St. Jude The Apostle Parish by Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli and Rev. James Hreha was appointed the founding pastor where he served until being assigned to St. Polycarp Parish in Smyrna, DE in June of 2015. In the summer of 2017, Fr. Jim was appointed Pastor of St. Dennis in Galena, Maryland (effective September 8, 2017) in addition to his assignment at St. Polycarp. Thank you, Fr. Jim, for all you do to shepherd our flocks in building the Kingdom of God!
DEACON CHARLES ROBINSON (retired) was born in Staten Island, New York. He retired from the Fire Department City of New York after 21 years of service. He was ordained as a deacon on November 18, 2000 by Bishop Saltarelli and was assigned to St. Polycarp Parish in Smyrna, Delaware. He pursued and obtained his Masters Degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Neumann College. Deacon Charles and his wife, Maureen, have been wonderful examples of living lives of service to others.
Deacon Charlie went home to God on April 24, 2021. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on June 23, 2021, 6:30pm, at St. Polycarp. Deacon Charlie will always be remembered for his years of service to our parish and for his example of devotion to God and love of others. He will be missed.
DEACON FRANK WEBER
A Deacon’s Grateful Reflection:
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor 1:3)
This familiar & heartfelt greeting from the beginning of St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, is offered for all of you, along with my sincerest best wishes and the blessings of Our Lord’s providential care upon this beautiful faith community of St. Polycarp Parish.
Allow me to introduce myself; I’m Deacon Frank Weber, and I’m the “new kid in town,” actually a newly-minted resident, with my wife Debbie, of the beautiful “Diamond state.” We recently migrated from the land of Sinatra & Springsteen, the Sopranos and “the Pinelands,” and…. high taxes!
Although Debbie and I spent almost 28 years in NJ and loved it, our roots are “Philly”, and we still enjoy everything” Philly;” the cheesesteaks, the hoagies, the scrapple and of course the sport teams. I bleed green & silver, red & white, black & orange and red, white & blue! It feels comforting to be back in “more familiar & friendly…. environs” after spending many years in the NY metro area. Truth be told, I wouldn’t have change it for the world. God always has a plan for your life; it’s up to you to make it the very best you can.
It’s said life is a book, some chapters are sad, some are happy, and some are exciting, but if you never turn the page, you will never know what the next chapter has in store for you.
My wife Debbie and I were blessed to have made many friends and were blessed to be part of a beautiful faith community in NJ, that I was honored to serve as a deacon for nearly 13 years.
But I have turned the page and ready for the next chapter. I’m looking forward to forming new friendships and thrilled that I’ve been afforded the opportunity to continue my diaconate ministry of serving the Lord in word, sacrament and charity in the Diocese of Wilmington.
More importantly I’m blessed to be assigned & honored to serve the faithful of this wonderful faith community, here at St. Polycarp. I’m thrilled to assist Fr. Jim, Deacon Charlie, the parish staff and the wonderful volunteers of ministry, in assisting to build up this faith community. Be assured of my prayers and humble service, as together we will continue to lead the faithful of St Polycarp to a more meaningful relationship with Christ and embrace more fully & lovingly, his “Good News.”
Please feel free to introduce yourselves to me. I truly look forward to meeting all of you!
Let me conclude with this Old Testament blessing: “The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace! Amen.
Yours in Christ,