"Let Your tender word wear a hole in the hardness of our hearts ; so as we hear Your Word frequently our hearts will be opened to rightly fear God." From the Desert fathers.
Come and worship with us! Fr. Jim Petroccione is our Priest and Rev. Ken Boccino, is our Deacon
From the Rev. Jim Petroccione Jan. 2023 I am so excited to be back home once again! What a great homecoming! The Church of the Saviour was the first Episcopal Church, in the Diocese of Newark, that my husband Mark and I became members. We had just moved to NJ from Memphis, TN and we were drawn to the openness, the acceptance and the sense of family that are still core values here at the Church of the Saviour. I’m so glad some things never change! The Church of the Saviour was also my sponsoring parish, on my journey to ordination to the priesthood. I will always be grateful for all the encouragement and support I received to move forward in the process.
Since those early years I have served at St. Mary’s, Sparta twice (once as a Pastoral Assistant the other as an Associate), St. Stephen’s, Millburn, St. John’s, Ramsey, All Saints, Orange and the Church of the Holy Communion, Norwood. Yes, I have certainly made “the rounds” in our Diocese. I am also considered a bi-vocational cleric, (I think the only one worldwide) who simultaneously works as both a parish priest and a Flight Attendant. I joined United Airlines in the mid 80’s and still enjoy flying a few international trips each month.
I believe with all of my heart, as I did before the pandemic and so many changes to the ways we approach "church", that God is good, and a relationship with God is one of the most life-giving, life-sustaining things we can do for ourselves. I am not saying this because I am a Priest. I say this because I believe it is true.
That said, if you are looking for a community of faith, come and join us. If you need some time to just “come and be”…come and be. Find the rest, the sanctuary or the healing you may seek. Or come and join one of our exciting ministries. There's something for everyone. If you or a loved one are in need of prayer, simply ask! If you need a Pastor, Priest or friend, please call. Please know, wherever you are in your journey of faith, you are always welcome here at the Church of the Saviour. Although a lot has changed in recent years, our sense of family, acceptance and welcome has never changed. God's Peace, Fr. Jim+
From the Rev. Ken Boccino, Oct. 2020 Hello, I'm Deacon Ken Boccino and am very excited to be serving the COTS Parish Family as your Deacon! I'd like to thank you all for your warm reception I've received and look forward to meeting everyone in person or virtually!
I was ordained to the Diaconate in May 2015 and served at St. George's in Maplewood during that time. My family are members of St. Peter's, Morristown, where my wife, Nerissa, currently serves as Senior Warden. I am involved with the Diocese where I serve as the Documents Chair for the Committee on the Priesthood (Commission on Ministry) and as Chair of the Marge Christie Fund for Congregational Vitality. I am also an Associate at the Community of St. John the Baptist in Medham. I volunteer as the Board Treasurer for First Friends of NJ & NY, a social service non-profit organization which provides support to detainees and asylum seekers in the 4 ICE Detention Centers located in NJ.
My weekday job, I am a Finance Program Manager at Verizon in their Business Excellence Group. Nerissa and I are long-time residents of Maplewood. Joshua, our son, is a recent graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and is working there for an engineering company. Alaina, our daughter is a recent graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA and works in northern NJ in sourcing for a large children's retail apparel company.
My warmest thanks to Rev. George Wong, the Wardens and Vestry for the invitation to serve at The Church of the Saviour. I look forward to our journey together in ministry and to see where and who God may be calling us to be in these interesting times! Faithfully, Rev. Deacon Ken Boccino