Father Joseph J. Miele
Father Joseph J. Miele
Father Joseph J. Miele, a retired priest of the Diocese, died Oct. 13 at age 97.

Funeral services will be held Oct. 21 in St. Denis Church, 90 Union Ave., Manasquan. Visitation will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial following at 7.

Father Miele was born in August 1925 in South Philadelphia and he was the son of John and Anna Irene (Passalaqua) Miele. He attended Our Lady of the Rosary School and West Philadelphia Catholic School for Boys, graduating in 1943.

Following his graduation from high school, he entered the Navy and received his basic training at the Sampson Naval Training Station, Sampson, N.Y. He attended the Wentworth Institute in Boston and trained as an engineer, ultimately being assigned to the USS Augusta CA31 where he was stationed in its generator room as an electrician’s mate. During his enlistment, the USS Augusta served as an Atlantic Fleet flagship in the Normandy Invasion, the Invasion oof Southern France and transported President Harry S. Truman to the Potsdam Conference.

Following his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1946, Father Miele returned to Philadelphia and began studies in La Salle College (now University), graduating with a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting in 1949. He entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, Pa., and completed his studies in Our Lady of the Angels Seminary, Niagara University, Niagara, N.Y.

Father Miele was ordained a priest by Bishop George W. Ahr May 26, 1956 in St. Anthony Church, Hamilton. As parochial vicar he served in St. Ann Parish, Raritan, (now in the Metuchen Diocese); St. Joachim Parish, (now part of Our Lady of the Angels Parish), Trenton; St. Mary Mount Virgin Parish, New Brunswick (now in the Metuchen Diocese); St. Mary Parish, Deal, (now part of Our Lady of Hope Parish, West Long Branch), and St. Joseph Parish, North Plainfield.

In September 1971, Bishop Ahr assigned Father Miele to full-time studies at Fordham University, N.Y., where he earned a master’s degree in religious studies. After graduating from Fordham in May 1972, Father Miele was named the founding pastor of St. Anselm Parish, Wayside, where he served for 12 years until he was transferred to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Seaside Heights (now part of St. Junipero Serra Parish, Seaside Park), where he served as pastor from 1984 until 1991. On Jan. 11, 1991, Bishop John C. Reiss appointed Father Miele as pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Red Bank, where he spearheaded the construction of the new parish center, established a parish pastoral council and implemented social concerns ministries.

Father Miele retired as pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish Jan. 15, 1999 and continued to serve as a weekend assistant in several parishes including St. Denis Parish. Other assignments he has held include serving on the Second Vatican Council Liturgical Commission for the Diocese.

In addition to his parents, Father Miele was predeceased by a brother. He is survived by several cousins and their families.

Father Miele will be buried in St. Catharine Mausoleum, 1100 West Chicago Blvd., Sea Girt, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Denis Building & Maintenance Fund, 90 Union Ave., Manasquan, N.J. 08736