Michael Harkins

Date of Ordination: October 15, 1988
Current Assignment: Retired

I am a “cradle” Catholic. I was born in the middle of the Great Depression and a pre-Vatican II church to parents from Donegal, Ireland in Philadelphia. In those days when people asked, “where are you from” you would answer by saying your parish, mine was Our Lady of Mercy on Broad Street in North Philadelphia. The parish had a convent with twelve Sisters of St. Joseph and they had a great influence on me. I attended Roman Catholic High School for boys. I served four years in the U.S. Navy in the 1950’s and then graduated from LaSalle College. I taught English for three years at Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philadelphia. All of this had a great influence on my spiritual life.

I am married for 50 years to Rosemary, a coal miner’s daughter from Scranton, Pa. We have three children; Michael, David (Lisa), Christa Long (Dan), David is presently in Diaconate formation in the Camden Diocese. All are faithful parishioners of Our Lady of Hope Parish, Blackwood where we have resided for 40 years.

I was ordained on October 15, 1988 by Bishop George Guilfoyle. The greatest influence on my spiritual journey has been Thomas Merton, and I am grateful to everyone along the journey who got me here.