Staff Member: Very Rev. Joseph Poggemeyer
Very Rev. Joseph Poggemeyer
Fr. Poggemeyer was born in Quebec, Canada and placed into an orphanage run by religious sisters in old Quebec City. After about 2-1/2 years, he was adopted through Catholic social services by Jack and Kit Poggemeyer who lived just outside of Curtice, Ohio. Fr. Poggemeyer attended the University of Michigan obtaining his undergraduate degree in applied linguistics. He then got halfway through his MBA at Eastern Michigan University before deciding to enter seminary. Most of his seminary training happened at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.
Ordained in 1997, his first assignment was four years as Associate Pastor at St. Mary's Parish Sandusky, Ohio. He was then asked to go to Rome to get a doctorate in Biblical Theology, in order to return to the Josephinum to teach. After four years in Rome, Fr. Poggemeyer spent three years on faculty at the Josephinum. He then returned to Toledo as pastor of St Joseph’s Parish Downtown (the Latin Mass parish), and as director of religious formation at Central Catholic High School, as well as teaching several classes at there. After a couple years he was asked to become pastor of Saints Adalbert and Hedwig Parish, which was merged only weeks after his arrival. Finally, after four years with those two downtown Toledo parishes, he was assigned to Divine Mercy Parish of Paulding County.
Having served a full six year term, the bishop assigned him to Saint Wendelin where he became the parish's twenty-third pastor. He also serves as Dean of the Saint Francis Deanery which includes the following parishes: Fostoria, Saint Wendelin; Findlay, Saint Michael the Archangel; North Baltimore, Holy Family; Carey, Our Lady of Consolation; and Upper Sandusky, Transfiguration of the Lord.