Rev. Joseph Scordo, OP
Born and brought up in the northern suburbs of New York City, Fr. Scordo began his college education at Providence College in Providence, RI. After two years he entered the Novitiate for the Province of St. Joseph in the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). He did his studies of Philosophy at St Stephen’s in Dover, MA and his Theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. Ordained in June of 1969, Fr. Scordo went on to parochial ministry for almost 20 years serving as Parochial Vicar, Pastor, and Prior (Religious Superior) in Rhode Island, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania.
In 1988, He joined the US Navy Chaplain Corps and served with Sailors and Marines in various positions on shore or at sea for 20 years. He’s seen duty (and action) in Europe, Africa, the Balkans as well as Afghanistan in the Middle East and here at home in America. After His military service, in 2008 Fr. Scordo was assigned as Parochial Vicar at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish serving the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Most recently, he has been assigned back to the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC to be involved in the Dominican Community’s ministries as well as serving as confessor, adjunct spiritual director, and mentor for the young men who will be ordained priests for the Dominicans. This summer, Fr. Scordo celebrated being in the Dominicans for over 50 years, 46 of them as a priest.