Father Joseph W. Staudt, pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Cutchogue, has been named Monsignor by Pope Benedict XVI, according to Reverend William Murphy, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre.
The honorary title of “Monsignor” is given to Roman Catholic priests as a sign of appreciation and recognition of the service they have rendered, both locally and in the world, according to a diocese press release.
Ordained in 1978, Msgr. Staudt served his first assignment at Corpus Christi parish in Mineola. His subsequent assignments included serving at Saint Sylvester parish in Medford and Saint Patrick parish in Bay Shore, before becoming pastor of Christ the King in Commack in 1997.
Msgr. Staudt was named pastor at Sacred Heart in 2007.