Meet Our Pastors and Principals
Monsignor Nevin J. Klinger J.C.L., M.A. - Assumption BVM Church
Monsignor Nevin J. Klinger is a native of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He completed his undergraduate studies at Villanova University and St. Charles Seminary. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Mary Immaculate Seminary, Northampton, PA, and a Master of Arts degree in Systematic Theology from Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD. He completed his J.C.L. (License in Canon Law) at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
Since his ordination in 1982, Monsignor Klinger has ministered as a priest in the Chancery Office of the Diocese of Allentown, as an Official of the Holy See at the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, as Vice Rector/Vice President of the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and as a pastor at Immaculate Conception Church in Douglassville, PA, before being named Catholic Chaplain at Albright College and Kutztown University.
Father Thomas R. Buckley, Pastor - St. Joseph Church
Born in Philadelphia, on December 21, 1950, to Thomas R. and Margaret S. (Ryan) Buckley, Father Buckley is the oldest of six children. He attended St. Veronica, St. Christopher, and St. Anselm Elementary Schools in Philadelphia. He graduated from Father Judge High School, Philadelphia, in 1968. He studied for the priesthood at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia and Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, PA. He served his diaconate at Sacred Heart Church, Allentown, from May 1975 until May 1976. He was ordained by Bishop Joseph McShea on May 15, 1976 in the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown. Father Buckley was assigned as an assistant pastor to St. Bernard/St. Michael Parishes in Easton from May 1976 until May 1978; St. Anne Parish in Bethlehem from May 1978 until February 1979; St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Whitehall from February 1979 until June 1986; Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena in Allentown from June 1986 until June 1990. He was assigned as a Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Kelayres, Pennsylvania, in June 1990, and was made Pastor of an additional parish, St. Bartholomew in Tresckow, Pennsylvania, in November 1991. Father Buckley remained Pastor of both parishes until June 15, 1994. On June 16, 1994, Bishop Thomas J. Welsh named Father Buckley as Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Limeport. In addition to the above assignments, Father Buckley has served as Catholic Chaplain to Lafayette College in Easton, Chaplain for Catholic Scouting in Northampton County, Advocate and Defender of the Bond in the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal, First Chairman of the Diocesan Vocation Recruitment Committee, and Priest Director of the North Schuylkill County Catholic Youth Organization.
Principal - Dr. Joanne LoFaso
Joanne LoFaso began her career in Catholic education as second grade teacher at Most Precious Blood School in Long Island City, New York. Six years later she was presented with an opportunity to serve as principal of St. Jerome School in the South Bronx.
In 1990, Dr. LoFaso made the transition to public education by accepting a one-year assistant principal appointment in the William Floyd School District, Long Island. After this assignment, she returned to full time teaching in the New York City Public Schools where she held positions in both elementary and middle schools.
In 2001, New York University’s Reading Recovery Project sponsored Joanne’s studies in literacy education at Texas Woman’s University. When she returned, Joanne assumed the role of associate training specialist. In this capacity, she taught literacy theory, trained teacher leaders, provided technical support and professional development in Reading Recovery school districts.
Dr. LoFaso began working for the Bethlehem Area School District in 2006. During her eight-year tenure she has served as the Elementary Literacy Coordinator and as Assistant Principal of Donegan and Fountain Hill Elementary Schools
Joanne was born in New York City. She received her Bachelors, Masters and Professional Diploma from Queens College. She holds a doctorate in Educational Administration from Hofstra University. Joanne is a parishioner of St. Jane Frances de Chantal. She is a lector and a member of the music ministry and graduated from the Lay Ministry Program in 2010. Joanne is an amateur cellist who performs with Moravian College Community Orchestra.
Assistant Principal - Mrs. Erin Doherty-Faust
Erin Doherty-Faust began her career in Catholic education as a fourth grade teacher at St. Thomas More. Two years later, she made the transition to public education by accepting a fourth grade teaching position at Salisbury School District. While at Salisbury, Mrs. Doherty-Faust served as an Elementary Liaison for Curriculum, developed instructional plans and implemented the STAR LAB program. She also participated in the leadership training program Dimensions of Learning.
From 1997-2009, Mrs. Doherty-Faust decided to stay home to raise her three children. When she returned to teaching, she accepted the Learning Support Specialist position at St. Michael the Archangel School. For three years, her responsibilities included being responsible for: providing support for students in Instructional Support and/or Enrichment Support; serving as the Instructional Support Coordinator, co-teaching Advanced Honors Algebra 1 and a co-coordinator for Middle States. And for one year, Erin returned to the regular classroom teaching fourth grade at St. Mike’s.
In 2012, Mrs. Doherty-Faust accepted a Reading Specialist position at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21. Some of her responsibilities included implementing and designing nonpublic schools professional development training and acting as a liaison between nonpublic schools and the intermediate units.
She received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Seton Hill University, majoring in Sociology and Elementary Education, Masters of Elementary Education from Kutztown University with a Reading Specialty Certificate, and an English as a Second Language certificate from DeSales University.
Erin is a parishioner of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In her spare time, Erin enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and coaching soccer.