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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Stonegate II on April 29, 2018

Our very own Deacon Al from the October 28, 2016 Catholic Star Herald:

Father Rocco with his new Malinois Belgian Shepherd Dog "Scout",
born in January 2014 (Scout, not Father Rocco!)

Bishop Sullivan's Installation Mass Video 2-12-13
February 8, 2013

February 1, 2013

Our current pastor, Father Daniel Rocco, began his 6-year term here on January 11, 2010. Father Rocco studied at the State University of New York, Binghamton, NY and Maryknoll School of Theology, Maryknoll, NY. He was ordained on May 26, 1990. His previous appointments include parochial vicar at St. Vincent Pallotti Parish in Haddon Township from 1990-1996; Christ the King, Haddonfield from 1996-2001, and St. Agnes in Blackwood from 2001-2002. He had been pastor at St. Jude's in Blackwood since 2002. Below is Father Rocco's 9-year old German Shepherd, "Rocky".

Courtesy of the May 23, 2008 Catholic Star Herald:

Stonegate Senior Housing

Lottery Drawing was January 10, 2007
Welcome Stonegate Residents - February 28, 2007!

Groundbreaking Ceremony highlights below:

Pennsauken Mayor Jack Killion (left), Diane Johnson of HUD (right)
and Parish Finance Administrator George Tutwiler (below) were among the featured speakers.

Stonegate Project Overview

The Stonegate Senior Housing at St. Stephen affordable housing project in Pennsauken represents the fourth quality low income seniors development by the Diocese of Camden. The project provides affordable housing for low income senior households and enhances the quality of life and economic viability of the Pennsauken community and Camden County.

Project details:
  • Stonegate contains 75 one-bedroom units for seniors age 62+
  • HUD funding allows residents to pay only 30% of gross income towards rent
  • Average household Tenant rent share in the Village Apartments currently about $155 per month-HUD pays balance
  • Current Income limits: One person- $25,250 Couples- $28,850 (subject to change)
  • Project architecture compliments the neighborhood and it adds to the ‘campus’ atmosphere of the St. Stephen Church, school, Rectory, Convent and the Camden County Vo-Tech school next door
  • Project amenities include: laundry facilities; community rooms; attractive design and landscaping; convenient parking; and supportive services
  • Construction completion targeted for Early 2007
  • Application availability targeted for late 2006
$7,962,300 - U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
$1,102,500 - New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Balanced Housing Program
$ 600,000 - - Camden County Community Development Office HOME Program
$9,664,800 - TOTAL

Planning Board OKs
Senior Housing in Pennsauken

(From the Courier Post, May 11, 2003)

The Catholic diocese passed the first step last week in its plan to build a senior citizen housing complex behind a church on Browning Road. The Diocese of Camden received planning board approval Tuesday to subdivide the St. Stephen's Church and School lot where it will build a 75-unit, three-story apartment building behind the existing buildings.

"I'm concerned with the traffic," said Laverne Parker at the public meeting. Parker lives across the street from the church. "There's a lot (of traffic) now with the church and the school," she said.

Curtis Johnson, executive director of the diocese's housing division, said the diocese will apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Development to help fund the project.

He said if that grant isn't enough, the diocese will apply to the county and state for additional funds. He said the diocese has included senior citizen housing as part of its strategic plan and will build a low-income housing unit in West Deptford, scheduled to open some time next year, in addition to the one in Pennsauken that will probably take two to three years to complete.

"It looks like there's a population boom in the southern end (of the state)," said Johnson of the number of senior citizens seeking housing. Johnson said the diocese operates a senior complex in Cape May, built in 1973, and another in Cherry Hill that was built in 1983 and both have waiting lists. The diocese will have to apply for site plan approval and any variances needed before the project receives the go-ahead from the township.

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