Rev. Joseph Gatto

Joe Gatto


Ordination to the Priesthood

July 9, 1983


S.T.D. Gregorian University, Rome, Italy 1994 (Systematic Theology)
S.T.L. Gregorian University, Rome, Italy 1984 (Fundamental Theology)
S.T.B. Gregorian University, Rome, Italy 1982
B.A. Wadhams Hall Seminary College, Ogdensburg, N.Y., 1979 (Philosophy)


Fr. Joe has ministered in the following capacities:

  • President-Rector, Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, N.Y., 2014-Present
  • Faculty Member, Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, N.Y., 1990-Present
  • Priest Moderator, St. John the Baptist Parish, Alden, N.Y. 2017-Present
  • Pastor, St. Gregory the Great Parish, Williamsville, N.Y., 2006-2014
  • Pastor, St. John the Baptist Parish, Lockport, N.Y., 2002-2006
  • Director, Office of Worship, Diocese of Buffalo, 2001-2003
  • Director, Pope John Paul II Residence, Buffalo, N.Y., 1999-2002
  • Vice-Rector, Director of Formation, Director of Pre-Theology, Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, N.Y. 1997-1999 
  • Associate Vocation Director, Diocese of Buffalo, 1987-1990
  • Parochial Vicar, St. Leo the Great Parish, Amherst, N.Y., 1984-1987
  • Administrator, St. Rose of Lima Parish, Forestville, N.Y., 1984

He also frequently serves as director for retreats and lectures on a variety of theological and ministerial topics. 

Fr. Joe has served or is serving on the following advisory boards:

  • Board of Trustees, Hilbert College, 2018-Present
  • Board of Trustees, Christ the King Seminary, Diocese of Buffalo, 2014-Present
  • Board of Directors, Lay Pension Fund, Diocese of Buffalo, 2010-2011
  • Board of Directors, St. Joseph's Investment Fund, Diocese of Buffalo, 2006-2011
  • Committee for Continuing Education of Priests, Diocese of Buffalo, 2001-2014
  • Board of Directors, Diocesan Counseling Center, Buffalo, N.Y., 1996-2004

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