Parish of St. Thomas More Manalapan, New Jersey


  Msgr. Walter E. Nolan

Weekend Assistant


Msgr. Walter E. Nolan, who retired as pastor of St. Paul Parish, Princeton, in 2011, was born in Jersey City in 1933. Prior to becoming a priest, he attended the College of Pharmacy at Fordham University, N.Y., and spent 10 years working as a pharmacist.

In 1965, he enrolled in Pope John XXIII National Seminary, Weston, Mass., and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop George W. Ahr May 31, 1969, in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. He was then assigned to St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, as parochial vicar. The following year, he was named moderator of the Mercer County Catholic Youth Athletic Center and Mercer County vocational director.

Msgr. Nolan joined the faculty of Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, in 1971. He was also appointed pro-synodal judge of the diocesan tribunal in 1980.

On June 12, 1981, Msgr. Nolan was assigned to serve as parochial vicar of St. Ann Parish, Lawrenceville. He also became chaplain of Rider College, also in Lawrenceville. In 1982, he was named an executive board at large member of the Council of Priests and president of the Priests Senate. He was later reappointed as pro-synodal judge and appointed as defender of the bond of the tribunal.

In 1984, Msgr. Nolan was appointed to a three-year term as assistant director of priest personnel. At the completion of his term, he was named to a three-year term as director of priest personnel and was reappointed to a second term in 1992. He also served as coordinator of campus ministers for the Diocese, chairman of the Continuing Education Committee and a member of the Engaged Encounter Team.

Msgr. Nolan was reappointed to an indefinite term as judge of the tribunal in 1992. He was later appointed to the Board of Seminarian Recruitment for Vocations and continued to serve as chairman of the Continuing Education Committee and director of priest personnel.

On Sept. 14, 1993, he was named a Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of monsignor by Pope John Paul II and was named pastor of St. Paul Parish on June 13, 1997. As pastor, Msgr. Nolan oversaw the completion of an addition to St. Paul School and encouraged the development of new ministries to increase the parish’s outreach efforts.

Msgr. Nolan also served a five-year term on the diocesan College of Consultors and on July 1, 2007, was appointed dean of the Northern Mercer Deanery. Now in retirement, Msgr. Nolan continues to serve as the longtime host of the diocesan cable television program The Catholic Corner and serves as a weekend assistant in parishes in the Diocese.

Source: The Monitor July 17, 2014 Special Supplement

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