Reverend Alan Okon
As of July 2, 2012, the pastor of St. Francis de Sales Parish will be Father Alan Okon. Father Okon was ordained in 1998 and was ministering as the President of Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford, PA at the time of his reassignment. Father Okon has experience as a parish priest, a teacher, and an administrator and is eager to begin his pastorate here among you.
Welcome to St. Francis de Sales Parish, Father Okon!
Our Parish Services Director
Sister Betty Kirk
Sister Betty was born in Philadelphia, the oldest of five children. She attended St. Stephen Elementary School and Little Flower High School for Girls. Inspired by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, she joined the order in 1956 and professed her final vows in 1959.
After teaching for two years at St. Anthony School in Trenton, Sr. Betty (Sr. James Marian) taught here at St. Francis from 1961-1963. She was then transferred to St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls where she spent 13 years. While teaching there, she earned a B.A. in English from Villanova University and an M.A. in Education from St. Joseph University. Following her ministry at St. Hubert High School she served in leadership positions within her Congregation for sixteen years. In 1991, she returned to St. Francis de Sales Parish as a Parish Services Director.
In describing her ministry Sister Betty says, “I am involved with Religious Education for our CCD students, sacramental preparation for our parish school children and our students enrolled in CCD and the RCIA Program. I am involved in providing Prayer Groups for Women in our parish and began the Disciples in Mission Program, a program that is provided through the Archdiocese. Social Services in the form of food drives, providing food certificates, and drives for newborn infants often begin in my office. I enjoy decorating the church with a group of very dedicated men and women. Working with the parish Liturgy Committee enables me to plan for spiritual programs throughout the year.”