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Rev. Reynaldo Taylor Addresses Chatfield Graduates
May 21st, 2014
Reverend Reynaldo Taylor, Chatfield graduate and pastor of St. Joseph Church in Cincinnati’s West End, gave the commencement address at the 43rd Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 10.
Father Rey attended St. Joseph Elementary School as a child and entered religious life as a member of the Brothers of the Poor of St. Francis immediately after graduating from Purcell Marian High School in 1975. He began religious training at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in 2000, and was ordained a deacon in 2006. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2007, after serving as a Religious for 33 years and is the first African-American man to be ordained a priest in The Archdiocese of Cincinnati in more than three decades.
Father Rey has served as Program Director of Boys Hope-Girls Hope, Evangelization Coordinator and Director of Religious Education at St. Joseph
Catholic Church and School, and Associate Executive Director of St. John Social Services. He received the Hamilton County Mental Health Board Volunteer of the Year 2010 Award. He has recently taken on the role of Spiritual Advisor for the
Cursillo Movement in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
Father Rey earned his Associate Degree from Chatfield College in 1978, a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Thomas More College in 1980, and has studied African American Catholic Studies at DeSales School of Theology in Washington, D.C.