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Welcome to Our Lady of Good Counsel School
The mission of Our Lady of School Counsel Parish School is to form students in the image of Jesus Christ. In keeping with our mission, the faculty and staff are committed to fostering the development of certain core values in our students to help them become responsible, caring individuals. Christ is the model and center of our school. Christian values are taught, modeled and lived by all members of the school community, especially our teachers.
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"The more you READ the more things you will know, The more that you LEARN the more places you will go!"~Dr. Seuss
OLGC WELCOMES Fr. Chris Piccollo!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I am very excited to begin my service as pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel and I look forward to working with everyone in the parish – from the religious education program to the school, to all the many, many ministries we have. It will take me some time to familiarize myself with everything and to start placing names with faces, but it is an exciting time for me as I begin here.
I am coming to OLGC after spending the past four years as pastor of St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Burlington, NJ. St. Katharine Drexel Parish was my first assignment as a pastor and I learned a lot. I met so many good faith filled people who helped me grow as a priest and a pastor.
Some of you might remember me from my time as a transitional deacon back in the 2010-2011 school year. While in seminary, we generally spend one year as a deacon before we are ordained priests. I spent the summer before my last year in seminary here at OLGC and then during my deacon year in the seminary I came to OLGC on the weekends. During this time I got to know a number of OLGC parishioners and I became very good friends with Fr. Damian and continue that friendship to this day.
A little bit about myself – I grew up close by in Marlton, NJ. St. Joan of Arc is my home parish and my parents still live in Marlton. I had one brother, Brian, who passed away earlier this year in February. Some of you might remember that my brother Brian had Down Syndrome and he was always with us and tended to be the life of the party.
I graduated from Cherokee High School back in 1994 – played basketball as a freshman and baseball all four years of high school. I graduated from La Salle University back in 1998 in accounting and then worked for about 7 years or so as an accountant and an auditor. After thinking about the priesthood for many years, I finally got the nerve up to enter the seminary in August of 2005 and I spent 6 years at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. As I mentioned my assignment during my deacon year was here at OLGC.
Bishop David O’Connell ordained me a priest in June of 2011 and my first assignment as a priest was St. James in Red Bank, NJ. After three years at St. James, I spent one year close by to here at St. Charles Borromeo in Cinnaminson before being made pastor of St. Katharine Drexel in Burlington. I have had many experiences in my assignments and these experiences have helped me learn quite a bit and I pray that continues here at OLGC.
I’m not the only new face you will be seeing here at OLGC this summer. We will have a seminarian staying with us for the upcoming year. His name is RJ Ballicillo. He is originally from the Philippines and he just finished his third year of theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. An interesting note about RJ is that he has a brother; Fr. Roy, who is a priest in our diocese currently serving at St. Mary of the Lakes Parish in Medford , NJ. You will get to know RJ better as the year goes on and I know you will all make him feel right at home as he spends this year with us.
Again, it’s exciting to be with you all and I look forward to serving OLGC the best I can.
God Bless, Fr. Chris
CHARACTER COUNTS! OLGC students work on different traits each month. Individuals demonstrate these strength by setting goals that are consistent with their own values and beliefs, regardless of who may be watching. Those who demonstrate this traits are viewed and honored each month at our school mass/prayer service.