Fr. Joe attended Seton Hall College and Divinity School as well as Immaculate Conception Seminary in Darlington where he was the organist. Fr. Joe was ordained by Archbishop Boland in 1970. His first parish assignment was St. Joseph Church in East Orange. Later assignments were St. Andrews in Westwood, Notre Dame in North Caldwell and Our Lady Queen of Peace in Maywood. He served as Pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace and Immaculate Conception Church in Secaucus.
While pastor of Immaculate Conception Church, Fr. Joe served as executive officer of Cub Pack 87, chaplain for The Knights of Columbus of which he was a Third Degree Knight. He also served as a chaplain for the Catholic Daughters, Secaucus Police and Fire Departments and Unico. Services arranged by the Mack Memorial Home, Secaucus.