Fr. Johnnie’s full name is Fr. Johnnie B. Smith but he prefers to be called Fr. Johnnie. He is a second vocation priest who was ordained on his birthday, June 5th. Fr. Johnnie has three sons with eight grandchildren that live in Oklahoma, Georgia and Ohio which he refers to as his golden triangle. Father was married to his deceased wife for forty years before losing her in her battle against cancer. He had previously discerned becoming a priest while in grade school and high school in Cleveland, Ohio. Father supported his family with a career in the business world with his latest position as a controller with International Paper that initially brought him to Memphis in 1987. He and his family lived in Germantown, TN attending Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. He comes to us after serving two years as Associate Pastor under Msgr. Creary. He comes to us with a wealth of business, family life and religious experiences. He promises to share more of his background and knowledge with you as we become to know each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. His goal is to serve God by serving God's children.
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Father Cosmas Mabu was ordained in July 10, 2004, at Holy Ghost Cathedral Enugu by his Lordship Most Rev. Dr. AO Gbuji Bishop Emeritus of Enugu Dioceses.
After his priestly formation at Saints Peter and Paul Major Seminary Bodtija Ibadan Nigeria, majoring in Philosophy and theology at the Ubania University Rome. He obtained his masters degree in Peace and Conflict studies at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Fr. Cosmas served as a Chaplain with the Nigerian army for 12 yrs.
Fr. Cosmas arrived in the United States in the summer of 2015. Memphis was his first assignment where he resided at Holy Rosary Church. He is currently serving here at St. Paul, as an Associate pastor, and a sacramental minister at the Church of Resurrection.
He has five brothers and five sisters though none have entered the religious life.
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Deacon Andrew J. Terry
Deacon Terry is a lifelong Memphian. He attended Fr. Bertrand School and is a member of St. Augustine Church. Deacon Terry and his wife, Joyce have two grown children: son, Andrew III and daughter, Angela. They also are blessed with four grandchildren. Deacon Terry had worked 30 years with Dupont/Lucite until his retirement. He was ordained a Permanent Deacon in 2000. He enjoys golf, reading, traveling and especially enjoys time with his grandchildren. We are blessed that his ministry will be here as one of our St. Paul Family.
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Mrs. Janet Cupo -- Parish Secretary
Janet Cupo is a lifelong Catholic. She has been married to Bill for 41 years, and they have four grown children and seven grandchildren. She has worked in many offices over the years, the latest of which was in Admissions at Memphis Theological Seminary, where she was Administrative Assistant to the Director of Admissions for eight years.
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Mrs. Jackie Carney -- Parish Bookkeeper
As bookkeeper for the parish and the school since 1997, Jackie provides a level of accountability that is critical to the trust relationship between the church and the parishioners. Additionally, she serves as treasurer for the Altar Society. A native of south Memphis and Whitehaven, she's been a member of St. Paul since 1963. She's been married to her husband Cecil since 1960, and they have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
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