Fr. Jeremiah McCarthy, Pastor
Fr. Jeremiah McCarthy was born in County Cork, Ireland. The eldest of six children, he was born to Daniel and Joan McCarthy. After completing high school at St. Fachtna’s De Le Salle School in Skibbereen, Co. Cork, he entered All Hallows College in Dublin. While at All Hallows, he graduated from University College Dublin in 1976, with a bachelor’s degree. He continued his studies for the priesthood and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Savannah by Cardinal Thomas O’Fiaich in 1978. Fr. McCarthy served as Parochial Vicar of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church in Albany from 1978 until 1981. He pursued graduate studies in Canon Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. from 1981 until 1983. He obtained his Licentiate in Canon Law in June 1983. He then returned to the Diocese of Savannah and was appointed Chancellor and Assistant Judicial Vicar in June 1983 by Bishop Raymond W. Lessard. In addition to his work in the Diocesan Tribunal, he was appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Port Wentworth, in 1987. In January 1991, he was additionally assigned Pastor of St. Boniface Church in Springfield, GA. In August 1996, Bishop J.K. Boland appointed Fr. McCarthy Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of Savannah. In addition to that appointment, Fr. McCarthy was assigned Pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament Church Savannah. Fr. McCarthy served as Pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament Parish Savannah for 17 years prior to being appointed Pastor of St. Anne Catholic Church in 2013.
Fr. Jacob Almeter, Parochial Vicar
Fr. Jacob Almeter was born in Augusta, GA, in 1984. He is one of six children. Fr. Almeter was ordained a priest in June 2013, following his completion of seminary at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary.
Fr. Almeter grew up as a “country boy” – hunting, fishing and working construction. His family is part of the Alleluia Community where he also went to school at the Alleluia Community School in Augusta, GA. After high school, he attended Christendom College for one year, then transferred to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and graduated with an associate degree in Criminal Justice. He then transferred to Augusta State University and was working on a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice when he decided to enter seminary. Before entering seminary, he wanted to have a career in the Georgia Department of Natural Resources as a game warden.
Fr. Martin Eke, Parochial Vicar
Greetings of Christ’s love and peace to you all. I am a Nigerian, and I belong to the Missionary Society of St Paul of Nigeria, a religious order involved in missionary work in Africa and other parts of the world. The longing to become a priest increased in me when I was an undergrad in a Nigerian university. After I graduated in 1986 and giving a year’s service to the Nigerian government, required from every Nigerian university graduate, I applied and was admitted in the seminary in 1987. I was ordained a priest on the 28th of June, 1997. I was immediately posted to a novitiate to help in the spiritual formation of candidates aspiring to the priesthood. In 1999, I was sent to Ireland for a postgraduate program in Christian Spirituality.
I returned to Nigeria after the studies in 2001 to become a spiritual director and a teacher at the National Missionary Seminary of St Paul, Abuja, Nigeria. I was also appointed the project coordinator of the Missionary Society of St Paul, which required me to travel to various countries representing and explaining the missionary activities of the order, and raising funds for the training of seminarians and sustaining of priests in difficult African missions. After 13 years in these responsibilities, I have been given a sabbatical leave in the United States for a change, and for parish experience. So, I am here in your midst to learn and to serve.
I am most grateful to Bishop Gregory Hartmayer for permitting me in the Diocese of Savannah. My sincere thanks to Fr. Jeremiah McCarthy for accepting me in St. Anne parish and for the fraternal and warm welcome given to me by himself, Fr. Jacob Almeter, the staff and parishioners.
Rev. Mr. Robert Herrmann
Rev. Dr. Eddie Ensley
Rev. Mr. John Quillen