The General Council

The General Council of the Josephites is the administration of St. Joseph’s Society of the Sacred Heart, elected as the governing body from June 2019-2023.

 

Most Reverend John H. Ricard, SSJ
Superior General
Bishop John H. Ricard, SSJ, is Superior General. He was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee on March 13, 1997 by Pope John Paul II. Bishop Ricard moved from the Archdiocese of Baltimore where he served as Auxiliary Bishop. He is the former Chair of Catholic Relief Services where he served from 1995 to 2002. Bishop Ricard was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and upon completion of high school entered the Josephite College Seminary in Newburgh, New York. He completed his theological training at St. Joseph Seminary in Washington, D.C., and was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 1968. Since ordination, Bishop Ricard continued his studies, receiving a Master’s Degree from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1970 and a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1984. Bishop Ricard currently serves as the President of the National Black Catholic Congress. He most recently served as rector of St. Joseph Seminary in Washington, D.C.
Very Reverend Thomas Frank, SSJ
Vicar General
Father Thomas Frank, SSJ, is the Vicar General. Father Frank was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and since 1965 calls Seattle his home town, was ordained in 1978. He is the nephew of the late Josephite Rev. Gregory Frank, SSJ, (RIP ’87). Father Frank has carried out pastoral ministry in Houston (Our Mother of Mercy and St. Peter Claver) for nine years, in Baltimore (St. Veronica) and Washington, D.C. (St. Benedict the Moor and Our Lady of Perpetual Help) area for 9 years, and as a Seminary Formation Director (Josephite House of Studies in New Orleans and Rector of St. Joseph Seminary in Washington, D.C., for 11 years. He served as pastor of St. Brigid parish in South Los Angeles and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Washington, D.C. Father Frank has been involved with World Marriage Encounter for 25 years and Industrial Areas Foundation Sponsored Community Organizations for 19 years in four cities. He served as the Consultor General of the Josephites for 8 years before this current position.
Very Reverend Ray Bomberger, SSJ
Consultor General
Father Ray Bomberger is Consultor General and serves as pastor at St. Peter Claver and St. Pius V in Baltimore.
The remainder of the Council is composed of the four Area Directors:
Very Reverend Cornelius Ejiogu, SSJ
Area One Director (including Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Nigeria)
Father Cornelius was born in Lagos, Nigeria on April 9th 1979. He came to the United State of America in August 2008 to continue his priestly training and theological studies at the Washington Theological Union. He graduated in May 2013 with two Master’s Degrees (Master in Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology).  Father Ejiogu was ordained to the priesthood in June 1st 2013 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. He was then assigned the responsibility of pastoring the faithful of St. Luke Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Washington. In addition to his pastoral ministry at the parish, he is also the Academic Dean at St. Joseph Seminary in Washington, D.C.
Very Reverend Godwin Ani, SSJ
Area Two (including Alabama, Mississippi and part of Louisiana)
Father Godwin Ani is Area Director for Area Two which includes parishes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the Archdiocese of Mobile, the Diocese of Biloxi and Diocese of Birmingham. Also included in this area are St. Augustine High School and Xavier University Campus ministry.
Very Reverend  Joseph Benjamin, SSJ
Area Three (including Mississippi and Southwest Louisiana)
Father Benjamin is also pastor of St. Francis Xavier parish in Houston, Texas.
Very Reverend  Kenneth Keke, SSJ
Area Four (including Texas and California)
Father Keke is also pastor of St. Brigid church in Los Angeles.