Father Fitzgerald is a native Long Islander and a priest for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, he was born in Bay Ridge Brooklyn (St. Patrick’s Parish), but his family moved to North Babylon where Father Joe excelled in the classroom and on the sports field. Father Fitzgerald was active in his Parish of St. Joseph (Babylon). Father Fitzgerald went on to Ithaca College where he studied History and continued to play Football (Quarterback) winning the 1991 Division III National Championship and played Baseball (3rd Base) for two years.
Upon graduating from Ithaca College in the Spring of 1993, Father Fitzgerald returned to teach and coach for North Babylon High School before trying out and competing for the US National Team Handball Squad – Team Handball is a Summer Olympic Sport – and (not off the wall). Father Fitzgerald eventually was selected to the 1996 Olympic Team and represented the United States in Atlanta, Georgia where the Team Placed 9th overall, and then spent a short time playing professionally overseas in Gothenburg, Sweden. Father Fitzgerald later taught, coached and did youth ministry in Marietta, Georgia before returning to NY in 2001, beginning studies for the Pre-theology program and eventually the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, NY.
Father Joe was ordained on June 9th, 2007 and his first parish was St. Kilian in Farmingdale, NY. Father Joe then spent four years as the Chaplain at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School and Hofstra University and is currently the Vocations Director of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.