St. Matthew’s Parish
78 Ridgeway Street
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Diocese of Scranton

Mission Statement

The Parish Family of St. Matthew, East Stroudsburg, in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania and the Diocese of Scranton, endeavors to provide a welcoming environment to all. Guided by the Holy Spirit, through prayer and worship, and the sharing of our resources, we humbly strive to witness the Good News and to spread the Kingdom of God.


Parish History

The first Roman Catholic Church in the Stroudsburgs was a frame structure built at the corner of Brown and South Courtland streets on property donated by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. Traveling priests served until 1902 when Father Francis Craft, a convert, former soldier, surgeon and chaplain was appointed the first resident pastor.

Father John T. Butler, the second pastor, served until his death in 1943 when Father Harold Durkin became the third pastor. Monsignor Thomas Cawley was appointed as pastor in 1961 and served until his retirement in 1986. Msgr. John A. Bergamo served as pastor from 1986 until his retirement in 2015 and is currently Pastor Emeritus.

Fr. Gerald W. Shantillo serves as our present pastor.

Phone Numbers


Rectory – Phone 421-2342
Rectory – Fax 421-8414
Parish Center – CCD Office 421-0113
Notre Dame Convent 421-1132
Notre Dame Jr. & Sr. High School 421-0466
Notre Dame Elementary School 421-3651
Crisis Pregnancy 424-1113



Parish Clergy


Rev. Gerald W. Shantillo


  Msgr. John A. Bergamo

Pastor Emeritus





                                                        Rev.  Edward P. Lyman



Parish Staff

 Office Assistants:

Ms. Ann Marie Onken

Ms. Mary LaBar


Mr. Thomas Clark

Mr. Luis Colon

Pastoral Assistants for Liturgy:

  Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:

Deacon Kevin Scheirer

Lectors: Mrs. Ellen Brown

Cantors & Adult Choir & Young Adult Choir: Mrs. Ann Mullen

 Youth Choir: Ms. Melissa Knierim

Folk Choir: Mrs. Mary Pysher

Pastoral Council

Together with the pastor, the parish Pastoral Council inspires and guides parish life and activities. The council oversees areas of spiritual life and worship, religious education, social concerns and activities, administrative needs and parish social life. Parishioners are always welcome to attend.

Finance Council

The Finance Council is responsible for all budgetary concerns of the parish and aids the pastor in overseeing parish monies, their collection, investment and spending. The Council meets each month, usually on the second Tuesday.

Coordinator of Religious Education

Mrs. Lisa Hoey

Sacramental Preparation:

Penance & Eucharist: Mrs. Lisa Hoey

Confirmation: Deacon Kevin & Mrs. Rita Scheirer

Coordinator of RCIA: Mrs. Bernadette Masi

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