Joseph J. Occhiuto was born on an unseasonably warm Ash Wednesday at St. Catherine’s Hospital in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
He was raised with his younger siblings (two brothers and twin sisters); later his family moved to Middle Village, Queens.
Joseph was raised a Roman Catholic and was led by the faithful example of his parents. After 4 years of studies Joseph was ordained a permanent Deacon for the Brooklyn Diocese on April 25, 1987 and for the following 10 years served at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Williamsburg where he taught adult religious education, ministered to the poor, and counseled those in need.
In 1997 Joseph began his life as an Episcopalian at St. Paul’s in Whitestone, Queens, moved on to St. Paul’s in Carroll Gardens and finally discovered St. Luke’s in Forest Hills, Queens where he increased his involvement in service. Subsequently Joseph studied at the Mercer School of Theology and on December 5th, 2015 Joseph’s Diaconal Holy Orders were received into The Episcopal Church by Bishop Lawrence C. Provenzano. Subsequently Bishop Provenzano assigned Joseph to Church of the Ascension where his ministry included the “Greenpoint Community Table” and the Angelmobile Meals of the North Brooklyn Angels.
Joseph is a product of New York City’s public school system, including Grover Cleveland High School and Hunter College. He began his 25+ year career in advertising at Grey Global Group where he was a Director of Finance. Joseph is now semi-retired, which permits more time for ministry, and is a manager at Trader Joe’s in Queens. Joseph’s motto is “Never give up. Never give in. Always keep going. Ours is not to question why. Ours is to trust in God and not be afraid.”