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Springfield Pastor to Lead Maplewood Parish

Rev. Jim Worth has been appointed pastor of St. Joseph Church in Maplewood.

Fr. Jim Worth has served for 12 at St. James the Apostle Church in Springfield. Credit: Courtesy of Jim Worth
Fr. Jim Worth has served for 12 at St. James the Apostle Church in Springfield. Credit: Courtesy of Jim Worth
By Elizabeth Alterman

Rev. Jim Worth, associate pastor of St. James the Apostle Church, has been appointed pastor of Saint Joseph Church in Maplewood. 

Worth, who will join his new parish on Feb. 1, has been serving at St. James the Apostle Church for more than 12 years.  The priest, known for his love of music, said he has " learned so many valuable skills from my pastors and parishioners and the people of Springfield." 

"I will miss them dearly, but I look forward to the new challenges that are before me," Worth said. "This is an exciting time in my priesthood and I hope and pray that I will be a good servant leader of the people of Maplewood." 

Worth said his inspiration comes from Pope Francis, whom he said "has taken the world by his love and compassion."

"I will look to him to see how to be a good pastor. He said recently that...'A shepherd must smell of his sheep.' I cannot wait to immerse myself completely in the ministry that awaits me in 2014," Worth said.

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