Meet the Pastor!

Msgr. Francis J. Caldwell

Monsignor Caldwell is oldest of ten children born to Emilie Joan (Flannery) and the late Frank J. Caldwell.  He grew up in Manhasset and was educated at St. Mary’s High School and Cathedral College in Douglaston. He received a Master’s in Divinity from Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, and later a Master’s in Social Work from Adelphi University, in addition to a Clinical Social Work License from the State of New York.  He was ordained to the Priesthood in 1981.

After Ordination, Msgr. Caldwell served as an Associate Pastor at St. Martha’s Parish in Uniondale. In 1985, he was appointed Vice Chancellor and Secretary to the Bishop (Most Reverend John R. McGann). In 1994, Msgr. Caldwell was appointed Director of Clergy Personnel/Vicar Forfor Clergy for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, a post he held until 2004. He received Papal Honors in 1991 and was appointed a Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II in 1996. Throughout his nineteen years in diocesan administration, Monsignor Caldwell resided and assisted at the Cathedral Parish of St. Agnes in Rockville Centre.

In 2004, Msgr. Caldwell returned to St. Martha’s Parish in Uniondale to serve as the pastor of a dynamic tri-lingual multi-cultural community of faith. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Molloy College, from which he received a Doctor of Laws degree in 2009.  He formerly served on the boards of Mercy Medical Center, Catholic Charities and St. Francis Hospital. He is currently Chaplain to the Uniondale Fire Department, the Papal Orders of Malta and the Holy Sepulcher and The Friends of Mercy Medical Center.