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  • Writer's pictureThe Hammonton Gazette

The Reverend Joseph P. Capella

The Reverend Joseph P. Capella, 61, of Hammonton, N.J. passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at his residence after an extended illness.

Born in Philadelphia, he was raised in Hammonton. He was a graduate of St. Joesph’s University in Philadelphia and Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. Father Capella was ordained as a Pallottine priest in St. Joseph’s Parish in Hammonton on June 2, 1990 by Most Reverend James McHugh. He served at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish in Brooklyn, N.Y. from 1990 - 1996. Father Capella served as a teacher, chaplain and the rector of Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in Pennsauken from 1996 - 2003. In 2006 Father Capella was incardinated into the Camden Diocese and served at Saint Vincent de Paul Parish in Mays Landing. He served as pastor of Saint Luke Parish in Stratford from 2006 - 2009. From 2009 - 2016 he was pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Lindenwold. In 2016 Fr. Capella was assigned to Camden Catholic High School as Director of Catholic Identity. In 2018 he was appointed as Rector at CCHS by Bishop Dennis Sullivan. He also served as a member of the bishop’s College of Consulters and on the Presbyteral Council. Father Capella was a member and Chaplain of The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society in Hammonton. He formerly served as chaplain for the State of New Jersey Sons of Italy; he also served as National Chaplain.

Father Joe is predeceased by his parents, Anthony and Nina Capella; and his niece, Heather.

He is survived by his brothers, Anthony Capella Jr. (Lisa) and Paul Capella (Colleen); his sister, Annlouise Capella (Frank Kralick); six nieces; one nephew; and 15 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorial donations may be made in Father Capella’s name to Camden Catholic High School For Christian Ministry, 300 Cuthbert Blvd. Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.

Arrangements made by the Carnesale Funeral Home (


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