Fr. Francis A. Samuel is originally from Kerala, India. He belongs to the Order of the Imitation of Christ (O.I.C.),
commonly known as the Bethany Fathers. He was ordained on September 21, 1972. He has a licentiate degree in
philosophy (L.Ph.); Master’s degrees in English Literature and Educational Psychology, both from the University
of Scranton; and a Ph.D. in Education Administration and Supervision from Fordham University. In India, Fr. Francis
taught at the high school level, and also served as a principal. At the college level, he taught at Fordham University,
and currently teaches at Dowling College. Fr. Francis previously served at St. Lawrence Church, Sayville and at
St. James Church, Seaford. He feels honored and privileged to serve the faith family of our St. Joseph parish community.
Fr. Francis enjoys poetry, short stories, novels, and photography, and has published in these fields. He also enjoys
playing tennis and basketball.