Fr. Satish Joseph: My Faith is the Reason for my Life

Growing up in India, Fr. Satish Joseph didn’t know that his faith would bring him to a small town in Ohio. Joseph moved to the United States in 2000 to pursue his masters in Communications. On top of that, he engulfed himself into a PhD program in theology and ministry and never looked back.


Today, Joseph is a Catholic pastor of Immaculate Conception and St. Helen Parish in Dayton, Ohio.


“My faith is the reason for my very life,” Joseph said.


The always energetic pastor joined Faith in Public Life last fall on a priest delegation to El Paso, Texas where he and other Catholic leaders, prayed that the children and families separated by the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy would soon be reunited.


The pastor said that the visit to the border was “life-transforming.”


“Some of these kids in my community could be deported,” Joseph pointed out. “As a Catholic you cannot separate children [from their parents] - that is simply against the grain of humanity.”

The pastor celebrates the diversity of his community by saying that it’s what makes Dayton so special. He explained that Jesus broke down walls and now the nation is trying to build walls - this goes against all teachings of Jesus Christ.


“People are openly being racist and discriminating,” Joseph said.


While Joseph continues to fight for a more equitable nation, you can find him getting involved wherever he can, to be the voice of the gospel in today’s society.


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