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Hello, my name is Father Joseph Jenkins and I am the pastor of Holy Family Church, Mitchellville, MD in the Archdiocese of Washington, DC.


I was born at the hospital in LaPlata, Maryland and baptized at Holy Ghost Church by Fr. John Lubey in Issue, Maryland.  We lived with my grandmother and Uncle Will’s farm for a few years.  We moved to Forestville, Maryland in the early 1960’s where my family attended Mount Calvary Parish.  I attended the local public schools in PG County:  Forestville Elementary, Spaulding Junior High and Suitland High School.

I entered the seminary out of high school back in 1978 and attended the following seminaries:

1. St. Francis Seminary & College in Loretto, PA (seminary closed 1979)

2. Seminary of St. Pius X in Erlanger, KY (seminary closed 1983)

3. Theological CollegeCatholic University of America, DC

As a seminarian I did pastoral work at St. Mary, Mother of God in Chinatown in DC and after ordination to the diaconate in 1985 I worked at St. Ann in Tenleytown, NW, DC. Ordained a priest in 1986, I continued to serve St. Ann Church as an associate.

Later I served at the following:

1993-98 – St. Mary of the Assumption in Upper Marlboro, MD

1998-99 – St. Peter in Waldorf, MD

1999-00 – St. Thomas More in SE, DC

2000-07 – Church of the Holy Spirit in Forestville, MD

2007-22 – Holy Family Church, Mitchellville, MD


Over the years I have been heavily involved with the Knights of Columbus:

  • Former Chaplain of Dr. Griffin, St. Thomas More, St. Pius X Councils
  • Chaplain of Father Michael Kidd Council
  • Faithful Friar of the Bishop Walsh Assembly (Fourth Degree)
  • Former Chaplain of the Bishop McNamara Chapter
  • Former Maryland State Chaplain

I was a contract priest for Coast Guard Headquarters from after Easter 2000 to August, 15, 2013.

This is a PERSONAL Blog that is neither directly associated with nor endorsed by my parish or the Archdiocese. However, it is a fulfillment of a papal command from Pope Benedict XVI to priests on January 24, 2010:

The spread of multimedia communications and its rich ‘menu of options’ might make us think it sufficient simply to be present on the Web, or to see it only as a space to be filled. Yet priests can rightly be expected to be present in the world of digital communications as faithful witnesses to the Gospel, exercising their proper role as leaders of communities which increasingly express themselves with the different ‘voices’ provided by the digital marketplace. Priests are thus challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources (images, videos, animated features, blogs, websites) which, alongside traditional means, can open up broad new vistas for dialogue, evangelization and catechesis.

I hope to fill this Blog with things that interest me and maybe some of it will intrigue you as well.

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I am a fan of old time radio and love dramatic audio.  I regularly listen to BBC Radio on the Internet.  My Old Time Radio Collection is extensive and I hope to list it.

My favorite comedian is the late Joe E. Brown.

I am also an enthusiast for continuing learning and subscribe to the Teaching Company lectures on DVD and CD.

Over the years I have also assembled a significant DVD collection of movies and TV shows:

DVD Library Collection

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