The Reverend R. Nazareno Javier—usually referred to as Father Naz, or Father Javier—is a bivocational priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. He was originally ordained to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York in 1998. His orders were received into the Episcopal Church by the Right Reverend Clifton Daniel, III on 14 June 2014 at the historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, Overbrook. Originally from the Philippines, Father Naz’s family migrated to the United States in 1988; and settled in Brooklyn, New York. He completed his undergraduate studies at St. Jon’s University, Jamaica, New York. He earned both his master’s degree in Theology (Th.M.) and master’s degree in Divinity (M.Div.) from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, New York in 1997 and 1998 respectively.
After serving Roman Catholic parishes in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in the City of New York, Father Naz left active ministry to pursue a master’s degree in Social Work (M.S.W.) at Fordham University, New York. He also completed advanced studies in Cognitive Behavior Therapy at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007. As a licensed clinical social worker, Father Naz has worked in community mental health, in community-based healthcare settings for persons living with HIV/ AIDS; instructed at the graduate level in issues of self-awareness in social work practice as well as issues around HIV/AIDS. He also maintained a private practice as a psychotherapist from 2007 to 2009. Outside of his current sacerdotal responsibilities, he manages health plan clinical operations for behavioral health services for one of the major health insurance carriers.
As a priest, Father Naz has led school-based and adult Christian Formation programs; has served as a hospital chaplain and has supervised seminarians in field education. In the Diocese of Pennsylvania, he was sometime organist at the Church of the Crucifixion ( 2007-2013); also sometime chair of the Benefits Subcommittee of the Commission on Wellness (2015-2018); and, from 2014 to 2018, has served as priest-in-charge at Grace Epiphany Church, Mt. Airy, where-in collaboration with other Episcopal churches in the Wissahickon Deanery-he helped start a monthly supper program at the parish. Most recently, from 2018 to 2020, he served at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Rosemont. Since 2017, he has been a member of the Society of Catholic Priests (S.C.P.), a devotional society for clergy in the Episcopal Church and in the wider Anglican Communion.
In addition to his interests in church history, dogmatic and liturgical theology and clinical administration, Father Naz enjoys travel, cooking, baking, photography and tinkering around with electronics and computers.