Celebrating 50 Years of Priestly Ministry: Rev. Msgr. Walter E. Nolan

On Sunday, June 2 St. Paul Parish will celebrate the 50th anniversary of ordination of our Pastor Emeritus, Monsignor Walter E. Nolan.  Monsignor Nolan will celebrate the 11:30 am mass followed by a brunch  in his honor at Springdale Golf Club in Princeton. Tickets for the reception are available for purchase: $75/adult and $30/child, with a maximum cost of $200 per family. In lieu of gifts, donations can be made to the Msgr. Walter E.  Nolan Scholarship Fund  which provides financial aid to St. Paul School students attending Notre Dame High School. Please note that a portion of the reception ticket price will go towards this fund.


Monsignor Walter E. Nolan grew up in Jersey City, where his father was a steam fitter and his mother stayed at home to raise he and his sister. He graduated from St. Peter’s Prep and went on to Fordham University where he graduated with a degree in pharmacy in 1954. After serving as an artillery officer in the U. S. Army he became a pharmacist and managed a pharmacy in Jersey City for a number of years until he decided to go to divinity school. This decision put Monsignor on a path that led him to touch many lives in our community. After serving as pastoral associate at St. Gregory the Great Parish in Hamilton Square he became the Athletic moderator and Chairperson of the Religion Department at Notre Dame High School where he served for many years. He was a major influence at Notre Dame bringing their Athletic program to statewide recognition.  Monsignor Nolan also served as Chaplain at Rider University. When asked about Monsignor’s service at Notre Dame, Mary Liz Ivins, Principal replied “All of us knew that we could call on him at any hour day or night and say ‘I need your help’ – he would see us right away and guide us through our problems. In him, thousands of young people have discovered just how loving our God is.”

After service at Notre Dame and Rider Monsignor was appointed Director of Priest Personnel where he served until June 1997 when he became the pastor at St. Paul Parish. His years at the St. Paul saw many accomplishments including more than doubling of Parish Ministries and establishing a Pastoral Council and School Board. He also oversaw many facility improvements including construction of a Parish Center. When asked which was Monsignor’s greatest gift parishioner Lee Brennan responded “His greatest gift was the creation of a true sense of Christian Community and service. By the time of Monsignor’s retirement we literally had hundreds of people involved in ministries to the poor, sick, aged and homebound;  a sister parish in Uganda and had helped numerous other people in need.” Msgr. Nolan retired from active ministry in 2011.

Since that time Msgr. Nolan has continued to serve the People of God as a chaplain at St. Franics Medical Center and a weekend assistant St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan. It is well noted that he has continued caring and serving others showing by example that God has a plan for each of us, and puts us in situations that best use our time, skill and energy for the betterment of our world and in serving others. He encourages others to do so enriching our community with his light.


Monica Heucke
Administrative Assistance
(609) 924-1743


St. Paul Parish
216 Nassau St
Princeton, NJ .08542

Springdale Golf Club
1895 Clubhouse Drive
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 921-8790

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In lieu of gifts, Msgr. Nolan has requested that donations be made to the Msgr. Walter E. Nolan Scholarship Fund established in his honor supporting students from St. Paul School to attend Notre Dame High School.

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