Director of Vocations, Diocese of Harrisburg
Currently, Father Raymond J. LaVoie is the Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Harrisburg.
Born in 1973 in the Bronx, New York, Father LaVoie spent most of his growing up years in Camp Hill, PA and attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mechanicsburg. He initially majored in Psychology and Criminal Justice at Shippensburg University.
During his college years, Father LaVoie began to answer the call to priesthood during a retreat at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary. Before our Lord’s presence in the Blessed Sacrament, a desire to serve the Church and seek the Father’s will was nourished. He applied as a candidate for the Diocese of Harrisburg and continued his college studies at the Josephinum College Seminary in Columbus, OH.
In 1996, Bishop Nicholas Dattilo sent him to Rome to study Theology. Father LaVoie completed an S.T.B. degree in Theology in 2000 and an S.T.L. degree in Sacramental Theology in 2001.
Father LaVoie was ordained a priest by Bishop Nicholas Dattilo at St. Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg in July of 2000 and took his first parish assignment at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey, PA.
In 2002, Father LaVoie was sent on a new assignment as campus minister to Millersville University and Franklin and Marshall College.
In 2005, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades appointed Father LaVoie as Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Harrisburg.
He enjoys studying theology, reading, the beach, and playing all kinds of sports, especially ice hockey, football and tennis.