Father Francis Schiller of Jersey City: God in the balance.

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Fr. Schiller Reads from the Bible at the Funeral of Glenn Cunningham
Fr. Schiller Reads from the Bible at the Funeral of Glenn Cunningham

Rev. Francis Schiller posseses the rare ability of being able both to give and get from Caesar. Fr. Schiller is a thread that has traced through the labyrinth of Hudson County Politics for some four decades. Francis Schiller was seen as the intellectual generator powering the organization — and subsequent administration — of Dr. Paul Jordan.

Rev. Schiller was ordained in 1965 at Immaculate Conception Seminary. Starting in 1969, he is a member of the Team Ministry of Saint Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Jersey City and Assumption / All Saints Roman Catholic Parish since 1994.

Francis Schiller ran Patrick House, a Jersey City methadone clinic from 1971 to 1972, from 1973 to 1978 was executive director of the Community Drug & Alcohol Program of Hudson County, and between 1975 and 1980 was executive director of the Jersey City Community Help Corp.

2000 to 2001, Rev. Francis Schiller was a member of the New Jersey Athletic Control Board. In 2001, Acting Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco appointed Rev. Schiller to the State Commission of Investigation.

Rev. Francis Schiller is a graduate of Seton Hall University and Seton Hall Law School. From 1999 to 2001, he was a member of the Seton Hall University Self-Study Committee. Francis Schiller also studied at the New School for Social Research.

A former partner in the firm of Schiller, Squeo & Hartnett, Jersey City, Francis Schiller now is an attorney at the Jersey City office of Connell Foley. Rev. Francis Schiller’s practice areas are Corporate Law and Transactions and Real Estate Law and Land Use.

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About Anthony Olszewski

Anthony Olszewski has written on a wide variety of topics: cage birds, tropical fish, popular culture, the poetry of Amiri Baraka and a chapter on genetics for a veterinary text book, as a small sample. He worked as an editor at a magazine produced by TFH, the world's largest publisher of pet books. Anthony Olszewski is the author of a booklet on Hudson County history, Hudson County Facts, and a book of short stories, Second Thief, Best Thief, that are sold on Amazon. Anthony Olszewski established PETCRAFT.com in 1996. A pioneer on the Web, the Site continues to provide unique information on a range of companion animals, focusing on birds and fish. As a community service, he operates Jersey City Free Books. Anthony Olszewski was born in Jersey City, NJ (Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital, 1956) and is a member of Mensa.
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6 Responses to Father Francis Schiller of Jersey City: God in the balance.

  1. BILL BORROW says:

    DEAR FR. FRANCIS SCHILLER,
    BY ANY CHANCE DID YOU LIVE IN SCOTCHPLAINS, NEW JERSEY ACROSS FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL? I LIVED ON PORTLAND AVE. RIGHT BEHIND A FRIEND I PLAYED WITH BY THE NAME OF FRANCIS SCHILLER. FRANCIS LIVED WITH HIS MOTHER AND FATHER AND TWO BROTHERS AND HAD A UNCLE WHO WAS A PRIESTS THAT WOULD VISIT. YEARS AFTER MOVING I HAD HEARD THAT MY FRIEND FRANCIS HAD BECOME A PRIEST. JUST WONDERING IF IT COULD POSSIBLE BE YOU AND IF NOT PERHAPS YOU KNOW WHO HE IS. THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.
    BILL BORROW

  2. Gene Schiller says:

    Bill: The person you reference is, in fact, my Uncle Francis. He is a priest and continues to live in Jersey City, NJ. My Dad, Eugene (Gene) Schiller, continues to reside in Scotch Plains just blocks from where they grew up.

  3. Jim Spratt says:

    Fr. Schiller:

    It’s been years since we worked together at Patrick House, but you as well as the rest of the staff often come into my thoughts as well as into my converations and presentations. Linda and I have been in the Orlando area of Florida for the past 23 years. Jay is now 40 and has four sons. The next time we are in the area we’ll call to see if we can get together. It’s great to see that you continue to shake up the world and shape it at the same time.

    Jim Spratt

  4. robert kenny says:

    father Francis i need some help getting my 4 greatdaghters baptized the parents are not married but i would like to see these girls start there catholic lives. Is there anything you can do
    Thank you
    Your classmate
    Robert(HAWK) Kenny

  5. ROBERT KENNY says:

    REV SCHILLER
    i have 7 great grandchildren that are not baptized it would an honor GREAT PRIEST AND BUDDY could take of this for me. My friend of many years Bob9-( HAWK) Kenny

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