Larry Damato moved to St. Louis from NJ in March 1991. He was ordained
in the Diocese of Paterson, NJ in 1989 and served at Our Lady of
the Valley Church in Wayne, NJ until his move to St. Louis. He married
his wife, Barbara, in January 1959 and they have two children, Michael
and Christine and four grandchildren.
Larry was assigned to Sacred Heart Church in Valley Park in June
1992 and actively served in his diaconal ministry until his 70th
birthday, July 1, 2005.
Larry and Barbara have always lived in St. Joseph Parish and Larry
decided to offer his services to Father Santen after retirement
on an "as needed" basis. At the time St. Joseph did not have any
Larry serves the parish in many ways. He leads Communion services
on Thursdays at the West County Care Center. He is chaplain of the
Knights of Columbus chapter based in the parish, assists when needed
at funerals and committal services, baptisms, weekend masses, etc.
He also visits the homebound and is a Stephen Minister. He always
makes himself available to serve where needed and is very happy
to be a member of St. Joseph Parish.