Our Pastor

 

The Rev. George Kloster is the pastor of St. William Church in Murphy and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Hayesville, North Carolina. He also serves as the Ecumenical Officer for the Charlotte Diocese.

Father Kloster was born in Utica, NY, and raised in Clayton, NC. He graduated from Clayton High School (1961), St. Mary College, Kentucky (1965), and the Gregorian University, Rome, Italy (1969).  He was ordained a priest in Rome in December, 1968.

Fr. Kloster has served pastoral appointments in Ahoskie (1969-70), Greensboro (Our Lady of Grace-Associate Pastor 1970-72; St. Pius X-Pastor, 1979-1988), Gastonia (St. Michael, 1989-1998).

He was a Merrill Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School (Fall-1998), and Churchman-in-Residence at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University (Spring 1989).

He presently serves on the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Charlotte, the Board of Directors of the Cherokee County United Way, the Advisory Board for the Office of Justice and Peace of the Diocese of Charlotte, and the Advisory Board for the Office of Economic Opportunity of Catholic Social Service for the western counties of NC.

Fr. Kloster serves on the Board of Directors of the Ecumenical Institute of Wake Forrest University and Belmont Abbey College and is a former President of the N.C. Council of Churches (1986-1988).