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Jeffry Odell Korgen

Jeffry Odell Korgen

Executive Director of the Department of Diocesan Planning, Diocese of Metuchen


Jeffry Odell Korgen is the Executive Director of the Department of Diocesan Planning for the Diocese of Metuchen. From 1998-2008, he worked at The National Pastoral Life Center as Director of Social Ministries. Jeff has also worked in community organizing (Brockton Interfaith Community) interfaith relations (Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston) and youth ministry (Immaculate Conception Church in Springfield, MO).

A native of Slidell, Louisiana, Jeff holds degrees in philosophy, pastoral ministry, and social work from Boston College. He is currently a GreenFaith Fellow.

Key Publications

He is the author of The True Cost of Low Prices: The Violence of Globalization (2013) and Solidarity Will Transform the World: Stories of Hope from Catholic Relief Services (2007)  published by Orbis Books, My Lord and My God!: Engaging Catholics in Social Ministry, published by Paulist Press (2007), and co-editor of Living God’s Justice: Reflections and Prayers published by St. Anthony Messenger Press (2006). He is the writer of Wage Theft Comics, published by Interfaith Worker Justice (2013). His articles on community organizing, Catholic social teaching, pastoral planning, and youth ministry have appeared in publications such as America, Social Policy, and CHURCH.


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