Parishioner: Treatment of Father Joe 'Cruel'

October 18, 2012 Updated Oct 18, 2012 at 7:58 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

October 18, 2012 Updated Oct 18, 2012 at 7:58 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Mourners filed into St. Margaret church in north Buffalo Thursday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. to remember Father Joseph Moreno. The media was not allowed inside or on the property outside of the church and employees of diocese tell Eyewitness News they were instructed not to speak to reporters.

The 54 year old pastor was found dead inside of St. Lawrence Church on East Delavan Avenue after shooting himself on Saturday, October 13th.

Father Joe was the sacramental minister of St. Lawrence for several years but learned he was being transferred to Orchard Park although officials did not have a new assignment for him.

Many were shocked that he was not being made pastor of St. Lawrence church after the current pastoral administrators were set to retire this week.

"I couldn't believe that he was no pastor of that church. That they had given him this, what apparently was a lesser title and then the abruptness with which he was transferred that seems kind of inconsiderate maybe even cruel," said Nelson Hasselbeck who attended the wake.

Father Joe was born and raised in Buffalo and had been in the priesthood for the past 26 years. He was chaplain at St. Francis nursing home and was the Buffalo Police chaplain for a period of time.

A mass of christian burial will be celebrated at St. Margaret's church Friday, October 19th at 10 a.m.