Alumni News

August 2021

Fr. Shawn Simchock, Class of 2020, has been assigned assistant pastor at St. Ignatius Parish in Kingston, Pennsylvania.

Fr. Kevin Miller, Class of 2020, has been made Pastor at St. Brigid Parish and St. Francis Xavier Church in Friendsville, Pennsylvania.

 

July 2021

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OBITUARY: FR. VICTOR WESOLOWSKI, Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary Class of 2008

Reverend Father Victor Ray Wesolowski died on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at the age of 64 at Mount Carmel East Hospital in Ohio.

Father Wesolowski was born on October 14, 1956, to the late Raymond and Odell (Webb) Wesolowski. Father Victor was a lifelong Catholic who received his sacraments of initiation at Immaculate Conception Church in Kenton, Ohio and St. Anne Church in Saginaw, Michigan. Before answering his call to the Priesthood, he worked as a title agent assisting in real estate closings and transactions before serving as an investigator in the Knox County Public Defendant’s Office. He was involved in his community which is evident by his service on Mount Vernon City Council from 1998-1999. He cherished the deep and lasting friendships he formed while working in Mount Vernon. Father Victor received his seminary formation at Pope Saint John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, MA. He was ordained on May 24, 2008 by the Most Reverend Frederick F. Campbell at St. Joseph Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio. In his 13 years as a priest, he ministered in many parishes in the Diocese of Columbus. Father Victor served as Parochial Vicar of the Perry County Consortium of Catholic Parishes, including St. Bernard, Corning; St. Patrick, Junction City; Church of the Atonement, Crooksville; and St. Rose, New Lexington. He served as Pastor of St. Luke, Danville and Sacred Heart, Coshocton. Our thanks to those who provided care for Father Wesolowski, including the Carmelite Sisters of the Aged and Infirm and staff at Mother Angeline McCrory Manor, and the physicians, nurses and staff at Mount Carmel East Hospital, especially in CCCU 2E.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, July 30 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. with the Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 805 Main St. Coshocton, OH 43812. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 31 at St. Vincent de Paul Church 303 E. High St. Mt. Vernon, OH 43050 with Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan as the main celebrant, priests of the Diocese of Columbus concelebrating, and Father Dan Olvera delivering the homily. An additional hour of visitation will precede the Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be immediately following at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Mount Vernon. Memorial contributions can be made to Sacred Heart School, 39 Burt Ave., Coshocton, OH 43812. Arrangements are being handled by Miller Funeral Home in Coshocton www.themillerfuneralhome.com.

On July 8, Fr. Steve Garza ’19, became Pastor of St. Peter’s Parish in The Dalles, Oregon.

Fr. Chris Koehn, Class of 2018, has been named Pastor of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Apex, North Carolina.   http://www.stmm.church/welcome/pastor.cfm?fbclid=IwAR22q4a-V6YFbOUR7m6rBJP8q6BvV9rwdutZV9EyikRu9hUkSCzuUZWhnqo

Fr. Guy Sciacca, Class of 2010 is now senior vicar at Beverly Catholic Collaborative in Beverly, Massachusetts to include St. John the Evangelist, St. Mary Star of the Sea and St. Margaret of Scotland.

Effective July 1, Rev. Kevin T. Hickey ’14 has been assigned temporary administrator of the Parish of the Transfiguration, Wilmington, Massachusetts.

Fr. Rendall R. Torres, Class of 2010, has accepted a new assignment at St. Joseph the Worker in West Winfield and Richfield Springs, NY.  Read his announcement letter to his previous parishioners in Whitehall here:  https://www.hulettscurrent.com/index.php/archives/6788

 

JUNE 2021

On June 29, Father Hage and Father Celentano from the Diocese of Syracuse interview Father Daniel Caughey, Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary Class of 2021, and parochial vicar at St. Mary's in Cortland, New York about the burning question of whether or not discernment ever ends in the life of a disciple.  He shares his moving story of once being married for 25 years before his wife unexpectedly passed away, serving as a permanent deacon, and now serving as a ministerial priest.  In his story, we learn that we can never stop discerning where God is leading us because the life of a disciple is always full of unexpected surprises and new beginnings.  Listen to the interview here:

https://anchor.fm/vocationssyracuse/episodes/Vocation-Chats-Does-discernment-ever-end-e13kukg/a-a61252p

 

Fr. Bob Hoffman, Class of 2019, has been appointed as Pastor of Epiphany Catholic Church in Lake City, Florida.

 

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Rev. Gerald Thomas Hanley, Class of 1973, is Called Home to the Lord. 
Fr. Gerald was a native of Michigan. He ministered in the Diocese of Reno.

Read Obituary Here

 

May 2021

Fr. Mike Fragoso ’13 shared that on May 22, Bishop James F. Checchio will celebrate Mass at St. Mary of Mount Virgin in New Brunswick, New Jersey and will install Fr. Mike as the second pastor of the Parish of the Visitation which encompasses St. Mary’s, St. John the Baptist and St. Therese of the Child Jesus.

Per Fr. Mike, the administrator of their sister parish - Our Lady of Mount Virgin in Middlesex, NJ - is Pope St. John XXIII alumnus Fr. David Skoblow ‘15.

April 2021

Rev. Ron Cattany, Class of 2013, has been named Pastor of Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Mead, Colorado.  Fr. Ron served as Pastor for the last six years at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and its Mission, St Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Denver. In a message reflecting back on all the improvements accomplished at the Cathedral and the great friendships created, Fr. Ron concluded, “My Grandparents were buried from the Cathedral in 1919 and 1920, my Cousin was baptized here in 1939 with my Dad as his Godfather, and my Parents celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary at St Elizabeth in 1966. What a blessing to serve at the two Churches of historical significance to my Family!”

Fr. Ron’s transition as Pastor to Guardian Angels Catholic Church will occur on July 7 – 8. 

March 2021

Rev. Daniel Pacholec, Class of 1996, named Diocese of Springfield Director of Pro-life activities.

“I ask for prayers and support for the pro-life efforts and activities here in western Massachusetts, to pray that amid the perceived challenges life always holds, that all people might see life as a gift to be cherished, and not a burden. I believe that is the whole of the work of the pro-life movement."  Read about Fr. Pacholec’s assignment and his work in western Massachusetts on iObserve.org HERE  

 

Rev. Corey Bassett-Tirrell ’19 of the Archdiocese of Boston begins a new assignment as parochial vicar at St. Bridget Parish in Framingham, MA as well as Campus Minister at Framingham State College.

 

 

Rev. Richard A. Jakubauskas ’99 has retired!  It came to our attention recently that Fr. Richard Jakubauskas retired in July of 2020 after 21 years in service to the Diocese of Worcester.

Fr. Richard A. Jakubauskas, son of Leopold and Eugenia (Mirozcikas) Jakubauskas, was born on Nov. 29, 1943, in Kaunas, Lithuania. He graduated in 1961 from St. Peter High School, Worcester, where he was a three-sport athlete. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from Clark University in 1966, and a master’s degree in 1968, and certificate in advanced graduate studies in 1972, both from Assumption College. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at various posts in the United States. He also worked for several years as an advertising representative for The Catholic Free Press.

Fr. Jakubauskas studied for the priesthood at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston and received a master of divinity degree in 1999. Bishop Daniel P. Reilly ordained him a transitional deacon in June 1998 and a priest on June 5, 1999. Both ordinations were at St. Paul Cathedral. Following ordination, Fr. Jakubauskas became associate pastor of St. Cecilia Parish in Leominster.  From there, he continued on to serve many years as pastor, chaplain, administrator and assistant chaplain in parishes throughout the Worcester diocese and at UMass/Memorial Hospital. We congratulate him on his wonderful service to God’s church. May his blessings continue in his retirement and may he enjoy well-deserved rest!

February 2021

Rev. Charles Ruoff ’16 has been named Parochial Vicar at St. Maximilian Kolbe in the Diocese of Venice. You can reach him at: St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 1441 Spear St., Port Charlotte, FL 33948.  

January 2021

Rev. Rick Lesser ’15 has been named pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle in Delmar and St. Matthew's Church in Voorheesville in upstate New York.  Read an interview with Fr. Rick in The Evangelist, where he was featured in FATHER FIGURES

Rev. Patrick Grode ’18 has been named pastor of Pius XII Newman Center in Brookings, South Dakota.

Rev. John Cronin ’17 was named pastor in November 2020 of The Church of the Holy Trinity in Cohoes, New York.

October 2020

Rev. Jim Bates ’18 has a new role as Parochial Administrator of St. Maurice Parish in Stamford, CT.

Rev. Fred Bayler ’09 - Fr. Fred has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Big Bend Natural History Association. It has been 20 years since he last worked at this location as a National Park Ranger, and he will now support the park’s mission as its premier cooperating association. In Fr. Fred’s own words: “Y’all have an open invitation to come visit the beauty of West Texas! Blessings!”

The Right Reverend Abbot Vincent Rogers, OCSO ’10 - The abbatial blessing of Dom Vincent Rogers at St. Joseph Abbey, Spencer, Massachusetts was held on October 1st. He entered the monastery in 1977, made his solemn profession in 1986 and was ordained a priest in 2010 after four years of formation at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary.

Pictured: Br. Stephen Shanahan '21 (left); Bishop of Worcester, Bishop Robert McManus; Right Rev. Abbot Vincent Rogers; and Fr. Emmanuel Morinelli '14 (right).

July 2020

Rev. Kevin Mulligan ’15 has moved to Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Media, Pennsylvania.

Rev. Patrick Wendler ‘08, has recently been made pastor of Sacred Heart Parish and School in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.

Rev. Vincent Rogers, Class of 2010, was elected and installed as the Abbot of St. Joseph Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts on Thursday, July 24th. Our prayers and congratulations to The Right Reverend Abbot Vincent Rogers, OCSO.

In the Diocese of Columbus, Rev. Ed Shikina, Class of 2018, has been named the Pastor of two parishes: Our Lady of Lourdes in Ada, Ohio and Immaculate Conception in Kenton, Ohio.

June 2020

Watch Rev. Peter Okajima’s story that brought him to the priesthood. Rev. Peter is from the Diocese of Brooklyn and a member of the Class of 2020

https://netny.tv/episodes/currents/the-road-to-priesthood-in-the-brooklyn-diocese-deacon-peter-okajimas-story/

May 2020

Rev. Peter Adamski, Class of 2019, found a new way to celebrate Mass during lockdowns – Mass on the Church roof.

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/coronavirus/a-new-way-to-worship-ct-priest-offers-mass-on-church-roof-amid-coronavirus/2427575/

The joyful ordination of Rev. Nick Zrallack, Class of 2020, was captured in this article for Florida Catholic

https://thefloridacatholic.org/2020/05/06/ordinations-bring-joy/

April 2020

Rev. Kevin Mulligan, Class of 2015, reflects on the impact of the corona virus on Easter this year.

https://www.thereporteronline.com/news/coronavirus/montgomery-county-priest-reflects-on-coronavirus-impact-on-easter/article_4ab999c6-78b9-11ea-bbf0-2f975dc372b2.html

March 2020

Fr. Corey Bassett-Tirrell, Class 2019, one of the first local priests hearing Confessions in the parking lot at Saint Mary Parish in Chelmsford, Massachusetts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/03/24/metro/chelmsford-priests-offer-drive-through-confession-all-specials-come-with-side-absolution/

February 2020

Rev. Philip Schulze ‘16 from the Diocese of Hartford has been appointed Pastor at Saint Margaret Parish in Madison, Connecticut.

Rev. Peter Adamski ‘19 from the Diocese of Bridgeport has been appointed Pastor at Saint James Parish in Stratford, Connecticut.

November 2019

Rev. Ed Anderson ’08 was recently featured in the Bishops Bulletin in Sioux Falls, SD (Bishop Paul J. Swain).  The article details the Church’s teaching on human dignity. It presents examples of different populations and how they are supported by the Church. Father Ed Anderson provides pastoral care at Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Community in Sioux Falls, supporting the elderly and their continued contribution to society and the Church. Read the article about the great work that Fr. Ed is doing in his ministry.  Not only was he featured – he made the cover!  Thank you, Fr. Ed, for all that you do! 

http://www.sfcatholic.org/bishopsbulletin/human-dignity-the-ultimate-gif...

October 2019

Rev. Darrick Leier '18 has recently been appointed pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church on East Main Street in Aspen, CO.  Fr. Leier whole-heartedly accepts Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila’s call to serve in this new parish and starts in short time, taking over pastor duties on November 8th.  Congratulations, Fr. Leier!  Here is a link to his new assignment website:  https://stmaryaspen.org/

Alumnus Rev. C Timothy Corcoran ’12 has written and been published in the July/August 2019 issue of The Bencher, The Magazine of the American Inns of Court (www.innsofcourt.org).  Fr. Tim currently serves as pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Tampa, Florida.

"After work one afternoon in 2008, I was catching up with a colleague over a drink. I shared with her that our bishop was encouraging me to go to the seminary to study for the Roman Catholic priesthood. “That’s no story,” she said. “The story would be if you did it.”  Read the article here.

July 2019

Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary Alumni travel to France for retreat

 

Fr. Russ Mower ’15, Pastor at St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Dallas, Texas traveled with a group of pilgrims to the Holy Land in April 2018

The archbishop of Washington has allowed Rev. Andrew Morkunas ‘09 to seek an assignment in the Diocese of Cleveland. Starting July 2, 2019 he will be the hospital chaplain at Hillcrest Hospital, Gates Mills, Ohio with pastoral responsibilities at St. John of the Cross, Euclid.

Rev. Ken Gill ’14 has been named pastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Solomons, MD. He started his post on July 10th. Click here for the link to the parish website and to follow the great ministerial work at his parish: http://www.olss.org/

June 2019

Rev. Andrew Messina '09 will be adding St. Rita's Church in Oakland Beach, RI to his pastoral duties. Fr. Messina has been the pastor at St. Timothy's in Warwick since 2013, and the two parishes will be "yoking" starting July 1st. Read more here.

December 2018

Rev. Gregory Piatt ’14 was appointed as Administrator of St. John XXIII Parish, Redford, Michigan effective December 2, 2018. Link

November 2018

Rev. Aidan McDermott ’15 from the Saint Louis Abbey in Saint Louis, MO, has been named pastor for St. Anselm Parish in Creve Coeur, MO.  See story here.

August 2018

Rev. Mark Brantley ’17 from the Diocese of Dodge City, KS has been named pastor for St. John the Apostle, St. Boniface, and Holy Rosary in Barber County.

July 2018

Rev. David Rosenberg ’11 (Diocese of Lansing) published his second book "Praying With The Heart Of The Church: Lectionary-Based Lectio Divina". View his book here.

June 2018

The Rev. Emile H. Dubé '12 - Diocese of Portland, has been appointed pastor of the Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord (Holy Redeemer Church, Bar Harbor; St. Peter Church, Manset; St. Ignatius Church, Northeast Harbor; Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Little Cranberry Island), Stella Maris Parish (St. Vincent de Paul Church, Bucksport; Our Lady of Holy Hope Church, Castine; St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Stonington), and St. Joseph Parish (St. Joseph Church, Ellsworth; Blue Hill Mission, Blue Hill; Our Lady of the Lake Church, Dedham; St. Margaret Church, Winter Harbor).

The Rev. Robert L. Lupo '08 - Diocese of Portland, has been appointed pastor of Our Lady of the Snows Parish (St. Anne Church, Dexter; St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Dover-Foxcroft; SS Francis Xavier & Paul the Apostle Church, Milo) and St. Agnes Parish in Pittsfield.

The Rev. Steven G. Cartwright '15 - Diocese of Portland, has been appointed parochial vicar of St. Anne Parish, Gorham, which includes Our Lady of Sebago Church in Sebago; St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Westbrook; and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Windham.

The Rev. Matthew Gregory '16 - Diocese of Portland, has been appointed parochial vicar of Prince of Peace Parish (Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Lewiston; Holy Cross Church, Lewiston; Holy Family Church, Lewiston), Holy Trinity Parish in Lisbon Falls, and Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Sabattus, which includes St. Francis Church in Greene.

May 2018

Rev. Steve Matthews ’16 from the Diocese of Albany is pastor of St. John the Baptist parish in Greenville and Sacred Heart in Cairo (with Our Lady of Knock Shrine). He had been serving as parochial vicar (associate pastor) of St. Pius X parish in Loudonville, NY.

Very Rev. Ivan Olmo ’13 from the Diocese of Orlando has a new assignment as Parochial Administrator at St. Mary Parish in Rockledge, Florida.

Rev. Jorge Rocha ’16 from the Diocese of Providence has been named Pastor at Saint Francis Xavier Parish in East Providence, Rhode Island.

April 2018

Rev. William Jacobs, Jr. ’03 from the Diocese of Kalamazoo has a new assignment as Parochial Vicar at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Portage, Michigan 49024.

Rev. John McVoy, '10 from the Diocese of Wilmington, DE vocation story is featured in Delaware Today Magazine April 2018 issue.

Fr. Russ Mower ’15, Pastor at St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Dallas, Tx traveled with a group of pilgrims to the Holy Land in April 2018