Father Bernard Gaeta was ordained September 1, 1973, for the Franciscan Friars Third Order Regular.
Originally from Altoona, Pennsylvania, Father Gaeta served as associate pastor at parishes in Minneapolis and Altoona, before being incardinated into the Diocese of Youngstown in May 1988.
For the Diocese of Youngstown, Father Gaeta has served at several parishes, including as administrator at St. Michael Parish in Windham (later merged with St. Ambrose Parish in Garrettsville in 2021), parochial vicar at Christ Our Savior Parish in Struthers, associate pastor at St. Christine Parish in Youngstown, St. James Parish in Warren (now St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish) and St. Paul Parish in North Canton.
He served as pastor at Mother of Sorrows Parish in Ashtabula (now Our Lady of Peace Parish), Immaculate Conception Parish in Wellsville and St. Aloysius Parish in East Liverpool (both merged in 2011 to form Holy Trinity Parish).
Other ministerial roles have included theology teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, Army chaplain at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and advocate on the Diocese of Youngstown’s tribunal. Father Gaeta retired on July 1, 2013, shortly after celebrating his 40th jubilee, and continues to serve the tribunal.