Tag: priesthood

Father Carl Kish at his retirement Mass.

Retirement: Father Carl Kish

Father Kish, who served as pastor of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Cortland since 1988, retired as a diocesan priest in July. The parish celebrated with a Mass on June 17 with Bishop David Bonnar.

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Father Joseph Zamary at his retirement Mass

Retirement: Father Joseph Zamary

After two unsuccessful attempts to complete seminary studies to be a priest, Father Joseph Zamary found unexpected encouragement from a future canonized saint—Padre Pio.

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Father Joseph Rudjak at his retirement Mass

Retirement: Father Joseph Rudjak

A long and winding road led Father Joseph Rudjak to the priesthood for the Diocese of Youngstown, a door which he walked through 23 years ago after serving as a deacon for 30 years.

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Father Bernard Gaeta

Father Bernard Gaeta- 50th Jubilee

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.

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Monsignor Lewis Gaetano

Monsignor Lewis Gaetano- 50th Jubilee

Monsignor Lewis Gaetano was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Steubenville on May 18, 1973. Originally from Canton, Monsignor Gaetano has served many roles in his half-century as a priest, including pastor, missionary and teacher.

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Father Gregory Fedor

Father Gregory Fedor- 40th Jubilee

Father Gregory Fedor was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Youngstown on June 18, 1983. Originally from Conneaut, Ohio, Father Fedor has served for the past 14 years as the pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Austintown, and he also became the pastor at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Austintown in 2021. 

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their hands upon the ordinands, signifying the unity of the priesthood. Photo by Brian Keith

Answering the Call

On Saturday, June 17, 2023, Bishop David Bonnar ordained three new priests for the Diocese of Youngstown: Father Bob England, Father John Rovnak and Father Frederick “Fritz” Schleuter.

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Priests stand during Mass

2023 Priest Convocation

Our diocesan priests will be on a retreat focused on wellness and spiritual renewal. Thank you for your prayers and patience during this time.

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Called to the Order of Priest: Rev. Mr. Robert England, Rev. Mr. John Rovnak, Rev. Mr. Frederick Schleueter.

Ordination to the Priesthood

Bishop Bonnar will preside at the Mass of Ordination for Robert England, John Rovnak and Frederick Schlueter to the Sacred Order of Priesthood. Mass will be live-streamed.

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