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Five men to be ordained priests

Sunday, June 18, 2017 - Updated: 7:00 am
By William Hill Correspondent

Bishop David Zubik is set to ordain five men to the priesthood during a Mass of ordination at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 24, at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood.

The future priests are Deacon Benjamin Barr of St. Monica Parish in Beaver Falls/Chippewa Township/Darlington; Deacon Thomas Gramc, St. Ferdinand Parish, Cranberry Township; Deacon David Green, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, Pleasant Hills; Deacon Alexander Schrenk, Assumption, Bellevue; and Deacon Daniel Waruszewski, St. Teresa of Avila, Perrysville.

Deacon Benjamin Barr is the son of Ronald and Mary Anne Barr, who currently live in South Carolina. He has one brother, Aaron, and one sister, Sarah Murphy.

He attended St. Philomena School in Beaver Falls, and graduated in 2000 from Blackhawk High School, Beaver Falls. He was accepted into the diocesan priestly formation program in fall 2000 and attended St. Paul Seminary and Duquesne University from 2000-02.

He was then enrolled in the Basselin Program at Theological College and the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., from 2002-05, during which he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He withdrew from the priestly formation program in 2005 due to medical concerns.

In 2011, Deacon Barr was reaccepted into the priestly formation program and completed a year of pre-theology studies at St. Paul Seminary and Duquesne University. He was assigned to Theological College and The Catholic University of America to begin theological studies in fall 2012, and finished his third year of theological studies in 2015.

In 2013, he was assigned to St. Irenaeus Parish, Oakmont, for a summer parish experience, and returned there for summer 2014. In June 2015, he was assigned to St. Bernard Parish, Mount Lebanon, to begin a pastoral year. He was ordained a deacon on June 25, 2016. In summer 2016, Deacon Barr again was assigned to St. Bernard Parish before returning to Theological College and The Catholic University of America to finish his fourth year of theological studies.

He plans to celebrate his first Mass June 25 at St. Monica.

Deacon Thomas Gramc is the son of Thomas and Kathleen Gramc, and he has two sisters, Stephanie Cannon and Kristina Lampasi.

He attended St. Sebastian School in Ross Township and graduated from Central Catholic High School. He then attended the University of Dayton in Ohio, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2011. In August 2011, Deacon Gramc entered the postulancy of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and attended LaSalle University in Philadelphia.

He was accepted into the diocesan priestly formation program to begin pre-theology studies at St. Paul Seminary and Duquesne University in January 2012, and completed studies in 2013. Deacon Gramc was assigned for theological studies at Pontifical North American College in Rome in 2013, and completed his fourth year of studies.

In 2014, he was assigned to St. Paul Cathedral and St. Regis Parish, both in Oakland, for a summer pastoral experience. In summer 2015 and 2016, he returned to St. Paul Cathedral. He was ordained a deacon on Sept. 29, 2016, in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City.

He plans to celebrate his first Mass at noon June 25 at St. Ferdinand.

Deacon David Green is the son of Lois Green and the late Dale Green. He has three younger brothers, Timothy, James and John, and a younger sister, Kathleen.

He attended Overbrook Elementary School in Pittsburgh, St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin School in Whitehall and St. Elizabeth High School in Pleasant Hills. He attended Johnson and Wales College in Providence, Rhode Island, and graduated with an associate’s degree in culinary arts in May 1983. He earned a bachelor’s degree in food service management from Johnson and Wales in June 1985.

In fall 1985, he was accepted into the diocesan priestly formation program and began studies at St. Paul Seminary and Duquesne University. He completed the pre-theology program in May 1986 and was recommended to begin theological studies at St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, in fall 1986. After two years of theological studies, Deacon Green was assigned to an extended pastoral experience at St. Clare Parish in Clairton beginning in May 1988. In November 1988, he withdrew from the priestly formation program.

Deacon Green then enrolled at California University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a master in education in May 1995. He then worked in various teaching positions at Catholic schools and the Pittsburgh Public School system.

In January 2012, he was reaccepted into the priestly formation program and completed a semester of formation and studies at St. Paul Seminary and Duquesne University. He was accepted at St. Vincent Seminary in fall 2012 to begin theological studies and completed one year. In August 2013, Deacon Green was accepted for theological studies at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts, and completed four years of studies in 2017.

He was assigned to St. Catherine of Sweden Parish, Hampton Township, for a summer pastoral experience in 2015. On June 25, 2016, he was ordained a deacon and assigned to St. Catherine of Sweden Parish for the summer.

He is set to celebrate his first Mass at noon June 25 at St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

Deacon Alexander Schrenk, the son of James and Andrea Schrenk, has two younger brothers, Maxwell and Ian Schrenk.

He attended Assumption School from kindergarten to eighth grade and graduated high school from Vincentian Academy. He enrolled at Duquesne University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and classical languages.

In fall 2011, he was accepted into the priestly formation program to begin pre-theology studies at St. Paul Seminary and Duquesne University. In August 2013, he was assigned for theological studies at Pontifical North American College in Rome, and recently completed his fourth year of studies.

In 2014, Deacon Schrenk was assigned to St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Pittsburgh’s Beechview neighborhood for a summer pastoral experience. In summer 2015 and 2016, he was assigned to the parishes of Butler — St. Michael the Archangel, St. Paul and St. Peter. Alexander was ordained to the Order of Deacon on September 29, 2016 in St. Peter Basilica, Rome, by Sean Cardinal O’Malley. He is continuing his education with studies for a Licentiate in Patristic Theology at the Patristic Institute Augustinianum.

He plans to celebrate his first Mass at 2:30 p.m. June 25 at Assumption.

Deacon Daniel Waruszewski is the son of Daniel and Rose Waruszewski, and has two younger brothers, Robert and Thomas. The youngest brother is Brother Stephen Mary, a Franciscan Third Order Regular serving in Steubenville, Ohio.

He attended St. Athanasius School in West View, St. Teresa of Avila School in Perrysville, Aquinas Academy in Gibsonia and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Moon Township.

Accepted into the priestly formation program in fall 2005, he began studies at St. Paul Seminary and Duquesne University. He withdrew from the priestly formation program in November 2006, and continued his education at St. Vincent College, graduating in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in computing and informational systems.

In January 2012, Deacon Waruszewski was reaccepted into the priestly formation program and began studies at Duquesne University and St. Paul Seminary in the pre-theology program. He completed his second year in May 2013. He began theological studies in fall 2013 at Theological College and The Catholic University of America.

He participated in the seminarian program of the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, in summer 2014. Deacon Waruszewski was assigned to a summer pastoral experience in 2015 at Holy Sepulcher Parish, Glade Mills.

On June 25, 2016, he was ordained a deacon and assigned to Holy Sepulcher Parish for the summer. In fall 2016 and spring of 2017, he completed his fourth year of studies at Theological College and The Catholic University of America.

He will celebrate his first Mass at 3 p.m. June 25 at St. Teresa of Avila.


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