Please welcome a familiar face to a more formal role in our parish. Father Paul Schenck, who has been a friend and resource to the parish, has been assigned by Bishop Gainer as Parochial Vicar in our parish, effective February 1.
Father Schenck, as you may know, brings a rich background to his priestly ministry. The Lord has led him from deep spiritual roots in a Jewish family, to baptism at age 16, to ordination in the Evangelical and Anglican traditions. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Harrisburg under a special provision established by Pope Saint John Paul II for married Anglican priests.
Father Schenck will celebrate Masses and other sacraments, make pastoral visits, provide pastoral counseling and spiritual direction, and support the parish’s ministry to Catholic residents at Messiah Lifeways. His assignment as Parochial Vicar means that he will serve the parish about 20 hours each week. He is a certified bioethicist, holding a certificate from the National Catholic Bioethics Center and an EdD in Applied Pastoral Practice from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana. He is a board-certified pastoral counselor, and is completing a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Thomas University. He serves on the ethics committee for palliative care at UPMC Pinnacle Health in Harrisburg, and is an adjunct instructor in Theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio.