If you have been away from the Church for a while, know that St. Peter’s is always ready to welcome you home. St. Peter’s is a warm community of faith and committed to helping anyone and everyone draw closer to Christ through the Catholic Church. We hope that you will consider coming to Confession and Mass to begin your journey home, or think about contacting a priest to discuss whatever may be keeping you away. We miss you and hope to see you soon!
Brothers and Sisters,
I cannot adequately describe the joy and happiness I feel as I assume pastoral responsibilities at St. Peter’s. I thank Almighty God for this tremendous blessing and Cardinal Wuerl for his trust and confidence. I pray that I may be an icon of the Lord Jesus in humble service to his flock.
I have already experienced a couple of ways that our parish and school live out our mission “to be a tangible manifestation of Christ living in the community.” First, the welcoming nature of our faith community is evident and I thank you for the warm welcome that you have given me. Second, the service orientation of the community is apparent. There is much going on in our parish and our school because of the selfless giving of so many good people.
Welcoming and serving—two tangible expressions of Christ living in this community. I so look forward to encouraging you in these expressions and many others. I ask for your prayers and assure you of mine.
In Christ, Fr Gary
Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Father Jordan Kelly, O.P., is a Dominican Friar of the Province of Saint Joseph. A seasoned parish priest, Father Jordan has served as the Pastor of the Church of Saint Catherine of Siena, New York City; as Executive Director of the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York; and Chaplain to the Catholic Medical Association of Metropolitan New York. Father Jordan has spent many years in Catholic Education both in Administration and teaching Spiritual and Sacramental Theology, Music, and Liturgy. Francis Cardinal George appointed Father Jordan the Director of Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2007, the post he held until becoming the Pastor of Saint Catherine of Siena in 2009. Father Jordan earned the Pontifical Degree in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC; and the Master of Fine Arts in Sacred Music at Lindenwood University, St. Louis, MO. Father Jordan has served as the Director of Worship for the Diocese of Wilmington; and the Associate Director of Music and Liturgy for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. Father Jordan is a frequent retreat master, a speaker on Spirituality, Liturgy and the New Evangelization, and his worked extensively with the Cloistered Dominican Nuns and many communities of Apostolic Sisters.
Our new pastor joins us effective January 3, 2017.
Rev. Gary R. Studniewski was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1957. He received an Army commission through the ROTC program at the University of Toledo in 1979, completing a Bachelor of Education degree in Biology. As a Lieutenant he served in various artillery assignments in the 82d Airborne Division Artillery, 1980-1981. He was assigned to United States Army Europe,1983-1986,with the 3rd Infantry Division as a Captain and served as battalion adjutant and firing battery commander in Bad Kissingen, and then as the Division Artillery Nuclear Surety Officer in Wuerzburg. From 1987 to 1989 he served in the Army’s Personnel Command in Alexandria, VA.
In 1989 Father Studniewski left active duty to study for the Catholic priesthood, co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington and the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. His formation for the priesthood took place at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, 1990 – 1995. He was ordained a priest of Washington in 1995 and served as Parochial Vicar at St. John’s Church in Hollywood, Maryland. He received the Monsignor William Awalt Award for Youth Ministry in the Archdiocese of Washington in 1997.
At the back of church you will find a display offering inspiring and educational Catholic CDs and brochures. These CDs include explanations of our Catholic Faith, accounts of God’s incredible mercy in the personal lives of Catholics, and practical information for living your faith. Use your car as a university on wheels — listen as you drive, or even as you exercise. Look for the display in the back of church. Your $3 helps to keep the program going.