Christ the King Seminary appoints vice rector

Sun, Jul 10th 2016 08:00 am

EAST AURORA — Father Robert A. Wozniak has been appointed vice rector at Christ the King Seminary. The appointment follows the departure of Father Gregory Faulhaber, who is now pastor of Queen of Heaven Parish in West Seneca.

Father Wozniak joined Christ the King Seminary in January 2015 and was named director of formation last September. As director of formation, he assists seminarians in developing and strengthening their vocational and spiritual lives.   

In his new role, Father Wozniak will continue in his responsibilities as director of seminarian formation, working with the formation team and faculty in preparing men for ordained priestly ministry.  As vice rector, he will work collaboratively with the diaconal and lay ministry formation programs, as they prepare men and women for ecclesial ministry.

"Father Wozniak's profound love and appreciation for the priesthood as well as his burning desire to help others as they seek to serve the Church, as they forge an even stronger relationship with God through their ministry, will serve us well in his new, expanded role," said Father Joseph Gatto, president-rector at Christ the King.

"We are delighted to have Father Wozniak in a role that will help others discover Christ the King Seminary to be a place where their faith comes alive and the Lord's calling becomes clear."

Father Wozniak, a Buffalo native, served as parochial vicar at St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo prior to joining the seminary. He is a seminary alumnus and has been a member of the Jesus Caritas Fraternity of Priests since 1989. Additionally, he has extensive pastoral experience in Western New York, dating back to 1988.

He served as pastor at three parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo - St James Major in Westfield, the former St. Edmund in Tonawanda, and St. Brendan on the Lake in Newfane.  

Christ the King Seminary's  main mission is to educate sponsored candidates for ordained priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church. The seminary also serves in the formation of permanent deacons and lay ecclesial ministers and provides the theological education necessary for students to help carry on the mission of the Church.

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