Meet Fr. Jack and Mary
I was born in Buffalo and raised on the East Side until '65 when the family moved to a farm in Lancaster. Seminary included 4 years in Ogdensburg at Wadhams Hall (back then my hair was down to the middle of my back (remember?). I attended Christ the King Seminary for 4 years in East Aurora. After ordination I served for 12 years in a number of capacities; assistant pastor, health care ministries. During that time, I served in the Byzantine Catholic diocese singing the orthodox liturgy for 10 years as well (yes, beard and all). I also taught in the Religious Studies department of Villa Maria College for 5 years.
All throughout this time I was in and out of the Diocese of Western New York's D-house, getting acquainted and finding my way home to the Episcopal Church where I have been for twenty years.
I left Buffalo for Philadelphia and a chaplaincy internship in a trauma center there and was received at Church of the Advent, Kenmore, in 1992. Mary and I married there in 1994. We moved to the Diocese of Bethlehem where my orders were received in 1997, and I became Rector of St. Clement & St. Peter's in Wilkes-Barre. In 1999 we came back to Buffalo and Christ Church, Lockport.
In 2009 I became Vicar of St. Michael's and All Angels and Director of Spiritual Care at Niagara Hospice. Now I am very happy to be coming to Orchard Park and St. Mark's.
I am second generation American on my Mom's side. My grandfather came here from Bavaria in 1903, alone at the age of 11. He and my grandmother were German subjects throughout WW I becoming US citizens in 1926. Mary and I share a common heritage, we are both half German and half English-Scottish-Irish.
Mary and I have four children: Justin, Nicole, Kyle, and Elena, all adults.
Everyone in our house loves to cook. We all enjoy a good book, some of us draw and paint. Elena and I have no problem getting under the hood of a car and fixing things.
Justin is a nuclear engineer near Philadelphia. Kyle is an Insurance Agent in Buffalo. Elena and Nicole will be living with us at the rectory with plans to further their education.
We're looking forward to hearing your stories and making new friends!
Fr. Jack & Mary