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VENATIUS AGBASIERE

Second Theology
Home Town: Uli, Anambra State, Nigeria
Home Parish:
St. Pius X, Getzville, NY
Education: Minor Seminary (6 years) - Bonus Pastor Seminary, Osina and St. Mary's Seminary, Umuowa, Nigeria; Apostolic Work as a Minor Seminarian (1 year) - St. Gregory Parish, Amaigbo, Imo State, Nigeria; Spiritual Year - Custos Ecclesiae Seminary, Uzii, Imo State, Nigeria; Philosophy (4 years) - Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary, Owerri, Nigeria; Pastoral Year (1 year); Theology (3 years) - Blessed Iwene Tansi Major Seminary, Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria and St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria; Formation (2 years) - Theatine Fathers Formation House, Minna, Niger State, Nigeria; Pastoral Experiences - various apostolic works in about 12 parishes in different dioceses in Nigeria
vagbasiere@cks.edu

 

 

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ROBERT AGBO

First Theology

Home Town: Irabi-Ito, Benue State, Nigeria
Home Parish: St. Francis of Assisi, Tonawanda, NY
Education: SS. Peter & Paul Major Seminary, Ibadan-Nigeria - 4 years study of Theology, Bachelor of Theology; St. Augustine's Major Seminary, Jos-Nigeria - 1 year study of theology; St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Makurdi-Nigeria - Bachelor of Philosophy; St. Francis College, Otukpo, Benue State, Nigeria; St. Patrick's Primary (Graded) School, Irabi-Ito, Benue State, Nigeria; degrees in Philosophy and Theology from the Pontifical Urban University, Rome, to which the two seminaries were affiliated.
Work Experience: High School Principal, Teacher, and Finance Administrator; worked as a seminarian in 7 parishes and 4 schools as part of Apostolic work and Pastoral Year; Investment Coordinator; all in Nigeria.

 

 

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PETER BASSEY

First Theology
Home Town: Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria
Home Parish: Annunciation of the BVM, Elma
Education: Providence College, Providence, RI - Theological Studies; St. Joseph Major Seminary, Ikot Ekpene (an affiliate of Pontifical Urban University, Rome) - B.A. in Philosophy; Immaculate Conception Minor Seminary, Calabar, Nigeria
pbassey@cks.edu

 

 

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Pastoral Year
Home Town: West Seneca, NY
Home Parish:
St. Gabriel, Elma, NY
Education: Canisius College - B.A. in Philosophy
Work Experience: 3 years as a full-time teacher (2 years in Catholic Education, and 1 year in public school); 24+ years in National Security serving the CIA, OPM, and USIS
Family: I have 2 wonderful children, Justin and Robert
mbrown@cks.edu

 

 

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ROBERT CONTARIN

Pre-Theology II
Home Town: Tonawanda, NY
Home Parish:
St. Amelia, Tonawanda, NY
Education: Niagara University - Religious Studies; St. Joseph Collegiate Institute, Kenmore; St. Amelia Grammar School, Tonawanda
Work Experience: worked in family pizzeria - Leonardi's Pizzeria, Inc.; assistant trainer for Ken-Ton Soccer Association

 

 

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PAUL CYGAN

First Theology
Home Town: Olean, NY
Home Parish: St. Mary of the Angels, Olean, NY
Education: Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH (2012) - B.A. in Philosophy and Theology; Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH (2008-2012) - Priestly Discernment Program; WNY Children of Mary Home Schoolers (1996-2008)
Work Experience: Steubenville Conferences Franciscan LEAD Facilitator (2011-2013); Morning Star Family Holy Hour Ministry (2001-present)
pcygan@cks.edu

 

 

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CHRISTOPHER EMMINGER

Pre-Theology I
Home Town: Tonawanda, NY
Home Parish: St. Amelia, Tonawanda, NY
Education: Buffalo State College - B.S. in Criminal Justice, with Minor in American History (2010); St. Joseph Collegiate Institute, Kenmore (2007)
Work Experience: General landscaping duties for Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks and Recreation Department
cemminger@cks.edu

 

 

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MARTIN GALLAGHER

Second Theology
Home Town: Buffalo, NY
Home Parish:
Our Lady Help of Christians, Cheektowaga, NY
Education: SUNY Fredonia (December 2005) - B.A. in Sociology / Anthropology
Work Experience: Cashier/Customer Service Desk at Tops Friendly Markets; Senior Teller at Key Bank National Association; Teacher's Aide at Glendale Elementary School (Sweet Home School District); Assistant English Teacher for Kawai-mura Board of Education, Kawai-mura, Iwate Prefecture, Japan (2006-2008)
mgallagher@cks.edu

 

 

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SAMUEL T. GIANGRECO, JR.

Pastoral Year
Home Town: Williamsville, NY
Home Parish:
St. Gregory the Great, Williamsville, NY
Education: State University of New York at Buffalo - B.A. in Sociology
sgiangreco@cks.edu

 

 

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LUKASZ KOPALA

Third Theology
Home Town: Orchard Park, NY
Home Parish:
Nativity of Our Lord, Orchard Park, NY
Education: Papal Theological Academy, Krakow, Poland - M.A. in Theology
lkopala@cks.edu

 

 

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MICHAEL LaMARCA

Pastoral Year
Home Town: West Seneca, NY
Home Parish:
St. Gabriel, Elma, NY
Education: Medaille College (2009) - B.S. in Sport Management
Work Experience: Various jobs including two seasons with the Buffalo Bisons, one as an intern and another as a game day promotions employee.
mlamarca@cks.edu

 

 

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THOMAS MAHONEY

Third Theology
Home Town: Depew, NY
Home Parish:
St. Martha, Depew, NY
Education: Niagara University - B.A. in Accounting
tmahoney@cks.edu

 

 

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DANIEL OGBEIFUN

Third Theology
Home Town: Ewohimi, Edo State, Nigeria
Home Parish:
St. Amelia Parish, Tonawanda, NY
Education: St. Joseph Major Seminary Ikot Ekpene (an affiliate of Pontifical Urban University, Rome) - B.A. in Philosophy; and three years of theological studies in Nigeria and Belgium respectively
Work Experience: College Teacher in Religious Studies; Lagos International Airport in Logistic and Documentation Department. Also worked in a marketing firm.
dogbeifun@cks.edu

 

 

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ROBERT OWCZARCZAK

Pre-Theology II
Home Town: Buffalo, NY
Home Parish:
Our Lady of Pompeii, Lancaster, NY
Education: State University of New York at Buffalo (Class of 2008) - Masters in Social Work; Canisius College (Class of 2006) - Major in Psychology
Work Experience: Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Catholic Charities Msgr. Carr Institute (2008-2012) - worked extensively with individuals with mental health disorders specializing in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; Youth Minister at Our Lady of Pompeii, Lancaster (2009-2012)
rowczarczak@cks.edu

 

 

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RICHARD PANTANO

First Theology
Home Town: Williamsville, NY
Home Parish:
St. Gregory the Great, Williamsville, NY
Education: Daeman College (Class of 2011) - B.A. in Theological Studies
rpantano@cks.edu

 

 

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JERRY PASNIK

First Theology
Home Town: Middleport, NY
Home Parish: Holy Trinity, Medina, NY
Education: Gannon University, St. Mark's Minor Seminary - B.A. in Philosophy
Work Experience: Maintenance at Holy Trinity Parish, Medina; Perry's Ice Cream; Tops Friendly Markets
jpasnik@cks.edu

 

 

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MARIO GEMAR RACHO

First Theology
Home Town: Balilihan, Bohol, Philippines
Home Parish: Our Lady of Victory, Lackawanna
Education: St. Paul Seminary Foundation, Philippines - A.B. in Philosophy and in Communication
Work Experience: Production Manager & Marketing Head at JRC Industrial Sales; Christian Living Education Teacher, High School Department
mracho@cks.edu

 

 

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PETER SANTANDREU

First Theology
Home Town: Hamburg, NY
Home Parish: SS. Peter & Paul, Hamburg
Education: University of Toronto (St. Michael's College) - M.A. in Theology (2012); St. John Fisher College - B.A. in Religious Studies and Philosophy (2009); St. Francis High School, Athol Springs (2005); SS. Peter & Paul Elementary School, Hamburg (2001)
Work Experience: Catholic Missionary with Heart's Home (Point Coeur) in Argentina (2011-2013)
psantandreu@cks.edu

 

 

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ANDREW SIMPSON

Pre-Theology II
Home Town: North Tonawanda, NY
Home Parish:
Our Lady of Czestochowa, North Tonwanda, NY
Education: Niagara University - B.S. in Sport Management; West Virginia University - M.S. in Sport Management
Work Experience: Assistant Retreat Director in Morgantown, WV; Youth Ministry Assistant in Morgantown, WV; Athletic Facilities and Operations Assistant at West Virginia University; Assistant Head Track Coach at Grand Island High School; Athletic Facility Operations Assistant at Niagara University; Equipment Assistant for Buffalo Bills
asimpson@cks.edu

 

 

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GERARD SKRZYNSKI

First Theology
Home Town: Lackawanna, NY
Home Parish:
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Orchard Park, NY
Education: Lackawanna Senior High School; Rochester Institute of Technology - Computer Engineering
gskrzynski@cks.edu

 

 

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JUSTIN STEEG

Pre-Theology II
Home Town: Westfield, NY
Home Parish:
St. Dominic, Westfield, NY
Education: Patrick Henry College - B.A. in Political Theory
Work Experience: Roofing and property management
jsteeg@cks.edu

 

 

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EMERSON STEVENS

Pre-Theology I
Home Town: Buffalo, NY
Home Parish: St. Pius X, Getzville, NY
Education: University of St. Andrews, Scotland - Ph.D. in Classics and M.Litt. in Greek; University at Buffalo - B.A. in Classics
Work Experience: Greek Instructor at University of St. Andrews, Scotland (2010-2013)
estevens@cks.edu

 

 

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LUKE P. UEBLER, II

Second Theology
Home Town: Elma, NY
Home Parish:
St. Vincent, Springbrook, NY
Education: Gannon University - B.A. in Philosophy
Work Experience: Distribution Services Aide
luebler@cks.edu

 

 

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COLE WEBSTER

Second Theology
Home Town: Amherst, NY
Home Parish:
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Buffalo, NY
Education: State University College at Buffalo - B.S. Hospitality and Tourism
Work Experience: Office Management
cwebster@cks.edu

 

 

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BENJAMIN KNOPF

Third Year Philosophy at St. Mark Seminary (Gannon University), Erie, PA
Home Town: Alfred, NY
Home Parish:
St. Jude, Alfred, NY
Education: Alfred State College - A.O.S. in Building Trades-Carpentry
Work Experience: Laborer and Carpenter's Assistant for various contractors in Rochester
knopf001@knights.gannon.edu
 

 

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AARON KULCZYK

Fourth Year Philosophy at St. Mark Seminary (Gannon University), Erie, PA
Home Town: Batavia, NY
Home Parish:
Ascension, Batavia, NY
Education: graduate of Batavia High School; currently an undergraduate at St. Mark Seminary, Gannon University, Erie, PA