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DENNING ACHIDI

Second Theology
Home Town: Bamenda, Cameroon
Home Parish:
 Nativity of Our Lord, Orchard Park 
Education: Montgomery College - Associate of Arts (General Studies); D'Youville College - BA (Philosophy & Minor in Religious Studies).

   
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ROBERT AGBO

Fourth 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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MICHAEL AWUNGNKENG

Third Philosophy at St. Mark Seminary (Gannon University), Erie, PA
Home Town: Blasdell, NY
Home Parish: Our Mother of Good Counsel, Blasdell, NY
Education: 
Bishop Rogan Minor Seminary, Buea, Cameroon; St. John Mary Vianney Spiritual Center, Bamenda, Cameroon - Spiritual Year; Grand Seminaire Notre Dame de L'Esperance, Bertoua, Cameroon - Philosophical Studies
Work Experience: 
Taught Latin and mathematics for a year; worked in two parishes as part of apostolic work; stocker at WalMart; Paraprofessional at Amego Inc., Attleboro, MA; French tutor at Gannon University

   
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PETER BASSEY

Third 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

   
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MICHAEL BUDZINSKI

Pre-Theology I 
Home Town: Buffalo, NY
Home Parish:
 Our Lady of Peace, Clarence, NY
Education: Trocaire College - Surgical Technology; D'Youville College - Philosophy.
Work Experience:  Over 25 years in the construction industry;Autumn Paving, Inc., Snyder, NY; Pinto Construction Services, Buffalo, NY.

 

 

 

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TIMOTHY CALLAHAN

Pastoral Year 
Home Town: Buffalo, NY
Home Parish:
 Our Lady of Charity, Buffalo, NY
Education: Canisius College - M.S., Education; U.S. Naval Academy - B.S., History/Engineering.
Work Experience:  Served as a Surface Line Naval Officer in San Diego; worked for Medical Companies for five years; taught History and coached for eight years in Buffalo, Virginia and Lugano, Switzerland.
 

   
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ROBERT CONTARIN

Pastoral Year 
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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RYAN COURTNEY

First Philosophy at St. Mark Seminary (Gannon University), Erie, PA
Home Town:  Getzville, NY
Home Parish:  St. Gregory the Great, Williamsville, NY

 

 

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PAUL CYGAN

Third 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)

   
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MICHAEL DAUM

First Theology  
Home Town: Buffalo, NY
Home Parish:
 St. Mary of the Cataract, Niagara Falls, NY
Education: Niagara University - M.B.A.; Niagara University - B.S., Computer and Information Sciences.
Work Experience:  Programmer for county jail systems, Technical Support, Casino Promotions.

 

   
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JEFFREY DONOVAN

Pre-Theology I 
Home Town: Buffalo, NY
Home Parish:
 Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Lackawanna, NY
Education: Canisius College - B.A. in Philosophy, Religious Studies/Theology, and Classics with minors in Anthropology and Catholic Studies (2017); Alumnus of WNY Maritime, Buffalo, NY.

 

   
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WAYLON J. DUNCAN

Third Philosophy at St. Mark Seminary (Gannon University), Erie, PA
Home Town: Lackawanna, NY
Home Parish: Our Lady of Victory Basilica & Our Lady of Bistrica, Lackawanna, NY
Education: City Honors School, Buffalo, NY
Taught Religious Education at Our Lady of Victory                                       

   
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ERIC EGGERT

Third Philosophy at St. Mark Seminary (Gannon University), Erie, PA
Home Town: Cheektowaga, NY
Home Parish: Infant of Prague, Cheektowaga, NY
Education: St. Mary's High School, Lancaster, NY

 

 

 

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CHRISTOPHER EMMINGER

Second Theology 
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

   
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JOSEPH FRANZ

Pre-Theology II 
Home Town: Eden, NY
Home Parish:
 St. Bernadette, Orchard Park, NY
Education: A.O.S. in Drafting -- Process Piping and Model Building.
Work Experience:  Drafting/CAD Operator in the Commercial Heating, Plumbing, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Process Piping Industry.

 

 

 

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MARTIN GALLAGHER

Fourth 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)

   
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MOSES IKUELOGBON

Pastoral Year
Home Town:  Erinje, Ondo State, Nigeria
Home Parish:  St. Lawrence / St. Martin de Porres, Buffalo, NY
Education/Work Experience:  SS. Peter & Paul Major Seminary, Ibadan (an affiliate of the Pontifical Urban University, Rome) B.A. in Philosophy, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

   
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CHARLES JOHNSON

First Theology 
Home Town:  Westford, MA
Home Parish:  
St. Stephen, Grand Island, NY
Education:  SUNY Empire State College - B.S. in Business Management and Economics
Work Experience:  20+ years in Information Technology in the Health Care field.

   
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MICHAEL JOHNSON

First Theology 
Home Town:  Cheektowaga, NY
Home Parish:  
Infant of Prague, Cheektowaga, NY
Education:  Community College of the Air Force-A.A.S. Information Systems Technology; Buffalo State College-B.A. Philosophy, Minor in Religious Studies
Work Experience:  Public Safety Dispatcher-Grand Island Fire Company (2014-2016) & Town of Tonawanda (2005-2011); Ambulance Dispatcher-AMR (formerly Rural/Metro Medical Services) (2014-2016); Coordinator of Spiritual Life-St. John the Baptist Parish, Lockport (2013)
Honorably discharged U.S. Air Force Veteran, served from 1995-2003

 

   
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RYAN KEATING

First Theology
Home Town:  Buffalo, NY
Home Parish: St. Louis, Buffalo, NY
Education:  Alumnus of Nichols School, Buffalo; Hobart College, B.A.-English; Arizona State University, M.Ed-Elementary Education
Work Experience:  Nine years of teaching; also have experience in social work
Teach for America corps member, (2001-2003)
  

   
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AARON KULCZYK

Pastoral Year
Home Town:  Batavia, NY
Home Parish:  Ascension, Batavia, NY
Education:  Gannon University, St. Mark Seminary, Erie, PA - Bachelor Degree in Philosophy (2013); Graduate of Batavia High School, Batavia, NY 

 

 

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ROBERT OWCZARCZAK

Pastoral Year
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)

 

 

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WILLIAM PAPAJ

First Theology 
Home Town:  Tonawanda, NY
Home Parish: St. Andrew, Kenmore, NY
Education:  Canisius College, Buffalo, NY - Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Masters Degree in Finance; St.  Joseph Collegiate High School, Kenmore, NY
Work Experience:  Ingram Micro - Business Development Manager of Finance and Sales Departments; Hills Department Store - Retail Manager; T.J. Maxx - Retail Manager
 

 

 

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JERRY PASNIK

Third 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

 

 

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MARIO GEMAR RACHO

Third Theology
Home Town: Balilihan, Bohol, Philippines
Home Parish: Our Lady of Victory, Lackawanna, NY
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

 

 

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First Theology
Home Town: Lancaster, NY
Home Parish: Our Lady Help of Christians, Cheektowaga, NY
Education: Canisius College - BA in English
 
   
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PETER SANTANDREU

Third 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)

 

 

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GERARD SKRZYNSKI

Third 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

   
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PATRYK SOBCZYK

Post Theology
Home Parish: St. Timothy, Tonawanda, NY

   
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JUSTIN STEEG

Pastoral Year
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

   
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EMERSON STEVENS

Second Theology
Home Town: Getzville, NY
Home Parish:
 St. Pius X, Getzville

 

 

 

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PATRICK STRYCHARZ

Third Philosophy at St. Mark Seminary (Gannon University), Erie, PA
Home Town:  Orchard Park, NY
Home Parish:  Nativity of Our Lord, Orchard Park, NY
Education:  Canisius High School

 

 

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JOSEPH W. TOKASZ

Fourth Philosophy at St. Mark Seminary (Gannon University), Erie, PA
Home Town: Elma, NY
Home Parish:
 St. Vincent, Springbrook, NY
Education: SUNY Potsdam - 2 years studying Music Education and Music Business; Iroquois Central Schools, Elma, NY
Work Experience: Line/prep cook, Resident Assistant, dishwasher, summer camp maintenance personnel, landscaping and handyman work

   
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LUKE P. UEBLER, II

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

   
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DANIEL ULMER

First Theology
Home Town:  Perrysburg, NY
Home Parish: St. Joseph, Gowanda, NY
Education: Canisius College - B.A. Political Science & English, Minor in Writing, Magna Cum Laude
Work Experience:  
Paralegal; several student leadership positions at Canisius College
 

   
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DEACON DONALD WATKINS

Pastoral Year
Home Town:  Lockport, NY
Home Parish:  All Saints, Lockport, NY
Education:  Niagara County Community College - Associate of Arts Degree; Catholic Biblical Program of WNY - Certificate of Completion; Christ the King Seminary - Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate in 2005 by Bishop Kmiec
Work Experience:  Don Davis Honda & Heinrich Chevrolet as a service advisor; St. Patrick's and All Saints, Lockport in office management and pastoral ministries
Honorably discharged U.S. Army Veteran
 

 

 

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COLE WEBSTER

Fourth 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