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Redemptorists announce new pastors

Following is a list of new pastors of Redemptorist parishes within the Baltimore Province. Please keep them and their communities in your prayers during this time of transition. Assignments are effective July 27, 2011.

Father George Blasick, C.Ss.R.
Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
Seaford DE
 
Father Blasick, 45, professed vows as a Redemptorist on December 8, 1997, and was ordained to the priesthood May 5, 2001. His previous assignments include associate pastor of St. Gerard in Lima, OH, and St. Mary’s in Annapolis, MD.
 
 
Father Alfred Bradley, C.Ss.R.
Pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Parish
Philadelphia, PA
 
Father Bradley, 52, is a native of Philadelphia. He professed vows as a Redemptorist August 28, 1982, and was ordained May 14, 1988. His previous assignments include pastor of Holy Cross, Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; diocesan vicar for the Diocese of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and two terms as vicar provincial for the Baltimore Province.
 
Father Arthur Gildea, C.Ss.R.
Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish
Baltimore, MD
 
Father Gildea, 69, is a native of Boston, MA. He professed vows August 2, 1962 and was ordained June 18, 1967. His previous assignments include mission work in Paraguay; the Redemptorists’ former high school, St. Mary’s in North East, PA; ministry to migrants in Seaford, DE; and assignments as pastor at St. Wenceslaus, Baltimore; St. Clement Mission House, Ephrata, PA; St. John Neumann Residence, Saratoga Springs, NY; and associate pastor at Our Lady of Fatima (2005-07) and St. Peter the Apostle, Philadelphia.
 
Father Bruce Lewandowski, C.Ss.R.
Vicar for Cultural Ministries
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
 
Father Lewandowski, 43, professed vows as a Redemptorist September 10, 1988, and was ordained to the priesthood May 7, 1994. His previous assignments include St. Cecilia, New York, NY; Immaculate Conception, Bronx, NY; Seelos House, Vieux Fort, St. Lucia, West Indies; the now-closed St. Boniface, Philadelphia; and pastor of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Philadelphia, since 2006.
 
Father Sean McGillicuddy, C.Ss.R.
Pastor of Most Holy Redeemer Parish
New York, NY
 
Father McGillicuddy, 56, was born in Killarney, Kerry, Ireland. His previous assignments include associate pastor at St. Wenceslaus, Baltimore; the now-closed St. Boniface, Philadelphia (pastor from 1996-2002); pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Brooklyn, NY; and since 2008 as a mission preacher based at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church) in Boston, MA. 
 
Father John McLoughlin, C.Ss.R.
Pastor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Ephrata, PA
 
Father McLoughlin, 53, was born in Brooklyn, NY. He professed vows as a Redemptorist September 9, 1989, and was ordained to the priesthood May 9, 1992. His previous assignments include mission work in Dominica, and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; St. Wenceslaus, Baltimore, MD; and Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Ephrata, PA. (NOTE: Father Patrick McGarrity will remain as associate pastor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, and assume the new role of director of assisted living for the Redemptorist community at St. Clement’s Mission House.) 
 
Father John Olenick, C.Ss.R.
Pastor of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Philadelphia, PA
 
Father Olenick, 40, is a native of Winston-Salem, NC. He professed vows September 11, 1999 and was ordained May 10, 2003. His previous assignments include associate pastor at Immaculate Conception in the Bronx, NY, and associate pastor of Visitation.
 
 
Father James Szobonya, C.Ss.R.
Pastor of St. Gerard Parish
Lima, OH
 
Father Szobonya, 49, professed vows as a Redemptorist September 14, 2002, and was ordained to the priesthood May 6, 2006. He was previously assigned as associate pastor of St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage, NY.
 
 
 
  
Father John Tizio, C.Ss.R.
Pastor of St. Mary’s
Annapolis, MD
 
Father Tizio, 52, is a native of Brooklyn, NY. He professed vows as a Redemptorist August 4, 1979, and was ordained to the priesthood May 25, 1985. His previous assignments include associate pastor of St. Michael’s, Baltimore, and St. Mary’s, Annapolis (1992-2005), and pastor of St. Martin of Tours, Bethpage, NY.
 
Father Robert Wojtek, C.Ss.R.
Pastor of Sacred Heard of Jesus
Baltimore, MD
 
Father Wojtek, 55, was born in Baltimore. He professed vows as a Redemptorist July 31, 1976 and was ordained to the priesthood May 23, 1981. His previous assignments include several years of missionary work in Puerto Rico, associate pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Brooklyn, NY, and pastor of St. Michael’s/St. Patrick’s in Baltimore. (NOTE: Father Gerard Knapp will remain at Sacred Heart of Jesus as rector of the Redemptorist community.)
 
Father Patrick Woods, C.Ss.R.
Pastor of St. Martin of Tours Parish
Bethpage, NY
 
Father Woods, 61, is a native of Brooklyn, NY. He professed vows as a Redemptorist August 2, 1968, and was ordained to the priesthood June 8, 1975. His previous assignments include English teacher at the former Redemptorist high school, St. Mary’s in North East, PA; prefect of students at Holy Redeemer College in Washington, D.C.; provincial vicar from 1992-2004, and provincial from 2004 to 2010.