Farewell and Retirement for Six Faculty Members

On Friday, April 30, 2021, the seminary community celebrated the 135 years of teaching and service of six esteemed faculty members.

Father John Loya (32 years) and Father Mark Hollis (11 years) served as spiritual fathers and have accompanied many seminarians into the priesthood and beyond as spiritual directors.

Father Gary Yanus (15 years) taught Canon Law with the jurisprudence of the Church and with a pastoral heart. His passion for the law, his love for the Church, and his almost forty years of priestly service to our diocese has blest us all.

Father John Manning (8 years) stepped returned in 2012 after the sudden death of Father Thomas Tifft. Father taught Church History and the History of the Diocese, courses that he taught in his “first incarnation as a seminary professor in the mid 1970s.” He graciously said yes and continued to teach until he received permission to retire July 1. After adjusting to his retirement, Father Manning will return to teach American Catholicism and the History of the Diocese from time to time

Father Gerald Bednar (34 years) has served as chair of the systematics department and as a formator and vice-rector for Saint Mary Seminary. He has served as moderator for the Social Concerns committee and was administrative trustee of the Outreach Trust Fund. He coordinated the Mullen Lectures and served on a task force to start Project Hope for the Homeless in which he has served as chairman and trustee from the onset.  Father Bednar combined his legal training with his love of literature and theology. Father as offered to help coordinate cultural events and possibly teach an elective course.

Dr. Edward Kaczuk (34 years) began at Borromeo Seminary and then accepted the role of music director for Saint Mary Seminary. He has consistently helped seminarians find their voice—liturgically and ministerially, building confidence and liturgical style by helping cantors and choirs prepare for liturgical celebrations, enhancing the liturgy with handbells and other instruments. It is still unknown how many instruments Ed can play or even possesses. Dr. Kaczuk has served as chair of the Assessment Committee. As a member of the Spiritual-Liturgical Life committee he has collaborated with Father Woost in making sure that all of us understand what “full, active, and conscious” participation looks like.  Dr. Kaczuk will to continue to help us next year with the transition of a new music director and perhaps make an appearance from time to time as a guest musician.

To all our retirees, on behalf of Borromeo and Saint Mary Seminaries, we thank you and offer you our prayers and gratitude for your years of faithful service.