Welcome to new Canon Law Faculty!

Introducing New Canon Law Faculty Members!

We welcome Msgr. John Zuraw, JCL and Father John Keehner, JCL to the Seminary Canon Law Faculty.

Msgr. John Zuraw is a priest of the Diocese of Youngstown. He was ordained in 1987 after completing undergraduate studies and bachelor’s degree (History Major) at the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, and earning the Master of Divinity at The Athenaeum of Ohio, Cincinnati. In 1999 Msgr. Zuraw was awarded a Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL) from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

His priestly ministry includes several parishes in the Diocese of Youngstown. He is currently the Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Niles. In addition to parish ministry, Msgr. Zuraw has served in a variety of diocesan administrative positions and is currently Chancellor and Vicar for Pastoral and Educational Services. He has also served as Director of Vocations, Director of the Permanent Diaconate Program, and Vicar for Pastoral Planning. In the Tribunal, Msgr. Zuraw serves as Defender of the Bond and Promoter of Justice.

Father John Keehner is a priest of the Diocese of Youngstown, ordained in 1993. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in English Literature from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, and a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from The Athenaeum, Cincinnati. Father Keehner studied Canon Law at the University of St. Thomas in Rome where he was awarded the Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL) in 1999. His parish and diocesan ministry has included Director of Campus Ministry at Youngstown State, Rector of St. Columba Cathedral, and pastor of several Youngstown parishes. Father Keehner served in the Youngstown Diocesan Office of Canonical Services from 1999 to 2012. Father Keehner is currently pastor of St. Paul Parish in North Canton.

Msgr. Zuraw and Father Keehner are team-teaching Canon Law I and Canon Law II for the Fourth Year Seminarians. We are grateful for their willingness to assume this responsibility in the academic program.