Father Joseph R. Kopacz, V.G., who has served as Vicar and then Secretary for Priests since 1998, will become pastor of St. Mary of the Mount Parish, Mt. Pocono.He
will remain a Vicar General of the Diocese.
...Father Kopacz, a native of Dunmore, attended St. Pius X Seminary in Dalton and received his bachelor's degree from The University of Scranton and his master's degree from Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, N.Y.He also holds a master's in counseling and psychology and a doctorate in human development from Marywood University.After his ordination in 1977, Father Kopacz served as an assistant pastor at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Brodheadsville
and then the Church of the Epiphany
in Sayre.He was the administrator of St. Patrick Parish in Nicholson when he was appointed to his first pastorate at St. Michael in Jessup in 1989.He was later named pastor of two other churches in Jessup, St. James and St. Stanislaus Kostka, during a parish restructuring.
...Father Kopacz is a member of the Diocesan College of Consultors, was a member of the Evaluation Committee for the Diaconate Formation Program, and served on the faculty at St. Pius X Seminary from 1980 to 1990.He was president of the Catholic Schools' Board of Education, an advocate in the Diocesan Tribunal and a member of the Diocesan Finance Council.In addition, he previously was director of campus ministry at Keystone College and a trustee of St. Michael School.