Rev. Michael D. Balash ~ Aug. 1, 2003 - June 30, 2008
Rev. Michael D. Balash
Born in Gary, IN, Fr. Balash grew up in Hubbard, Ohio, on the north side of Youngstown attending St. Patrick School and Hubbard High School.
His seminary studies were taken at St. Mary Seminary in Cincinnati and the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, where he earned a bachelor's degree in English, and Mount St. Mary's of the West, Cincinnati, where he was granted a master's in divinity and a master of arts in Biblical Studies from the Athenaeum of Ohio, the degree-granting institution for the seminary.
was ordained June 20, 1987, by Bishop James Malone.
Following his ordination, he served as associate pastor at St. Michael Church in Canton (1987-1992) and then moved on to St. Patrick Church in Kent (1992-1995) until he began a master's in theology program with a concentration in liturgy from the University of Notre Dame, earning his degree in 1997.
He has also served as a Member of Priests' Council, on the Diocesan Board of Religious Education, and as the Dean of Ashtabula County.
dog, Alexis "Alex", in 1997 as a puppy (her birthday is March 23, 1997).
lost is companion on May 26, 2012.
True to her
Schipperke breed, she
was curious, interested in everything around her
, and an excellent and faithful little watchdog.
Fr. Balash was the pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Ashtabula (1997-2003) prior to coming to St. Joseph's in August of 2003.
Effective July 1, 2008, Father Michael Balash
became pastor of St. William Parish
in Champion (he succeeded Father Michael Smar, who retired).
In addition to his pastoral duties at St. William Parish, he also serves as Executive Secretary of the Youngstown Diocesan Liturgical Commission and is a member of the National Board of Directors of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions as a co-representative for Ohio and Michigan.
Fr. Balash has also been an adjunct faculty member of the Ursuline College Religious Studies Extension Program and a frequent presenter of workshops and seminars at various Diocesan study days and workshops.
He is a yearly presenter at the Diocesan Winter Liturgy Workshop and has recently been a yearly instructor in the Permanent Diaconate Formation Program for the Diocese.
As of September 17, 2012, he serves as the Director of the Office of Worship for the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown in addition to his pastorate at St. William Parish in Champion.