About Our Clergy

Our Priests

Father John A. Koziol, OFM Conv. was ordained on July 9, 1988 by Bishop Joseph Maguire of the Diocese of Springfield, MA. His priestly studies took place at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX. His philosophical studies were completed at St. Hyacinth College and Seminary in Grandby, MA. After ordination, Fr. John served for a year at St. Stanislaus Basilica in Chicopee, MA and for two years at St. Stanislaus/St. Michael/St. Mary Churches in Shamokin, PA. 

Fr. John was first assigned to St. Philip Benizi Church in 1991. He was part of the first "team" of Franciscans, invited to serve at St. Philip's by Archbishop James P. Lyke, OFM. Fr. John served as a Parochial Vicar from 1991 to 2000. He left St. Philip's in August of 2000 in order to pursue doctoral studies at the Catholic University of American in Washington, DC and graduated in 2005 with a Doctor of Ministry degree in Adult Spiritual Formation. While studying at CUA, he also served for eight years as a Formation Director of the student friars and postulants of his Order. In addition, he served for two years as a Campus Minister at CUA and also found time to assist at a local parish on Sundays. 

Fr. John was born in Holyoke, MA on January 22, 1957. He has a twin brother, an older brother and an older sister. His younger sister died in December of 2008. Fr. John's parents are both deceased. His father died in 1995 and his mother in June of 2008. Fr. John has always been close to his family and enjoys being an uncle to eleven nieces and nephews and a great-uncle to eleven nieces and nephews!

Returning to St. Philip's on June 16, 2009 and happy to be back, Fr. John looks forward to becoming involved in all aspects of the parish community. He hopes that his background in Spirituality and Adult Spiritual Formation will allow him to assist many people in growing in their relationship with God. 

On August 22, 2010, Fr. John was installed as the ninth Pastor of St. Philip Benizi Church by Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory.

Father Vincent Gluc, OFM Conv. was born on August 9, 1951 in Buffalo, NY and is the second of six children in his family. His parents are both deceased, as well as two of his brothers.  Fr. Vincent began contemplating the priesthood when he was in the fifth or sixth grade while attending Saint Casimir Grade School in Buffalo, NY.  While he was in Middle School, a Divine Word Missionary came to the school and gave a presentation, relating his story.  Fr. Vincent became inspired after that presentation and was also influenced by observing his parish priests in their life and ministry.

Fr. Vincent attended Bishop Ryan High School, also in Buffalo.  This school was run by the Conventual Franciscan Friars of St. Anthony of Padua Province, in which he would eventually become a member.  He became the Sacristan for the school and the Friary Chapel.  With this responsibility, he was able to observe the Friars, not only as teachers and Guidance Counselors, but in their religious life as well.

During the summer, while he was still in High School, Fr. Vincent spent several days at the Franciscan Seminary in Massachusetts.  There, he was able to work and pray with the seminarians and observe their daily life activities.  In his senior year in High School, Fr. Vincent applied to the seminary, with his family supporting his decision. He entered the Ellicott City-based novitiate of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual in 1969.  It was during his time at St. Hyacinth College and Seminary in Granby, MA that he received his BA in philosophy.

From the fall of 1974 to June 1975, Fr. Vincent taught at Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore, MD. He then studied theology at St. Anthony-on-the-Hudson Theological Seminary in Rensselear, NY where he received his Master’s in Divinity in 1979.  On May 5, 1979, Fr. Vincent was ordained a Conventual Franciscan priest at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Albany, New York, along with Bishop Gregory Hartmayer (fellow classmate and St. Philip Benizi’s former pastor).  Fr. Vincent later earned a Master’s Degree in Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY.

Fr. Vincent’s very first assignment after his Ordination to the Priesthood was as a religion teacher at Archbishop Curley High School from 1979 to 1982.  He then became Vocations Director for his religious community from 1982 to 1985 in Ellicott City, MD.  In 1985, he returned to Archbishop Curley High School to teach and work in the Guidance Department until 1992.

Father Vincent’s first parish assignment was at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Trenton, New Jersey as an Associate Pastor from 1992 to 1994.  He was then elected Secretary of the Province for his religious community in Ellicott City MD, serving from 1994 until 1997.

From 1997 until 2000, Fr. Vincent ministered as Associate Pastor of St. Casimir and St. Stanislaus Parishes in Baltimore, MD.  After that assignment, he became Parochial Vicar at St. Philip Benizi Parish in Jonesboro, Georgia until 2005, serving with his former classmate, Fr. Gregory Hartmayer, who was pastor at the time. Fr. Vincent then returned to Archbishop Curley High School, and was asked to serve as Vocation Director for a second time, a position that he held for 9 years.

In 2014, Fr. Vincent was transferred to St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Parish in Rosedale, MD, serving as Pastor.  Fr. Vincent was given the responsibility of a second parish in December 2016 and became the Administrator of the Church of the Annunciation, also in Rosedale.

St. Philip Benizi parishioners are very happy to have Fr. Vincent return to Jonesboro, GA where he will serve the parish as Parochial Vicar.  Fr. Vincent arrived on August 1, 2018 and immediately began his ministry at St. Philip’s, celebrating First Friday Mass, greeting parishioners that weekend, and celebrating Sunday Masses.  

Fr. Luis Palacios Rodriguez, OFM Conv. was born on April 7, 1983 in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico.  He is the youngest of four children and has one older brother and two sisters. 

Fr. Luis joined the Order of Friars Minor Conventual (the Franciscans) when he was 19 years old and studied philosophy and theology in Mexico. In January 2014, he came to the United States to study English as a second language and states that, “Every single day has been a blessing in this country, and I have learned many things.”

On January 13, 2018, Fr. Luis made his Solemn Profession and was ordained a priest on June 22, 2018 by The Most Reverend Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., Bishop of Savannah and former Pastor of St. Philip Benizi Parish.

Fr. Luis arrived at St. Philip Benizi Parish, Jonesboro, GA on August 2, 2018 to begin his new ministry as a Parochial Vicar.  He says of his first parish assignment as a priest, “I am really excited for this new experience in my life, and I am very thankful to God because I know that I am going to learn many things from all of you.  I truly believe that each experience in our lives helps us to grow and mature in our faith.  I am looking forward with great optimism to meeting all of you.  I definitely count on all of your prayers as I continue the path through which the Lord is taking me.  You can be assured of my prayers as well.”

In his leisure time, Fr. Luis enjoys watching movies, hanging out with friends, taking a walk or exercising, and listening to music.  He really loves swimming and dancing…and when we talk about food, Fr. Luis says, “I can say that I love to eat!”

Fr. Martin Breski, OFM Conv.: On November 1, 2018, St. Philip Benizi Parish welcomed Fr. Martin Breski, OFM Conv., who is living in residence at the Franciscan Friary on campus.  Although semi-retired, Fr. Martin will be assisting the friars in various areas of parish life.

Fr. Martin was born on September 14, 1942 in Elmhurst, NY.  He spent his Novitiate year (1960) in Ellicott City, MD, professed Solemn Vows on August 15, 1964, and was ordained to the Priesthood on December 23, 1969 in the Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, in Rome, Italy.  Since his Profession, Fr. Martin has earned several degrees (Philosophy, Theology, and Language) in Massachusetts, Italy, France and Connecticut.  His assignments after Ordination were many and varied: as teacher, treasurer, Parochial Vicar, Pastor, and more.  From 2008-2010, Fr. Martin was assigned to St. John Vianney Parish in Lithia Springs, GA as Parochial Vicar.

From 2011 until his arrival at St. Philip Benizi Parish, Fr. Martin served as a Tour Guide and photographer in Assisi, Italy at the Basilica of St. Francis.  His love of photography and “media” is evident when you look at the beautiful photos and wonderful videos he has taken over the years.  Perhaps he will share his talents with our parish while he is here!  Welcome Fr. Martin!  May your ministry at St. Philip’s be greatly blessed!

Our Deacons

Vatican II initiated the restoration of the role of the Permanent Deacon in the Church. The Deacon is ordained by the Bishop to serve within the Bishops' diocese. 

The assigned deacons to St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church are: Reverend Mr. Peter Swan, Reverend Mr. Etienne Rodriguez, Reverend Mr. Gregory Pecore, Reverend Mr. Matias Casal, Reverend Tom Nemchik, and Reverend Jim Windon. They assist the priests during Mass with specific functions that include the Penitential Rite, the Prayers of the Faithful, Proclamation of the Gospel and Preaching. 

The Deacons generally preach on the third Sunday of each month. They also celebrate Communion Services during the week when necessary, prepare couples and witness marriages, prepare families for infant baptisms, and baptize these infants. 

In our parish, the Deacons can be called upon to lead Penance Services, Benediction, Stations of the Cross and other non-Eucharistic liturgies.  Generally, the Deacons assist in the parish ministries where the Pastor has identified a need. The Deacons at St. Philip Benizi Church minister to people in hospitals, prisons, nursing homes, to shut-in parishioners, and wherever the need arises. 


Conventual Franciscan Friars


Fr. John Koziol, OFM Conv.


Parochial Vicars

Fr. Vincent Gluc, OFM Conv.

Fr. Luis Palacios Rodriguez, OFM Conv.



In Residence

Father Martin Breski



Rev. Mr. Peter Swan, Sr.

Rev. Mr. Etienne Rodriguez

Rev. Mr. Gregory Pecore

Rev. Mr. Matias Casal

Rev. Mr. Tom Nemchik 

Rev. Mr. Jim Windon


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