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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 fount 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.

Fr. Paul Miskiewicz, OFM Conv. was born in Buffalo, NY on June 30, 1948.  His family (father, mother and two sisters) are immigrants from Poland.  Fr. Paul attended Bishop Ryan High School, which was administered and taught by the Franciscan Friars.  He took part in many school activities and did part-time work around the Friary and school.  After graduation from High School in 1966, Fr. Paul entered the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and completed his novitiate year in Ellicott City, Maryland.  After professing simple vows, he attended St. Hyacinth College and Seminary in Granby, Massachusetts and professed solemn vows in August of 1970.  In May of 1971, Fr. Paul graduated from St. Hyacinth’s with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Philosophy.  Part of his ministerial outreach was working with the mentally challenged at Belchertown State School.  During his “apostolic year”, Fr. Paul entered into a teaching internship at St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, NY (outside of Buffalo).  He resumed his studies at the theological institute, St. Anthony-on-Hudson, in Rensselaer, NY. 

In March of 1975, Fr. Paul was ordained a deacon and served the parish communities of St. Stanislaus in Chicopee, MA, and of St. Thomas the Apostle, in Schenectady, NY.  Upon completion of his studies, he was awarded a Master of Divinity Degree and was ordained to the Priesthood on May 15, 1976 by the Most Reverend Edwin Broderick, Bishop of Albany, NY.

After ordination, Fr. Paul was assigned to teach religious studies at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Tonawanda, NY, near Buffalo. He also served as chairman of the Theology Department and was moderator of various student organizations, including the Liturgical Folk Ensemble and the Drama Department.  In 1981, Fr. Paul completed work at Loyola University in Chicago and was awarded a Masters Degree in Religious Education.  In 1983, he was honored by the Diocese of Buffalo as one of the Outstanding Teachers of the Year.

In 1984, Fr. Paul was assigned to the parish of St. Stanislaus in Chelsea, MA – his first, full-time parish.  Besides fulfilling ministerial responsibilities, he took care of the Youth Group, Seniors Club, and assisted in Religious Education programs in the parish school.  From 1988 to 1991, he served as Parochial Vicar of Mater Dolorosa Parish in Holyoke, MA.  Besides the usual ministries, Fr. Paul was heavily involved with the local Secular Franciscan fraternity, the Charismatic Renewal, and the adult Liturgical Ensemble.

From 1991–1996, Fr. Paul was Pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in South Boston.  One of the highlights of his administration was a visit from Nobel Peace Prize winner, Lech Walesa.  In 1996, the Polish community of Boston honored Fr. Paul as Boston’s Polish-American Citizen of the Year.  In 1996, Fr. Paul was assigned as Parochial Vicar to St. Adalbert Parish in Queens, NY.  He became their Pastor from 2001–2011.  His major concern during his time in Queens was the restoration of the parish church building and St. Adalbert Parochial School.  Fr. Paul also served as chairman for the Parochial Concerns Commission for the Conventual Franciscans.

In the fall of 2010, circumstances within the Franciscan Order in Britain and Ireland necessitated an American friar to temporarily take the reins of leadership for that jurisdiction.  Fr. Paul was assigned to that ministry.  While waiting for his temporary visa to live in the UK, he served as full-time hospital chaplain in Johnstown, PA.  Fr. Paul arrived in London in early January, 2011.  His ministry was largely administrative, taking care of the Greyfriars (Conventual Franciscans) in Britain and Ireland.  One of his great joys was interacting with the seminarians, and as acting Director of Vocations.

On December 18, 2013, Fr. Paul became St. Philip Benizi Parish’s newest Friar and Parochial Vicar.


Father Peter Tymko, OFM Conv. was born on January 14, 1967 in Legnica, Poland.  After graduation from High School in 1987, Fr. Peter joined the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and studied at the Franciscan Seminary in Krakow.  After the third grade, he was transferred to Czechoslovakia and continued his studies at St. Charles University of Prague.  Fr. Peter was ordained to the Priesthood on February 12, 1994.  He then continued his ministry as a Parochial Vicar, Pastor and Guardian at several places in the Czech Republic (Opava, Brno, and Jihlava).  In 2003, Fr. Peter went to Uganda and ministered for three years as a Franciscan missionary in the newly opened mission in Kakooge.  After that, he returned to Poland and worked as a hospital Chaplain in Wroclaw, Poland, as well as a Director of the Pastoral Center for English Speakers.

Fr. Peter arrived in the USA in 2008 and began his ministry in a Franciscan Parish, at St. Stanislaus Basilica in Chicopee, MA.  After two years of ministry in New England, he was transferred to Washington, D.C. and worked at The Catholic University of America in Campus Ministry as an Associate Chaplain for Graduate and Law School Students.  From September 2011 to July 2015, Fr. Peter served as Parochial Vicar at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Algonquin, IL.  He was then assigned to St. Philip Benizi Parish and arrived in September 2015 to begin his ministry as Parochial Vicar.

Fr. Gabriel Mary Scasino, OFM Conv. was baptized at St. Augustine Church in North Branford, CT where he also celebrated his First Holy Communion.  It was at Our Lady of Pompeii, East Haven, CT where he really began to feel the promptings of the Holy Spirit to become a religious.  In 1994, Gabriel graduated from Notre Dame High School in West Haven, CT and entered the Order of Friars Minor Conventual (Franciscan Friars) in August of that year in Granby, MA.  He made his novitiate in Arroyo Grande, CA (1996-97) and professed First Vows on July 26, 1997 in Trenton, NJ.  He was then sent to Washington, D.C. to finish his studies at the Catholic University of America where he graduated with a Ph.B., a Pontifical Degree of Philosophy.  In 2001, he decided to leave the Order and, while discerning, became a High School Spanish teacher in Maryland and Washington, D.C. from 2001-2009.

He taught at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, MD from 2001-2004; at Mt. St. Joseph in Baltimore, MD from 2004-2008; and at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, D.C. from 2008-2009.  After this period, he discerned to re-enter the Order in August of 2009 in Forestville, MD when he again began theological training at Washington Theological Union (WTU).  He was sent to Assisi, Italy from May-August 2010 as part of a “probationary” period.

Friar Gabriel professed temporary vows again on September 18, 2010 in Ellicott City, MD and graduated from WTU in May of 2013 with a Masters of Divinity.  He was then sent on a pastoral year to Burlington, N.C. to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Community.  On August 6, 2014, Friar Gabriel professed Solemn Vows at the second session of Chapter in the beautiful St. Louis Catholic Church in downtown Buffalo.  

Friar Gabriel was ordained to the deaconate on September 6, 2014 at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. and the following year, on February 14, 2015, was ordained to the Priesthood at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church, Jonesboro, GA by the Most Reverend Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv.  While in Georgia, Fr. Gabriel served as Chaplain at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School, Fayetteville, GA and as Parochial Vicar at St. Philip Benizi Parish.  He was then sent to Brooklyn, NY to serve the San Damiano Mission and then to St. Mark Church in Boynton Beach, FL. 

In July 2017 we welcomed Fr. Gabriel back to St. Philip Benizi Parish.  He is happy and excited to be returning and will serve again as a Parochial Vicar.  Fr. Gabriel is fluent in Spanish and will also be a blessing to our Latino community. 

 

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. John Halloran, Reverend Mr. Gregory Pecore, Reverend Mr. Leonard Chambliss, Reverend Mr. Matias Casal, and Reverend Mr. Bob Rich. 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

Pastor

Fr. John Koziol, OFM Conv.

 

Parochial Vicars

Fr. Paul Miskiewicz, OFM Conv.

Fr. Peter Tymko, OFM Conv.
Fr. Gabriel Scasino, OFM Conv.

 

 

In Residence

Bro. Roger Colton, OFM Conv.

 

Deacons

Rev. Mr. Peter Swan, Sr.

Rev. Mr. Etienne Rodriguez

Rev. Mr. John Halloran

Rev. Mr. Gregory Pecore

Rev. Mr. Leonard Chambliss

Rev. Mr. Matias Casal

Rev. Mr. Bob Rich

 

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