Four men to be ordained diocesan priests June 2

Mon, May 7th 2018 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has ordained several groups of priests since coming to the diocese in 2012. (WNYC File Photo)
Bishop Richard J. Malone has ordained several groups of priests since coming to the diocese in 2012. (WNYC File Photo)

Bishop Richard J. Malone will have the honor of ordaining four men to the priesthood on Saturday, June 2. The special Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. The new priests, who were ordained deacons in September, are Rev. Mr. Peter Nsa Bassey, Rev. Mr. Paul Stanislaw Cygan, Rev. Mr. Peter Santandreu and Rev. Mr. Gerard Skrzynski. Each of the men will graduate from Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, on May 11 with a master of divinity degree.

Rev. Mr. Bassey, is a native of Nigeria, who also studied theology at Providence College in Rhode Island before entering Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora.

Born and raised in Olean, Rev. Mr. Cygan, graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville and entered the Conventual Franciscans, a religious order of priests, before deciding to study at Christ the King Seminary to become a diocesan priest.

Rev. Mr. Santandreu earned a bachelor's degree from St. John Fisher College in Rochester and a master's degree from the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto before entering the seminary.

A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Rev. Mr. Skrzynski worked as a computer and software engineer prior to entering the seminary.  He grew up in Lackawanna.  

Following their ordinations, the four new diocesan priests will be assigned to parishes in the diocese where they will serve as parochial vicars.     

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