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Meet the Faculty and Staff

Very Reverend Michael T. Kesicki

Rector, St. Mark Seminary

S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Institute

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Ordained a Catholic priest in 1988 for the Diocese of Erie, Father Kesicki is currently Rector of St. Mark Seminary, Associate Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Gannon University, and co-chaplain to the Discalced Carmelite Nuns at Holy Family Monastery, which is located next to the seminary. He teaches regularly at Gannon University in the Theology and Philosophy departments, and has also taught Latin and German. In addition, he speaks Italian, Spanish and French. He received an advanced degree in sacred scripture, S.S.L., from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, in 1997. Since ordination, his assignments have included parish priest, university faculty, and sacramental assistant at Harborcreek Youth Services. He assists often at various retreats, including the Divine Mercy Encounter, and travels on mission trips and alternative break trips.

Reverend Scott W. Jabo

Vocation Director, Diocese of Erie

Vice-Rector, St. Mark Seminary

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Raised in Warren, PA, Father Scott Jabo was ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Erie in 1990. He received his M.Div. and S.T.B. degrees from St. Mary’s Seminary and University (Baltimore) and a M.Ed. from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh). After 29 years of involvement in high school ministry, including 20 years as head of school, Fr. Jabo began his assignment as Vice-Rector of St. Mark Seminary in 2020. He was additionally assigned as Vocation Director for the Diocese of Erie in 2021. He is also co-chaplain to the Serra Club of Erie and weekend sacramental assistant at St. James Church in Erie. He is on the Board of Trustees for Gannon University and the Boards of Directors for the Erie Catholic School System and Harborcreek Youth Services. Fr. Jabo is a Fourth Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus and serves as chaplain for the Retired Pennsylvania State Police, Troop E.

Reverend Christopher J. Singer

Resident Spiritual Director, St. Mark Seminary

Sister Josephine Vuodi, FSO

Formation Assistant to St. Mark Seminary

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Sr. Josephine Vuodi, FSO was born in Germany of Italian parents, came to Erie in 2008, where she served as Pastoral Minister for St. George Parish until 2017. Sister is a member of the Spiritual Family The Work (Familia Spiritualis Opus – FSO) founded by Mother Julia Verhaeghe in 1938 in Belgium (www.thework-fso.org). The charism of The Work unites contemplation, apostolic activity and penetration of the world in a unique way. It invites its members to bear witness to the beauty, unity and vitality of the Church and to serve her wholeheartedly. The members are ready to meet the needs of the Church, be faithful to their vocation and to carry out their apostolate where God’s Providence leads them. Following the example of St. Paul, the Holy Family and the Early Christians the members strive in their houses to form living cells of faith, prayer and unity.

Sister has a degree in Special Education. Since entering the religious life, Sr. Josephine has served in various ministries in different countries. Over the years she has provided care for the elderly, served as tour guide of the catacombs in Rome and excavations of St. Peter’s tomb in the Vatican. She served for 5 years in the Holy Land as secretary and tour guide in the Christian Information Center run by the Franciscan Fathers, taught catechism to children and performed various domestic and administrative duties for her community.  She lived and served in Rome, in the house of priestly formation of her community.   She earned a Graduate Certificate for Formation in Spiritual Theology from the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation.  She joins the St. Mark Seminary faculty as a Formation Assistant.