Very Reverend Gregory J. Noga, ECED Chairman
Very Reverend Gregory J. Noga was Ordained to the Holy Priesthood of Jesus Christ on October 14, 1979. He was awarded a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from the Religious Studies Division of St. Charles Borromaeo Seminary, Philadelphia in 1999. In 2000 Father Noga was appointed the Director of Eastern Christian Formation of the Eparchy of Passaic. In 2002 he was appointed to Assumption of the Virgin Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Trenton, NJ and as Protopresbyter of the Central New Jersey Protopresbyterate and in 2007 appointed the Administrator of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church in Roebling, NJ. Father Noga is the current Chairman of the ECED.
Rt. Rev. Mitred Archpriest John S. Kachuba
Rt. Rev. Mitred Archpriest John S. Kachuba is the Protosyncellus and the Director of Religious Education for the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma. He was born on January 24, 1948 and ordained on May 12, 1974. He received a BA from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA in 1970, graduated from Saints Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA in 1974, and received his MA in Religious Studies from Mundelein College of Chicago in 1976.
Rev. John Lucas
Fr. John Lucas was born in Cleveland, Ohio and received into the Church as an infant at St Mary’s (Dormition) Byzantine Catholic Church there. After being graduated from Parma Senior High School, he first entered Ohio State Uiniversity, Columbus. After one year he transferred to Ss Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, (Pennsylvania) attending Duquesne University for undergraduate work, then completing his studies at the seminary until his ordination in 1966. During the course of time, he was incardinated into the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St Nicholas in Chicago, serving parishes in San Francisco, Santa Clara and Sacramento. In 2000 he was chosen to become editor of the English section of New Star, the monthly publication of St Nicholas Eparchy. From Chicago it was possible for him to accept a role in ECDD (later ECED) assisting with revising student texts and teacher manuals, and all the other aspects associated with God With Us Publications. Presently he is Managing Editor of New Star, while in residence at St Michael’s Parish in Chicago, serving a small community of faithful.
Rev. Paul L. Voida
Fr. Paul was born in 1957 in the Los Angeles area, California. He attended 8 years of Roman Catholic elementary school which he believes prepared his heart to be open to the idea of parents homeschooling their children. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance in 1981 from Cal State University, Fullerton. Then for the next sixteen years he had various business careers in real estate, insurance and contracts administration for a small manufacturing firm, and gradually became more involved in parish ministries in both Roman and Byzantine Catholic parishes. His mother, Elaine, was still alive when he entered the seminary and his father, Louis, lived to see him ordained. He entered the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Pittsburgh, PA in September 1997 and completed the course of study in May of 2001. He made two trips to Romania, living there a total of nine months. He continued to serve at St. George Cathedral (of the Romanian Catholic Diocese) in Canton, Ohio, as the Assistant to the Director of Religious Education until he was ordained to the priesthood at the age of 47 on July 10, 2005 at Holy Cross Melkite Church in Placentia, Calif. by Bishop John Michael Botean. He was assigned to St. Mary parish in Christy Park, McKeesport, PA in May 2006. Fr. Paul is developing a Byzantine version of the Montessori children’s catechism program called the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. He is the Director of Evangelization and Catechesis in his Romanian Catholic diocese. Fr. Paul is very happy at St. Mary Parish and is looking forward to building up a parish community with a truly Catholic vision of life.
Sr. Marion Dobos, OSB
Sister Marion Dobos is the Director of Religious Education for the Metropolitan Archeparchy of Pittsburgh. She completed a Masters degree in Pastoral Ministries at the University of Dayton, Dayton Ohio, and received a B.S.E. from Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio. Sister Dobos has over fifty years of experience in the field of education, during which she has held numerous roles teaching and directing the formation of both children and adults. Her various posts have included teaching Early Childhood Parenting, Sacramental Preparation, teaching and coordinating Vacation Bible School Programs, conducting Religious Education classes for teachers, Community Formation Director, and the establishing of the Benedictine Early Learning Center.
Sr. Jean Marie Cihota
Sister Jean Marie Cihota is a nun of the Order of St. Basil the Great, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Province, Uniontown, PA. In 1971 she began immersed in Catechetical ministry at the Office of Religious Education in Pittsburgh, PA. With a few years interrupted serving at St. Therese Byzantine Catholic Church, St. Petersburg, FL and later on the Leadership Team for the Sisters of St. Basil, she once again became involved in Catechetical ministry in 2006, when being assigned to the Eparchy of Phoenix.
Sr. Ann Laszok
Sister Ann Laszok is a nun of the Order of St. Basil the Great, Lover of Humanity Province, Jenkintown, PA. She is Director of Religious Education in the Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma. She received her Masters degree from Fordham University, Rose Hill campus in 1986 in Religious Studies and Pastoral Counseling. While at Fordham she took courses at St. Vladimir’s Seminary with Meyendorff and Hopko. Sr. Ann has published articles and produced several videos on the Mysteries entitled: “New Life in the Trinity”, “Sacrifice of Praise”, “Women of Spirit” and “ The Kiss of Christ”. In 2004 she initiated and shepherded “Generations of Faith for Byzantine Churches”, an intergenerational faith formation process for the entire parish that has a five year curriculum.
Rev. Deacon Daniel G. Dozier
Fr. Deacon Daniel G. Dozier is a Byzantine Catholic deacon in the Eparchy of Passaic, where he serves as the Assistant Director of Eastern Christian Formation. He has published and taught on the subject of icons and catechesis at conferences, and workshops, and is the author of “The Twelve Great Feasts of the Messiah and the Mother of God: A Guide for the Domestic Church” (Eastern Christian Publications). Fr. Deacon Daniel is currently working on an adult catechesis program on biblical salvation history for Byzantine Catholics, entitled “The Advent of Salvation” which is due to be released Fall of 2015. He has a B.A. in Theology from Franciscan University and an M.A.T.S. in Biblical Exposition from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. He and his wife have three adult children.
Deacon Andrew J. Summerson
Deacon Andrew J. Summerson, S.Th.L. is the assistant director of religious education for the Eparchy of Parma. A Cleveland native, he holds degrees from the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Patristic Institute in Rome. He is currently adjunct professor of Patristic Philosophy and Theology at St. Mary Seminary and John Carroll University in Cleveland. While in Rome, he was a guest commentator for Papal events for Vatican Radio.
Rev. Deacon Sabatino Carnazzo
Rev. Deacon Sabatino Carnazzo graduated from Christendom College in 2004 and completed a Masters degree in Systematic Theology with an Advanced Apostolic Catechetical Diploma at Notre Dame Graduate School. In 2009, Deacon Sabatino founded the Institute of Catholic Culture, a non-profit Catholic adult faith formation organization dedicated to the Church’s call for a new evangelization, and has since served as its Executive Director. Ordained to the diaconate in 2011, he also serves as the Director of Faith Formation for the Greek Catholic Diocese of Newton, Massachusetts.