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Father Cicero became the pastor of Blessed Sacrament and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parishes on August 22, 2020. Born and raised in Warren, Ohio he attended Catholic schools at St. James, St. Mary’s, and John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, class of 2001. After one year of college at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., he entered the seminary for the Diocese of Youngstown. In 2005, he earned a Bachelor of Philosophy and History from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. As a seminarian at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, he received a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 2008. He continued his studies at the Pontifical Saint John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family. Bishop George V. Murry, S.J. ordained him to the priesthood on July 18, 2010. As his first priestly assignment, completed a License of Sacred Theology at the John Paul Il Institute in Rome. In 2011, he was appointed parochial vicar of St. Christine Parish in Youngstown. On February 1, 2014, he became the pastor of St. Jude, Columbiana, and Our Lady of Lourdes East Palestine where he served until coming to Warren. Father’s mother and father live in Singer Island, Florida, and Warren. He has an older brother and younger sister and brother-in-law. Father loves parish ministry. He asks for prayers for vocations to the priesthood.
Father John Trimbur was born on January 15, 1947 to Joseph and Lena (Chiarmonte) Trimbur. He grew up in Niles where he was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish. He graduated from the parish grade school in 1960. In 1964 he graduated from Niles McKinley High School before entering the seminary that fall. In 1970 he received a bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He received a Master’s in Divinity from St. Thomas Theological Seminary in Denver, CO in 1974. He was ordained a priest on May 25, 1974 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver. He transferred to the Diocese of Youngstown in 1978 to be closer to his parents and family. His first assignment in the diocese was St. James, Warren. Most of his ministry has been in parishes in Colorado, Austintown, and Campbell. In June 2020 he retired from St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital and Hospice House. He was chaplain there for 11 years. He is retired but very happy to be helping Fr. Cicero here in Warren. He has a brother Thomas and his wife Sue who are members of Blessed Sacrament Parish.
Deacon Ed Kleese is a 62-year-old permanent deacon in the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio. He and his wife, Diane M. Kleese, are members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (SEAS), a Roman Catholic parish in Warren, Ohio. Children include 4 married daughters, 1 married son, 5 granddaughters, and 5 grandsons. Ed is a petroleum engineer and a union member of Operating Engineers Local #66. Hobbies include taking autumn vacations with wife, Diane, up to New England, being with the children and grandchildren, raising sweet corn, and gardening. Deacon Ed felt a call to the diaconate in 2013 and was blessed to be ordained a permanent deacon on August 31st of 2019 at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown, Ohio. He currently diaconates (along with brother deacons Robert Simmerly and Joseph Toth) at both sites of SEAS (St. James and SS. Cyril and Methodius) and also at Blessed Sacrament parish. Ministries include funeral and prison ministry, and the altar server instructor for SEAS. Special spiritual devotions include those to the Sacred Heart and Blood of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Ever-Virgin Mary (along with the Rosary, Brown Scapular, and Miraculous Medal), St. Joseph, and St. Edward.
Deacon Bob Simmerly has been a member at SEAS for over 30 years. He was born and raised in Fairview Park, Ohio in the Cleveland Diocese and was a member of St. Angela Merici Parish. He is one of eight children, 5 boys and 3 girls to Herb and Carol Simmerly. All of them went to catholic school from grade school through high school. As you can see, handing on the faith was important. Mom and Dad had a deep faith and love for the Catholic Church. He graduated from St. Edward High School in 1977. He wrestled in high school, was in the high school play and was a member of the same religious retreat team throughout high school. After graduation he coached C.Y.O. wrestling at our parish for 4 years. College did not start for him until 1983. He graduated from Borromeo Seminary College in 1987, then attended St. Mary’s Major Seminary in Cleveland for one year, leaving in 1988. Eight months later, he was working as a medical courier and his job brought him to the Warren area. One of his clients is now the love of his life for 30 years. Deb and her two girls and himself became a family on May 18, 1991. The Church was always important to him and with Fr. Crumbley’s guidance and blessings and his wife’s support, he entered the permanent diaconate program in 2004. On September 13, 2020, he celebrated 12 years as a permanent deacon. His first love is his family. He feels very lucky to have both.
Deacon Joseph Toth was born on 11/19/39 and become a Catholic Christian with Baptism at St. Cyril and Methodius Church on Dec. 18, 1939 and attended church there with his family until 1942. Due to WWII, rationing of gas and tires, it was necessary to transfer to St. James Church on Burton St., because his home was the 6th house from the church and a very short walk. At this church, he received the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation. In 1957, he graduated from Harding High School and entered the USA Army basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Upon discharge, he returned home and enrolled in college at YSU. He graduated from YSU and received a Bachelor of Science degree in education. He spent 52 years as a teacher, principal, and university instructor in education. In 1963, he and his wife were married at St. James church and have three daughters and four grandchildren. Bonnie and Joseph have enjoyed 57 wonderful years together as a married couple. In 1989, he answered the Lord’s call and became an ordained deacon. As a deacon, his service to people of our church has been in hospitals, nursing homes, RCIA, CCD; and in all three parishes which include, Blessed Sacrament, St. James and St. Cyril’s.
As of January 2021, after nearly thirty years of diaconal ministry in Warren, for health reasons, Deacon Joe has agreed to step back from diaconating at Mass. He will continue his ministry in various areas of parish life, especially at Trumbull Regional Health Center.
My name is William “Will” Wainio and I am very happy to become a member of the Catholic Community here in Warren. I am 28 years old and have felt the call to be a priest since I was very young. I was born and raised in Youngstown (Boardman Township) and I love being able to call the Mahoning Valley my home. I have been blessed by a large and loving extended family and countless friends who have encouraged and supported me. My parents, Anthony (Bert) and Cynthia (Cyndi) Rega Wainio, along with my younger sister, Emily Wainio, continue to be the best support in my discernment of priesthood.
I am a member of the graduating class of 2011 from Ursuline High School as well as the class of 2019 from John Carroll University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy with minors in Theology and Religious Studies and Sociology. I am currently a graduate student and seminarian at Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Cleveland.
I have enjoyed teaching CCD and theology classes in both junior high and high school. I love the volunteer work I continue to do with Ursuline High School. I also serve as an adult advisor with the Mahoning County Junior Fair Board (Canfield Fair), a board member of the Mahoning County Youth Agricultural Society, and founder/chairman of the George Grim Memorial Scholarship Fund.
My time in seminary has only been enriched by the parish communities of my home parish, Saint Angela Merici (Youngstown), Saint Luke (Boardman), and Saint Michael the Archangel (Canton) where I spent my first two summers. I am confident that after this next year I will be adding the Catholic communities of Blessed Sacrament and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton to this list of parish communities who have blessed my life and discernment. In the weeks and months ahead be assured of my prayers for you and the people you love. I look forward to meeting you and working with the staff and members of both parishes.
Thank you for your warm welcome!
Mary Kay Krisman worked for state government for 37 years in different positions, until she retired in 2010. During the time that she was working, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kent State University. After retiring, she wanted to do some volunteering. This was around the same time when the two churches merged; she started volunteering at the St. Cyril's kitchen in helping to make pirohy, kolachi and Easter bread. The comradery with all the workers is an experience she will always treasure and never forget and she urges anyone who h as some extra time to come and participate. You won't regret it. Through the recommendation of a parishioner, she applied for and got a temporary job that was available in the parish office; filling in and helping out where needed for a couple of months. That was nine years ago. She is currently the Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper at the parish office. It has truly been a great learning experience working in several different capacities as well as very rewarding; mostly due from the great support of the members of this parish.
She was born in Cleveland, Ohio but moved to Ashtabula, Ohio where her Dad opened an Outdoor Army Store. She was one of 10 children raised in a home of love and faith. She was educated at St. Joseph School and St. John High School. She began her college education at St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and continued at Youngstown State University where she earned an Elementary Teaching Degree. Her career as a teacher began at St. Christine School in Youngstown, and continued in Ashtabula at Mt. Carmel School. She married her wonderful husband, John (Jack) Dugan and moved to Warren. They had two very loving daughters, Maureen and Colleen. During the years she spent at home raising her two daughters, her husband and herself were also foster parents to over 20 special children. One day when she expressed the desire to return to teaching, her husband said, "You are teaching, you're just specializing." Eventually she returned to teaching at St. James School when her daughter, Colleen, was in kindergarten. She taught both kindergarten and second grade for many years. Then she was back at Youngstown State University where she earned a Master Degree in Educational Administration. Her career in education continued as a principal at St. Pius X School in Warren. When St. Pius X School closed, she taught for two years at JFK lower campus before retiring. Her life has always been blessed and enriched by her faith and love of God. She is both honored and humbled to be in the position of Director of Religious Education at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.
Darla is the new Director of Religious Education at Blessed Sacrament and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Darla is a member of St. John Paul II Parish. She is married and has 3 grown children. Darla enjoys reading, exercising and spending time outdoors. At St. John Paul II, Darla was the director of CCD, and facilitated Children’s Liturgy. She is also a lector and a Eucharistic Minister. Before taking the position of DRE, Darla was an elementary school teacher in Warren and Youngstown. She looks forward to not only passing on knowledge of the Catholic Faith, but also helping to create true encounters with Jesus Christ for children and adults.
Daniel is the Youth Minister for both Blessed Sacrament Parish and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. He is 23 years old, lives in Howland Ohio, has 3 older siblings and 1 younger brother. He is a 2019 graduate from the University of Dayton with a B.S in Biology and a minor in Religious Studies. He has been a part of the Blessed Sacrament Community since his earliest day, having completed his Sacraments there. Before he started his ministry, he was a permanent substitute teacher, for a majority of the 2019-2020 school year, at Warren John F. Kennedy Upper Campus teaching 6th grade Science and 7th grade Religion. When Daniel is not enjoying his work at the parish office to prepare for his ministry, you can find him either at home spending time with his family or at the golf course working on his game. Some of his favorite activities include reading books and articles on faith, theology, or the Church, with the occasional play or fiction. He also enjoys staying active or being outdoors such as playing golf, jogging, hiking, working-out or enjoying the things of nature. One fun fact about him is that he enjoys singing in church and did not find that out until he signed up to sing for the University of Dayton choir on Sunday mornings.
As a lifelong member of the St. James site I began to play the organ in church in 1963 while as a student at St. James School. I continued to occasionally play for a variety of services and Sunday Mass through grade school and high school. After returning to Warren from the Ohio State University in 1971, I was asked by the director of the newly formed St. James Cantate Choir, Ron Karrenbauer, to be the organist. I have continued in that position off and on for a number of years, taking over as director and organist in the mid 1980s. After an international assignment with my main employer, my family and I returned to Warren where I returned to the choir as organist and director in the early 2000s and have been there since. With the creation of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, I assumed these duties at that site as well. It has been a pleasure and an honor to be associated with such fine people and pastors as I have with our parish.
Linda had family in Youngstown and when they were visiting her mother took the test to work at the Post Office. Several months later her mother she was offered a job. Linda along with her mother and brothers moved to Ohio from New York in 1969. Eventually, Linda and one of her brothers would also work at the Post Office. Linda and her mother are both retired from there now. She has a husband Mark, he is a retired millwright.; and two daughters, Lauren (23) and Linda (22). Lauren just bought her first house! We are so proud of her. She works at Great Clips and does pretty good for herself there. She has a kind and caring attitude and much of the haircuts she does are on people who request her. Linda met Mark on a blind date, as well as her mother and stepfather and one of her brothers and his wife. Pay attention singles - don't dismiss it when your friends want you to meet someone!! I have been working at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for about four months. I never realized how much goes on behind the scenes to make everything work. It has been fulfilling to learn all the things I have so far and I look forward to new challenges.
Jean is the offertory and parishioner coordinator at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. She started as a volunteer in the office at St. Cyril and Methodius before being hired part-time for the parish. She retired from Warren General Hospital after 25 years as a supervisor in data processing.
Jean has two daughters and three grandsons. Her daughter Christine is a nurse in Tarrytown, New York and daughter Nicole is a social worker in Warren.
Julana has been a member at St. James (now St. EAS) since 1962, when she was baptized. She started teaching CCD in 1992. Julana began working at the parish in 1997 for Father Crumbley as his cook. Then housekeeping was added to her job. Julana loves her my job and feels blessed to have a job that allows her to always be available her family's needs. Her entire family including herself have played music for mass, have been Eucharistic ministers, readers and volunteers for whatever the church was doing at that time. She LOVES music and everyone knows where she is at by following the sound of her voice singing to the music. Her favorite saying "All IS GOOD!"
Born June 27, 1940 to Katherine and Joseph Blascak Sr. The youngest of four brothers, he went to Girard school system and the College of Notre Dame of Canada and Youngstown State University. Marty is married to Donna Drivas and they have two daughters and three sons.
Marty is retired from Anchor Motor Freight, contract carrier for General Motors after 32 years. Presently working in maintenance for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for 14 years.
Martin was born in Youngstown, Ohio. His parents moved the family to Cortland Ohio when he was nine. He graduated from Lakeview High School and earned his Bachelor's Degree from Youngstown State University in Electrical Engineering Technology. Martin spent over 12 years in the technology field before becoming a high school math teacher in 2010. Right now he is a substitute teacher for Trumbull County Schools and working for the church while trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. Martin enjoys spending time with family and friends, visiting nature parks, enjoy singing, playing guitar, drums and writing music.
Jonathan Bland is part of the maintenance crew at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. He has been employed with St. Elizabeth Ann Seton since 2008. Jon. Bland has also been employed with Blessed Sacrament, where he was a supervisor of a maintenance crew for 7 years. He also works at Howland PsyCare as a clinical social worker; where he councils children, adults and families with mental/behavioral/communal health issues.
Jim as born May 18, 1953 in Warren Ohio. His parents were Joseph and Pauline Gorse. He is a lifelong Catholic and attended Catholic schools through eighth grade. He graduated from Howland High school. Following graduation, he worked at Copperweld Steel and Kmart Distribution Center.
Jim has been married for 38 years and they have 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren.
Sal is the head of Maintenance at Blessed Sacrament as well as employed in maintenance program at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton He also serves on SEAS Pastoral Council along with Usher and Money Counting Ministries. Sal has an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering and was a Journeyman Machine Repairman. He is a former Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, Retired Captain from Howland Fire Department and currently is a member of the Howland Township Zoning Commission.
Sal is married and together with his wife Patty have 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren. Sal loves projects and woodworking and is thrilled to share his time and talent between the two parishes.
Ruth is the sacristan for St. Cyril's Church. She took over after Eleanor Fairbanks stepped down as sacristan about 6 years ago. Ruth has lived in Warren for 30 years and joined the church 13 years ago. She loves animals and has a retriever named Carli. Ruth is involved in various church groups and participates in the novena at St. Cyril's every Wednesday.
Marie Therese has been the sacristan at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for 15 years. She enjoys the job and the parishioners she has gotten to know over the years. Marie Therese is thankful for all the parishioners who volunteered to help decorate the church during the different liturgical seasons; as “we all look forward to working together.”