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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 Nicholas J. Rouch

Vice Rector, St. Mark Seminary

S.T.D. Pontifical University of St. Thomas

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Ordained a Catholic priest in 1989 for the Diocese of Erie, Father Rouch is currently the Vicar for Education for the diocese, the Vice Rector of St. Mark Seminary, and co-chaplain to the Discalced Carmelite Nuns at Holy Family Monastery. He has taught regularly at Gannon University, and at the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He received his doctorate in spiritual theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome where his dissertation addressed the relationship of Christian dogma and spirituality in the writings of Cardinal Newman. Since ordination his assignments have included high school theology teacher, Gannon University Chaplain, and Gannon University Vice President for Mission and Ministry, as well as sacramental assistant at various parishes. He has directed retreats and days of recollection for laypersons, married couples, and for seminarians. In 2016, he received a mandate from the Holy See to serve as a Missionary of Mercy.






Reverend Christopher J. Singer

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.






Reverend Michael Polinek

Vocation Director, Diocese of Erie

M.Div. St. Vincent Seminary

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From Wal-Mart to the Catholic Priesthood? Fr. Mike was a department manager of the sporting goods department at Wal-Mart. His plan was to work his way “up the ladder”, but that all changed in February of 2001. Fr. Mike made a three-day retreat and had a powerful experience of God’s love and mercy. He never had dreams of being a priest and he never thought much about God. But that was just the beginning of an unknown, life changing path. Two months later, God revealed to Fr. Mike that a seminary was sitting on that path. A year and a half later, he entered St. Mark Seminary in August of 2002 and was ordained a Catholic priest eight years later, June 11, 2010, at St. Peter Cathedral in Erie, PA. Fr. Mike was born and raised in Erie, PA. After graduating from McDowell High School in 1997, he went on to work in landscaping for the Diocesan Cemeteries and then began working at Wal-Mart in December of 1998. In 2002 Fr. Mike entered St. Mark Seminary and Gannon University and graduated in 2006 with a Liberal Arts degree. He continued his seminary studies at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA and graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree in 2010. As priest, Fr. Mike has served as parochial vicar at St. Joseph Church in Warren, PA and St. George Church in Erie PA. In February of 2015 he was named the Vocation Director for the Diocese of Erie and resides at St. Peter Cathedral. He also enjoys serving as Assistant Spiritual Director for the DME (Divine Mercy Encounter) Retreat Program.




Miss Joan Fye

Administrative Assistant

St. Mark Seminary and the Vocation Office

M.A. Gannon University