St. Joseph Church
New Kensington, Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania Charitable Trust
A Parish of the Diocese of Greensburg

The Reverend Richard P. Karenbauer             The Reverend Alan W. Grote
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Father Larry J. Kulick
Pastor 2002-2008

        Father Larry is a native of Leechburg, where he attended the former St. Martha Parish.  Father Kulick says, "I had thoughts of the priesthood early on in my life, and was encouraged greatly by the expression of faith and dedication of the people in my community and home parish."

        Father Larry earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from St. Vincent College in 1988.  He attended St. Vincent Seminary where he received a master's degree in systematic theology in 1991 and a master of divinity degree in 1992.

        He was ordained on May 16, 1992 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral by Bishop Anthony G. Bosco.  Father served as parochial vicar of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg from 1992-1995.  He served as parochial vicar of Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin from 1995-1997.  Father Larry was appointed pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd Parish in Kent where he served from 1997 to 2002.  In 1999 he was appointed as Consultant for Priestly Vocations for the Diocese of Greensburg.  He was appointed pastor of St. Joseph Church on July 23, 2002. In July of 2004, Father continued his work in vocations with the establishment of the Diocesan Office of Clergy Vocations as Co-Vocation Director.

        During his tenure as pastor of St. Joseph Church, The Felician Sisters began their pastoral ministry at St. Joseph Parish. Father found the St. Joseph Ladies Guild which provides the volunteer cleaning and upkeep of the church building. During his pastorate, the parish’s web site was created and the Hospitality Committee was formed to coordinate and assist with parish social functions and receptions. Father Larry reinstituted the annual parish Oktoberfest, instituted the Father Francis J. Hertzog Heritage Award, The Epiphany Experience and the annual Christ the King celebration. He also created the St. Joseph Parish Memorial Fund to be used to restore and upkeep many of our parish’s historical and architectural treasures. Father oversaw the restoration of many aspects of our church’s physical plant including the creation of the baptismal area, the St. Joseph Chapel, and the restoration of the church front steps and shrine area. Through the successful planning and execution of our parish’s three-year capital campaign “Preserving Our Inheritance - Investing in Our Future” over $650,000 has been raised. With these funds our parish was able to sustain and support Diocesan Lenten Appeal, to reduce our parish debt, to pave all parish and school driveways and parking lots and to install a new Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning System in the church.

        He also helped to oversee the establishment and institution of our Regional Catholic School - Mary, Queen of Apostles. During his term as Chairman of the Board of Pastors at MQA, Father helped with establishment of the Pre-Engineering program and creation of the Pre-Engineering Lab, the Fine Arts Room, the restoration of the gymnasium and the addition of a new heating and air-conditioning system for part of the school.

        On January 31, 2008, Father Kulick was appointed Director of Clergy Vocations for the Diocese of Greensburg and Episcopal Master of Ceremonies with residence at Our Lady of Grace Church in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. In addition, he has been assigned to pursue studies in Canon Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., while continuing in his other two appointments.

        Father Kulick enjoyed working in parish ministry. “Every day this ministry provided me with the opportunity to work with people and be united in our service to God and each other.”

        Father Kulick also has a great love for church history and is active in many Slovak cultural and fraternal organizations both locally and nationally. “To go forward successfully, we can never forget where we come from.”

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