Alumni Marking Milestones
Fr. Dennis A. Bogusz (C’ 73) is a chaplain of St. Anne Home in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, says answering the call to the priesthood was paramount for him, and becoming involved in radio was something he desired to extend his ministry. He is celebrating 25 years on WEDO 810 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, where he continues his weekly show, “Echoes of Poland.” He plays polka music, a Polish Hymn, discusses Polish culture and traditions, and delivers a homily. While a student at St. Mary’s College, he had a polka program through the college’s in-house radio station.
Reverend Anthony Camilleri (P ’95) was appointed administrator, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Newport and St. Anne Parish, Monroe, by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron. The appointment became effective January 11, 2016.
Msgr. Michael Dylag (C ’61) is a priest of the Diocese of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, has achieved Senior Priest status and celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination. He served in the Development Office of the Orchard Lake Schools for several years by supporting the fundraising efforts, especially the Founder’s Day Golf Outing, Ambassadors Ball, and Chancellor’s Senate banquet. Currently, he assists at Lourdes Senior Community in Waterford and resides at his home near Detroit.
Fr. John Kemper, PSS, was promoted to Provincial Superior of the Society of St. Sulpice, the Sulpician Fathers, for the U.S. Province. He is charged with overseeing four seminaries around the nation as well as assisting with formation at other diocesan seminaries around the country. The Sulpicians were founded for the formation of future priests. Father Kemper is a priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg in Pennsylvania. He served at SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary as a faculty member in the 1990’s after he completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at Pacific University in California. He taught pastoral theology and was Director of Field Education as well as Dean of Students at SSCMS.
Monsignor Francis Koper, Dean of Pastoral Formation and Professor in the Seminary, celebrates his 45th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. Msgr. Koper, a priest of the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, has spent 42 of those 45 years on the faculty of SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary. Congratulations!
Father J. Maciej Melaniuk, a Senior Priest and a former pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, South Plainfield, New Jersey, was installed as an honorary Canon of the Cathedral chapter of the St. Nicholas in Kalisz, Poland. Melaniuk, who was born, raised and educated in Poland, also worked there as a physicist before moving to the U.S. in 1981 and graduating from SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary (S’ 86).
Fr. John E. Mikalajunas (S ’69) received the title of Honorary Canon of the Archcathedral Chapter of the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Lublin, in Poland, by Archbishop Stanislaw Budzik on April 1, 2015.
Rafal Pyrchla, a seminarian of SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary, was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacon on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield, Illinois.
Father Luke Willenberg, CH (CPT), USA, Second Battalion Chaplain of the 3rd Brigade, 82 Airborne Division’s 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (S’ 08), a Catholic priest from the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, captured the record for the fastest 12-mile foot march by any soldier ever recorded to have graduated from the U.S. Army’s elite DeGlopper Air Assault School in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. On February 19, 2016, he completed the pre-dawn march in one hour, 42 minutes. At 34, this was the final test in a challenging 10-day training class of 100 soldiers, 35 of which did not even graduate the “Go” or “No Go” system, also referred to as the “10 hardest days of the Army.” A native of Poland, Fr. Lukasz Willenberg attributes his success to spiritual, physical, mental, technical and moral resilience.
Fr. Dan Zaloga, a priest of the Diocese of Marquette, Michigan, retired recently from his pastorate, St. Mary and St. Joseph in Iron Mountain, MI and joined the Companions of Christ the Lamb in Paradise, MI. Ordained in 1967, Fr. Zaloga served as pastor of parishes in the Marquette diocese before coming to Orchard Lake in 1981, where he taught and served as director of Music for St. Mary's Preparatory, St. Mary's College, and SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary. Having earned a Master's degree in Liturgical Music at the Catholic University of America, he also served as campus liturgical coordinator. In addition to his music ministry, from 1981 to 1996, Fr. Zaloga served the OLS in various capacities, namely, dean of resident life and instructor of religion in the Prep for one year, and later, spiritual director, member of the formation team and director of field education at SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary. Fr. Jack Fabian, a Detroit priest and Moderator General of Companions of Christ the Lamb, noted, "Fr. Dan is officially a novice – probably the oldest in the world."