Clergy Appointments
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FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT June 9, 2015
SUBJECT         Clergy Appointments

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Bishop George V. Murry, S.J. has made the following clergy appointments:

Effective July 1, 2015:

Reverend Jeffrey Stealey has been appointed pastor of Our Lady of Victory Parish in
Andover and St. Patrick Parish in Kinsman.

Father Stealey is a native of Canton, he attended Canton McKinley High School and Kent
State University, Stark Branch, prior to attending the Sacred Heart School of Theology in
Hales Corners, WI.

Father Stealey was ordained on June 25, 2011 by the Most Reverend George V. Murry,
S.J. in the Cathedral of St. Columba.

Following his ordination, Father Stealey was appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Elizabeth
Ann Seton Parish in Warren, followed by Parochial Vicar of St. Paul Parish in North

Reverend Stephen Wassie has been appointed pastor of St. George Parish in Lisbon,
St. Philip Neri Parish in Hanoverton, St. John the Evangelist Parish in Summitville and St.
Agatha Mission in West Point.

Father Wassie is a native of Conneaut, he attended Lincoln High School before entering
St. Gregory and Mount St. Mary's of the West Seminaries.

Father Wassie was ordained on June 12, 1976 by the Most Reverend James W. Malone in
the Cathedral of St. Columba.

Following his ordination, Father Wassie was appointed Parochial Vicar of the former St.
Pius X Parish in Warren (currently Saint John Paul II Parish), the former St. Aloysius
Parish, in East Liverpool (currently Holy Trinity Parish), Immaculate Conception Parish in
Ravenna, pastor of St. Joseph Calasanctius parish in Jefferson, and St. Andrew Parish in
Sheffield. Father Wassie has been in residence at St. Paul Parish in Salem.

Effective September 1, 2015:

Reverend Edward Stafford has been appointed pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Mantua.

Father Stafford is a native of Youngstown, he attended Ursuline High School, Youngstown
State University, Kent State University in Kent, Saint Francis College in Loretto, PA, and
Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C.

Father Stafford was ordained in 1999 as a Franciscan priest.

He served in a variety of assignments in West Virginia and Pennsylvania prior to seeking
incardination to the Diocese of Youngstown in 2012. Since his return to the Diocese of
Youngstown, he has served as Parochial Vicar of Christ the Servant Parish in Canton and
St. Rose Parish in Girard.