Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., has made the following clergy appointments:
Effective March 1, 2020
Father Scott Kopp has been appointed Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Youngstown.
Father Kopp, a native of Dover, Ohio was ordained June 17, 2017 after receiving a Master’s of Divinity at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Cincinnati. He has served as parochial vicar at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Canton, Ohio until his appointment as pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in East Liverpool in August of 2018. Father Kopp will remain pastor there as he assumes his responsibilities as Director of Vocations.
Father Joseph Ruggieri has been appointed Director of Seminarians for the Diocese of Youngstown.
Father Ruggieri, a native of Austintown, Ohio was ordained May 20, 1995 after receiving a Master’s of Divinity at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Cincinnati. He served as parochial vicar at St. Patrick in Kent from 1995 to 2000, then as parochial vicar at St. Joan of Arc in Canton from 2000 to 2003. Father Ruggieri was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Ashtabula in August of 2003, assuming the pastorate of Mother of Sorrows in Ashtabula as well in 2008. He was named pastor of Christ the Good Shepherd in Campbell in 2011 where he served until being appointed pastor of Regina Coeli in Alliance and St. Joseph in Maximo in March of 2013. In addition, Father Ruggieri has served on the Priests’ Personnel Board, the Diocesan Cemetery Board, the Presbyteral Council and has been a chaplain for the Kent State Police Department.
Father Ruggieri will continue to serve as pastor of Regina Coeli and St. Joseph as he assumes his responsibilities as Director of Seminarians. After eleven years of service as Vocations Director and Director of Seminarians, Father Christopher Luoni will relinquish those responsibilities and remain pastor of St. Joan of Arc in Streetsboro. Building on the foundation set by Father Leo Wehrlin, his predecessor, Father Luoni increased the number of seminarians in formation from an average of 8 per year to an average of 20 per year. Bishop Murry, the entire presbyterate, and the people of the Diocese of Youngstown express their gratitude for his fine record of service in promoting and cultivating vocations in the Diocese of Youngstown.