Mother Cabrini to hold 40 Hours
SHAMOKIN - Franciscan Father Conrad Salach, pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in New Bedford, Mass., and former director of guidance and teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School, will serve as the guest preacher at 40-hour eucharistic devotions Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings at Mother Cabrini Church.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held after the 11 a.m. Mass Sunday and all day with a vesper service and benediction at 7 p.m. Exposition will continue after the 8 a.m. Mass Monday and all day with a vesper service and benediction at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, exposition will be held after the 8 a.m. Mass and all day with a closing vesper service, procession and benediction at 7 p.m.
A light reception will be held after the closing ceremonies Tuesday.
Ordained into the priesthood May 22, 1971, Salach has 30 years of administrative experience.
The 69-year-old priest was a teacher and guidance counselor at Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore, Md., from 1971 to 1978. He was a guidance counselor and teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School from 1978 to 1984 and also served as associate pastor of St. Anthony Church in Ranshaw.
From 1984 to 1997, he served as joint pastor of St. Anne Church in Hollsopple and Holy Cross Mission in Jerome in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. From 1997 to 2004, he was pastor at Holy Trinity Parish in Lawrence, Mass.
After serving as chaplain for three years at the Motherhouse for the Daughters of the Immaculate Conception, New Britain, Conn., Salach was named pastor of Holy Family Church in Amesbury, Mass., in 2008. In 2010, he served as parochial vicar of St. Stanislaus Basilica, Chicopee, Mass., and was named pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in New Bedford, Mass., in 2011.
Salach earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from St. Hyacinth College and Seminary in Granby, Mass., and a theology degree from St. Anthony-on-Hudson Seminary in Rensselaer, N.Y. He also holds a master's degree in counseling and psychology from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.