Father Richard (Rick) J. Kosisko
Administrator, St. Raymond of the Mountains
Father Rick is no stranger to the mountain or St. Raymond. Some of you may remember him helping with weddings, funerals, attending parish events, etc. During the early 90s, while a chaplain at Seton Hill, Father Rick was called upon to help during Lent here when a former pastor became ill. So, he would come every week to offer assistance, and as you know, he was here every year for Penance Services. He is definitely not a stranger to our community. Father Rick was born February 25, 1958 in Connellsville. He attended Immaculate Conception Parish and was educated at Conn-Area Catholic and Geibel Catholic High School. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy at St. Pius X, in Kentucky and a masters in Divinity (Theology) from Mary Immaculate in North Hampton, PA. He was ordained a priest May 4, 1985. He attended the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and received a Licentiate of Canon Law (JCL). He has been a parochial vicar, administrator pro tem, chaplain and pastor at numerous places within the diocese. He currently serves as pastor at St. Pius X and administrator of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary both in Mount Pleasant. He has also served in many capacities within the diocese including Defender of the Bond and Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal and Regional Clergy Moderator of Region IX.
Father Anthony Onoko
Parochial Vicar, St. Raymond of the Mountains
Father Anthony was appointed parochial vicar of St. Pius X Parish, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish both of Mt. Pleasant and here at St. Raymond, Donegal.
Father Anthony was born on June 28, 1981 in Osisi, Nigeria. He is from the Diocese of Ilorin, Kwara, which he calls the "middle belt" of Nigeria. He was inspired to become a priest by Irish missionary priests in his home diocese. He came to Greensburg in January 2020 and arrived at St. Raymond the day before everything stopped due to coronavirus.
In his home diocese,
Father Anthony was a secretary to Bishop Ayo Maria Atoyebi, O.P. for more than three years. Bishop Atoyebi requires all his secretaries to travel to gain missionary work experience. He is happy to be traveling and is enjoying serving in a place that is not like his home in Africa. He is looking forward to learning about parish organization and the way people of the Diocese of Greensburg express their faith.
Father Anthony is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Paul Yemisi Onoko. He also has a sister, and two brothers (one is deceased). He was ordained a priest on November 21st, 2013 by the Most Rev. Dr. Ayo-Maria Atoyebi, O.P. "Today I am a priest and I thank God for that gift", he said. "If God gave his only begotten Son for us, then there is nothing that is too great to give back to God." Father Anthony resides at St. Raymond Rectory.