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Fr. John Sledziona honored at Niagara University Heritage Convocation

JohnSledziona-NUawards13-headerFr. John S. Sledziona, C.M. was among four individuals who were honored during Niagara University’s annual Vincentian Heritage Convocation, held September 26, 2013. The event, which takes place during the university’s celebration of Vincentian Heritage Week, recognizes the extraordinary contributions of university employees, alumni and community leaders.

JohnSledziona-NUaward-2Fr. Sledziona, received a honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for his faithful service to Niagara University, the Congregation of the Mission and the Catholic Church.

Father John has worked as a priest, rector of St. John Kanty Prep, Erie, PA school rector, high school principal of Bishop Brady High School, Concord, NH, first vocation director of the newly erected New England Province and elected a Provincial Superior. Born in Derby, Conn., Father Sledziona was ordained as a Vincentian priest in May 1970. He was elected Provincial of Vincentian Fathers of the New England Province in 1996. Six years later, the Superior General of the Vincentian Fathers in Rome appointed him the first president of the National Conference of Visitors (NCV) in the United States which was created by the Superior General as a part of the reconfiguration process of American Provinces. Father Sledziona served as a Niagara University Trustee from 2006 to 2013, before stepping down to serve in his new position as cabinet secretary for Ordained Ministry and Liturgical Worship at the Diocese of Manchester, N.H.

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Three other honored persons are: Craig J., Ph.D., and Lisa (Wasson) Rivera, ’95, M.S.Ed.’97, presented with the Vincentian Mission Award and Dr. Judith A. (Skurski) Willard, ’70, M.A.’72, presented with Niagara’s Caritas Medal.

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Left to Right: Fr. John S. Sledziona, C.M.; Dr. Judith A. (Skurski) Willard, ’70, M.A.’72; Fr. James J. Maher, C.M, NU President.; Lisa (Wasson) Rivera, ’95, M.S.Ed.’97; and Craig J. Rivera, Ph.D.

[source: NU News, pictures: Niagara University – Facebook]

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