Rev. Rich Zelik, OFM Cap., Senior Parochial Vicar

Rev. Rich Zelik, OFM Cap., Senior Parochial Vicar

I was born on May 28, 1949 in Pittsburgh, PA to Edward J. Zelik and Dolores Scherer Zelik.

I professed my Simple Vows as a Capuchin—Franciscan on August 25, 1970, my Solemn Vows on June 27, 1973. I was Ordained on August 27, 1977.

I attended St. Anthony Elementary School in Pittsburgh, St. Fidelis High School and College in Herman, PA. I received a BA in Philosophy from St. Fidelis College in 1972. I studied theology at the Washington Theological Coalition (Union) in Washington, DC and as a part of my studies attended classes in the various schools of the Washington Theological Consortium.

I was assigned to St. Joseph Parish in Dover, OH from 1975 to 1977. While there I received Pastoral internship, diaconate experience and ministered as a parochial assistant. During that time I did youth ministry and organized a refugee settlement committee, which helped to settle a Vietnamese family.

From 1977-1983 I resided at and was an assistant pastor at St. Augustine Church in Pittsburgh, PA. Once again I did youth ministry, Vincent DePaul works and was the liaison with community groups for the parish. During the same time, I became the Chairperson of the Province’s Justice & Peace Commission and a member of the Steering Committee of the Provinces Parishmen’s Committee.

From 1983 -1984 my home was St. Francis Friary, Pittsburgh, PA and I began working as Social Action Minister for the Province.

From 1984-1990 St. Lawrence Friary, Swissvale, PA became my home.

From 1990-1992, St. Francis Friary, Pittsburgh, PA became my home. I continued to work as the Social Action Minister. In this ministry, I worked with numerous organizations and hold various positions of respon­sibility. I had served as the Interim Director of the Ozanam Cultural Center in Pittsburgh, PA. I was the treasurer for the Tri-State Conference on Manufacturing and the represen­tative from Tri-State to Maglev, Inc. I was on the Executive Committee of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibi­lity (ICCR) in New York City and also serve as the Chair— person of the Planning and Evaluation Committee for ICCR. I served on the Board of the FRANCISCANS, a United Nations non-governmental organization, and as the Chairperson of the Development Committee of the FRANCISCANS.

From 1993-2001, St. Anthony Friary in Charleston, WV was my home. I became the Pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Charleston, WV.  While there I was a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Economic Options (CEO).   I was President for a number of years.  I was on the Board of Directors of the Religious Coalition for Community Renewal (RCCR).  I served as President of that Board also.  I also was a Board Member of the West Side Neighborhood Association, which had the responsibility of assisting the City of Charleston in neighborhood planning.  I served for a while on the city’s Human Rights Commission.  I headed the committee that developed the mission statement for the National Center for Human Relations at West Virginia State College.

I moved to St. Clare of Assisi Friary in Clairton, PA in June 2002 and became Pastor. In 2009, I was appointed to the Planning Committee to Develop a Comprehensive Development Plan for the City of Clairton. Bishop David Zubik appointed me to the Diocesan Pastoral Council (2009 to 2011). Saint Clare Friary was closed in July 2011.

I moved to Saint Fidelis Friary in July 1, 2011 to work at St. Cecilia Church in Rochester, PA and at Saint Felix Church in Freedom, PA. On July 1, 2011, I was asked to consider being the Pastor at Saint Benedict the Moor Church in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, PA.

I moved to Our Lady of the Angels (OLA) Friary at 225 37th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 in early September, 2011 and became Pastor of St. Benedict the Moor Church at 91 Crawford Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201. As of September 19, 2018 I currently reside at OLA Friary and work at St. Benedict the Moor Church.