Priest Says He Was Fortunate to Have the Support of Fellow Clergy – Gary Krummert

2002 News

 Rev. Gary W. Krummert is the son of Helen Krummert of Coraopolis and the late Herman J. Krummert. He is a 1983 graduate of Montour High School, McKees Rocks. He earned a bachelor of science degree in information systems from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh in 1987, and completed a pre-theology program at Duquesne University. In 2001 he earned the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary, with honor, and the master of arts degree, with honor. He also received the Diakonia Award, a service award given by the Seminary faculty. Included in the criteria are academic performance, service to the community by upbuilding student morale and spirit, leadership and creative outreach.

This article is from The Pittsburgh Catholic of June 28, 2002.

By John Franko

PITTSBURGH — Of the five men ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Donald Wuerl June 22 at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, Father Gary Krummert has taken the longest path to his new ministry.

But he knows now where he is supposed to be.

“I felt God was leading me in this direction,” he said. “I truly feel that He has called me to serve in this way.”

Father Krummert was working as a programmer / analyst with US Airways when he began to feel a serious call to ministry.

His involvement in the Cursillo movement and a 1991 trip to Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, heightened his interest to do more. He was inspired by several priests, including Fathers Paul Staud and Nicholas Mastrangelo.

He first met with Father Edward Burns, then rector of St. Paul Seminary, in 1992 to talk about his vocation. But it wasn’t until the fall of 1995 that he entered the pre-theology program.He completed the program in 1997 and was assigned to an extended pastoral program at St. Basil in Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood. The following year he entered the theology program at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

Father Krummert said his formation was strengthened by the opportunity to pray and grow in faith with his fellow seminarians. He said he was also fortunate to have the support of clergy.“Whenever I encountered difficulties I knew there were priests I could turn to for advice,” he said.His formation also included a pastoral experience at Holy Sepulcher in Glade Mills. He welcomed the opportunity to work in all areas of parish life, from discussing his faith with religious education students, to comforting people at the end of their lives.

He recalled one incident in particular when he befriended a woman and her fiancee who was dying of Parkinson’s disease. He said their daily struggle taught him a lot about people working together and the importance of faith.

Father John Maloney, pastor of Holy Sepulcher, said Father Krummert was active in a number of parish organizations such as the Knights of Columbus and youth group.

“He made a real effort to remember everyone’s names and to become involved,” the pastor said. He added that Father Krummert made great strides in his ability to reach the people through his preaching.

Father Krummert is looking forward to his new assignment and the challenges it will bring. He said his goal is to do the will of God to the best of his ability.

“I pray that with His guidance I can serve His people the way He wants me to,” he said.

Father Krummert, 37, is the youngest child of Helen and the late Herman Krummert. His home parish is St. Malachy in Kennedy Township. He is a 1983 graduate of Montour High School and a 1987 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.