Rev. David J. Nazimek
What can I say about myself? Born in Fayette County in Brownsville, I grew up in Republic - an old mining town - and across the alley from my maternal grandparents. I often laugh that we three kids had a path worn in the alley from going back and forth from home to visit Grandma and Gramps.
I belonged to Madonna of Czestochowa Church in Cardale, where I was Baptized and Confirmed, and also served as an Altar Server from 2nd grade thru High School. First Communion was received at the neighboring parish of Holy Rosary, where I also attended their elementary school - attending all 8 grades there, and then going to Kolb Memorial High School in Masontown for three years and then St. John in Uniontown for my Senior year. (in a day when people become dismayed over closings and mergers, I often smile "tongue in cheek" that both of my High Schools are now parking lots. And as of this summer, my two home parishes have been suppressed and became a part of the new St. Francis of Assissi in Footedale).
For twelve years I was organist and choir director (a part time job - ie: hobby) of the Holy Rosary Church choir in Republic, and it was probably during those years (along with the time I was on the road while with Prudential Insurance) that I gave serious thought to my future. I had already designed and was in the process of building my own house (which, thanks be to God, I still have). So - in 1986 I bit the bullet and went back to the classroom, beginning my seminary training - doing my undergraduate studies at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and completing my formation at St. Vincent Seminary in nearby Latrobe. Ordained a deacon in 1992 by the late Bishop Anthony Bosco my deacon assignment was at Immaculate Conception in nearby Irwin. In May of 1993 Bishop Bosco ordained me a priest for the Diocese of Greensburg and I was assigned to St. Agnes Parish. From there my journey would take me to Monessen, to Fairchance (my first pastorate at Ss Cyril & Methodius), back to Epiphany in Monessen and eventually to St. Regis - here in Trafford.
From my first weekend Mass here, I have come to see you all as warm and welcoming, embracing your Parish, and becoming involved in it in countless ways that still boggles my mind. As in the early days of the Church, we still are challenged to be instruments through which God can be encountered - a reflection of the Light that we received on the day of our Baptism - so that others can come to know the Light through our efforts.
In whatever Parish I find myself, my goal is simple - to keep it simple. Don't complicate the Scripture or the teachings of the Church; that I may be a reflection of that Light that I received so that through my simple daily efforts God's love and care for His people can be revealed through me. I pray that I am able to do precisely that. And I pray that each of us also allow ourselves to be a reflection of that same Light. It's a great gift that has been entrusted to us all. Let it not fade - but let's keep it burning brightly so that future generations will still know of His love and care.