New President-Rector of Christ the King Seminary Named

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The Buffalo Catholic Diocese has named a new president-rector for Christ the King Seminary. Rev. Kevin G. Creagh will replace the interim president-rector Rev. John Staak.

“I have come to know Father Creagh as a faithful, gifted and committed priest and educator. He will provide inspiring leadership as president-rector of Christ the King Seminary. I am grateful to the Vincentian Fathers for sharing him with us,” Bishop Richard Malone said.

“On behalf of all the seminarians, students, faculty and staff of Christ the King Seminary, I’d like to offer Father Kevin our warmest congratulations on being appointed the new president-rector,” stated Father Staak, OMI. “As a member of the Vincentian community, Father Kevin brings with him the charism of priestly formation. His various administrative and teaching experiences give him the insight and wisdom to lead the seminary in a collaborative, ministerial spirit. Most importantly, he understands the heart and mind of Christ. We’re excited to have him guide us in forming missionary disciples with that same heart and mind, ready to proclaim the Good News.”

Father Creagh is currently the vice president for International Relations and special assistant to the provost at Niagara University. Before this current position, he was the vice president for Mission and Ministry as well as the local superior of the Vincentian community at Niagara University for six years.

Father Creagh said, “I am deeply grateful to Bishop Malone and the board of trustees of Christ the King Seminary for offering me this opportunity to be of service in providing leadership at this important time in the seminary’s rich history. I look forward to serving the seminarians, theology students, and the whole campus community of faculty, administrators and staff. I also look forward to our seminary being of service to the dedicated clergy of the Diocese of Buffalo. Finally, I thank God for my vocation to the priesthood which has given me immense joy and fulfillment for 23 years. Please pray for me and, most especially, the students of our seminary.”

Rev. Staak took over for Rev. Joseph Gatto, who was placed on administrative leave after the Diocese announced he was under investigation for making a sexual advance toward an adult male in 2000.