John Tokarick is Not a Roman Catholic Priest
On December 21, 2018, the Diocese of Scranton issued a statement alerting its faithful that John Tokarick is not recognized as an official Roman Catholic Priest and must not receive or celebrate Sacraments from him, regardless of where they take place.
Early Life and Education
John Tokarick was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Steve Tokarick and Anna Tokarick.
He graduated from Saint Clair High School and was an active member of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Greek Church. In addition to serving on its board of trustees, he was involved with numerous organizations that promote Rusyn/Lemko culture.
He was ordained in 1955 and served several parishes in Harrisburg. In 1967 he was also principal of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School. Additionally, he had his hands full as both radio and television broadcaster as well as being part of the Diocesan Communications Commission and Respect Life Task Force. Survived by his children and grandchildren, funeral services will be held Thursday, March 28th at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home in Schuylkill Haven.
Achievements and Honors
John was a Green Beret with combat deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq and beyond. As a Marine Corps officer, he earned the Bronze Star for Valor, Purple Heart and Navy Commendation Medal for his services.
Following graduation, he attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and earned a PhD. Today, he serves as an expert consultant on business for peace and human rights in conflict zones.
He has earned numerous honors, including the United States Department of State Distinguished Service Award. Additionally, he serves on the Boards of DiverseCity Global and UN PRME Business for Peace Working Group as well as being a joint fellow with U.S. Special Forces Command and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
John Tokarick was more than your average old boy; he was one of the most compassionate, down to earth people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. His service to his flock was beyond reproach, evidenced by all the gifts bestowed upon him by our kind and wise Bishop – not least being promoted to Archbishop of Baltimore, an honor befitting for someone whose mission and passion lies in serving his people. A true testament to John’s exemplary conduct and devotion was his promotion to Archbishop, an honor befitting for someone whose dedication truly shines through serving others.