LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA – Saint Vincent Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., has announced the appointment of Father Ralph Michael Tajak, O.S.B., to the faculty of Saint Vincent Seminary. He is now teaching the MA Seminar: Grace in the Western Tradition, and will be teaching in the spring semester.
He is a 1981 graduate of Highlands Senior High School in Natrona Heights, and received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He has also received a master of science degree in business administration from East Texas State University, a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary, and earned master of art degree at Saint Vincent Seminary in 1993. He has also earned a Sacred Theology Licentiate in Systematic Theology from Regis College, Toronto, Canada, in 1997.
He entered the Saint Vincent Benedictine Community in 1988, and made simple profession of the monastic vows on July 10, 1989 and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1992. He was ordained a deacon on July 17, 1993, and served his deacon internship at Saint Peter Parish, North Side, Pittsburgh. He was ordained a priest on May 28, 1994 in the Archabbey Basilica by Bishop Anthony G. Bosco of Greensburg.
Father Ralph has served the monastic community as assistant to the director of Archabbey Public Relations (1989-90), assistant to the Vocations Office (1989-91), assistant to the prior (1989-90), assistant to the administrative computing department of Saint Vincent College (1990-1992), assistant to the director of personnel of Saint Vincent Archabbey, College and Seminary (1991-1993), and as a staff member of the retreat program (1992- 93). He has also served as socius of novices (1992- 94) and taught math for the Opportunity Program at Saint Vincent College (1990). From 1997 to 1998 he served as an assistant director, Admission and Financial Aid Office, Saint Vincent College.
Before entering the monastery, Father Ralph was a civilian employee of the U.S. Army in logistics management. He also worked at the Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, New Jersey.
He is the son of Ralph and Dorothy (Cisek) Tajak of Natrona Heights. His sister is Tina Brown of Butler, Pennsylvania.