Pastoral Staff


Father Joseph R. McCaffrey, Administrator



    Father Joseph McCaffrey was born and raised in the former mining town of Muse, PA, Cecil Township, Washington County. In 1983, he graduated cum laude with a major in Philosophy and a minor in Psychology from Duquesne University and St. Paul Seminary. The Diocese of Pittsburgh assigned him to the major seminary of the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies and Master’s Degree in Divinity in 1987. In the same year, Bishop Anthony Bevilacqua ordained him a Priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh at St. Paul Cathedral on May 23rd. 
His first priestly assignment was as Parochial Vicar at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Parish in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. He served for 1½ years in that position and was later assigned to St. Benedict the Abbot parish in Peters Township, Washington County. Soon after, he was also appointed the first Chaplain to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the Pittsburgh office. In 1995, Fr. McCaffrey gained the distinction of being the youngest priest assigned as a pastor in the Diocese of Pittsburgh when he was appointed pastor of St. James the Apostle in New Bedford. At the same time, he was appointed Chaplain to the New Castle Youth Development Center, a maximum-security prison for juvenile offenders. Fr. McCaffrey built an interfaith chapel in the center of the facility which was dedicated in November 2001. On June 24, 2002, he became pastor of Saints John & Paul Parish in Franklin Park. As pastor of Saints John & Paul Parish, he oversaw the building of the 1,500-seat church which Bishop Zubik dedicated on May 2, 2010.
Fr. McCaffrey remains Chaplain to the FBI and is a member of the FBI’s Advanced Crisis Intervention Team. He has been called upon to serve after such tragedies as the crash of US Air Flight 427, Egyptian Air, Kosovo War Crimes, 9/11 United Flight 93 in Shanksville, the line of duty deaths of two special agents and numerous interventions and critical incidents. Fr. McCaffrey has also served on several other diocesan boards and councils. You might be surprised to know that Fr. McCaffrey was a Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer for the state of Pennsylvania and is a licensed private pilot with an instrument rating. He was elected Vice President of the National Association of Priest Pilots in 2015. He was also blessed with the opportunity to fly with the Blue Angels on June 4, 2014!

Father William Siple, Senior Parochial Vicar

I am originally from Brockway, PA in Jefferson County. After graduating high school I went to the University of Pittsburgh to study pre-med. I graduated with a BS degree in biology, but decided not to pursue medical school. God was calling me in a different direction. After working several years, I answered the call and entered the seminary for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. I had one year as a pre-theology student at Duquesne University while in formation at St. Paul Seminary. I was then sent by Bishop Wuerl to study theology in Rome, Italy. I studied for 5 years in Rome and was ordained to the priesthood on July 11, 1992.
I have had assignments in 5 parishes before my most recent assignment to the city parishes of New Castle. This assignment has been for the last 6 years. It has expanded to include being a sacramental minister for both Christ the King and St. James parishes. So as we begin the formation of this new grouping of parishes which includes St. Camillus, I come with some familiarity of the "territory." With God's grace and guidance, I look forward to working with my brother priests as we continue the work of Jesus Christ with and for his people in the greater part of Lawrence County.

Father Anthony Sciarappa, Parochial Vicar



     Father Anthony Sciarappa was ordained in 2016. He studied at Duquesne University and the Catholic University of America. He served in the New Castle area for a summer as a seminarian. In addition to serving the parishes of New Castle he will be a chaplain for Westminster College.


Rev. Victor J. Molka, Jr., Parish Chaplain


   Rev. Victor J. Molka is the eldest son of Victor & Aurelia Molka (deceased), born May 25, 1952. Graduate of North Hills High School 1970, Duquesne University 1974, Ordained September 30, 1978. N.A.C.C. Certified Catholic Chaplain. Served as Parochial Vicar at: Annunciation Parish, N.S., Pittsburgh; St. Paul Parish, Butler, PA; St. Joseph Parish, Mt. Oliver; North Hills Passavant Hospital, La Roche College, St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon, PA; Mary, Mother of Hope Parish and St. Joseph the Worker Parish, St. Valentine Parish, Bethel Park, PA.
Fr. Molka has one brother, Michael (Roxane), who resides in Front Royal, VA. Fr. Molka will serve as the Parish Chaplain to the residents and their families in the nursing homes in New Castle as well as tending to the pastoral needs of the catholic patients in Jameson Hospital. Fr. Molka has been given permission to reside in his own home.


Deacon John Carran, Deacon Administrator



Deacon John Carran is the son of Nicholas R. and Trudy (Marchionda) Carran. His dad passed away in 2009, and his mom continues to reside in Florida. Deacon John has four brothers; Nick (deceased), Joe, Frank and Russell. He married the former Robin Gagliano on January 14, 1984 and they have two sons; Jonathan and Matthew. Their family resides in North Beaver Township.
Deacon John was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate on June 11, 2011 by Bishop David A. Zubik in St. Paul Cathedral in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. During his first 4 years of ministry he served as the deacon for both Christ the King and St. James the Apostle parishes under the pastorate of Fr. James Downs. Upon Fr. Downs’ retirement in July 2015, Deacon John was appointed as the Deacon Administrator of Christ the King and St. James the Apostle parishes. Effective October 15, 2018, Deacon John will be assigned to the entire parish grouping as Deacon Administrator. He and Fr. Mac were classmates in the seminary, thus have known each other for nearly 40 years. Deacon John is looking forward to working with the new clergy team and to serving the parish community.
Prior to his ordination and service in the church, Deacon John spent his working career in the financial industry for over 33 years; 25 years in banking and subsequently working for the Lawrence County Government Center as the Fiscal Administrator for Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities and Children and Youth Services.


Deacon S. Dan Kielar, Deacon


Deacon S. Dan Kielar was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Pittsburgh on June 26, 1999, by Bishop Donald W. Wuerl. He was first assigned to St. Vincent de Paul Parish and later to St. Camillus Parish, both in New Castle, PA. His diaconal ministry has included service at the altar, administering the Sacrament of Baptism, youth ministry, visiting the sick, bereavement ministry, and marriage preparation. He has also served on Finance Council. In addition to his ministry, Deacon Dan is also a Professor of Business and Computer Science for Butler County Community College and the Community College of Beaver County. He and his wife of 37 years, Karen, reside in New Castle.
















Saint Camillus De Lellis

314 W. Englewood Avenue
New Castle, PA 16105

Phone: 724-652-9471


Christ the King

P.O. Box 23
Hillsville, PA 16132

Phone: 724-667-7721


St. James the Apostle
4019 US 422
Pulaski, PA 16143
Phone: 724-964-8576


St. Joseph the Worker

1111 South Cascade St.
New Castle, PA 16101
Phone: 724-658-1683


Mary, Mother of Hope

124 North Beaver Street
New Castle, PA 16101
Phone: 724-658-2564

St. Vincent de Paul

1 Lucymont Drive

New Castle, PA 16102

Phone: 724-652-5829


St. Vitus

910 South Mercer Street

New Castle, PA 16101

Phone: 724-652-3422