Pastor's Biography: Father Anthony Legarski was born on December 24, 1957 in Somerset, Pennsylvania. He is the son of the late John G. and Yolanda B. (Lapina) Legarski. He is the youngest of 3 children.
He graduated from Somerset Area Senior High School in 1975.
He graduated from St. Francis University of Pennsylvania in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
He completed his seminary studies at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in 1983 where he earned a Master of Divinity Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in Systematic Theology.
He was ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown by the Most Rev. Bishop James J. Hogan on May 14, 1983.
His assignments have been:
June-September, 1983: Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Altoona, PA.
September, 1983-December, 1989: Parochial Vicar, St. Mary's Parish, Hollidaysburg, PA with pastoral duties at Blair County Prison and Altoona Hospitals.
January-February, 1990: Attended U.S. Naval Chaplain School in Newport, RI, Commissioned a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the Naval Reserves.
February, 1990-October, 1991: Parochial Vicar at St. Mary's Parish, Altoona, PA with pastoral duties at the Altoona Hospitals.
October, 1991-March, 1999: Served on active duty in the United States Navy Chaplain Corps with tour of duties at Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL; 2nd FSSG, Camp Lejeune, NC; and Naval Weapons Station Earle, Colts Neck, NJ. He was honorably discharged from active duty on March 1, 1999 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Father Legarski returned to the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown in March, 1999 and was assigned to Holy Spirit Parish, Beaverdale, PA where he served as Temporary Administrator from March-June, 1999. He was appointed Pastor in June, 1999.
July 20, 2005 St. Mary Parish, Hollidaysburg, PA. Appointed pastor and continues to serve in this capacity.
He also serves on the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal and Permanent Deacon Review Board. He is a 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus.
Prayer for Priests
Keep them, I pray Thee, dearest Lord,
Keep them, for they are Thine -
Thy priests whose lives burn out before
Thy consecrated shrine.
Keep them, for they are in the world,
Though from the world apart;
When earthly pleasures tempt, allure, -
Shelter them in Thy heart.
Keep them, and comfort them in hours
Of loneliness and pain,
When all their life of sacrifice
For souls seems but in vain.
Keep them, and O remember, Lord,
They have no one but Thee,
Yet they have only human hearts,
With human frailty.
Keep them as spotless as the Host,
That daily they caress;
Their every thought and word and deed,
Deign, dearest Lord, to bless.
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