The Rev. Kenneth Farabaugh named pastor at St. Ignatius

February 21, 1993|By Frank Lynch | Frank Lynch,Staff Writer

The Rev. Kenneth R. Farabaugh has been appointed pastor of St. Ignatius Church in Hickory.

Father Farabaugh, 55, who has been administrator of the Roman Catholic parish since Jan. 1, succeeds the Rev. Charles L. Lafferty, who resigned for health reasons after 11 years as leader of the 1,800-family parish.

"I'm eager to continue to work with the various parish organizations during this period of expansion at St. Ignatius," Father Farabaugh said.

He becomes the 29th pastor of the parish, which last fall celebrated its 200th anniversary and is the oldest Roman Catholic church in continuous use in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

"This parish is rich in tradition, and tradition is important to the church," said Father Farabaugh. "When I think of the men who have gone before me, I am humbled to be in their company."

A priest for nearly 30 years, Father Farabaugh was ordained in 1963 by Cardinal Lawrence Sheehan at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore. He earned postgraduate degrees in theology from St. Mary's University in Baltimore and in guidance and counseling from Loyola College in Baltimore. His first assignment was as associate pastor at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Baynesville.

From 1964 to 1967, he held a similar position at St. Bernadine's in West Baltimore and began teaching religion at St. Paul's Latin School, a Baltimore preparatory high school for seminarians.

He left St. Bernadine's in 1967 to teach full-time at St. Paul's and in 1969 joined the faculty at Cardinal Gibbons High School.

During his 11 years at Gibbons, he was a teacher, chaplain, dean of discipline, athletic director and track coach.

He arrived in Harford County in 1980 as a member of the faculty at the John Carroll School. Before leaving the school June 30, 1992, he held various positions, including teacher, director of religious education, and basketball and track coach for boys and girls.

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