The Episcopal Vicar for Clergy exercises ordinary vicarious executive power of governance to act on behalf of the Diocesan Bishop in all areas pertaining to clergy and clergy related matters.

This priest works with the Diocesan Bishop, the Vicar General and other Episcopal Vicars and serves as the Bishop’s principal liaison to the Clergy of the Diocese of Scranton, which includes approximately 200 diocesan priests and 100 deacons, fostering their pastoral care and discipline.

Episcopal Vicar for Clergy:
Reverend John V. Polednak, V.E.
Executive Administrative Assistant:
Mrs. Gayle M. Stancheski


We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry. Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf. Fill them with the sure knowledge of your love. Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit. Lead them to greater union with your Son. Increase their faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.

Lord Jesus Christ, through the intercession of St. Jean Vianney, grant that your priests will be inspired to strive for holiness by the power of your word, follow your will and faithfully lead the flocks you have entrusted to their care.

St. Jean Vianney, obtain for the Church an abundance of vocations to the holy priesthood. Through your intercession, may many faithful men hear Christ’s call, and respond with courage and generosity.

Mary our Mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones. Intercede for our priests, so that by offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.



O God, Father of us all, look with favor upon those whom You have called to the sacred and ancient ministry of the diaconate.

Through the intercession of St. Stephen, grant grace to Your deacons as they minister in charity to the poor, proclaim the Holy Gospel at Mass, and assist Your priests at the altar.

Keep close to your heart, Lord, the wives and children of permanent deacons, and grant that the witness of their husbands and fathers may bring about holiness and virtue in each family member.

We ask this through Jesus Christ who is Lord forever and ever. 


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