Staff

Father Arun Lakra

Pastor

Rev. Arun Lakra, HGN (Heralds of Good News, a Missionary society) was born on April 18th in India. As the youngest child in his family, he has four elder brothers and two elder sisters. Although his parents are now deceased, the zeal to follow Christ and strong faith was planted in him by his devoted parents in his early childhood. He joined seminary in 2004 after his tenth grade. After twelve long years of discernment of God’s will, he was ordained as a priest on May 3, 2015. His first appointment as priest was in the Herald Bhavan, minor seminary as vice-Rector and dean of studies. In 2016, he was appointed as principal of St. Jude’s Junior College.

Fr. Arun came to Scranton on October 10, 2019, and was assigned to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Freeland, and Good Shepherd Parish, Drums. He was thrilled with the experience of being in the parish for the first time. On August 2, 2021, Fr. Arun was then transferred to St. Rose of Lima and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Carbondale.  Due to immediate need, he was appointed as Parish Administrator for Ascension and St. Katharine Drexel Parishes on July 19, 2022. 

Deacon Albright

Deacon Carl was born December 22, 1969, in Lancaster. Deacon Carl is a graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School in Lancaster County, and earned his bachelor’s degree in English Literature from The Pennsylvania State University in 1992. He obtained a master’s degree in English in 1996 from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Following his ordination by Bishop Joseph Bambera, he has served as a deacon in our parishes since November 2017. Deacon Carl has worked as a masonry laborer, a groundskeeper, an instructor of college and GED classes, and an editor. He is currently the director of the Wayne County Transportation System. He and his wife Christina were married at St. Cecilia Church in 1993, and they are the grateful parents of three sons: Sonny, Neal, and Blaise. 

Jill Bailer

Financial Secretary

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Linda Bezek 

Administrative Secretary

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Jennifer Pearson

Director of Religious Education
Ascension Parish

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reledu@nep.net

Danielle O’Neill

Director of Religious Education
Saint Katharine Drexel Parish

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oneills@nep.net

Sue Debella

Music Director
Ascension Parish

Building and Grounds Coordinator
Ascension Parish

Bob Non

Building and Grounds Coordinator
Saint James Church

Gerard O’Neill

Building and Grounds Coordinator
Saint Juliana Church

Parish Housekeeping