Leadership of the Baltimore Province
The Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province have elected a new leadership team--the ordinary provincial council (OPC)--to guide the province through the next four years. Election results were announced Nov. 28, 2014, and the newly elected men began their term Jan. 12, 2015.
Father Paul Borowski is the new provincial superior, succeeding Father Kevin Moley, who served as provincial from 2002 through 2005 and from 2011 through 2014.
Father Gerard Knapp serves as provincial vicar, and Father Matthew Allman is the second consultor.
Pictured from left, the members of the OPC are Fathers Knapp, Borowski, and Allman.
Father Borowski was pastor of St. Clement Parish in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Father Knapp was rector of the Redemptorist community at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Baltimore. Father Allman continues as parochial vicar of St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Philadelphia.
These men, along with the five-member extraordinary provincial council (EPC), manage the province’s missionary activities and implement its policy and governance decisions.
New members of the EPC are Fathers James Wallace and John Olenick; re-elected members are Fathers Raymond Collins, Edmund Faliskie, and Francis Mulvaney.
EPC members are, from left, Fathers Mulvaney, Wallace, Faliskie, Olenick, and Collins.
Father Collins is pastor of Mission Church in Boston; Father Faliskie is the province’s director of finance; Father Mulvaney is rector of the Redemptorist Formation Community in Bronx, N.Y.; Father Olenick is pastor of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Philadelphia; and Father Wallace is director of the San Alfonso Retreat House.
OPC Member Bios
Father Paul Borowski, C.Ss.R.
Father Borowski, 54, was born and grew up in Baltimore. He professed vows in 1982 and was ordained in 1987. He has master’s degrees in religious education and divinity from Mount St. Alphonsus in Esopus, N.Y., and Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C., respectively. In 1992 Father Borowski earned a licentiate in philosophy from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.
He has served at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Ellicott City, Md.; and since August 2008 at St. Clement Church in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
He taught in the philosophy department of St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y., with a specialty in business ethics. Father Borowski served as assistant director of formation from 1994 to 2002, then director of formation till 2008. He was elected to the province’s extraordinary provincial council in 2005 and re-elected in 2008 and 2011.
He has been involved in youth ministry for decades. During summers from 1995 to 2007 and 2009 to 2013 he has taken young people to work on Habitat for Humanity projects. From 2001 to 2007 he served as Life Teen priest for St. Martin of Tours Parish in Bethpage, N.Y., and he attended World Youth Days in 1992 and 2002.
Father Gerard Knapp, C.Ss.R.
Father Knapp, 65, was born and raised in Baltimore. He professed vows in 1968 and was ordained a priest in 1975. He has master’s degrees in religious education and divinity from Mount St. Alphonsus in Esopus.
In 1984 he received a licentiate in sacred theology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and for seven years taught theology, liturgy, and biblical Greek. He has served as the province’s assistant procurator and procurator, and he earned a master’s in business administration from St. John’s University.
In 2008 Father Knapp was named rector and pastor of his home parish, Sacred Heart of Jesus in Baltimore. When the parish merged with the predominantly Spanish-speaking St. Michael the Archangel Parish in 2011, a bilingual pastor was named, but Father Knapp remained rector of the Redemptorist community.
Father Matthew Allman, C.Ss.R.
Father Allman, 41, is a native of Washington, D.C., and was raised in Maryland. He professed vows as a Redemptorist in 1994 and completed his undergraduate studies at St. John’s University in 1996. In 2000 he earned his master’s in divinity from Washington Theological Union and was ordained.
Father Allman’s first assignment was in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia, followed by two years of study at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. In 2011 he earned master’s degrees in American church history and library and information science at the Catholic University of America.
He served at Mission Church (The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help) in Boston from 2004 to 2008 and is currently a parochial vicar at St. Peter the Apostle Church (the National Shrine of St. John Neumann) in Philadelphia. There he is coordinating plans for moving the province’s archives from Brooklyn.
In addition to the papers of St. John Neumann—the first person to join the Redemptorists in the New World and first American man to be declared a saint—the archives contain rare books and manuscripts dating to the 15th century as well as one of the world’s richest collections on the Shroud of Turin, believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.