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Welcome to CNEWA’s New President, Msgr. Peter Vaccari

We are pleased today to welcome Msgr. Peter I. Vaccari, as he takes the helm as president of Catholic Near East Welfare Association. 

Msgr. Vaccari is hardly a stranger to CNEWA. He’s been serving as vice president since his appointment was announced last fall, and he and our president emeritus, Msgr. John E. Kozar, have a long-lasting friendship, built over many years of traveling to the Middle East on pilgrimage. 

A priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, Msgr. Vaccari, 67, has served as rector of St. Joseph Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York, since 2012. Ordained a priest in 1977, he has served as a parish priest, seminary professor, chaplain with the Air Force Reserve, and rector of the seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, Long Island. 

In a message to CNEWA’s donors, Msgr. Vaccari expressed his gratitude to Msgr. Kozar, and added:  

“It’s both an honor and a serious responsibility to be part of a venerable tradition that began with its foundation by Pope Pius XI in 1926. In fact, I’d say it goes even further: CNEWA’s beautiful mission represents the unbroken tradition of the Church to be faithful to the teaching of Christ in the beatitudes (Mt. 5:1-12) and in his suffering, death, and resurrection!”

On behalf of all of us in the CNEWA family: welcome, Msgr. Vaccari!

Msgr. Peter I. Vaccari. (photo: CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)

If you’d like to send a note to Msgr. Kozar, offering prayers and best wishes as he begins his retirement, you can do so at this email:  Msgr.Kozar@cnewa.org

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