Our Staff

Monsignor Peter M. Polando, Rector 

Monsignor Polando was ordained June 21, 1980, after completing seminary studies at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Cincinnati. After ordination, he was appointed associate pastor at St. Mary Church in Massillon. He served as a faculty member and associate principal at Cardinal Mooney High School. Monsignor Polando was appointed pastor of St. Mary Church in Newton Falls while serving at Cardinal Mooney. He also has served as pastor at St. Joseph Church in Newton Falls. He was pastor at St. Matthias and Sts. Cyril and Methodius churches and administrator of Holy Name Parish in addition to St. Matthias.The three churches merged as Our Lady of Sorrows Parish as part of the diocesan parish reconfiguration plan.

Monsignor Polando earned a degree in canon law from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and became adjutant judicial vicar and bishop’s delegate in canonical administrative matters in the Diocesan Tribunal. He will continue his canonical work.

Monsignor Polando was named Chaplain of His Holiness by Pope John Paul II in 1997.

Monsignor Polando also served on the Board of Mediation and Arbitration for the Diocesan Office of Conciliation, is a member of the Diocesan Finance Council, and National Chaplain of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association.


Dr. Daniel Laginya, Music Director


Daniel Laginya has been the Cathedral Music Director since 1981 where he serves as head organist and director of the Cathedral Choir and the Diocesan Choir.
 
A native and life-long resident of northeastern Ohio, he attended Youngstown State University where he received the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, and Master of Music degrees.  He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In addition, he holds the Associate and Choir Master certificates from the American Guild or Organists.

Dr. Laginya serves on the Diocesan Liturgical Commission for the Diocese of Youngstown and is an instructor in the Lay Leader of Prayer and Permanent Deacon formation courses.  He also serves on the faculty of Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music where he teaches courses in Music Theory and Organ.  Dr. Laginya is an active member of the American Guild of Organists, the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians, and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.  He enjoys composing and arranging choral music and has several compositions published with GIA Publications in Chicago. 

Sister Isabel Rudge, OSU, Pastoral Minister/CCD Coordinator

Sister Isabel Rudge was born in Youngtown and grew up on the north side of Youngstown.  She graduated from St. Columba Grade School and Ursuline High School. Sister Isabel entered the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, professing her vows in 1950.

After teaching in several Youngstown Diocesan Grade Schools and at Ursuline High School, she then ministered at the Tribunal of the Diocese and at the Ursuline Sisters’ Motherhouse and Center. 

Since August of 1997 Sister Isabel has been Pastoral Minister and Coordinator of Religious Education at St. Columba. She is currently a member of the Liturgical Commission of the Diocese of Youngstown and is on the board of the Mahoning Valley Association of Churches.