our staff


Very Rev. Msgr. Peter Polando, J.C.L.

Rector, Saint Columba Cathedral


Monsignor Polando, a native of Youngstown's West Side 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 the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and became an 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


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
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.

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.


Sr. Martha Reed

Director of Religious Education


Sr. Martha is an Ursuline Sister serving at the Cathedral of Saint Columba as Pastoral Minister/Director of Religious Education. She has been an active member of the parish since 1999. After teaching special education for 27 years, Sister Martha joined the staff here at the Cathedral in September 2017.


Besides providing outreach to the poor and the homebound, Sr. Martha coordinates the altar servers, ushers, children’s liturgy of the word leaders, and catechist for religious education classes. Sister Martha also prepares youth and families for the reception of the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation. 




Carol Palermo

Secretary / Bookkeeper

Graduated from Ursuline High School in 1975.  A Member of Saint Charles Borromeo Parish in Boardman.  Carol started working for the Diocese of Youngstown in 1976 at the Central Purchasing Office until its closing in 1995.  She Became secretary/bookkeeper at Saint Nicholas Parish in Struthers in 1995 until joining the staff at the Cathedral of Saint Columba in 2009.