Fr. Kenneth Cienik, SA

About Fr. Kenneth Cienik, SA

Ministering at St. Christopher’s Inn

Father Ken Cienik, SA, originally from Sharpsburg, PA, celebrated his golden jubilee at Graymoor in Garrison, NY, on Saturday, June 28, marking 50 years since first entered the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. He most recently served as Parochial Vicar at Christ the Redeemer Church, Sterling, VA.

Ordained in 1977, Father Cienik has been Associate Pastor at several US and Canadian parishes and was part of the pastoral ministry of the Friars at Chapel of Our Savior in Brockton, Massachusetts.   He has directed the vocation ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, led the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center at Graymoor and has been Guardian of St. Paul’s Friary at Graymoor. He was associate director of several campus ministries and, Director of the Pre-Theologate program at University of Steubenville in Ohio. He was a military chaplain in 1986 until he retired in 2010 as a Commander in the Chaplain Corps of the United States Navy Reserve, and he served US troops in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He was awarded a meritorious service medal in 2006 from the President.

Father Cienik received his bachelor’s degree in 1972 from Siena College in Loudonville, NY, and he completed graduate studies at Duquesne University and Washington Theological Union. His last assignment before beginning to serve at St. Christopher’s Inn was in Assisi, Italy, working as Novice Director.