Eternal Memory: +Very Rev. Fr. John Baranik.

Monday, December 21, 2020

JOHNSTOWN, PA - [Diocesan Chancery] -- With profound sadness the Diocesan Chancery announces that +Rev. Fr. John Baranik reposed in the Lord on December 20, 2020. 

Fr. John, son of the late John and Irma (Lux) Baranik, was born on Oct.13, 1948 in Windber, PA. He graduated from Christ the Saviour Seminary in 1971 and was joined in Holy Matrimony to his faithful helpmate, Betty Jean Koslin.He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on May 30, 1971 at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Johnstown.

Fr. John, who was known as a dedicated and caring priest, served parishes in Buffalo, NY (St Mary Church), Phoenixville, PA (Holy Ghost Church), Jenners, PA (St Mary Church) and Homer City, PA (Sts. Peter and Paul Church). In his retirement, he assisted at Christ the Saviour Cathedral as he was able, especially with offering the Holy Mystery of Confession and spiritual direction.

Fr. John is survived by his wife of 49 1/2 years Pani Betty Jean and daughter Nikola Jean (married to Christopher Bower) of Myersville Md, and grandchildren Kalin and Colin. He is also survived by his brother Gary of S Carolina, sisters Lynda wife of Joseph Cannoni of Windber, PA and Sharon wife of Ronald Rhoades of Johnstown, PA., an uncle Leo Baranik of Jerome, PA along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, spiritual children and friends.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Tuesday, December 22: 11 AM  Vesting of Fr. John by the Clergy of the Johnstown Deanery

Wednesday, December 23:-4 PM  Arrival of Fr. John’s body at Christ the Saviour Cathedral and Panachida
Wednesday, December 23:  4–8 PM  Visitation
Wednesday, December 23:  7 PM   Funeral Service For A Priest

Thursday, December 24: 9 AM   Funerals Liturgy and Interment in the Cathedral Cemetery

Both Services will be Live-Streamed Here.

Memorial gifts may be given to Christ the Saviour Seminary.

Heartfelt sympathy is extended to Pani Betty Jean and the entire Baranik Family. 

May Almighty God grant Eternal Rest in Blessed Repose to His newly-departed servant, the priest Father John, who has fallen asleep, and make his memory eternal!  Vicnaja jemu pamjat!