Parish Staff | Saint George Church - Erie, PA

Fr. Brian Vossler

Pastor (Saint George Parish)
P: 814-864-0622 Extension 356 • F: 814-866-7532

Fr. Brian grew up on a farm in Smethport with 5 brothers and 2 sisters. He went on to attend Slippery Rock University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education and a Master of Arts degree in Student Personnel. After graduation, he worked as a Resident Hall Director at Ball State University in Muncie, In. After seminary training at Christ the King in East Aurora, NY he was ordained to the priesthood in 1991. He has served in many of parishes throughout the Diocese and also as Campus Minister. Now in his 8th assignment, Fr. Brian serves as the Pastor of St. George Parish.




Fr. James Power

Parochial Vicar
P: 814-864-0622 Extension 354 • F: 814-866-7532

Biography coming soon.





Deacon Robert Ball

Permanent Deacon

Deacon Robert Ball; was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Erie Diocese on June 9, 2006 and assigned to Saint George Parish where he enjoys being a member of the Pastoral Ministry team. Deacon (Bob) has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 41 years. God has blessed them with four children and ten grandchildren. He is a product of the Penn State University System. His Diaconate education was received from Gannon University. He currently serves as the Chairperson of the Social Concerns Committee for the Permanent Diaconate Community.

He is a member of the Priest/ Deacon Advisory Committee for the Erie Diocese Cursillo Movement. He is also a Past President of the Cursillo Movement. A member of Serra International and a elected School Board Director for the Fort LeBoeuf School District, a position he has held for 20 years. With a deep sincere love for all God's children, he gives freely of all his God given talents.


Deacon Stephen Washek

Permanent Deacon

Deacon Stephen Washek is an Erie native, having attended Gannon University, where he converted to the Catholic Faith. Deacon Steve has been married to his wife Vicki for 26, years and they have been blessed with three children and one grandchild.

Deacon Steve earned his BA in Social Work from Gannon University along with a certificate in Gerontology, and an MA in Pastoral Studies from Gannon University. Deacon Steve is currently assigned to Gannon University as the Director of Campus Ministry as well as the Diocesan Coordinator of Catholic Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Erie, and deacon assistant at St. George Parish. Deacon Steve and his wife Vicki have been members of the L’Arche Community in Erie since 1980, as well as teachers in the Deaconate Formation Program since 2006.


Sister Josephine Vuodi, FSO

Pastoral Minister

Sr. Josephine Vuodi, FSO, born in Germany of Italian parents, began her assignment as Pastoral Minister for St. George Parish in September 2008. Sister is a member of an international religious community, The Spiritual Family The Work (Familia Spiritualis Opus - FSO). The community was founded by Mother Julia Vergaeghe (1910-1997) in Belgium in 1938. The members are ready to meet the needs of the church and faithful to their vocation to carry out their apostolate wherever God's Providence leads them.

Since entering the religious life, Sr. Josephine has served in various ministries in different countries. Over the years she has provided care for the elderly, served as tour guide of the catacombs in Rome and excavations of Saint Peter's tomb in the Vatican. She served for five years in the Holy Land as secretary and tour guide in the Christian Information Center run by the Franciscan Fathers, taught catechism to children/youth and performed various domestic and administrative duties for her community.

This rich background of education and work experience enables her to meet the various needs of the Saint George Parish. She runs various ministries such as RCIA, weekly Adoration, Women's Encounter and organizes an Annual Retreat for Women. She is always willing to help individuals seeking spiritual advice. She is on a part time schedule.


Mary Lou Pacoe

Facilitator, Religious Education

In 1993, Mary Lou began as a Catechist at Saint Matthew in the Woods Parish in the Religious Education Program. In 1995, she received her Catechist Certificate having completed the courses required to be certified as a Catechist in the Diocese of Erie. She was offered the position of Facilitator of Religious Education in 1997.

Being one of the first parishes in the Diocese of Erie, and months of dedication and hard work, Saint Matthew in the Woods received their Accreditation Status in Religious Education in 2004. Mary Lou was offered and accepted the position of High School Facilitator at Saint George Parish in 2005. Mary Lou is dedicated to always improving and striving to have the best religious education program to be offered in the Diocese.


Donna Sandusky

Parish Secretary

Donna Sandusky has been a part of the Saint George Family as Parish Secretary for 21 years. She has loved being a part of this very energetic community of Saint George.

Donna has seen and worked with the parishioners on many campaigns and has watched as this community has grown. Working with all the parishioners here, has been a source of great pleasure.
Donna and her late husband Jack had four wonderful children together. She has been blessed with seven beautiful grandchildren, two of which attend Saint George School.


Erica Burton

Parish Administrative Assistant

Erica began working at Saint George Parish in August of 2013 after staying at home with her “miracle” son, Aiden Kenneth. Since then, he has grown in to the most conscientious, affectionate, respectful, kind hearted toddler - qualities and characteristics Erica strives to portray in her work. Erica is responsible for the Church and School Advancement Publications, as well as for advancing the mission of both Saint George Church and Saint George School.

Erica has a genuine passion for her work. She enjoys meeting the Parish Members and has found the Saint George Community to be a very warm and welcoming place to work. Sister Josephine Vuodi, FSO spoke to Erica about what “advancement used to be like.” She stated it so eloquently in one word: LOVE! Erica hopes to promote the mission of Saint George Parish by allowing her heart to be open to the love of God.