Reverend Dan Powell, Pastor
I was ordained a priest in 1992 for The Diocese of Harrisburg. I was born and grew up in the Philadelphia area. For college I went to Shippensburg University and graduated in 1986. I went to Mary Immaculate Seminary in North Hampton and then to St. Vincent’s Seminary in Latrobe.
I have been Pastor here at St. John Neumann since June 19th, 2016. Before coming to SJN I was Pastor at St. Pius X in Selinsgrove and Catholic Campus Minister at Susquehanna University from 2012 to 2016.
From 2003 to 2012 I was Pastor at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Harrisburg. From 1998 to 2003 I was Campus Minister at Millersville University and Franklin & Marshall College right here in the Lancaster area. From 1995 to 1998 I was the Assistant Pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Mechanics burg. My first assignment from 1992 to 1995 was at St. Mary’s in Lebanon, Pa.
I have enjoyed every place God has called me to serve and was always sad to leave. What a blessing my time here at SJN has been so far!
Reverend Steven Arena, Parochial Vicar
In 2016 I was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Harrisburg. I was born in Silver Spring, MD and grew up in Frederick, MD until 1997 when my family moved to Mont Alto, PA. My seminary formation took place at both the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, OH and then St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA.
As a transitional deacon I was assigned to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg, PA. My first priestly assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Joan of Arc in Hershey, PA. In June 2018 I was assigned here at St. John Neumann as parochial vicar as well as chaplain to Lancaster Catholic High School.
While I’m uncertain as to where my priestly ministry will lead me in the years to come, it has been a true blessing thus far and I’m certain Our Blessed Lord has many wonderful things planned for the future. Be assured of my prayers and please remember to pray for us priests.
Deacon Michael Oles
Deacon Oles has been married to his best friend, Kathleen, for 50 years. Together they have four Children, all married, and ten living Grandchildren. He was ordained a Deacon in the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT by (then) Bishop William Lori 2002. Deacon Oles has been assigned to St. John Neumann Parish since 2012.
Founded a program in 2009 to Help The Homeless OFF THE STREETS One Person At A Time, with Chapters in four locations in three States, so far (CA, CT, PA). More than 2,000 taken OFF THE Streets, with approximately 1,000 in Lancaster County, PA alone (80% women and children).
Deacon Oles has a B. S. Physics, Fairfield University 1964 and a M. S. Systems Management 1977. He was also a Lt. Col. USAF and retired in 1984.
He was Program Manager, Aerospace Industry 15 years and High School Physics Teacher, Connecticut Board Certified, 3 years. Currently, Adjunct Professor of Physics, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.