Brickner to celebrate silver jubilee as priest


Father Ronald Brickner of Vermilion is to celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving at 4:30 p.m. June 3 at St. Wendelin Catholic Church in Fostoria in honor of his 25 years as a priest.

Brickner was ordained June 6, 1992, at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, in Toledo by the late Bishop James Hoffman. His assignments over the years have included: associate pastor at St. Paul Catholic Church and instructor at St. Paul Catholic High School, Norwalk; team member of the Toledo Diocesan Mission of Accomplishment in Zimbabwe, Africa; administrator of St. Augustine Parish, Napoleon; chaplain and instructor at St. Joseph Central Catholic High School, Fremont; team member of the Toledo Diocesan Mission Office; chaplain and Presbyteral moderator of the island parishes, Kelleys Island St. Michael and Put-In-Bay Mother of Sorrows; and his present assignment as pastor at St. Mary Church in Vermilion.

He serves as chaplain and spiritual adviser for the Toledo Diocesan Council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and as assistant state spiritual adviser for the Catholic Order of Foresters.

A 1979 graduate of St. Wendelin, Brickner received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Ohio State University in 1987. He completed his seminary training at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati, and was awarded a master of divinity and a master’s degree in pastoral counseling in 1992.

He is the son of the late Alfred and Clara (Tiell) Brickner of Fostoria. His siblings include Diane (Matt) Steinmetz of Fostoria, Thomas (Johanny) Brickner of Canal Winchester, Donald (Lisa-Ann) Brickner of Luckey and Janice (Donald) Gerten of Liepsic.

Bricker also is to offer a Mass of thanksgiving at 4 p.m. June 10 at St. Mary Church in Vermilion.