Fr. Pang J. Tcheou
Father Pang Joseph Shiu Tcheou was born at the former Saint Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, on October 4, 1980. His parents are Man Tao Tcheou, originally from China, and Ninh Thi Tran, from Vietnam. His mother and father met at the refugee camp at Fort Indiantown Gap in 1975 after the fall of Saigon, and were married by the then Father Thomas Smith at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Annville in 1976. Father Tcheou’s mother and younger brother, Jimmy, just recently passed away, and his oldest brother, Saraman, died in a car accident when he was 9 months old in 1977. Besides his father, he has an older sister, Ping, her husband, Kamil Goslawski, and her two young children, Ethan and Emmy; and one other brother, Freeman, and his wife, Casey.
Father Tcheou and his family were parishioners of Saint Mary’s Church, Lancaster, and Father attended Saint Mary’s School until it consolidated in 1991 as Resurrection Catholic School. Father Tcheou’s generation was the only generation that attended class in all three schools. He was an altar server at Saint Mary’s for many years, and also served Masses at Saint Joseph and Saint Anthony.
He graduated from Lancaster Catholic High School in 1998 and won several awards in the art department, under the guidance of his teacher, Dick Ressel. Father then attended Seminary immediately after high school, first at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and then at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, graduating summa cum laude with a Master of Divinity and also a Master of Arts in Systematic Theology.
Father Tcheou was ordained a Priest by Bishop Kevin Rhoades on June 3, 2006, and offered his First Mass of Thanksgiving the next day at Saint Mary’s Church. He was then assigned as the Parochial Vicar at Saint Catherine Laboure Church in Harrisburg, followed by his appointment as the Catholic Chaplain of Millersville University in 2009, in addition to also serving as the Celebrant for the Lancaster Latin Mass community.
Father Tcheou was then appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in New Holland in 2012, and was then transferred to be the Pastor of Mary Mother of the Church Parish in 2014, where he most recently served for six and a half years.
Father enjoys cooking and up until last year when he had to sadly give them up, loved the company of three of his loyal feline companions. Unfortunately because of injury to his hands, Father has not been able to carry out much artwork in the last number of years. He has currently been on a personal leave of absence since December 26, 2020, but very much looks forward to returning to active ministry and serving the Parish of Saint Joseph Church in Lancaster. As a child attending school and serving the Altar here many years ago, he feels that this is very much a homecoming for him, and it is a great blessing for him personally to be named Pastor during this special Holy Year dedicated to Saint Joseph, who is Father Tcheou’s namesake and Guardian. May Saint Joseph pray for all of the parishioners of our Parish and for Father Tcheou, as he begins his new assignment with us.
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