Fr. Paul Voida believes his desire to be an evangelizing parish priest came from the example of his parents. In southern California, his parents helped start two Byzantine Catholic parishes and were actively involved in the Roman parishes of the parochial schools he attended.
He graduated with a Music degree in violin performance, then proceeded to spend 18 years in various business careers, none of which satisfied a deep longing to serve Christ and His Church. After 10 years of discernment and increasing involvement in parish ministries and after visiting five different monasteries, he entered the Pittsburgh Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Ss Cyril and Methodius, completing the Master of Divinity-type course of study in 2001.
Ordained in July 2005 by Bishop John Michael Botean of the Romanian Catholic Diocese of Canton, Ohio, Fr. Paul is now the pastor of St. Mary Romanian Catholic Church in McKeesport, PA. He is the Director of Evangelization and Catechesis of his diocese and is developing a Byzantine Catholic edition of the Montessori Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. He encourages Catholic families to homeschool as the superior approach of Catholic family formation and education.