Brian Alexander Pavlac was ordained to the sacred order of priests in the Episcopal Church at St. Stephen Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, on June 29. He was born and raised in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. While attending Bowling Green State University, he studied abroad in Salzburg, Austria, establishing a deep contact with that country and with Europe, which he renews by visiting as often as possible. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and directed its study-abroad program in Innsbruck, Austria, for four years. At Notre Dame he met and married his spouse, Elizabeth S. Lott, Ph.D. Together they raised two daughters, who currently attend graduate schools. In 1993, they moved to the Wyoming Valley and joined Grace Church, Kingston, where he later served as senior warden.
Since 1993 Dr. Pavlac has been a member of the History Department of King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, where he teaches courses ranging from the Greeks and Romans, through Knights and Castles, to Nazi Germany. King’s College recently awarded him with the Herve LeBlanc Distinguished Service Professorship. In the past three years Dr. Pavlac has published two books: A Warrior Bishop of the 12th Century: The Deeds of Albero of Trier and Witch Hunts in the Western World: Persecution and Punishment from the Inquisition through the Salem Trials. His third book, A Concise Survey of Western Civilization: Supremacies and Diversities throughout History, will be released in Fall 2010. In his ministry as a priest, Dr. Pavlac hopes to support his fellow clergy through supply work.
"You stand here tonight," Bishop Paul said in his ordination sermon, "in line with thousands and thousands of scholar-priests who have through the centuries fed the minds, hearts and spirits of God’s people, keeping the simple truths of faith in tension with age-old challenges to human understanding." Read the sermon here.