It is a busy end of the year! Apologies for no posts this week!
The Second Vatican Council closes and in the next city over, a baby named John Anthony Valencheck was born at Barberton Citizen’s Hospital. Forty three years later he would become the fifth pastor of St. Sebastian.
Forty years had passed since the founding of the parish. It had weathered many storms and stood up against crippling debt, one of the worst economic downturns in history, a word war, and a huge reduction in its boundaries, but it still stood out as a shining example of the very best in Catholic parishes. Monsignor Zwisler was the mighty captain at the wheel for the entirety of those four decades, but now, at 80 years of age, it was time to retire and The Rev. Charles Byrider to be named the second pastor.
It is generally thought that this year marked the beginning of the Byrider era and in many ways it did. But the influence of Monsignor Zwisler was far from over. He would continue to live at the parish and his shadow of influence would continue.