By Steve Svetovich
Andrew Fazio, owner and operator of Andy’s Service Center, was recently ordained as permanent deacon by the Scranton diocese. He is the first deacon to come out of Saint Mary’s of Mount Carmel parish, Dunmore.
Fazio, 63, has been a member of Saint Mary’s of Mount Carmel parish for the past 41 years. The 1972 Dunmore High School graduate is married for 40 years to the former Ann Marie Rinaldi. The couple has four children: Monica Marie, 38, Andrew, Jr., 35, Daniel Joseph, 25, and Alison Marie, 23.
Fazio attended the Diaconate program for four years and completed various college courses in theology before he was ordained as a permanent deacon by the Scranton diocese.
David Bohr is secretary of formation for the program. Fazio praised him for his help and support in the program. “He put the program together and plans the classes,” said Fazio.
“I had a calling for it and a draw to that program,” said Fazio. “It is a program of service. A deacon is ordained to service the people and the bishop.
“That’s our ministry. Not to be served, but to serve.”
Fazio has been serving the Dunmore community for the past 38 years as owner and operator of Andy’s Service Center. He has been known to lend a helping hand to the elderly and others in need.
There are countless stories in the Dunmore borough about Fazio helping a senior citizen, a college student, or your ordinary Joe. Humble in nature, you won’t hear those stories from him.
“I got into it,” said Fazio, “because I like to help people solve their problems. I like to help make things easier for people and eliminate their stress.
“There is a lot of technology today. Too much technology is not a good thing.
“I get to know my customers well. I’ve had recent customers who I served both their fathers and grandfathers throughout the years. I get to know the whole family from the grandparents on down.
“Things can get expensive when they break and I try to ease the pain.”
Andy’s Service Station does body work, small engine repair, state inspections and various other repairs. A state inspection at Andy’s is only $19.95 and $29.95 for emissions.
“We do just about everything.”
Fazio said the Diaconate program was extensive and he had to put a lot of work into it.
“A big part of it is helping people. I get a lot of satisfaction out of helping people.
The feeling of accomplishing this is very rewarding. I really love it. It is a big part of my life. It’s something I’ve always wanted. It’s now a part of me.”