Dunmorean of the Month: Andrew Fazio

Dunmorean of the Month - Andrew FazioBy 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.

Fazio Ordained as Deacon“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.”

Dunmorean Ordained as Deacon in Diocese of Scranton

Andrew A. Fazio Sr., a resident of Dunmore, was among 11 permanent deacons ordained by Bishop Joseph C. Bambera on Saturday, Nov. 25, in the Diocese of Scranton. The newly ordained deacons will join the ranks of clergy who minister to the faithful in parishes and other settings throughout the Diocese.

During the Mass of Ordination in the Cathedral of St. Peter, Bishop Bambera ordained the following men to serve permanently in the Order of Deacon:

Carl S. Albright, Pleasant Mount; Paul J. Cooper, White Mills; Herbert W. Cruikshank, Mountain Top; Andrew A. Fazio Sr., Dunmore; Maxime E. Francois, Bushkill; Michael M. Golubiewski, Nanticoke; Leonard Jinselli Jr., East Stroudsburg; Ronald D. Maida, Hallstead; John P. Musyt, Olyphant; James M. Rebarchick, Hazleton; and Robert J. Warnock, Honesdale.

These men have completed a five-year formation program and will become members of the threefold ordained ministry that consists of bishops, priests and deacons.

The deacon’s service has three aspects: word, worship and charity. He can perform certain ministerial functions such as administering baptism; serving as the deacon at the Mass, including proclaiming the Gospel, preaching the homily and distributing Holy Communion; bringing viaticum to the sick; presiding at wake services, funeral liturgies and burial rites; and with permission by the pastor, may celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony.

He ministers to the needs of families, single parents, students, the aged and infirmed, the imprisoned, and those who suffer from poverty or addictions.

Fazio, 63, is a resident of Dunmore and a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in the borough.

A 1972 graduate of Dunmore High School, Mr. Fazio has received extensive training in automobile mechanics, completing courses at the Lackawanna County Vocational Technical School, Johnson School of Technology and the Chrysler/Dodge Motor Company.

Since 1977, the deacon-candidate has served as a state-certified inspection mechanic for light/medium and heavy-duty vehicles and licensed/certified small-engine mechanic.

Self-employed for 38 years as owner of Andy’s Service Center, Towing and Power Equipment in Dunmore, Fazio and his wife Ann Marie are married for 40 years and have four children.