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Bishop appoints Christ the King Seminary leader

A Niagara University vice president has been named president-rector of Christ the King Seminary in Aurora.

The Rev. Kevin G. Creagh

The Rev. Kevin G. Creagh will replace the Rev. John Staak, interim president-rector for the past eight months, the Buffalo Diocese announced late Tuesday afternoon.

Staak took over for former president-rector the Rev. Joseph C. Gatto, who was put on administrative leave as the Buffalo Diocese investigated a complaint alleging that Gatto made a sexual advance on an adult male in 2000. Gatto, who had been president-rector since 2013, has denied the allegation. The diocese has not said anything about the investigation since Bishop Richard J. Malone announced the suspension in September.

Ordained in 1996, Creagh is vice president for international relations and special assistant to the provost at Niagara University. He previously served for six years as local superior of the Vincentian community at Niagara.

Creagh will oversee about 20 faculty and adjunct faculty members and an annual budget of $3.5 million. The seminary has about 40 seminarians studying to become priests.

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