Father Samuel S. Kachuba Fr. Sam was born and raised in Stratford, CT where he attended St. James and St. Mark parishes. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in Trumbull in 2001 and entered St. John Fisher Seminary in Stamford. He studied philosophy at Fordham University in the Bronx (BA 2004), before continuing his seminary formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. There, he studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University (S.T.B. 2007, S.T.L. 2009). Fr. Sam was first assigned to St. Pius X Parish as a seminarian in the summer of 2006. After he was ordained a priest in 2008, he was again assigned to St. Pius for the summer, before returning to Rome to complete his studies.
Fr. Sam served as parochial vicar at St. Pius from 2009-2011. From 2011- 2014, he was assigned to St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Greenwich and as Assistant Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Bridgeport. In January 2014, he became Director of Vocations and Episcopal Chaplain at Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano appointed Fr. Sam administrator/pastor of St. Pius X in January 2015. Fr. Sam loves when people pray for him, enjoys playing music, is a huge fan of “Lord of the Rings,” and has a special devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. John Paul II, Bl. Teresa of Calcutta and Bl. Chiara Luce Badano.
Father Robert Crofut
Father Robert Crofut was born in Bridgeport and graduated from Notre Dame Catholic High School in 1964. He is the son of the late Frank and Anne (DelVecchio) Crofut. His home parish was St. Joseph in Bridgeport (now the Thomas Merton Center).
He entered St. Thomas Seminary in 1964. He studied philosophy and theology at Christ the King Seminary (M. Div.) at the Bonaventure University (B.A.) and was ordained by The Most Reverend Walter Curtis in 1972.
His first assignment was in team ministry at St. Ambrose Parish in Bridgeport until 1977. He also served as parochial vicar at St. Philip Parish in Norwalk (1977-88) and Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in
Westport (1988-93) and was administrator of St. Francis Parish in Weston. Father Crofut served as a parochial vicar at St. Lawrence Parish in Shelton (1993- 98) and was pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Norwalk (2003-13).
Father Crofut served two terms on the Diocesan Priests’ Council and was an advisor to the Annual Bishop’s Appeal and spiritual director to the Diocesan Permanent Diaconate Program for three years.