New priest named at New Middletown church

Priest named to replace Father Stephen Popovich

NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Father Christopher Luoni has been named the new pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church in New Middletown.

Luoni replaces Fr. Stephen Popovich, who was critically injured in a car accident last November.

Luoni also will retain his position with the Diocese of Youngstown as the Vocations Director. His assignment in New Middletown begins in September.

Popovich was on his way to the Ohio State Penitentiary to minister to inmates when the vehicle he was driving collided with a pickup truck and was pushed into a tree.

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