Rev. Leo J. Gallina ’66

Ordained in 1965 at St. Peter Cathedral in Erie, the Rev. Leo Gallina ’66 attended Gannon, Christ the King in Allegany, N.Y., and Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He is a 1961 graduate of St. Bonaventure University in New York.

Fr. Gallina’s career in the priesthood has taken him on assignment throughout Pennsylvania. He taught at Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie and served as an assistant pastor at St. George’s in Erie and St. Tobias in Brockway. Fr. Gallina has been pastor at St. Theresa Church in Shinglehouse, Sacred Heart Church in Genesee, St. Boniface Church in Erie, and St. Bernard Church in Bradford.

Fr. Gallina is a Bradford, PA., native, the son of Leo J. Gallina, a professional independent CPA, and Jessie S. Gallina, an elementary school teacher. He inherited his parents’ altruistic compassion as enthusiastic volunteers within the Bradford community, volunteering himself with the American Association of University Women, the Catholic Grils’ Club and the Bradford Hospital Auxiliary, which awarded him for regularly visiting patients and staff at the health center as part of his daily rounds.

This past April, Fr. Gallina received the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s highest honor, the Presidential Medal of Distinction, for being a fervent supporter of Pitt-Bradford and the Bradford community. He serves as an ambassador of goodwill and education to the community for Bradford Regional Medical Center through Bradford Hospital Foundation’s Community Relations Committee and the Bradford Children’s Home. He serves on the boards of Beacon Light Behavioral Systems, Futures Rehabilitation, Bradford Family YMCA and the Bradford Hospital Foundation.

Because he gave his time generously to the families of Bradford, the Rev. Leo J. Gallina Honorary Fund was established in 2006 by friends throughout the Bradford Community to demonstrate their respect of and appreciation for Fr. Gallina. Gifts to this fund support the ongoing purposes of Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Among those whose faith has deeply touched or guided him over the years, Fr. Gallina mentions Msgr. “Les” Enright, Msgr. Richard Stack, Rev. Fred Reilly and Rev. Martin Grady. Fr. Gallina celebrated his jubilee in 2005, demonstrating 40 years of service of religious life, and retired in Erie last summer after 46 years of service to the church. He currently resides in Erie and returns to Bradford often.

(Published 2012)