Deacon Rick Tucek
Deacon Rick Tucek, Deacon Administrator
Born and raised in the North Hills, Deacon Rick grew up attending St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School and North Allegheny High School. After completing a BA in Business Administration with a major in Accounting at Robert Morris University, he passed the CPA exam and built a 30-year career in finance, starting out with US Steel (B&LE Railroad) and then working as a CPA ultimately opening and running his own practice for 18 years.
He completed his Deacon formation at St. Paul Seminary and was ordained on June 14, 2011. Following his ordination, he began his service as a part-time Deacon at North American Martyrs Parish in Monroeville while still working full-time as a CPA, eventually leaving his own practice to work as Parish & School Business Manager at St. Louis de Marillac. He accepted the job of Parish & School Business Manager here at St. Bede in the spring of 2014. During this time, he has also been working (part-time) as an ordained Deacon at St. Maurice Parish in Forest Hills assisting with liturgy and pastoral care.
Deacon Rick has been married to his wife Kathy for 36 years. Together they had six children: Ryan (33), Cory (29), Adam (27), Emily (deceased), Sarah (24), and Michelle (23). Ryan, Cory, and Adam are all married and Deacon Rick and Kathy have been blessed with five grandsons, ranging in age from 3 months to 4 years old. Having lost his daughter Emily, born prematurely, in 1990, Deacon Rick and his wife experienced firsthand the powerful consolation of God’s grace in their time of need. Over the ensuing years, Deacon Rick began attending daily Mass. After offering his life to God at a Cursillo retreat, he experienced a powerful call to serve God. He completed five years of deaconate formation and dedicated his life’s work to the glory of God. As an ordained Deacon, he now gladly offers it through service to the people of St. Bede Parish.
Besides practicing and leading people in the Catholic faith, Deacon Rick’s interests are playing with his grandchildren, cheering on Pittsburgh sports teams, watching movies and visiting with friends.
A personal note from Deacon Rick:
“I am honored and humbled to be your Deacon Administrator. I appreciate the trust that Bishop Zubik has placed in me to do this job. I am also honored to be serving with Father Bryce, a gifted and holy man. Deacons are ordained to roles of service and justice in the Pittsburgh diocese. It is a scriptural call:
Acts 6: 1-6 At this time, as the number of the disciples increased, complaints were brought against those who spoke Hebrew by those who spoke Greek; their widows, they said, were neglected in the daily administration of relief. So the twelve called together the general body of the disciples, and said, it is too much that we should have to forgo preaching God’s word, and bestow our care upon tables. Come then, brethren, you must find among you seven men who are well spoken of, full of the Holy Spirit and of wisdom, for us to put in charge of this business, while we devote ourselves to prayer, and to the ministry of preaching. This advice found favor with all the assembly; and they chose Stephen, a man who was full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, who was a proselyte from Antioch. These they presented to the apostles, who laid their hands on them with prayer.
So starting November 30th, my “day job” as Business Manager has been merged with my ministry of service and justice to the people of St. Bede. I am humbly called as your servant. So please feel free to contact me with all your needs, whether they are spiritual or temporal.”