As announced at the House of Delegates meeting at the NFPC Annual Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Father Richard Vega was appointed pastor of St. Frances of Rome Parish in Azusa, Calif. thus ending his term after six years as NFPC president on June 30. Father Anthony E. Cutcher, Vice-President/Vice Chairman of the NFPC Board of Directors, will succeed Fr. Vega as interim president for the remaining two years of his term.
Father Cutcher, 52, a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, is a native of Piqua, Ohio. He joined the US Navy after graduating high school in 1977 and attended Electronics Technician School and Nuclear Power School. He served aboard the ballistic missile submarine, USS Michigan. After Father Tony was honorably discharged in 1983, he moved to Nashville, Tenn. where he used his nuclear background working for a firm that developed operator training materials for nuclear power plants. From nuclear power, Father Tony became a systems analyst and computer programmer with emphasis on retail accounting and management. He worked as the comptroller of several small firms in the Nashville area.
During his time in Nashville, Father Tony became involved in lay ministry at St. Edward's Parish. On Christmas Eve 1989 he informed his pastor that he felt called to the priesthood. Nine months later he left Nashville and began studies at Pontifical College Josephinum and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Philosophy degree. He then attended St. Mary's Seminary of the West where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained to the priesthood by Most Rev. Daniel Pilarczyk on May 15, 1999.
Father Tony has served in a variety of pastoral assignments and is currently pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in St. Marys, Ohio. He has gained a reputation as a dynamic speaker
and travels the area giving lectures on church-related topics, retreats and days of reflection. In addition to being pastor, Father Tony is currently Secretary/Treasurer of the St. Marys Ministerial Association, the first priest ever to be the president of that organization. He also has a seat on the Presbyteral Council, and is Chairman of the council's Priestly Life Committee. He is a member of American Legion Post 323 and the Knights of Columbus.
Father Tony joined the NFPC Council of Consultors in 2010 and was elected Vice-President/Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors shortly thereafter. He assumes office on July 1.