Priest Biographies

The Parishes of St. Boniface & St. Lawrence


I am the Pastor of St. Boniface and St. Lawrence Parishes.  We are a combined parish, in the spirit of the Vatican Council in Rome.  We are growing and developing a more consultative life where parishioners are very involved in the life of the parish.  Their voice is very important in all we do.  I have met the most amazing and talented people in my time here as Pastor.  I know that you will find here in this parish a beautiful expression of God’s Love.

In the Love of Jesus,
Msgr. Stephen McGough, M.S.

Msgr. Stephen McGough, M.S.

Msgr. McGough was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  He is one of five children.  He went to King's College, then to Saint Pius X Seminary in the Diocese of Scranton, continued his education at Marywood University and the Institute for Rational Behavior Therapy in New York City.   His older sister was a Sister of Mercy and passed away in 1990.  Msgr. McGough has served several parishes within the Diocese of Scranton-  in Dallas, Pa; Montoursville, Pa; Troy and Canton, Pa.  The latter were really rural parishes which are unique and very homey.  He has been the Pastor of St. Boniface since 1997 and with St. Lawrence since they became linked.  When he has free time, he really enjoys playing golf

Fr. Michael Zipay

Fr. Michael Zipay was born in 1943 in Kingston, Pa. and is the son of Michael and Julia Zipay.  He had two older sisters, Patricia and Christine.  He attended parochial elementary and secondary schools and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Scranton on May 25, 1968.  Fr. Zipay has had several assignments within the Diocese of Scranton.  Fr. Zipay is also an Army National Guard veteran, serving for 13 years.


Fr. James Tracy

Fr. James Tracy was born in Pittston, Pa, the oldest of nine children.  His father, James Tracy, was a surveyor for Penn Dot and his beloved mother, Laura Cawley-Tracy, was a school teacher.  He attended elementary and high school with the Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary, graduating St John’s High School, Pittston in 1963.  In 1973, he was ordained at Christ The King Seminary in Olean, New York with a graduate degree in Theology.  Fr. Tracy has served various times as Parish Priest, Hospital Chaplain, School Chaplain, Catechist and Director of Religious Education.  Fr. Tracy was assigned to the parishes of St. Boniface and St. Lawrence since 2017 and provides support to the Parish of St Peter’s in Wellsboro, PA.