Father Sam grew up in Ogden, attended St. Joseph Elementary and High School. His home parish was Holy Family in Ogden. After high school, he went to Utah State University where he earned a dual BA in Liberal Arts and Business. He was accepted as a seminarian for the diocese of Salt Lake City in 1997 and was sent to St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, CA. He earned a Masters of Divinity and Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology in 2003. Father Sam was ordained on May 29, 2003, and he began his ministry as a priest at St. Therese in Midvale where he served for 3 years. He was then transferred to St. Mary of the Assumption in Park City for 2 years. While he was parochial vicar at these two parishes, he would travel to central Utah once a month to celebrate Mass in Milford, Fillmore and Delta. He was named pastor of St. Patrick parish in Salt Lake City in 2008 and subsequently pastor of St. Marguerite in Tooele in 2010.
His hobbies are hiking and biking in the summer and in the winter he enjoys cross country skiing.
His favorite subjects in college and in the seminary were philosophy and art history. He loves to read and has a diverse selection of authors that he enjoys.
I was born a long, long, time ago, in a land far, far away, and raised as a Methodist. My father was in the Air Force and my family moved a lot. I enjoyed Boy Scouts, earning my God and Country (Protestant) religious award. I always felt drawn to study religion, and paraphrasing St Augustine; Restless, I followed the road to Rome, and God.
I met my wife, Sharon, a cradle Catholic, in 1975 while serving in the Army. We both began to study the faith more intensely, and over time grew spiritually. I was received into the Church 18 February 1989, at Ft Stewart, Georgia.
Sharon and I studied continually, serving as Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and RCIA coordinators. When we came to Utah, I had planned to teach but was not received favorably and returned to nursing. I still felt something was missing and prayed for guidance. As I completed a novena, my wife asked me if I had thought about studying to become a Deacon. I was ordained on 24 January 2004, four years later.
I find great joy being deacon, serving wherever needed, and in whatever way I can.
Deacon Marcel Soklaski was born in Brooklyn, NY, spent over 5 years in the U.S.A.F., graduated with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked for Chevron as an Engineer, Supervisor and Facility Manager for a total of 25 years. Deacon Marcel is married to a beautiful woman named Dorothy and has 3 wonderful sons. Marcel and his family lived in a number of places: NJ, TX, WA, and CA. They moved from CA in Sept. 1995 to Sandy, UT and have been parishioners at Blessed Sacrament ever since.
Approximately 16 years ago Marcel felt a calling to become a deacon. After he and Dorothy attended 4 years of formation training, Marcel was ordained a deacon on 1/24/2004 at the Cathedral of the Madeleine by Bishop George Niederauer. Deacon Marcel and his wife are involved in many ministries at Blessed Sacrament.
Blessed Sacrament Church is a warm, vital parish that is committed to evangelization and serving our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Catholic Church.