Father John Melnick was raised in the Broad Brook section of East Windsor, CT. He attended St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, and Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, earning a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy. He went on to receive his Master of Divinity from St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts. Father Melnick was ordained to the priesthood on April 29, 2000 by Archbishop Daniel Cronin. Father has served at parishes in Avon, Guilford, Glastonbury, Hartford, and Enfield. He also served as priest secretary to Archbishop Henry Mansell, as well as assistant chancellor for the Archdiocese of Hartford. Father Melnick was appointed the first pastor of Saint Damien of Molokai Parish on June 29, 2017. Father Melnick feels blessed to witness the unification and strengthening of the Catholic presence in Windsor.