Mission Statement

We, the Catholic Community of the Epiphany are called through Baptism to be Disciples of Christ. We form a welcoming parish family that challenges each other to live God’s word through love, worship, education and service in our pursuit of holiness. We strive to preserve our rich cultural heritage. We aim to foster an atmosphere where vocations to the priesthood and consecrated religious life are encouraged. We are nourished by the Eucharist, which is the source and summit of all that we are. We are a people dedicated to the sanctity of all of human life, and to being good stewards of our time, talent, and treasures, both here and throughout the world.


Vision Statement

“The Catholic Community of the Epiphany envisions the presence and ongoing growth of a vibrant Catholic community of faith, hope and love serving Jesus Christ and His Gospel, both here and throughout the world.


Parish Pastoral Plan

The Epiphany Parish Pastoral Plan is a 3-5 year plan to guide the growth of our parish in its Word, Worship, Community, and Service ministries. It was developed in 2015 by the Parish Pastoral Council with input from our parishioners, gathered through the Appreciative Inquiry Process. Download the plan in pdf here.

Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

History of Epiphany Parish, Sayre Pennsylvania

When Father John Costello was made Pastor of Holy Ghost Church at Athens in 1875, I don’t think he had any idea how much his parish would grow and expand during his 24 year stay in the “Valley.” Holy Ghost Parish included all of Athens Township. What is Sayre today was then Pine Plains, a section of the township, and what became South Waverly was Athens Township. The parish also included Ridgebury and Windham. Father Costello was 28 years old as he began his fruitful success here.

In 1878 Sayre became the division headquarters for the Lehigh Valley Railroad. Two years later, the population stood at 800. The repair facility for the Lehigh continued to grow and by 1890 the population had grown to 3,200. With this growth came many immigrants from Ireland, Italy and Eastern Europe, many of them having strong ties to the Roman Catholic faith. And so begins the history of Epiphany Parish in Sayre…to continue reading, download our full history in pdf here.

Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

Epiphany Parish Staff

Pastor: Father Daniel A. Toomey
Assistant Pastor: Rev. Joe Joseph Kuriappilly
Secretary: Ms. Betsy Mooney
Director of Music: Larry W. Hoey
Maintenance: Mr. David Bean, and Mr. Anthony Cochi