URAM, Reverend Monsignor Kenneth J., 81 of Steubenville, died Saturday at home.
Msgr. Uram was born on July 17, 193,3 in Cleveland, OH, and is the son of the late Lena Uram.
He attended St. John Vianney Seminary, Bloomingdale, and St. Francis Seminary, Loretto, PA. He received a bachelor of social science and master of arts degrees from John Carroll University, Cleveland. He was ordained by Bishop John King Mussio on May 23, 1959, at Holy Name Cathedral, Steubenville. He was named a Prelate of Honor to His Holiness Pope John Paul II in 1990.
Msgr. Uram's first assignment was as an instructor at St. John Vianney Seminary, Bloomingdale. He ministered at St. John Fisher Parish, Richmond, from 1962 until 1977 while serving in other duties, when he was assigned as pastor to the parish in May 1977. He also served at the chancery over the years as the assistant superintendent of schools, the physical education director at Catholic Central High School, Steubenville, director of the Catholic Community Center, Steubenville, and the associate editor of The Steubenville Register. He was a member of the diocesan pastoral staff from 1973 until 1982. In 1980, Monsignor was assigned as pastor of Holy Rosary Church, Steubenville, until 1982 when he was transferred briefly to Blessed Sacrament Church, Wintersville, as the associate pastor. At this time he was also the administrator of St. Thomas More Mission, Bloomingdale. In July of 1982 Msgr. Uram was named as the rector of Holy Name Cathedral where he served until the fall of 1985, when he was appointed pastor of St. John Fisher Church, Richmond. He also became the pastor of St. Joseph Church, Amsterdam, in July 2000. Msgr. Uram served as the pastor of these parishes until his retirement from active ministry on July 1, 2004.
Over the years, Msgr. Uram served on various diocesan commissions, including the Episcopal representative to the Protestant Ministerial Association, member of the Steubenville Ecumenical Institute, the Diocesan Ecumenical Council, Diocesan Consultor, Pro-synodal Tribunal judge and Synodal examiner, Diocesan Liturgical Commission, Chaplain to the Catholic Daughters of America Court 431, and Presbyteral Council representative for Coronation Deanery.
Monsignor Uram will lie in state at St. John Fisher Catholic Church, Richmond, beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Visitation will take place until 8 p.m. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. and on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the Funeral Liturgy with Mass at noon, presided over by Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton. He will be buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Steubenville.
As we entrust our brother Ken to the loving care of our Heavenly Father we remember the words of sacred scripture, "If we die with Christ, we shall live with Him" (2 Tm. 2:11). May he rest in eternal peace.