hile it is common these days for men to enter the seminary after working in another field, few come to the priesthood as a rocket scientist.
Enter Brian K. Muzas, who earned summa cum laude degrees from Princeton University and the California Institute of Technology in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and in Aeronautics (thesis topic: Visualization of a Turbulent Mach 8 Boundary Layer on a Flat Plate).
After an M.Div. and an M.A. in Systematic Theology from Seton Hall where he was awarded two John Paul II medals for academic achievement, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Newark in May 2003.
He currently serves as parochial vicar at Queen of Peace Church in North Arlington NJ.
His ultimate call to the priesthood is really like a "third" career for Fr. Muzas.
In addition to his training as an aerospace engineer, he also has considerable training and experience in the field of church music.
He studied various keyboard instruments (piano, harpsichord, organ) under Paul M. Somers, William Matthews, Donald Dumler, Philip Dietterich and Donald McDonald and is a member of the American Guild of Organists.
He has been organist (regular, associate or substitute) at over eighteen Catholic and Protestant churches in New Jersey and California, and has played recitals at Saint Patrick's Cathedral (New York City), Union Chapel (Martha's Vineyard), Saint Walburga Monastery (Elizabeth NJ) and in Minsk and Smolensk in the former Soviet Union.
Father Muzas also has experience as an accomplished baritone, a choral conductor, a music director, a liturgist and a commissioned composer.
Part of his seminary acitivity took him to the Holy Land and to Rome, where he was involved in a concert at Saint Ignatius Church and sang with the Schola at Solemn High Mass at Saint Peter's Basilica and for a papal audience.
He has had several scientific articles and musical compositions published and CanticaNOVA Publications is pleased to offer the music of Fr. Muzas in our catalog: