Rev. Stephen L. Maco was born in Fountain Hill, PA, on September 15, 1945. He is the son of the late Helen Nemsak Maco and John J. Maco, Sr., and has a married brother, John and sister-in-law, Beth, a married niece and nephew, Lauren and John, and grand niece, Mackenzie and grand twin nephews, Landon and Gavin.
He attended St. Ursula’s parochial school in Fountain Hill; after graduating from Allentown Central Catholic High School in 1963, her entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, PA, and began his studies for the priesthood. He received his B.A. in philosophy from St. Charles in 1969. After interrupting his studies to attend the University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, Arkansas, he returned to Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, PA, and received a Master of Divinity in Theology in 1975. At the same time, he was studying at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, and earned a Master of Education in Educational Administration in 1974.
Following his ordination to the priesthood by the late Bishop Joseph McShea in May of 1976, Fr. Maco was appointed as professor of Theology to Nativity BVM High School , Pottsville, PA.
Fr. Maco was appointed Principal of Nativity BVM High School in June of 1982, and served in that capacity until June of 1991. During that period, Fr. Maco served as the representative for the Diocese of Allentown to the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference’s Committee on Education. He was also a member of the National Catholic Educational Association, the Pennsylvania Association of Secondary School Administrators and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. In 1985, he inaugurated Nativity BVM High School’s program of Volunteer Service to the Elderly which had realized over 10,000 hours of community service during its first five years.
During his fifteen years at Nativity BVM High School, Fr. Maco served as the school’s Director of Athletics from 1976-1980. From 1977 through 1991, he was the varsity coach of the Nativity Golden Girls basketball team, compiling an overall record of 301 wins and 126 loses; during that time, the Golden Girls captured the PIAA Class “A” State Championship in 1978 and 1990, and were the PIAA Class “A” State Runner-Up in 1991. His 1977-78 and 1978-79 teams together fashioned a 56 game win streak which stands as a Nativity school record.
In October of 1991, Fr. Maco was inducted into the Allen-Rogowicz Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
In June of 1991, following 15 years of service as priest-teacher, athletic director, girls varsity basketball coach, vice-principal and principal of Nativity BVM High School, Fr. Maco was appointed Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education in the Diocese of Allentown. In assuming that position, he also served as a part-time teaching member on the faculty of Bethlehem Catholic High School. In June of 1994, he left the Office of Education and was appointed professor of Senior Theology and Director of Spiritual Activities at Bethlehem Catholic. He was the founder of Vision 2000 and was also a member of the school’s Student Assistance Program. Fr. Maco was appointed varsity girls basketball coach in 1995 and remained in that capacity through 2002-2003. During that time, he recorded his 400th overall coaching victory.
In June of 2003, Fr. Maco was appointed and served as principal of Cardinal Brennan Jr/Sr. High School in Ashland. Along with community and legal leaders, he coordinated a pro-active school initiative – the Charger Leadership Council – to address varied student concerns. Reflecting on faculty needs as these would be of benefit to the student body, he also established and equipped The Joseph Wright Faculty Technology Center. He served as professor of Senior Theology, as well.
Fr. Maco also served as Parochial Vicar at St. Paul’s Parish in Allentown. In June, 2006, Fr. Maco returned to the diocesan educational ministry and was assigned to Reading Central Catholic High School as Vice Principal for Spiritual Affairs and as professor of Senior Theology through July of 2008.
In the Spring of 2011, Fr. Maco was recognized for his contribution and ongoing commitment to Nativity BVM High School as he was inducted into NBVM’s Golden Cross Society.
In June of 2011 through the present, Fr. Maco was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel / Saint Vincent DePaul Parish in Bangor and was also assigned as chaplain to Pius X High School and served as a member of the Pius X High School’s Board of Governance until the school’s closing in 2014. Currently, he serves on the Board of Governance at Bethlehem Catholic High School.