Fr. Benedict E. Kapa was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 1, 1953, the younger son of Benedict J. and Helen V. (Kugiel) Kapa. After attending St. Josaphat Grade School and La Salle College High School in Philadelphia, he earned a B. A. in Political Science at La Salle University in 1975.
After receiving a Masterís of Public Administration from Penn State University, Fr. Benny worked for the Social Security Administration Mid-Atlantic Regional Office for 9 years in various capacities. He began priestly formation in January, 1986 with the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, studying philosophy and earning high school teaching certification at De Sales University in Allentown, PA. While with the Oblates, Fr. Benny taught Social Studies and English at high schools in Bethlehem, PA, Philadelphia and Fairfax, VA.
From 1990-1993, Fr. Benny pursued theology studies in Washington, DC, earning an M.A. in Theology at De Sales School of Theology and an M.A. in Literature at American University. After leaving the Oblates, he taught Religion at Allentown Central Catholic High School for a year and worked for the U.S. Postal Service in both Allentown and Martinsburg, WV, being an active member of the music ministry while at St. Joseph Parish in Martinsburg.
After being accepted into the formation program with the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, Fr. Benny finished his theological studies at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA, earning a Masters of Divinity in 1999. He then served as deacon and after priestly ordination in June, 2000 as associate pastor at St. Joseph the Worker in Weirton. While in Weirton, Fr. Benny also taught Religion and served as Religion Department chair and Campus Minister at Madonna High School from 1999-2002.
Fr. Benny served 8 months as associate pastor at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Parkersburg and then 16 months as pastor of St. Charles Borromeo in White Sulphur Springs. He then served as pastor of St. James the Apostle in Clarksburg from 2004-2010 and Sacred Heart in Salem from 2007-2010. After 2 years as pastor of Annunciation of Our Lord in Fort Ashby and St. Anthony in Ridgeley, Fr. Benny was named pastor of All Saints in Bridgeport effective June 20, 2012