Title: Catholic Cemetery Executives
Company: Joseph B. Sankovich & Associates
Location: Tucson, Arizona, United States
Joseph Bernard Sankovich, Owner and Management Consultant at Joseph B. Sankovich & Associates, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in cemetery management.
Having accrued a five-decade-long career within the Catholic religion, Mr. Sankovich has excelled as the owner and management consultant of Joseph B. Sankovich & Associates in Tucson, Arizona since 1997 and in Edmonds, Washington since 1991. A comprehensive consulting service providing management expertise and training throughout the United States and Canada, the company focuses on establishing, consolidating and renewing Catholic diocesan and parochial cemetery programs while providing chancery and cemetery support services. Likewise, Mr. Sankovich gained initial experience in the field as director of the Mount Kelly Cemetery in Dearborn, Michigan from 1972 to 1984, a Diocesan cemetery consultant in Wyoming, PA from 1984 to 1986 and director of cemeteries for the Archdiocese of Seattle from 1986 to 1991.
Before finding his niche in cemetery management, Mr. Sankovich offered his abilities to the educational and religious sectors. Between 1995 and 2001, he was the interim director of cemeteries for the Saginaw Diocese, an instructor at the Summer School of the International Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association, teaching in the Cemetery Operations and Maintenance Division. Mr. Sankovich flourished as the director of religious education at St. James Church in Ferndale, Michigan from 1981 to 1984 and as an admissions counselor at the University of Detroit from 1974 to 1981. Additionally, he had also been an associate pastor at Sacred Heart Church in Dearborn from 1971 to 1974 and at St. Mary’s Church in Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania in 1970 and 1971.
Mr. Sankovich received a Bachelor of Arts from St. Francis College in 1966, having also been a student at the St. Francis Seminary and St. John Provincial Seminary between 1964 and 1969. In 1973, he achieved a Master of Arts from the University of Detroit. Reflecting on his illustrious career, Mr. Sankovich is particularly fond of his work in writing and published “Ego Eimi.” The autobiography tells the tale of a gay man who resigned from the Catholic priesthood after four years and has gone on to create a ministerial career within the Catholic church in the highly specialized apostolate of Catholic diocesan and parish cemeteries, of which there are more than 6,000 in the United States.
Throughout his career, Mr. Sankovich has held memberships and served in various capacities with Catholic Cemeteries of the West (founding director), Washington Interment Association, Catholic Cemetery Conference, and International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association. Through these associations, Mr. Sankovich introduced bereavement support and clarified the new mission of Catholic cemeteries in the post-Vatican II reality. To attest to his legacy, Mr. Sankovich is also listed in various editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who In Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in the World. He has published “The Catholic Parish Cemetery Toolbox” – a series of six handbooks for parish cemetery administration and “Diocesan Cemetery Supervision” – a handbook for (arch)diocesan finance officers and major Catholic cemetery programs.
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