Fr. Rich Samide was born in the Chicago area, but moved to Ohio with his family at age two, where he lived in Hudson as the oldest of three boys. He grew up at St. Mary Parish in Hudson, where he began to discern a possible vocation to the priesthood. He entered seminary after high school, was ordained on May 19, 2018, and then assigned to St. Mary’s in Wooster as his first priestly assignment. His younger brother is a transitional deacon at St. John Bosco Parish in Parma Heights and is set to be ordained a priest in May, 2019.