On November 19, 1932 a servant of God was born. Leo McCarthy became the eighth child in a family that would eventually grow to twelve. Leo started life in Springbrook, NY, was baptized, made his First Communion and completed his first four years of school at St. Vincent Parish. His father referred to him as the "wonder boy" because he said he always "wondered what that boy" would become.
His family then moved to Alden, NY where St. John the Baptist
Parish became like a second home to him. He had a strong Catholic family. His father and his grandfather on his mother's side greatly influenced who he would eventually become. Catholicism was
woven into everything they did. The pastor of St. John the Baptist parish at that time was Fr. Bertrum Trautman, whose nephew would later become Bishop Trautman. Fr. Trautman
had a great impact on Leo's young life especially while serving as an altar boy.
After his eighth grade graduation he entered the Minor Seminary called St.
Joseph the Little Flower where he boarded because of the distance between
Alden and Buffalo. Msgr. Paul Juenker was an exceptional mentor for the
young Leo at the Minor Seminary. He went right from the Minor Seminary to the
Major Seminary of St. Bonaventure.