About Our Pastor
Rev. Joseph E. Swierczynski, a native of Sharpsburg, PA, attended St. John Cantius grade school and North Catholic High School. He then attended St. Meinard College Seminary in Southern Indiana and St. Vincent College Seminary in Latrobe. He received a BA in Philosophy and a M.Div. in Theology at St. Vincent.
His assignments include Parochial Vicar at St. Stephen in Hazelwood, St. Alphonsus in Springdale and St. Adalbert in South Side. Father Joe was also pastor at St. Josaphat in the South Side from 1975 until 1992 when the parishes on the South Side were merged.
Father Joe completed further studies at Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana and served at Holy Sepulcher, Glade Mills and St. Thomas More, Bethel Park.
Finally, Fr. Joe was assigned the pastorate at Immaculate Heart of Mary where his passion is to lead the flock to a greater love for God and His Mother, especially through liturgical customs and ethnic traditions. Going "all out" especially during great feasts is his way of making us aware of the beauty of our heritage and showing our great love for God.
As pastor of Immaculate Heart, Father's dreams and ambitions of being pastor of a church named for Mary and combined with Polish customs and heritage have become a reality.