We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Rev. Canon Joseph Sredzinski, our PFA National Chaplain of 34 years. We received notification this past weekend from his family stating Fr. Joe passed away while on a trip to Poland with classmates. We do not know any details of his passing at this time. The family is making arrangements to bring his body back to the U. S. for burial. We will send funeral arrangements as soon as we receive them from the family. We ask that you keep Fr. Joe in your prayers.
Rev. Canon Joseph Sredzinski of Uniontown, Pa. was ordained in 1970 following the completion of his priestly studies at Saints Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Mich. One who in his own words was committed to “holding fast to the heritage and culture bequeathed to Polish Americans by those who had great faith and hope in crossing the ocean to hurdle the obstacles they faced,” Rev. Sredzinski was named National Chaplain of the Polish Falcons of America in 1981. He was appointed by the Board of Directors to be the eleventh National Chaplain of the Falcons since the office was created in 1912.
In 2009, Rev. Sredzinski played a key role in working with Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh to establish the special Mass to honor Our Lady of Czestochowa at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. The Mass has become an annual event, occurring each August and attracting more than 700 hundred parishioners.
Updates will be posted to the PFA website at http://polishfalcons.org.
May he rest in peace. Niech spoczywa w pokoju. Czolem.