Cyril N. Pinchak, SJ, 33, is a native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and one of nine children. The Pinchaks attended both the Church of the Gesu in University Heights, Ohio, and St. Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church in Brecksville, Ohio. Throughout his education, Pinchak encountered joyful religious men with the Jesuits at Gesu Catholic School and with the Brothers of the Holy Cross at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, Ohio. In high school, a glaciological expedition in Alaska and two mission trips to Honduras revealed to him God’s beauty in the harshest of conditions. At John Carroll University in University Heights, he was active in cross-country, track, an a cappella group, student government and campus ministry. His discernment intensified his senior year, and after earning a bachelor’s degree in English, Pinchak entered the Jesuits in August 2006. He spent several months as a novice teaching English at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. Missioned next to Loyola University Chicago, he earned a master’s degree in English while serving as the chaplain for the men’s and women’s running teams. Returning to U of D Jesuit for three years, Pinchak taught English and coached hockey, cross-country and track. Attending Regis College at the University of Toronto, he earned a Master of Divinity degree while serving as a deacon at the Byzantine-Slovak Cathedral in Toronto. Highlights of his formation include a summer in Poland teaching English and two summers in Bolivia studying Spanish. After ordination, he will work toward a Licentiate in Byzantine Theology at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. Pinchak, who will be a bi-ritual priest in both the Roman and Byzantine Catholic Churches, will celebrate in both his hometown parishes with a first Mass at the Church of the Gesu and a Divine Liturgy at St. Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church.
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