While we are certainly sad to say goodbye to Father Tom, our entire St. Anselm community is looking forward to welcoming our new rector, Fr. John Swencki. This brief biography is a wonderful introduction to Fr. John. He is currently planning to move into the rectory late in May.
Fr. John Swencki was born and raised in Ipswich, Massachusetts. After graduating from Ipswich High School, he travelled west to Orchard Lake, Michigan (just outside Detroit) to attend St. Mary's College and then Saints Cyril & Methodius Seminary, also in Orchard Lake.
With the permission of Cardinal Medeiros, Father John was ordained a deacon in Orchard Lake and then, returning to Boston, served his deacon year at Saint Eulalia Parish in Winchester before being ordained a priest in 1979.
Father John has special loves for Scripture, liturgy, evangelization, music, media production and chocolate ice cream. As a priest, he believes his most important duties are to preach the word of God well, celebrate Eucharist and other sacraments joyfully and with reverence, to assist in building a community open to all and committed to service as Christ commanded.
Not to the exclusion of others, Father John believes it is particularly important today for the Church to be attentive and affirming of young people, supportive of young families, and eager to reach out to those who feel marginalized or neglected. Father John loves the Church, loves being a priest, loves people, and tries to keep his eyes focused on Jesus who is his beginning and end.
Father John recognizes and applauds the commitment St. Anselm's people have for their community, respects the work and accomplishments of the priests and people who have come before him, and is eager to come to Saint Anselm's and to be of service.