About Deacon Pijacki
Began his St. Joe's career in 1972, retired in 2010, and has returned to complete the 2019-20 academic year.
Education: BA in Philosophy, MA in Theology, St. John Vianney Seminary; ThD in Theology, St. John's University
- Seven religious textbooks published by the Center for Learning
- Earned three NEH grants: Canisius College: The Rise of Democratic Humanism in the 20th Century; Columbia University: Classic Islamic Literature; SUNY Geneseo: Early Christian Monasticism
- Distinguished Lasallian Educator of the Year
- Co-authored Lasallian Education Models for use in all Lasallian schools in the United States and Canada
Deacon Pijacki is very proud of the rich tradition of excellence St. Joe's holds in Western New York. He feels strongly that our Lasallian heritage encourages our students to pursue their dreams while providing diverse opportunities to realize them. It is gratifying for him to see the network of alumni who have helped shaped the WNY community, serving as leaders in government, business, education, the arts, athletics, and religious service.
"Creating a pattern for lifelong learning through reading, critical thinking, and values clarification are the foundation for my approach to education. In an ever-evolving world, these skills are essential for effective decision making and self-development. Helping the students to become compassionate adults is a central goal."
What many don't know: "I was a candidate for the Challenger Teacher in Space program."