Daniel Czajak

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Daniel Czajak
Branch of Service
College Attended
Syracuse University
High School Attended
West Genesee Senior High School, Camillus, NY
Reading, golf, snowboarding, learning guitar, running.
When was the first time you thought of the priesthood?
Childhood; around 8 years old.
Who influenced or inspired you?
Several people: my mother, Rev. Richard P. Prior, Jr. – Pastor of Holy Family Church in Syracuse, NY, Rev. Joseph O’Connor – Vocations Director of Syracuse Diocese, Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) Jack B. Herron, U.S. Army, Chaplain (Captain) Dennis DeGuzman, U.S. Air Force, Chaplain (Captain) Henryk Lorenc, U.S. Army.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
That I have a twin brother; usually they are surprised by that fact, except for the folks I grew up with, of course.
What is your favorite scripture passage?
Galatians 2:20.
How did you come to know Jesus?
Eucharistic Adoration and prayer.
What were some of the Spiritual events or activities that helped you develop your relationship with Christ and his Church?
Daily Mass, altar serving, teaching RCIA, friendships with other Catholics, frequent confession, discernment retreats, etc.
What influence did Pope John Paul II have on your vocation?
His papacy, life, and vocation story have been profoundly inspirational and encouraging, and helped me to not be afraid to follow Christ. I think the fact that he was Pope during my childhood is partly responsible for my vocation. We were so blessed to have such a wonderful man leading the Church, and I think his papacy provided a nourishing environment for vocations.
What was your background before the seminary?
Active duty military service.
What was the last book you read?
Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on “Romanism” by “Bible Christians” by Karl Keating.
What is your favorite spiritual book?
The Confessions of St. Augustine.
Who is a hero to you?
Servant of God Terence Cardinal Cooke.