The Rev. Joseph J. Przybysz

May 24, 2013


The Rev. Joseph J. Przybysz, a priest of the 19-county Catholic Diocese of Toledo since his ordination on May 24, 1975, died May 20, 2013, in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, Ind., after a lengthy illness. 

He was the beloved son of the late Joseph S. and Anna (Suida) Przybysz and the devoted brother of Barbara Ann Przybysz of Lackawanna, N.Y.
Fr. Przybysz graduated from St. Mary’s College in June 1969 and continued his theological studies at St. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake, Mich., where he received a Master of Divinity degree in 1975. He was ordained a priest on May 24, 1975, at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, Toledo, by Bishop John A. Donovan.

His first priestly assignment was at Toledo Regina Coeli Parish (1975-76) as an associate pastor. He also served as an associate pastor at Huron St. Peter (1975-78) and Toledo Christ the King (1978-85) parishes. He was appointed pastor of Archbold St. Peter and Stryker, St. John Parishes on July 1, 1985. He also served as pastor of Toledo, St. Hedwig Parish (1994-2005), and Fort Jenning St. Joseph Parish (2005-12). At the time of his death he was on a medical leave.

During his priestly ministry he also served as chaplain of the Huron Fire Department, chaplain for St. Edward Council Knights of Columbus and chaplain for the Toledo Police Department. He was an associate member of the Sisters of St. Francis, Sylvania, Ohio.

Surviving are his beloved sister, Barbara Ann Przybysz, of Lackawanna, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. He is also survived by his brother priests of the diocese, classmates of Orchard Lake Seminary and many dear Sylvania Franciscan friends.

The reception of the body will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 23, in St. Joseph Church, 135 North Water St., Fort Jennings, Ohio. Visitation will follow until the beginning of Vespers at 7 p.m. 

Fr. Joseph will lie in repose, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 25, at Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo. The Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral with Bishop Leonard P. Blair as celebrant.

There will be a Mass for the repose of his soul at 11 a.m. May 28, at St. Michael the Archangel Parish, 155 Warsaw St., Lackawanna, with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Urbanski Funeral Homes, Toledo. Condolences may be offered at