WASHINGTON (December 14, 1999) -- Msgr. John J. Strynkowski, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, has been named Assistant Secretary for Education for Catholic Higher Education and Campus Ministry at the United States Catholic Conference.
Msgr. Strynkowski, who has been pastor of Holy Cross Parish, Maspeth, New York, since 1995, assumes his new position February 1.
In the position, Msgr. Strynkowski is the bishops' liaison to associations of Catholic colleges and universities and programs of campus ministry. He succeeds Father Charles Hagan, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Msgr. Strynkowski has long experience in higher education. From 1985 to 1995 he was rector of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, N.Y., where he also was a professor of systematic theology. In previous educational posts he was a visiting professor at North American College, Rome, 1991-1992, a teaching assistant at the Gregorian University, Rome, 1972-1976, and a theology teacher at Cathedral College, Douglaston, N.Y. (1968-1969).
Msgr. Strynkowski holds a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He studied for the priesthood at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, and Rome's North American College. He was assistant spiritual director at North American College 1976-1979. He also worked at the Vatican from 1971 to 1973 as an official in the English Section of the Vatican's Secretariat of State and as an official of the Congregation for Bishops, 1973 to 1979.
He has been published in several journals and periodicals including The Jurist, Origins, Priests and People, The Tablet (London), The Priest, and Marriage Studies.
Msgr. Strynkowski currently is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Roman Catholic-Methodist Dialogue and Roman Catholic-Polish National Catholic Dialogue in the United States. He has chaired two visitation teams for the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association and been a member of a team established by the Priestly Formation Committee of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops to evaluate a Seminary.