Who Is Our our Pastor?

Rev. John Kavcak, M.S.C.
This parish is staffed by 
The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (M.S.C.) 

He was born in Pennsylvania, on July 12, 1946, to John C. and Mary (Kereb) Kavcak. He graduated from Holy Family Parochial School, Nazareth, PA, in 1960. In the fall of that year, he entered Sacred Heart Mission Seminary in Geneva, IL, where Fr. John completed four years of secondary education and one year of college. In 1965-66, he attended De Paul University, Chicago, for a second year of college. He entered the novitiate in Youngstown, OH, in 1966, making his first profession of vows in 1967. He completed his college studies at Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, Center Valley, PA, and in 1969, continued his studies for the priesthood at Catholic Theological Union (CTU), Chicago, Il, making perpetual profession of vows in 1970. From CTU, he received the M.Div. degree.Fr. John was ordained a priest by Bp. Joseph McShea, D.D., in Nazareth, on June 9, 1973

​On July 1, 2013 he was appointed pastor of St. Theresa Parish in Palm Springs, CA​.

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Our Parish Mission Statement:
 We, the Roman Catholic community of Christ’s Faithful gathered in St. Theresa’s, strive each day to become a beacon of hope to all. Inspired and supported by our weekly communal worship of the living God, we share our resources with one another and with those less fortunate.
 Transformed by an ongoing prayerful relationship with the Gospel message, we are renewed by our education processes and fulfilled by a commitment to ministry.
 Through daily concrete acts of peace, justice, compassion, and love, we strive to help bring about the kingdom of God.

St. Theresa Church

2800 E Ramon Rd Palm Springs, CA

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