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Father Mitch Pacwa to Join EWTN's Staff

Irondale, AL (EWTN) - Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J. will bring his extensive knowledge of Sacred Scripture, Church history and Catholic apologetics to EWTN in Irondale, Alabama when he takes up residence here early next month.

The Jesuit priest has appeared regularly on EWTN since 1984 and has on many occasions hosted or co-hosted the network's twice weekly program, Mother Angelica Live. He has also appeared in six series and numerous other programs for the network and is seen daily praying the Rosary with pilgrims in the Holy Land.

EWTN's president, Michael Warsaw, said, "We are pleased and excited that Father Mitch will be joining us here in Irondale. He has been a member of the EWTN Family for many, many years and we look forward to collaborating with him on a number of projects." Warsaw said that last Fall, EWTN approached Father Pacwa about the possibility of developing a new live program for EWTN's television and radio network.

Warsaw also said the network is working with Father Pacwa to develop at least one new series for EWTN and a project involving EWTN's web site, but plans are still in their early stages.
Warsaw said Father Pacwa would begin his tenure at EWTN by assuming the hosting duties of Mother Angelica Live on Tuesday nights while Mother Angelica continues to recover from a stroke she suffered on Christmas Eve. "We are glad that Father Mitch will be sitting in Mother Angelica's chair until she is able to return," He said. Father Pacwa will begin appearing on Mother Angelica Live on Tuesday, February 5th.

Doug Keck, EWTN's Vice-President of Programming and Production said Father Pacwa brings a world of teaching experience to EWTN. "As a college professor, he has taught Introduction to the Bible, Introduction to the Old Testament, Introduction to the New Testament, Hebrew I, II, III, IV, and Master's level courses in the Psalms, the Writings of St. Paul and the Johannine Writings," Keck said.

Most recently, Father Pacwa served as a member of the faculty of the Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies at the University of Dallas. He speaks 12 languages, including the ancient languages of Latin, Koine Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic and Ugaritic. Father Pacwa is also a contributing editor of "This Rock" magazine and the "Touchstone Journal." He has authored two books, "Catholics and the New Age" and "Forgive Me Father for I am Frustrated."