Reverend James F. Mazanec

Senior Parochial Vicar

I am the 2nd of four sons born to Joseph and Mary Mazanec.  I was born in Clearwater, Florida, where my dad, with my mother, spent four years in the Army Air Corps during WWII.  I grew up in Solon, the family having moved there in 1948, with our house adjacent to St. Rita Parish, where my grand-uncle was pastor. The University of Notre Dame was always my goal where I would study to be a doctor.  The Lord had other plans.  Graduating in 1968 with a degree in Liberal Arts (having studied German and Philosophy),  I went into sales and management for the next nine years.  As a layman I was very involved at St. Rita's and in teaching. When I participated in the renewal program, Christ Renews His Parish, I met Dick Cartmell, a 56-year-old who was entering St. Mary Seminary to prepare for the priesthood. We became friends.  He invited me to consider becoming a priest and two years later I ended up applying and being admitted to St. Mary Seminary on Ansel Road in Cleveland. June 13,1981, Bishop Pilla ordained me and assigned me as Associate Pastor to St. Columbkille Parish in Parma.  30 years later, after spending four years at St. Joseph Church in Amherst, Bishop Lennon appointed me as Parochial Vicar (new name for Associate Pastor) to St. Columbkille.  Doubly blessed I returned to St. Columbkille in June of 2011; and, on January 1, 2015, Bishop Lennon appointed me as a Senior Parochial Vicar to St. Columbkille Church.  This means that I can remain at St. Columbkille until retirement. How lucky can a guy get!  I am very happy to serve the Lord at St. Columbkille Church.