Jesuits Faculty and Staff

Rev. Joseph F. Burke, S.J.

Rev. Joseph F. Burke, S.J., is an adjunct professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at Canisius College and co-director of spiritual formation at Christ the King Seminary. He is also a practicing psychotherapist and responsible at Canisius for the clinical training of those who will become school and agency counselors. He earned his Ph.D. at Fordham University in religion and psychology and does research on issues of spirituality in the therapeutic process. Since coming to Canisius in 1997, he has also been a spiritual director, a member of the Presbyterial Senate of the Diocese of Buffalo, and a popular presenter at workshops and conferences.

Fr. David S. Ciancimino, S.J.

Fr. David Ciancimino, S.J., is the 35th president of Canisius High School where he once served as a teacher, admissions director and principal (1989-1997). He is a graduate of Xavier High School in New York City where he also taught (1982-1985) and served as headmaster (1997-2004). Prior to his return to Canisius High School, he was the assistant to the provincial and then provincial superior of the New York Province Jesuits.

Rev. Edward J. Durkin, S.J.

Rev. Edward J. Durkin, S.J., director of the St. Augustine and St. Monica Scholars Programs of the Nativity/Miguel Middle School in Buffalo, arrived here in 2003 to help start this new venture after 15 years in Harlem, preceded by 15 years on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. In addition to teaching, he has also coached basketball, track, and baseball. In January 2008, Father Durkin received the Bishop's Education Medal from the Diocese of Buffalo for his work in helping to establish the new program on Buffalo's East Side.

Rev. Daniel P. Jamros, S.J.

Rev. Daniel P. Jamros, S.J., professor of religious studies & theology, became a New England Province Jesuit in 1967, a priest in 1976, and a teacher of Catholic theology at Canisius in 1985, where he has also chaired the Faculty Senate and managed Faculty Handbook revisions. His academic interests include the doctrine of God and Hegel’s philosophy of religion. His Ph.D. is from Vanderbilt, and he returns to its neighborhood every summer to work at the cathedral parish. He has also worked and studied in Iraq, Lebanon, France, and Germany. Fr. Jamros enjoys languages, literary classics, movies, friendships, and the Boston Red Sox.


Rev. Joseph W. Lux, S. J.

Rev. Joseph W. Lux, S.J., chaplain to athletics and the Parents Association at Canisius High School, also assists with Ignatian mission and campus ministry activities.  He returned to Buffalo in 2011 after graduating with a degree in Library Science from SUNY at Buffalo in 1994 and then working at Canisius High School and Canisius College from 2000-2006.  Over the years, he has been a teacher and administrator at McQuaid Jesuit, and Regis and Xavier High Schools in New York City. He was also a librarian at St. Peter’s College from 1994-2000.  He entered the Jesuits in 1958 and was ordained a priest in 1971.

Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, S.J.

Rev. Patrick Lynch, S.J., professor of religious studies & theology and director of the College’s Core Curriculum, entered the Jesuits in 1960 and was ordained a priest in 1972. He received a doctorate in Christian Theology from the University of Chicago and currently teaches courses on Catholic Social Ethics, Religion and Politics, and the Jesuits. Prior to beginning full-time teaching duties at Canisius College in 1987, he taught at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City and LeMoyne College. Currently he is a Carnegie Scholar for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Rev. Robert McTeigue, S.J.

Rev. Robert McTeigue, SJ, is a member of the Maryland Province.  A professor of philosophy and theology, he has taught and lectured in North and Central America, Europe and Asia and is known for his classes in both rhetoric and medical ethics.  He has long experience in spiritual direction, retreat ministry and religious formation.  He earned the B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the Catholic University of America and an M.Th. in Systematic Theology from Heythrop College in London, England.  He is a member of the National Ethics Committee for the Catholic Medical Association and now works in seminary education.  He writes a weekly column for Aleteia.

Rev. Martin X. Moleski, S.J.

Rev. Martin X. Moleski, S.J., professor of religious studies & theology, is a graduate of Canisius High School, who entered the Jesuits in 1973 and was ordained in 1981. He studied at Boston College, Fordham University, and Regis College, Toronto, before earning his doctorate in theology at the Catholic University of America. He taught briefly at LeMoyne College before moving to Canisius College in 1990. He is the author of numerous articles and two books, Personal Catholicism and Michael Polanyi: Scientist and Philosopher. He also regularly does pastoral ministry in the Diocese of Buffalo and a radio show on the local Catholic station WLOF.

Rev. Michael R. Pastizzo, S.J.

Rev. Michael Pastizzo, S.J, media specialist in Information Technology and assistant professor of Religious Studies & Theology, entered the Jesuits in 1960 and was ordained a priest in 1970. He is a member of the FacTS (Faculty Technology Services) Center that helps Canisius faculty with instructional computing. He also teaches courses on religion and film and religion and art in the Religious Studies & Theology Department. Prior to his arrival at Canisius, Fr. Pastizzo earned an S.T.D. degree from Rome’s Gregorian University in religion and art, has been an academic dean for Jesuits in studies, and worked in Rome, helping people to learn computer skills.

Rev. James M. Pribek, S.J.

Rev. James Pribek, S.J., assistant professor of English at Canisius College, specializes in Irish Literature. A native of Wisconsin, his Jesuit formation took him to St. Paul, Omaha, Spokane, the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Father Pribek entered the Jesuits in 1987 and was ordained in Milwaukee in 1999. He lived and studied in Dublin, Ireland, where he also worked in a diocesan parish. He holds a doctorate from University College Dublin, where he wrote a dissertation tracing the influence of Cardinal John Henry Newman on James Joyce.

Fr. Thomas Slon, S.J.

Thomas R. Slon, S.J., rector of the Canisius Jesuit Community, administers the Jesuit community, fosters its spiritual well-being, and assists the directors of the apostolic works where the Jesuits minster. Most recently, he served as the executive assistant (Socius) for the New York Provincial and then the U.S. Northeast Province.  Before these administrative posts, he worked as an intern architect at the University of Scranton and then as a licensed architect at Arthur John Sikula, Associates in New York City.  His architectural interest was Church renovation after Vatican II.

A native of Cheektowaga, NY, Father Slon entered the Society of Jesus in 1979 and was ordained a priest at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Buffalo in 1990.

Fr. James Van Dyke, S.J.

Fr. James Van Dyke, S.J., a native of Buffalo returns to Canisius High School as the Director of Ignatian Programs and an Instructor in Religious Studies.  Fr. Van Dyke entered the Society of Jesus in 1981, was ordained in 1993, and has worked extensively in the field of Secondary Education for most of his apostolic life.  Most recently he was involved in founding the newest Jesuit high school in the United States, Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High school.  In addition to teaching Religious Studies and English, Fr. Van Dyke has coached crew in at Canisius High School and McQuaid Jesuit in Rochester.