Our Priests - Church of Saint Louis
Fr. John Anthony Sajdak, S.M.
A native of Yonkers, New York, Fr. Sajdak grew up attending St. Casimir’s church and grammar school, where each grade had both an English and a Polish section. He experienced the customs of the “old country” at home and in church and, like most Polish kids, learned to play the accordion and entertained his family with polkas.
After spending a year at Iona College, he entered the Marist Seminary in Framingham, Massachusetts, and also studied in Rome. Upon graduation, Fr. Sajdak was sent to Detroit, where he quickly discovered his passion: teaching. For almost 40 years he taught at the high school and college levels in the area and “never in a million years thought” he’d become Pastor of Church of Saint Louis, King of France.
A voracious reader, Fr. Sajdak is seldom seen without a book or magazine – these days on his iPad. He also enjoys TV dramas and comedies, opera, live theater, and counted cross stich.
Fr. Joseph Charles Hurtuk
Born to second-generation Slovak parents in Cleveland, Ohio, Fr. Hurtuk attended an elementary and high school under the care of the Marist Fathers. He entered a Marist Seminary upon graduation and professed his first Marist vows on the feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary, September 12, 1967. After earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., he was ordained a priest at the Church of St. Pius X in Bedford, Ohio, on September 7, 1974. He later earned a licentiate in sacred theology from Catholic University and a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, Italy.
Fr. Hurtuk’s assignments have taken him across the country—including Ohio, Washington, D.C., Georgia, West Virginia, and Louisiana—as well as to Rome. He has served in roles including teacher, vicar, co-pastor, rector, and religious superior, and he currently teaches at the University of St. Thomas.
In addition to being a big sports fan, Fr. Hurtuk enjoys working out, reading and watching movies.
Fr. Ronald G. DesRosiers
Born in Framingham, Massachusetts, Fr. DesRosiers attended 12 years of Catholic schooling with the Sisters of St. Joseph. He sensed a call to the priesthood during this time, and in 1957 he professed his first vows with the Society of Mary. Six years later he was ordained at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
He taught high school Latin, French and church history for more than two decades in Michigan and has spent one or two sabbaticals teaching, traveling, and learning around the world. Those travels have included France, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Antarctica, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and Senegal. For 23 years he taught philosophy and ethics at Madonna University.
Fr. DesRosiers speaks fluent French and translated a French biography of St. Bernadette called Bernadette Speaks. In his free time, he enjoys doing crossword puzzles, watching British mysteries, seeing the opera, and translating for friends.