Stefan Paul Starzynski was born May 11, 1969 in Bangkok, Thailand to Paul and Florence Starzynski. He grew up in Arlington and attended St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Father Stefan holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Gannon University and graduated from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in 1996. He is a diocesan priest in Arlington, VA where he was ordained on May 18, 1996. He received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit two days later.
He has served as parochial vicar at St. Michael’s in Annandale, St. Mary’s in Old Town Alexandria, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Fredericksburg, St. Patrick’s in Fredericksburg and currently serves at St. Mary of Sorrows in Fairfax. His duties include administering the sacraments, preparing couples for marriage, counseling and hospital visits among many other responsibilities. He has offered talks on Theology of the Body, done Life in the Spirit seminars and served as a chaplain for Cursillo and Engaged Encounter Weekends. Father Stefan’s compassion and concern for others makes him open and willing to extend a smile and share his time with everyone who calls upon him.
His healing masses offered on the second Saturday of each month at St. Mary of Sorrows are well attended from individuals who travel far and wide. He also celebrates a Mass – Healing for the Family Tree on a periodic basis.
He is the co-founder of the Paul Stefan Foundation of Our Lady of Guadalupe where he served as Spiritual Advisor for five years. Father Stefan has a passion and works tirelessly to help women in crisis pregnancies bring their children into the world.
Father Stefan’s first book, Miracles: Healing for a Broken World, was released in April 2010 pre-orders from Amazon.com placed it as the top-selling Catholic book within the first 48 hours and was the top seller for the publisher, Our Sunday Visitor, for the month of March 2010. It quickly required a second printing and can be found on the shelves of various bookstores and also at Target. All of the authors royalties go to support the Paul Stefan Foundation. He is prayerfully considering a second book.
An avid traveler, Father Stefan has been to Malaysia to speak at a Men’s Conference and to England, Ireland and Poland for several Healing Masses, talks and services.