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Fr. Mitchell Pacwa, S.J BIO


Fr. Mitchell Pacwa, S.J. is the Founder and President of Ignatius Productions, a Catholic media production apostolate whose mission is to teach people the scriptures, educate Catholics about their Faith, and promote unity and understanding within the Mystical Body of Christ. Through this apostolate, Ignatius Productions, Father Pacwa comes to Des Moines, Iowa to share with you his knowledge of scripture and the Church. .Father Pacwa’s teachings and travels are available as CDs and DVDs on his web site at There you’ll find a list of all his available teachings, his calendar of upcoming events as well as information about his video production company.

He has taught at the high school, university, and seminary levels. Being a well-known biblical scholar, he has lectured at hundreds of conferences and churches around the world, and has appeared and hosted international radio and television programs. He is best known for his appearances on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), where he currently hosts two programs – “Threshold of Hope” and “EWTN LIVE.” Father Pacwa also serves as the weekly host of EWTN Radio “OPEN LINE” program.

Father received his B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Detroit, summa cum laude. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1976 with the Society of Jesus and then continued his studies. He received his Master of Divinity and S.T.B. from the Jesuit School of Theology of Loyola University, magna cum laude. At Vanderbilt University, he received his Master of Arts, Ph.D. in Old Testament. Dissertation on The Origin of Prophetic Eschatology in Light of Ephraimite Levitical Narrative Traditions.

Father Pacwa is fluent in twelve languages and has a unique understanding of the peoples and cultures of the Middle East. Father’s extensive travels throughout the Middle East, Europe, and the Holy Land has inspired him to write the “Holy Land Prayer Book,” which has been published by his own apostolate, Ignatius Productions, and can be used as a prayer book guide for any pilgrim traveling to the Holy Land. Father Pacwa also has the privilege of being bi-ritual, which means he can also celebrate the Maronite Mass of the Eastern Catholic Church.

Father Pacwa has authored three books: “Father Forgive Me for I am Frustrated” and “Catholics and the New Age,” and his new book, “Go In Peace.” Father Pacwa’s work in “Catholics and the New Age” is a sited resource in the Vatican Document on the New Age Movement, “Jesus Christ, Bearer of Water and Life” by the Pontifical Council for Culture and Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

Father Pacwa looks forward to meeting you.