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Father George J. Balasko

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Founder, General Editor

Abba House Communications
 
Background

Employment History

  • Producer of A Continuing Education Program
    Abba House Communications
  • Host
    Jewish/Christian Dialogue
  • Signal Corps Instructor
    U.S. Army
  • Associate Pastor
    St. Joseph Church
  • Position, Printing Department
    Republic Steel
  • St. Mary College

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Jewish/Christian Dialogue

Education

  • Immaculate Conception School
  • East High School
10 Total References
Web References
Leadership of St. Joseph's
www.stjosephmantua.com, 13 Dec 2012 [cached]
While serving as Pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Aurora (1972-1982), Father Cassidy was Pro-Tem Administrator of St. Joseph's until Father Balasko was appointed as pastor.
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Rev. George J. Balasko ~ Sept., 8, 1978 - July 1, 1981
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Rev. George Balasko Father George Balasko was born October 3, 1934, in Youngstown, attended Immaculate Conception School, and graduated from East High School in 1952. He worked for Republic Steel's printing department for five years and managed a South Side printing company part-time. A professional musician, he played with the Bill Dubos Orchestra. He served in the U.S. Army as a Signal Corps instructor, and after his discharge, began his studies for the priesthood at St. Mary College, St. Mary, KY, and later at Mt. St. Mary Seminary in Cincinnati. Following his ordination May 27, 1967, Father Balasko served as an Associate Pastor at St. Joseph in Alliance (1967-1969), St. Paul in Canton (1969-1970), St. Nicholas in Struthers (1970-1973), St. Patrick in Hubbard (1973-1977), and St. Patrick in Kent (1977-1978).
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Father Balasko celebrated his 50th priesthood jubilee in 2007. He is the co-creator of Jewish/Christian Dialogue with the late Rabbi Samuel Meyer of Temple El Emeth in Liberty. Through his many ecumenical programs, Fr. Balasko is well-renowned and highly regarded in the local Jewish community. He is the founder, general editor, and producer of a continuing education program in cooperation with Abba House Communications, and for more than 20 years has served as host and producer of the "Jewish/Christian Dialogue" network television series which airs in several markets around the world. Fr. Balasko is also known internationally for his work in originating, adapting, writing, and producing the first Polka Mass. As of January 1, 2012, Fr. Balasko retired and is living at the Villa Maria in Pennsylvania.
Diocese of Youngstown
www.doy.org, 21 April 2008 [cached]
Fay Meyer, widow of Rabbi Meyer, and Father George Balasko, co-founder of Jewish-Christian Dialogue, will speak on the late rabbi's accomplishments.
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The program will conclude with a three-fold blessing from Father Balasko, Rev. Mager and Rabbi Joseph Schonberger of Temple El Emeth in Liberty.
While serving as Pastor at Our ...
www.stjosephmantua.com, 15 May 1983 [cached]
While serving as Pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Aurora (1972-1982), Father Cassidy was Pro-Tem Administrator of St. Joseph's until Father Balasko was appointed as pastor.
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Rev. George J. Balasko ~ Sept., 8, 1978 - July 1, 1981
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Rev. George J. Balasko Father George Balasko was born October 3, 1934, in Youngstown, attended Immaculate Conception School, and graduated from East High School in 1952. He worked for Republic Steel's printing department for five years and managed a South Side printing company part-time. A professional musician, he played with the Bill Dubos Orchestra. He served in the U.S. Army as a Signal Corps instructor, and after his discharge, began his studies for the priesthood at St. Mary College, St. Mary, KY, and later at Mt. St. Mary Seminary in Cincinnati. Following his ordination May 27, 1967, Father Balasko served as an Associate Pastor at St. Joseph in Alliance (1967-1969), St. Paul in Canton (1969-1970), St. Nicholas in Struthers (1970-1973), St. Patrick in Hubbard (1973-1977), and St. Patrick in Kent (1977-1978).
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Father Balasko celebrated his 50th priesthood jubilee in 2007. He is the co-creator of Jewish/Christian Dialogue with the late Rabbi Samuel Meyer of Temple El Emeth in Liberty. Through his many ecumenical programs, Fr. Balasko is well-renowned and highly regarded in the local Jewish community. He is the founder, general editor, and producer of a continuing education program in cooperation with Abba House Communications, and for more than 20 years has served as host and producer of the "Jewish/Christian Dialogue" network television series which airs in several markets around the world. Fr. Balasko is also known internationally for his work in originating, adapting, writing, and producing the first Polka Mass. As of January 1, 2012, Fr. Balasko retired and is living at the Villa Maria in Pennsylvania.
Fr. George Balasko ...
www.polkafame.com, 8 June 2001 [cached]
Fr. George Balasko
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As creator of the Polka Mass, Father George Balasko has made a truly unique contri-bution to Cleveland-style polkas.Father Balasko grew up with polka music in his Cleveland neighborhood.When the Vatican permitted musical variations on the liturgy in the 1960s, Father Balasko reworked the beloved melodies of his youth with English lyrics that appealed to church-goers of all nationalities.Accompanied by the Bobby Timko Orchestra, he celebrated the very first Polka Mass on Memorial Day, 1972, at Holy Rosary Church in Lowellville, Ohio, near Youngstown.He subsequently released "All Ye Nations, Sing out Your Joy: The Polka Mass Goes International."Father Balasko co-founded the Jewish-Christian Dialogue in 1974, hosting pilgrimages to the Holy Land and a syndicated TV series.His Polka Mass is a feature of many community festivals. Father George Balasko Polka Priest (1934)
Diocese of Youngstown
www.cathdoy.org, 28 Mar 2007 [cached]
The evening concluded with refreshments following a three-fold blessing led by Father George Balasko, co-founder of Jewish/Christian Dialogue and pastor of East Liverpool St. Ann Parish; Rabbi Joel Berman of Ohev Tzedek Synagogue in Boardman; and the Rev. Nick Mager of First Presbyterian, Youngstown.
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