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.
Rev. George J. Balasko ~ Sept., 8, 1978 - July 1, 1981
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).
50th priesthood jubilee in 2007.
is the co-creator of Jewish/Christian Dialogue
with the late Rabbi Samuel Meyer of Temple El Emeth
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.
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.