Rev. Fr. Daniel Zaleski was our Pastor here at St. Albert the Great Parish. He recently retired as Pastor and is fullfilling his duties as a Priest by assisting in any way he can. An Ohio native, he was born to Laura and Chester Zaleski, on April 30th 1947. The oldest of three, he has a younger brother, Joseph and a sister Mary Ann. After his graduation from High School he and his family moved back to his mother’s hometown, Wyandotte. As a Family, they attended his Mother’s home parish of St. Stanislaus Kostka.
Father Dan, as we here at St. Alberts call him, sometimes even, “The O’l Padre”, is a man who brought much experience with him to The Priesthood. He worked as a Farmer, Construction worker, Shear company inspector, Ford motor company employee, Bartender, Barber and a Medical Corpsman in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Through the Grace of God, Fr. Dan was called to The Priesthood in 1971. He left his home for Italy, seeking the best possible Priestly education, and he could think of no better place than the very Center of The Universal Church, Rome. He entered a religious community and studied Philosophy and Theology at the Angelicum, The Pontifical University also known as St. Thomas Aquinas. Divine Providence kept “The O’l Padre” in Europe for 10 years both as a Seminarian and a young Priest.
Father Dan was Ordained on June 13th 1980 by his late uncle, Bishop Nicholaus Sasinowski of the diocese of Lomza, Poland. Since His Ordination
and before His appearance here in the Archdiocese of Detroit, he was a Religious Superior, Director of the Saint Francis Chapel in the Prudential
center in downtown Boston, Rector of a Novitiate as well as Director of the Pastoral care department of St. Anthony and St. Clare Hospital in Alton, Illnois.
Fr. Daniel Zaleski felt called to serve the people of the home he had known during most of his adult life, and so joined the Archdiocese of Detroit where he has been Associate Pastor at, St. Pius, (Southgate), St. Veronica, (Eastpoint), St. Theodore, (Westland) and now through the benevolence of our Beloved Archbishop is Pastor of Saint Albert The Great Parish.