Father Jarek Sztybel was born and raised in Lodz, Poland. After finishing High School, he entered Major Seminary of the Archdiocese of Lodz where he studied philosophy and theology. He completed his seminary formation and graduate studies at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan, where he earned his Master of Divinity degree.
On June 14, 1997 Fr. Sztybel was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida by Bishop Robert Lynch and served as Associate Pastor of St. Stephen Parish in Valrico, Florida and also St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
In addition to his seminary studies, he also has a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling / Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University in Tampa, Florida. He completed his clinical internship at Metropolitan Ministries, Uplift-U Residential Program in Tampa, where he was providing mental health services to the homeless population. Using his education and counseling skills Fr. Sztybel has also worked outside of Parish Ministry in a variety of settings, providing Case Management and Mental Health Services.
In 2015 he was assigned to St. Margaret Mary Parish in Winter Park, Florida where he served as Associate Pastor for three years. During that time, he also was providing pastoral care to the polish community at St. Joseph and St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Orlando, Florida.
Father Sztybel is incardinated into the Diocese of Orlando and in addition to his current assignment at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lakeland, Florida he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Santa Fe Catholic High School and Spiritual Advisor to CCW at Western Deanery.