Father Daniel C. Mitzel



I grew up in nearby York County in the towns of Red Lion and Dallastown. My parents are Clayton Dean Mitzel and Dora (Wise) Mitzel. I have three sisters, Jane, Rita and Dee. I have three nephews and three nieces. Presently, I have nine grand nieces and nephews with number 10 on the way. Our Dad died on August 1, 1988 and our Mom died on August 3, 2014.

I graduated from York Catholic High School in 1972. I graduated from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia in 1976 with a B.A. in philosophy. I completed my studies with an M. Div. and Th. M. at Mary Immaculate Seminary, a Vincentian seminary in Northampton, PA. I served a pastoral year at Saint Pius X parish, Selinsgrove, PA. I was ordained to the Diaconate there on October 28, 1980 by William Cardinal Keeler who at that time was our Auxiliary Bishop. On May 16, 1981, Bishop Joseph T. Daley ordained me to the priesthood.

My parish assignments have included these parishes: Saint John Neumann, Lancaster (81-84), Holy Name of Jesus, Harrisburg (84-90), Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, Lebanon (90-95), Saint Francis of Assisi, Harrisburg (95-05), Saint Anthony of Padua, Lancaster (05-14) and saint Rose of Lima, York (14-16). I have served as a chaplain at Lebanon County Prison and Dauphin County Prison. I have also served as a chaplain to the Harrisburg City Police during my pastorate at Saint Francis of Assisi and contract chaplain to the Veterans Hospital, Lebanon during my pastorate at Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, Lebanon. I was also the Executive Pastor of our consolidated school, Resurrection, in Lancaster from 2006 to 2014. Presently I am a member of our Presbyteral Council and our College of Consultors and the Priests Personnel Board. I have been on the Board of Directors of our Catholic Charities since 2000.

Although I was not looking for a new job, I joyfully accepted the assignment from Most Reverend Ronald Gainer to be Pastor of Saint Francis Xavier Parish, Gettysburg, PA. I have heard excellent reports about this faith community from previous pastors, especially, Father Hilbert, Father Pistone and Father Bateman. I was delighted to follow in my mentor, Father Hilbert’s footsteps at Saint Rose of Lima, York and I am grateful to God to have the opportunity to follow once again here in Gettysburg. Thanks to all for your warm and helpful welcome.

Fr. Daniel Mitzel, Pastor