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Fr. Stan Kowal OMI (1995 ~ 1999)

Fr. Stan Kowal OMI (1995 ~ 1999)

Fr. Stan Kowal was born on February 5, 1953 in Grzesce (Przemyls province). After finishing secondary school, he did compulsory military service for two years and then went to work. At that time, he said he had the chance to get to know the value of money and experience the world of work. In 1979, right after the election of Karol Wojtyla to the Holy See, Stan entered the novitiate at Swiety Krzyz and made his first vows a year later. After spending two years studying philosophy and four years studying theology, he completed his Teologicum exam and earned his Master’s Degree in catechetics. He was ordained a deacon and then a priest (1985-1986) by Archbishop Jerzy Stroba-of Poznan. After ministering for two years in St. Stanislaus Kostka parish in Lubliniec, Poland, Fr. Stan was sent to Canada, arriving in November 1989. His first assignment took him to Holy Ghost parish in Winnipeg (1991-1993). He then went to St. Maximilian Kolbe parish in Mississauga (1993-1995) and later to Holy Rosary parish in Edmonton (1995-1999). Fr. Stan returned to St. Maximilian Kolbe parish in Mississauga, where he worked as pastor from 1999-2005. He was pastor at St. Hyacinth’s parish in Ottawa. Fr. Stan has two brothers, one of whom is a priest working in Germany. He also has two sisters. Fr. Stan was an avid sports fan and enjoys skiing, golf and team sports. He also enjoyed trouble-shooting.

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Fr. Władysław Karciarz OMI (1983 ~ 1984; 1987 ~ 1995)

Fr. Władysław Karciarz OMI (1983 ~ 1984; 1987 ~ 1995)

Fr. Wladyslaw Karciarz was born on October 22, 1950 in Leszczyny in Podhale province, Poland, the fourth child of Karolina and Jozef Karciarz. At one point in his life, he wanted to be a miner - but his health did not allow him to follow that goal. His greatest childhood memory was of receiving First Holy Communion in 1961 in Bialy Dunajec at the hands - of then Archbishop of Kracow, Karol Wojtyla. After completing studies at the Oblate juniorate in Markowice, Wladyslaw entered the novitiate at Obra. There, in September 1968, he made his first vows and began studies in philosophy and theology, and after making perpetual vows he was sent to Canada in 1973. He finished studies at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, and on January 3, 1976 he was ordained College in Edmonton, and on January 3, 1976 he was ordained to the priesthood. Fr. Wladyslaw began working at St. Casimir’s•parish in Vancouver and by September 1976 he was at St. Casimir’s in Toronto. Afterwards, he worked at Holy Ghost parish in Winnipeg (1979-1983), Holy Rosary parish in Edmonton (1983-1984) and in 1984 the was named pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa parish in Saskatoon. Three years later, Fr. Wladyslaw returned to Edmonton with the assignment of forming a new Polish parish under the name Our Lady Queen of Poland in that city (1987-1995). After completing this mission, Fr. Wladyslaw took a sabbatical year of studies at the Vatican II Institute for Clergy Formation, Menlo Park, CA. He also studied at the Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem and partook in a St. Eugene de Mazenod retreat in Aix-en-Provence, France. After returning to Canada, Fr. Wladyslaw was made pastor of Holy Ghost parish in Winnipeg 1996. Since 1999, he was pastor of St. Casimir’s parish in Vancouver.

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Fr. Roman Majek OMI (1999 ~ 2011)

Fr. Roman Majek OMI (1999 ~ 2011)

Fr. Roman Majek was born on October 23, 1953 in Podlasie, Poland, and grew up close to the Marian shrine in Koden nad Bugiem, which the Oblates administer. He entered the Oblates right after fi nishing elementary school. From 1973-1979 Roman studied at the Oblate seminary in Obra. He completed his Master’s degree in Catholic social studies at the Papal School of Theology in Poznan. On June 16, 1979, he was ordained by Bishop Tadeusz Etter and began working among the hearing- and speech-impaired of Lubliniec (1979 -1983). Later, Fr. Roman worked at St. Nicholas parish and St. Eugene de Mazenod parish in Kedzierzyn-Kozle (1983-1987). He arrived in Canada in 1987. From 1987-1990 he was pastoral assistant at St. Casimir’s parish in Toronto, where he also taught Polish school. He later served as pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul parish in Welland, ON (1990-1993) and St. Casimir’s parish in Vancouver, BC (1993-1999). From 1999 to 2011, he was pastor of Holy Rosary parish in Edmonton. In 1999 Fr. Roman was awarded a golden cross for his work for the good of the Polish-Canadian community. Since 2011 he is pastor of Our Lady Queen of Poland in Edmonton. Sports, reading and fishing are Fr. Majek’s favourite pastimes.

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Fr. Jan Rozmysłowski OMI (1985 ~ 1987)

Fr. Jan Rozmysłowski OMI (1985 ~ 1987)

The Rozmyslowski family, living in Kujawy in the Sandomierz region of Poland, was typical of rural families at the time: it was large and patriotic, had a love of the earth and deep faith in God; it accorded great respect to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this milieu of strong family ties and patriotism, Wilhelm Rozmyslowski was born on the 20th of June, 1939. Wilhelm entered elementary school in Kujawy in 1945, finishing seven years later in Konary. During ninth grade in Klimontow, Wilhelm left his studies for a period of two years to help his family on the farm. It was during that time that he also felt a distinct call to priesthood and religious life developing in him. In 1956, he entered the Oblate juniorate at Markowice. In 1959, he became a novice at Swiety Krzyz and a year later took on studies in philosophy and theology at the Oblate scholasticate in Obra. On June 30, 1966, Bishop Tadeusz Etter of Poznan ordained Wilhelm to the priesthood. Fr. Wilhelm began pastoral work in Lubliniec, preparing himself at the same time for his voyage to Canada. In January 1967, together with Fr. Kozak and John Szkodzinski, Fr. Wilhelm set out for Canada. They were the fi rst group of Oblates to leave Communist Poland after World War II. In Canada, Fr. Wilhelm served in many Oblate parishes: St. Stanislaus Kostka in Toronto, then in Edmonton, Winnipeg and again in Toronto. He served at St. Maximilian Kolbe parish in Mississauga. He is known for his hard work and devotion to administering the sacrament of reconciliation. Of Fr. Wilhelm’s seven siblings, only two sisters are alive today. Both his parents are deceased. Fr. Wilhelm’s favourite activities in his spare time are stamp collecting, keeping songbirds and wildlife observation.

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Fr. Francois Dyjak OMI (1992 ~ 2007)

Fr. Francois Dyjak OMI (1992 ~ 2007)

Fr. François Dyjak was born on October 11, 1 41 in France to a Polish family. His parents, Wojciech and Eleonor née Kowalczyk, had five children, of which, he was the youngest. After finishing high school in Vaudricourt, France, he entered the Oblate novitiate in Barvaux-sur-Ourthe, Belgium, and subsequently studied philosophy and theology in Velaines, Belgium. Fr. François was ordained at St. Elizabeth Parish at Lens, France, on June 4, 1 67 by Bishop Wladyslaw Rubin. The parish had been built the year before to commemorate the millennium of Christianity in Poland. That same year, Fr. François was sent to Sweden where he worked in various parishes for nine years. His last obedience in Sweden was in the northern city of Umea, where he worked as pastor, right up until his move to the United States. His first assignment in the United States was in Green Bay, Wisconsin, at St. John the Baptist Parish. In 1980, Fr. François directed the hospital chaplaincy in St. Paul, Minnesota. Fr. François’ upbringing in the Polish faith and tradition saw him ministering to the Polish community in Canada in 1983. From 1983-1987, he served at St. Casimir’s Parish in Toronto and later at St. Stanislaus’ Parish, from 1987-1992. Since 1992 to 2007, he has worked at our Holy Rosary Parish in Edmonton. Now he is working in St. Casimir's Parish and in Copernicus Lodge in Vancouver. Fr. François’ mother died in 1993, ten years later, his father passed away. Fr. François’ brother, Adalbert, died in 1997 and his other brother, Jean, died in 2002. His two sisters, Kasimira and Sophie, live in France. Fr. François’ hobbies are gardening and reading books.

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Fr. Heinrich Sicking

Fr. Heinrich Sicking

Fr. Heinrich Sicking was born on January 16, 1934 in Stadtlohn, Germany, the fourth child of Johann and Anna née Schlettert. After completing elementary school, Heinrich studied farming for a year and then from 1949 -1952 he studied furniture making under Bernhard Rolvering in Hengeler, Germany. However, Heinrich’s choice of vocation meant that in 1957, right after completing high school, he entered the Oblate novitiate in Maria Engelport. One year later, he professed his first vows and later, he professed perpetual vows in Huenfeld. There, on July 28, 1963, Heinrich was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Vervoort. From 1964-1975, Fr. Heinrich worked in Namibia, looking after missions in Aminuis in the eastern Kalahari valley in the north of the country, in Grootfontein. From 1976-1987 Fr. Heinrich served at German-speaking parishes in Indonesia, teaching religion in Jakarta, Bandungu and Ciligon. From 1988-2000 he served at St. Michael’s parish in Windsor, Ontario. After a two-year break from his work, which he spent at Holy Ghost parish in Winnipeg, he took on new responsibilities - at St. Henry’s in Melville, Saskatchewan, and the chaplaincy at St. Peter’s Hospital (2002-2003). On July 28, 2003, Fr. Heinrich celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Since August 2003, he serves at St. Mary’s parish in Grayson, St. Elizabeth’s parish in Killaly, St. Michael’s in Lemberg and Sacred Heart of Mary parish in Marieval. Fr. Heinrich’s mother passed away in 1975 and his father died in 1978. Two brothers and one sister remain; the rest of Fr. Heinrich’s siblings have passed on.

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Fr. C. Krystkowiak OMI (1963 ~ 1965)

Fr. C. Krystkowiak OMI (1963 ~ 1965)

Fr. Casimir was born on January 6, 1 34 at Marles-les-Mines in France, the fourth son of Stanislaw and Joanna Handkie- wicz. The family grew in the subsequent years, with two girls being born. After completing elementary school at Auchel and Marles-les-Mines, Fr. Casimir entered the Oblate school of St. Casimir in Bethune. His vocation also took him to the novi- tiate at Korbeek-Lo in Belgium (September 1 52), which was part of the Polish Oblate Province in France and Benelux. On September 27, 1 53, he left for Canada to begin studies at the St. Charles Scholasticate in Battleford, Saskatchewan. On September 28, 1 58, he was ordained at the hands of Bishop John Bokenfohr OMI of the Kimberley Diocese, South Af- rica. After a year of studies in Ottawa, Fr. Casimir began working at Sts. Peter & Paul parish in Welland, Ontario. Later, he worked at St. Casimir’s parish in Toronto, Holy Rosary parish in Edmonton (1 63), and in St. Catharines (1 68). That same year, he took over as pastor at St. Mary’s in Fosston and Archerwill, Saskatchewan. He also served as administrator of St. Helen’s parish in Kuroki and in a few other places. In 1 77, Fr. Casimir was called to work as pastor in Melville, and some time afterwards was called to the Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga, where he helped lead forma- tion programs. Later, he worked at St. Stanislaus Kostka parish and as pastor at St. Mary’s parish in Toronto. He worked as director of the Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, parish administrator at St. Casimir’s in Vancouver, pastoral assistant at St. Maximilian Kolbe in Mississauga, pastor of St. Patrick’s parish in Sturgis, Rockford and St. Philip’s, Kamsack. Since 2001 he has worked at St. Eugene de Mazenod parish in Brampton. Fr. Casimir’s parents have passed away. His brother Tadeusz and his sisters, Zofi a and Eliza- beth, live in France. Hobbies: gardening, reading, fi shing (not as easy to do anymore), photography, learning about countries.

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Fr. Rudolph Nowakowski OMI (1965 ~ 1967)

Fr. Rudolph Nowakowski OMI (1965 ~ 1967)

Fr. Rudy Nowakowski was born in Rama, Saskatchewan – a region of semi-arable land and farm settlements. During his teen years his family moved to Kuroki, SK. He attended high school from 1949 -1954 in Toronto and lived in the Oblate House of Studies while attending classes at St. Michael’s College School. He entered the novitiate at St. Norbert, Manitoba. In 1955, he made his fi rst vows. Afterwards, he began studies in philosophy and theology at St. Charles Scholasticate in Battleford, Saskatchewan and, in 1960, was ordained to the priesthood. After completing the requirements of the theology program, Fr. Rudy was sent to Ottawa to gain pastoral experience at what was then called the Sedes Saptientiae – currently known as St. Paul University. He also attended Ottawa University and studied pedagogy. Fr. Rudy’s first pastoral assignment was to Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in St. Catharines, where he served as pastoral assistant from 1962-1965. Afterwards, he served at Holy Rosary parish from 1965-1967. From 1967-1982, Fr. Rudy taught at Michael Power/St. Joseph high school in Toronto, and continued studies in pedagogy in Toronto and Ottawa. In 1 82, Fr. Rudy became pastor of St. Henry’s parish in Melville, Saskatchewan (1982-1997) and ministered at the local Catholic school and St. Peter’s Hospital. While there, Fr. Rudy belonged to the Pastoral Committee and the Catholic Homecare Health Services Committee of Saskatchewan. Fr. Rudy spent his sabbatical year (1997-1998) at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute and at the Vatican II Institute in Menlo Park, California. Some of Fr. Rudy’s other ministries included his position as assistant at the Oblate novitiate in Godfrey Illinois, USA, (1998-1999 , 2000-2003), his service as pastoral assistant at Holy Ghost parish in Winnipeg (1999-2000) and his service to the Oblate Provincial Council (1977-1980, 1990-2005). Presently, Fr. Rudy is director of the Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga. Fr. Rudy has three siblings: Michael, Larry, and Beata, who is a Benedictine Sister. Their father died in 1982 and their mother died in 1992. Fr. Rudy’s hobbies include golf, going on walks, skiing, reading and traveling.

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Fr. Piotr Klita OMI (1971 ~ 1977)

Fr. Piotr Klita OMI (1971 ~ 1977)

Born: August 11, 1911, Calgary, AB. Novitiate: St. Charles, MB (1929-30) Scholasticate: Lebret, MB; St. Charles, MB; Battleford, SK Ordination: June 18, 1935, Battleford, SK. Obediences/Places Served: St. Stanislaus, Toronto; St. Mary’s, Toronto; St. Hedwig’s, Oshawa; St. Casimir’s, Toronto; Holy Ghost, Winnipeg; Sts. Peter & Paul, Welland, ONON; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Catharines; Holy Rosary, Edmonton; Kelvington, SK; St. Anthony’s, Regina, SK. Death: November 18, 1995, Vancouver, BC. Interment: Holy Ghost Cemetery, Winnipeg, MB Remarks: organized parish and built the basement of St. Hedwig’s Church, Oshawa, ONON (1954); Built parish hall and rectory, Sts. Peter & Paul, Welland, ONON (1958-64)

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Fr. Stanley Wachowicz OMI (1961 ~ 1971)

Fr. Stanley Wachowicz OMI (1961 ~ 1971)

Born: January 30, 1902, Skaro, AB, Canada Novitiate: Lachine, QC (1921-22) Scholasticate: Edmonton Ordination: July 10, 1927, Lebret, SK Obediences/Places Served: Ministry: Holy Ghost, Winnipeg; St. Henry’s, Melville, SK; St. Casimir’s, Vancouver, BC; Provincial of St. Mary’s Province; Holy Rosary, Edmonton; St. Casimir’s, Toronto; Mundare, AB. Death: May 21, 1977, Edmonton, AB. Interment: Holy Ghost Cemetery, Winnipeg, MB Remarks: Built St. Henry’s church, Melville, SK; recipient of the medal “Polonia Restituta & Cross of Merit”; Provincial of St. Mary’s Province (1950-56); built St. Casimir’s Elementary school, Vancouver, BC

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Fr. Francis Kosakiewicz OMI (1962 ~ 1977)

Fr. Francis Kosakiewicz OMI (1962 ~ 1977)

Born: November 3, 1904, Edmonton, AB. Novitiate: St. Laurent, MB (1925-26) Scholasticate: Edmonton, AB; Lebret, SK; Obra, Poland. Ordination: July 2, 1931, Obra, Poland. Obediences/Places Served: St. Casimir’s, St. Paul, USA; Elma, MB; Tolstoi, MB; Holy Ghost, Winnipeg, MB; Elphinstone, MB; St. Henry’s, Melville, SK; St. Casimir’s, Vancouver, BC; Holy Angels, Toronto, Holy Rosary, Edmonton, AB Death: February 12, 1992, Toronto. Interment: Holy Ghost Cemetery, Winnipeg, MB Remarks: Built churches in Elphinstone, Shoal Lake & Erickson, MB; completed church in Melville, SK; founded parish and built church in Vancouver, BC

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Fr. Franciszek Frazik OMI (1977 ~ 1979)

Fr. Franciszek Frazik OMI (1977 ~ 1979)

Born: September 30, 1925, Sambor, Poland. Novitiate: Korbeek-Lo, Belgium Scholasticate: Velaines, Tournai, Belgium Ordination: July 8, 1956 in Velaines, Belgium. Obediences/Places Served: O.L.of P.H., St. Catharines, ONON; Toronto, ONON; Elphinstone, MB; Holy Ghost, Winnipeg, MB; Holy Rosary, Edmonton, AB; East Selkirk, MB; Sturgis, SK. Death: October 23, 1992 in Winnipeg, MB. Interment: Holy Ghost Cemetery, Winnipeg, MB Remarks: Arrived in Canada 1957.

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Fr. Teofil Szendzielarz OMI (1984 ~ 1987)

Fr. Teofil Szendzielarz OMI (1984 ~ 1987)

Born: July 25, 1933, Czechowice, Poland. Novitiate: Markowice (1950-51) Scholasticate: Obra Ordination: April 6, 1957, Poznan, Poland. Obediences/Places Served: Markowice, PLPL; St. Casimir’s Church, Toronto; Holy Rosary, Edmonton; St. Maximilian Kolbe, Mississauga, St. Stanislaus, Toronto. Death: May 19, 1997, Mississauga. Interment: Assumption Cemetery, Mississauga, ON. Remarks: Arrived in Canada October 18, 1983; founder & editor of Pielgrzym magazine.

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Fr. Roman Nisiewicz OMI (2007 ~ 2008)

Fr. Roman Nisiewicz OMI (2007 ~ 2008)

The first-born son of Maria and Mikolaj Nisiewicz was born on June 23, 1954 in Zielona Gora. Roman attended primary school in Grabowiec and took religious instruction at St. Hedwig’s parish in Kozla Kozuchowska. In 1969 he entered the Oblate juniorate at Markowice and after completing high school in 1973, he entered the Oblate novitiate at Obra. He completed his philosophy and theology studies in Obra, earning a Master’s degree. On June 22, 1980, Roman was ordained a priest at the hands of Archbishop Jerzy Stroba. Fr. Roman’s first post was as pastoral assistant in Milanowek, after which he served as treasurer and formation director at the juniorate in Markowice. At that time, this Oblate centre was undergoing expansion and Fr. Roman was active in it. His next obedience took him to St. Eugene’s parish in Kedzierzyn-Kozle where he served as treasurer and missionary at the seminary and church. After four years, he went to Katowice to Sacred Heart of Jesus parish where he had a chance to put his financial and organizational skills to use. In 1991, Fr. Roman asked his superiors for permission to go to Canada. He began working at St. Partrick’s parish in Saskatoon. In 1992 he served at St. Maximilian Kolbe parish in Mississauga, then for four years he served at St. Stanislaus Kostka parish in Toronto. Later, Fr. Roman worked at the Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, again at St. Maximilian Kolbe parish and, since 1999, at St. Casimir’s parish in Toronto, where he still serves today. Among his activities is serving as chaplain of the Polish-Canadian Congress (KPK – Toronto Region), the Polish Teachers’ Association, the Polish Alliance, and the Polish Veterans’ Association. Fr. Roman return to Poland. Fr. Roman’s hobbies include reading and tourism. He has two sisters, and his father passed away in 1995.

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Fr. Kazimierz Kozicki OMI

Fr. Kazimierz Kozicki OMI

Fr. Kazimierz Kozicki was born on October 18, 1946 in Slawatycze, in Lubelskie province, Poland, in the diocese of Siedlce. He completed studies at the Oblate juniorate in Markowice and after attending the novitiate at Obra (1965-1966) he made his first vows. From 1966-1972 he studied philosophy and theology at the Oblate scholasticate in Obra. He did his pastoral training at Katowice (1972-1974) and on June 23, 1974 was ordained. His first year long assignment also took place in Katowice. For the next twenty years he preached parish Missions as a missionary, residing first in Poznan (1975-1982), later in Wroclaw - Popowice (1982-1990) and also in Siedlce (1990-1991) and in Koden (1991-1995). Fr. Kazimierz came to Canada in 1995. He spent the first four years as pastoral assistant at St. Casimir’s parish in Toronto, and later at Holy Ghost parish in Winnipeg (1999-2005). He was the assistant pastor at O.L.P.H. parish in St. Catharines. From 2008 he is the assistant pastor in our Holy Rosary Parish. He has four brothers and three sisters in Poland. His father, Czeslaw, died on December 8, 1979 and his mother, Helena nee Michalowska, died on January 31, 2001. Fr. Kazimierz likes to study omithology in his spare time and to cultivate potted, ornamental and garden plants.

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