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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.
Fr. Francois Dyjak OMI (1992 ~ 2007)
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