On the first day of August history was made in the annals of our Congregation, as the Michaelite Fathers took the custody of St. Clare of Montefalco parish in Grosse Point Park, Michigan, USA. It is our first Michaelite parish in the USA. Until then, the parish was administered by the Augustinians Friars from its beginnings in 1926. Fr. Andrew Kowalczyk was appointed as the pastor. Fr. John Burczyk will serve as the Administrator of the parish until Fr. Andrew receives his immigration papers. The parish has an elementary school for about 140 students where Servite Sister is the principal. There are around 750 families registered in the parish. The nearby parish of St. Philomena is clustered with St. Clare. As we embark on this new and exciting journey south of our border we ask for prayers and we invoke special intercession of St. Michael.
End of August brings annual gathering of our London Deanery presibiterate to the Michaelite House. In the past these gatherings took place by the pool but this time it was a rainy day so Otto and Company prepared the meal at our fireplace room. Despite the gloomy outside inside was great and bright with conversations, laughs and jokes
Shortly after we finished celebrating Canada Day, our community rejoiced with a visit of our seminarian from Cracow, Poland, Jacek Majbrodzki. Jacek is a theology student and comes to us for summer English language experience. He will reside at Our Lady of Czestochowa parish and will be helping the parish during the summer vacation.
We also welcome a new addition to our Canadian community. Our General Superior at the petition of our local Superior transferred Fr. Eugeniusz /Eugene/ Dziedzic from Poland to Canada. Fr. Eugene was ordained in 1996 in Poland and his last appointment was in Miejsce Piastowe where he was the vice principal of a school run by the Michaelite Fathers. Fr. Eugene will be helping in London and Toronto while other priests take their summer vacation. Fr. Eugene and Sem. Jacek welcome to Canada and we hope you will like it here.
With millions of Canadians we gathered on the first Sunday of July to celebrate, pray and give thanks for our country. This Sunday also had begun very busy times for those in transition to take new assignments in their pastoral ministry within our Community and Diocese. Four members of the Michaelite Community were involved in the moves this year.
Fr. Jan Burczyk, after being the pastor of St. Teresa parish in Etobicoke, Toronto, for ten years, was transferred to our headquarters in Melrose. Fr. John was appointed as the Superior of the Michaelite House and a new Director of the Retreat Centre. In addition to this assignment, Fr. John will be the administrator of St. Clare parish.
Fr. Adam Gabriel, after seven years of ministering as the pastor of Holy Angels parish in St. Thomas was appointed as the new pastor at St. Teresa parish in Etobicoke, Toronto.
Fr. Andrew Kowalczyk, after five years of ministering in Melrose, was named pastor of St. Clare of Montefalco parish in Detroit, Michigan.
Fr. Jacek Kokosa, was assigned to Holy Redeemer parish in Walleceburg as the Associate Pastor.
To all those involved in the moves we wish many blessings in their new environment.
The end of June brought the first day of summer and it turned out to be the time of full activities in our Community. First Br. Janusz Kolbusz passed the Ontario Driver Licence test, then the Community gathered for the last meeting before summer vacation, then Fr. Wladyslaw Krukar was taken to the hospital for two weeks, finally farewell celebrations for those involved in the moves this summer: Fr. Jan, Fr. Adam and Fr. Jacek. Simply buzz around the house. With Canada Day fast approaching we start our well deserved summer break.
On June 9th 2012, in London, we experienced the wonderful event: "I Believe" youth festival. It was created to mark the Golden Jubilee of Michaelites in Canada and 100 anniversary of Blessed Bronislaw Markiewicz's death.
"I Believe" is inspired by the legacy and soul-stirring success of Blessed Pope John Paul II's World Youth Days (WYD) which connect millions of youth all over the world. Having witnessed first-hand the transforming power of youth gatherings and youth prayer at WYD in both Toronto and Madrid, groups of young people from Our Lady of Czestochowa parish and St. Marys parish - run by the Michaelite Fathers - decided to bring that experience to London, Ontario.
The mission of I Believe was simple: to stir up, to shake up youths, to get looking up when something goes wrong, and to show some truth in this world of lies. The goal was to reconnect youths with faith and to show how to be beacons of light so that when the time comes, to be able to proudly say: I Believe. We believe we have accomplished that.
The event, that took place in Mother Teresa High School in London, featured world-famous guests: Fr. Stan Fortuna CFR, Robert Raisp, Chris Bray Band. Fr. Joe Dabrowski, pastor of St. Marys church was also our guest speaker. During the event, the sacrament of Reconciliation was offered for anyone to celebrate. The Eucharist gathered over 100 youth, many of the Michaelites and a few guest priests. Mass was presided by Fr. Andrew Kowalczyk and the homilist was Fr. Mateusz Sobierajski.
We hope to see you all next year.
By the end of May our house was visited by Fr. Jan Cydzik, CSSR and director of Radio Maryja in Canada. Fr. Jan met with seniors for some conversations and sampled some of our delicious cooking our chef Mrs. Lusia prepared for this occasion. We wish Fr. Jan many blessings as he and Radio Maryja spread the Good News via Radio, TV and internet.