Before returning to Rome, the Most Rev. Fr. Tadeusz Świątkowski, OFM Conv. met with our Definitory at our Provincial House, in Ellicott City, MD. (left to right: Br. Jim Moore, OFM Conv., Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv., Fr. Jude Surowiec, OFM Conv., Fr. Tadeusz, Fr. Michael Heine, OFM Conv., Fr. Richard-Jacob Forcier, OFM Conv. and Fr. Donald Grzymski, OFM Conv. – not pictured Fr. Tony Kall, OFM Conv.)
As stated in our March 31, 2017 “Canonical Visitation” post, the Most Rev. Fr. Tadeusz Świątkowski, OFM Conv., the Assistant General for the African Federation of Conventual Franciscans (AFCOF), is now in his second leg of a journey to our Province where he currently is serving as the Delegate-Visitator, on behalf of the Minister General of our Order, the Most Reverend Fr. Marco Tasca, OFM Conv. Here are some photos from his visits with our friars.
March 2017 visit to St. Mark Friary (Boynton Beach, FL) with Friar Germain Kopaczynski, Friar Tadeusz, Friar Daniel Fink, Friar Richard Florek, Friar Gabriel Scasino and the late +Friar Sam Zebron.
March 2017 visit to St. Lucie Friary (Port St. Lucie, FL) with Friar Tadeusz, Friar Paul Gabriel, Friar Mark Szanyi, Friar Curt Kreml and Friar Daniel Pal.
February 2017 visit with Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, the Most Rev. Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., Bishop of Savannah.
February 2017 visit to St. Philip Benizi Friary with Friar Tadeusz, Friar Paul Miskiewicz, Friar Santo Cricchio, Friar Piotr Tymko, Friar John Koziol and friar Colton Rodgers.
March 2017 visit to Holy Cross Friary (Atlanta, GA) with Friar Tadeusz, Friar Gary Johnson, Friar Jude Michael Krill, Friar Reto Davatz and Friar José Guadalupe Matus Castillo.
March 2017 visit to Blessed Sacrament Friary (Burlington, NC) with Friar Paul Lininger, Friar Vincent Rubino, Friar Briant Cullinane and Friar Peter Tremblay.
March 2017 visit to Our Lady of Guadalupe Friary (Pittsboro, NC) with Friar Raymond Sobocinski, Friar Joseph Madden, Friar Tadeusz and Friar Gregory Spuhler.
March 2017 Visit at Our Lady of the Angels Friary (Winston-Salem, NC) with Friar Joseph Angelini, Friar Calixto Salvatierra Moreno and Friar Carl Zdancewicz.
March 2017 visit to SS. Francis & Clare Friary (Washington DC0 with Friar Marek Stybor (far left), Friar Jude DeAngelo (3rd from left-2nd row), Friar Albert Puliyadan (left front) & not pictured here: Friar Ericson de la Peña and Friar Michael Lasky.
March 2017 visit to St. Bonaventure Friary Post Novitiate (Silver Spring, MD) with bottom row – Friar Brad Milunski, Friar Max Avila, Friar Emanuel Vasconcelos & top row – friar Israel Arauz-Rosiles (St. Joseph Cupertino Province), friar Bede Thigpen (St Bonaventure Province), friar Franck Lino Sokpolie, friar Andrew Hennessy (Our Lady of Consolation Province), Friar John Burkhard, Friar James Moore, br. Timothy Blanchard and friar Jim Hoffman. Not pictured: br. Emmanuel Wenke.
March 2017 visit to St. Joseph Cupertino Friary (Ellicott City, MD) with Friar Douglas McMillan, Friar Hilary Brzostowski, Friar Emmanuel Acquaye, Friar Peter Damian Fehlner, Friar Tadeusz and Friar Tom Lavin. Not Pictured: Friar Michael Heine, Friar Justin Ratajczak, Friar Dennis Mason and Friar Edward Ouma Owino of Kenya.
March 2017 visit to St. Casimir Friary (Baltimore, MD) including a stop at St. Ann Catholic Church with Our Lady of the Angels Province friar and pastor there, Friar Timothy Dore.
March 2017 visit to St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Friary with Friar George Sabol, Friar Vincent Gluc and the late +Friar Berard Dudek. Not pictured here: Fr. Julio Martinez
March 2017 visit to Immaculate Heart of Mary Friary with Friar Matt Foley, Friar Nick Rokitka, Friar Tadeusz, Friar Lawrence LaFlame, Friar Donald Grzymski and (as of July 19, 2017 Newly Invested in the Franciscan Conventual Friars’ habit) friar Joseph Cannon.
March 2017 visit to St. Francis of Assisi Friary (Athol Springs, NY) with Friar Brian Newbigging, Friar James Doyle, Friar Michael Sajda, Friar Francis Lombardo, Friar Tadeusz Friar Nick Romeo and Friar Mark David Skura.
March 2017 visit to St. Maximilian Kolbe Friary and Fr. Justin Senior Friar Residence with Friar William Surdyka, Friar Joe Bayne, Friar Ross Syracuse, Friar Tadeusz, Friar Kenneth Lucas and Friar Marcel Sokalski.
April 2017 visit to St. Francis Friary (Syracuse, NY) with Friar Tadeusz, Friar Robert Amrhein, Friar Gerald Waterman, Friar Adam Keltos, Friar James Smyka, Friar Rick Riccioli, Friar James Amrhein, Friar Nevin Hammon, Friar Brennan-Joseph Farleo, Friar Nader Ata and Friar Edward Falsey.
April 2017: Before Friar Mark Steed (pictured here) moved back to Canada, he was able to show Friar Tadeusz our beautiful National Shrine of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine, in Fonda, NY
April 2017 visit to Saint John Paul II Friary (Holyoke, MA) with Friar Andrzej Brzezinski, Friar Stanley Sobiech, Friar Albert Scherer, Friar Frank Grimaldi and Friar Benedict Fagone.
April 2017 visit to St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Friary and St. Hyacinth Friary (Chicopee, MA) with top row: Friar Joseph Freitag, Friar Dennis Sokolowski, Friar Luis Palacios Rodriguez, Friar David Stopyra, and bottom row: Friar Stephen Murphy, Friar Joseph Benicewicz, Friar Noel Danielewicz, Friar Michael Englert, Friar Hugh Dymski, Friar Jude Surowiec, Friar Stephen Merrigan, Friar Michael Duffy and Friar Nicholas Lorson. Missing from photo: Friar Tomasz Ryba of Krakow.
While on his April 2017 visit to the Chicopee area, Friar Tadeusz was able to visit our elderly friars who are living in the Our Lady of the Angels Care Center, under the care of the Felician Sisters. including the oldest living friar of our province, Friar Lucjan Krolikowski, OFM Conv. who is a very young 97.
April 2017 visit to St. Paul Friary (Kensington, CT) with Friar Timothy Lyons, Friar Mark Curesky, Friar Jerzy Auguscik, Friar Augustine Pilatowski, Friar Tadeusz, Friar Charles Jagodzinski, Friar Raymond Borkowski and Friar Robert Schlageter.
April 2017 visit to St. Adalbert Friary (Elmhurst, NY) with Friar Patrick Gallagher, Friar Miroslaw Podymniak, Friar Tadeusz, Friar Raphael Zwolenkiewicz, Friar Herman Czaster and Friar Stanislaw Czerwonka.
April 2017 visit to Most Holy Trinity Friary (Brooklyn, NY) with Friar Pedro de Oliveira, Friar Mieczyslaw Wilk, Friar Tadeusz, Friar Justin Biase, Friar Nicholas Spano and Friar Russell Governale.
July 2017 visit to St. Bonaventure Friary (Toronto, ON) with Friar Tom Purcell, Friar Peter Knaapen, Friar Boniface Reinhart, Friar Mark Steed and Friar David Suckling.
July 2017 visit to St. Peter Friary (Point Pleasant Beach, NJ) with Friar Tadeusz, Friar Michael Lorentsen, Friar Richard Rossell and Friar Robert Benko.
July visit to St. Catharine of Siena Friary (Seaside Park, NJ) with standing: Friar Bartholomew Karwacki, Friar Tadeusz, Friar John Ruffo and seated Friar Emmett Carroll & Friar Antone Kandrac
July 2017 visit to Mother Cabrini Friary (Shamokin, PA) with Friar Steven Frenier, Friar Edward Costello, Friar Adam Ziolkowski and Friar Martin Kobos.