Fr. Jacek Nosowicz OMI
Fr. Jacek was born on October 24, 1963. After finishing electrical studies in Torun, he worked in tele-communications for three years. In 1984 his life took a turn in a different direction and he entered the Oblate pre-novitiate in Markowice and later went on to the novitiate at Święty Krzyż. Afterwards, he went on to study theology and philosophy in Obra and was ordained in 1992. Fr. Jacek worked in Poland for a year and then in Cameroon for seven years. Since coming to Canada in 2003, Fr. Jacek has served at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, St. Casimir’s Parish in Toronto, St. Casimir’s Parish in Vancouver, and Holy Ghost Church in Winnipeg.
Fr. Piotr was born in Zduńska Wola – the birthplace of our parish patron, Saint Maximilian Kolbe. In 1990, after graduating from high school with majors in biology and chemistry, he began the Oblate novitiate at Święty Krzyż and a year later studied at the Oblate Seminary in Obra. As a deacon, he completed his pastoral internship in Ukraine, where he was ordained by the Apostolic Nuncio. After nine years of working in Ukraine, and two years working in the USA, Fr. Piotr came to Canada. He likes to read and travel.
Fr. Marcin was born on March 29th, 1986. After completing his high school and studies at the minor seminary he entered the Oblate novitiate. The next stages of his priestly formation were philosophical, theological and biblical studies. His first place of pastoral ministry was eastern Madagascar, and later various ministries in Toronto. He was ordained a priest on June 7th 2012 by bishop Douglas Crosby OMI. Since fall of 2015 he serves as associate pastor at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish.
Father Tomasz Jarosz was born in Gorzów Wielkopolski in 1983, and raised in Drezdenko (the Lubuska Province), with his two sisters, as the third child of Walerian and Maria. He also studied there until the completion of high school. In 2003 he joined the Novitiate of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and after a year made his first vows in the Congregation in order to continue his formation at the Major Seminary in Obra, where on May 29, 2010 he was ordained a priest by His Excellence Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, the Archbishop of Poznan. He served as an associate in Lubliniec for two years. After a year of missionary formation in Warsaw, he served on the missions of Guatemala and Chile, and from 2017 in Canada, first in Edmonton until August 2019. In September 2019 he began his ministry at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish.
Sr. Karolina Szymkowiak was born on July 22, 1979 in Poznan, Poland, but grew up in a little town, Mosina, situated in the heart of the Wielkopolski National Park. After completing her first year at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan in Mathematics and Computer Science, she joined the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of Christ the King for Polonia. Sr. Karolina made her first vows on May 3, 2002. At this time, she took up catechesis and pastoral work at Our Lady of Czestochowa in Poznan. From 2003-5, she served the Kaszubs at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Wladyslawow. The next five years were spent in Szczecin serving in the Heart of God Sanctuary, followed by the John Paul II Elementary school, where she served as an educator and catechist. Sr. Karolina completed her Masters from the Faculty of Theology at the University of Szczecin. On August 26, 2007, in her hometown parish of St. Nicholas, Sr. Karolina made her perpetual vows. From 2010-2013, she was the Superior at the community at St. Otto’s Parish, Pyrzycy, and a catechist at the local Junior High School (gimnazjum) and High School (liceum). Her last year in Poland was spent in Zielona Gora, at the Holy Spirit Parish as Superior of the community and a catechist at the Economic School. In 2014, Sr. Karolina was sent by her Congregation to serve the St. Maximilian Kolbe community.