Congratulation Father Jarek!!! On Sunday, June 17, 2012 during a Mass of thanksgiving, Reverend Jaroslaw Lawrenz CM was celebrating his 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Father Jarosław Lawrenz was born in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on July 24, 1962. For the first two years after his ordination on May 30, 1987, Fr. Jaroslaw was assigned to a parish in Słubice.Then he decided to go to continue his work as a missionary and with the blessing of his Provincial Superior he went through Belgium (one year of preparation) to Zaire. From Zaire he was sent to Haiti in 2000 where he worked among the local confreres and with the Vincentian seminarians. Another two years he spend in Sopot, Poland and came to the United States in 2006 joining the New England Province of the Congregation of the Mission.
Presently he is assigned to St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in Brooklyn, NY, as an assistant to the pastor. Father Jarek serves the faithful through the various ministries that our catholic community provides. Presently, he is the chaplain for the New York Chapter of Blessed John Paul II Foundation, he leads the Nazareth Family Movement, presides at the Friends of the Mission Circle, he is in charge of the Altar Servers, teaches CCD programs, prepares children for the sacrament of confirmation, etc. At the beginning of the Mass, children who received their first Holy Communion this year, welcomed Fr. Jaroslaw and reminded him about his first mass. During this Thanksgiving Mass Rev. Marek Sadowski CM, Provincial Procurator and a vicar at St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr church in New Haven, Connecticut, preached about priesthood and also told us few facts from the life of Fr. Jarek. At the end of the Eucharist, Father Marek Sobczak, pastor and Superior of the House of the Vincentian Fathers, addressed fr. Jarek with few words, thanking God for his priesthood and his influential presence in the parish, for his life full of faith and God’s joy. Then children from the parish, from Polish Supplementary School of Maria Konopnicka and servers of the Altar Server society recited special poems for Fr. Jarosław. The servers presented him with 25 roses, symbol of 25 years of priesthood. Then Children from Krakowianki and Gorale, dressed in folk customs wished all the best to Fr. Jarek. Then, representatives of many parochial societies had a chance to congratulate our Jubilarian. We all sung Him a prayerful greeting song. After the Mass, hundreds of participants filled the school auditorium to congratulate Father Jarek and conclude the formal anniversary celebration over delicious homemade food, cakes and coffee. The food was donated by many individual families and societies. A music was provided by our parishioner, also. We thank you all for preparing such a wonderful celebration in honor of Fr. Jarek Lawrenz’s 25th Anniversary of Priesthood.
… and from his ordination to priesthood in 1987