Life of a priest:
Father Mariusz Wirkowski
Parish: St. Francis de Sales/Our Lady of Guadalupe/St. Frances of Rome/ Our Lady of the Annunciation
Places He’s Lived: Poland, New York, Alaska, Colorado
Hobbies: Soccer, biking, hiking, traveling, reading, movies
Biggest Influences: My parents, Pope St. John Paul II and the sisters and priests at my school growing up in Poland who were there to talk any time that I needed.
Biggest Challenge: Geography! Serving in four locations is challenging and rewarding.
“When I reflect on my vocation to the priesthood, or when people ask me about my vocation, a quote from the Gospel of John comes to my mind: “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you to go and bear fruit that will remain …” Truth is, it was God who called me to be His priest. I answered His call: ‘Here I am Lord. I come to do your will.’ But I also know that my parents prayed that one of their sons would become a priest. And God has chosen me. All I needed to do was to joyfully and happily say my ‘Fiat’ and embrace this beautiful vocation.”
Path of a Seminarian:
Home Parish: St. Michael’s, Cañon City
Seminary: St. Gregory the Great, Seward, Neb.
Favorite Movie: Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse
Favorite Saints: St. Augustine & St. Therese of Lisieux
Hobbies: Board games, reading, soccer, woodworking
“I have been blessed with so many great examples of priests, and I believe that God is calling me to explore becoming a priest. I am open to that, even if I don’t feel worthy to follow those great men. The past two years in the seminary have been one of the greatest consolations of my life. I am looking forward to continuing this path which, God willing, leads to the priesthood.”
Please pray for Zach and all our seminarians!