By Dominic Winter
LINCOLN (SNR) - While Catholics across the Diocese of Lincoln celebrated the eight new priests ordained just a few weeks ago, not as many realized the addition of a ninth priest to the diocese June 12.
On that day, Father Janusz Marzynski of Warsaw, Poland, was incardinated as a priest of the diocese of Lincoln.
Father Marzynski first came to the U.S. in 1996 as a mechanical engineer to work in Chicago for General Motors. After three and a half years, he discerned God’s call to study for the priesthood in Poland, though he felt very connected to the Polish parish near Chicago. After five years of study, he was ordained (and incardinated into the Warsaw diocese) May 29, 2004 by Cardinal Glemp, Bishop of Warsaw.
But Father Marzynski felt the need to return to the U.S. to serve. Poland, he saw, had many more priests to serve the Catholic population than the United States, so after two years as an associate pastor, he asked permission to work for the Archdiocese of Detroit, arriving again in 2006. He came to Lincoln in 2012 at the advice of his spiritual director who knew Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz.
“Probably the priests in Poland are not enough either, but Americans have less priests,” Father Marzynski said. “I prayed, asked my spiritual director, and thought about it. Supported by these sources, I saw my desire, and God’s will.”
He began serving the Lincoln Diocese May 1, 2012, at St. Patrick Parish in Lincoln, while negotiations concerning his transfer ensued between Bishop Conley and Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, the current Archbishop of Warsaw. A month later, Father Marzynski began his current ministry as chaplain at CHI St. Elizabeth in Lincoln, since Father Edwin Stander, the previous chaplain, retired.
“I like it here: it’s demanding, but beautiful,” he said. “I felt at home from the beginning of my ministry. I had a sincere, brotherly welcome from the priests and a wonderful reception from the people.”
In his ministry, Father Marzynski tries to incorporate many Polish devotions, especially the Divine Mercy. Every Wednesday and Friday, he exposes the Blessed Sacrament after the 11:30 a.m. Mass for an hour of adoration in honor of Divine Mercy. He plans to continue the practice in August, after vacations.
Another practice Father Marzynski intends to propagate is the Cenacle of Divine Mercy, founded by the Marian Helpers. It is a small prayer group led by laypersons and guided by a manual that meets for one to two hours once per month, beginning July 16. Father Marzynski will act as spiritual director of the Cenacle.
“The Cenacle is an opportunity to grow in Faith with the spirituality of Divine Mercy, based on the Bible, the Catechism, and St. Faustina’s Diary,” he said.
Contact Father Marzynski at 402-219-8000.