The funeral of the late Fr. Władysław Zdaniukiewicz, MIC

Marian priests and brothers, family, employees of the Licheń sanctuary and Licheń parishioners said goodbye yesterday to the late Fr. Władysław Zdaniukiewicz, MIC, the oldest member of the Polish province of the Congregation of Marian Fathers. The friar left for the Father's house on Monday evening, May 25, at the Hospice. st. Stanisław Papczyński, where he spent the last days of his life.

The coffin of the bodies of the late Fr. Zdaniukiewicz, MIC

Funeral ceremonies began at 13.00 in the church of st. Dorothy in Licheń Stary with a rosary prayer for the deceased monk presided over by Fr. Dariusz Hirsch, MIC. Holy Mass funeral at 13:30 was presided over by Fr. Tomasz Nowaczek, MIC, superior of the Polish Province of the Congregation of Marian Fathers. In the homily delivered during the Eucharist, the priest recalled the priestly life and ministry of Fr. Zdaniukiewicz. - "We trust that somewhere in the heart of our confrere there was an internal dialogue between him and the Holy Spirit about the fact that we are all sinful and need salvation."

The Marian provincial also pointed out that faith is the foundation of our life, and without it everything we do has no sense. - "God's promise of love is endless. He never leaves us. The Holy Spirit teaches us this humility by which we accept our faith. He will always show us Jesus Christand."

Concluding his considerations, Fr. Nowaczek said: "Let the late Władysław, our confrere, rests in roomthe everlasting drink. Amen."

Funeral procession heading to the cemetery

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Fr. Władysław Zdaniukiewicz was born on August 24, 1924 in Rakańce in the Vilnius Region. In the years 1944-46 he was imprisoned and sent to labor camps. After returning to his homeland in Warsaw, he completed his education in the field of "high school diploma", and in 1947 he was admitted to the novitiate in Skóriec, after which he made his religious vows on August 15, 1948. He studied seminar in Warsaw in Praga and Bielany, and then in Gietrzwałd and Włocławek, where on June 23, 1957 he was ordained a priest by Bishop Antoni Pawłowski. After he was ordained a priest, he worked first as a steward in Bielany, and then in the pastoral ministry as a catechist, vicar successively in the parish of St. Zygmunt in Pola Bielańskie, in Praga, in Głuchołazy, in Góra Kalwaria. From 1966, for 11 years he was the parish priest of the Kiwity parish in Warmia, then from 1977 in the Jegłownik parish, where he started the construction of the church. On September 30, 1982, Fr. Zdaniukiewicz handed over the office of the parish priest to his successor, the priest of the Warmia diocese (Rev. Władysław Janczy).

In the following years, Fr. Władysław Zdaniukiewicz worked in Rdzawka, Głuchołazy, from where he moved to West Germany in 1984, where he worked in the diocese of Augsburg: Vilgertshofen, Stadl, and then from 1989 as a hospital chaplain, first in Schongau and then in Pfronten. In 1997 he returned to Poland and was assigned to work at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Licheń. In the years 2002-2005 he worked in Sulejówek, from where he was again transferred to Licheń, where he stayed until the end of his life.

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