St. John Brebeuf Church, 8307 N. Harlem Ave, Niles, welcomed a new associate pastor July 1. One of only six candidates, the new priest, Przemek Tomczyk, who was ordained on May 20, says his journey to the priesthood began quite early when he served in his local parish in Kolo, Poland, as an altar server.
Led by the example of priests he got to know, he considered the priesthood. But before entering the seminary decided to explore his passion for journalism at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow, Poland. “I enjoyed the life of a student, but the Lord kept reminding me about the priesthood,” said Father Tomczyk. “As the initial excitement about journalism faded away, my passion for priesthood grew.”
Enterinag the Diocesan Seminary in Krakow in 2010 after two years, he was invited to come to Chicago and serve in the Archdiocese. After five years of formation in Bishop Abramowicz Seminary and Mundelein Seminary, he looks forward coming to St. John Brebeuf to serve as an Associate Pastor.
A parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago, St. John Brebeuf Church was founded in 1953 and was the first Catholic parish in Niles. For more information, call 847-966-8145 or visit www.sjbrebeuf.org.