FATHER WALTER CISZEK

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PRAYER FOR THE CAUSE OF CANONIZATION OF
FATHER WALTER CISZEK.  S.J.
 
 
We adore You, Most Holy Trinity, and we thank You for the exemplary life of Your Servant, Father Walter Ciszek. We pray that his strong faith in Your loving providence, his great love for You, and his kindness to all people be recognized by the Church. If it be Your Will, may he be give to us as a saintly model of these virtues so that we too may be better motivated to dedicate our lives to Your greater honor and glory. We commend our petition through the prayers of the holy Mother of God. For to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is due all glory, honor and worhip, now and forever. Amen

Father Walter Ciszek, who died on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 1984, grew up in Pennsylvania in an ethnic Polish community. As a Jesuit seminarian in the 1930’s, he answer Pope Pius XI’s call for volunteers to train for what was called the “Russian Missions” for the Holy Father had hopes of returning Russian to its historical religious roots from the official atheism of its Communist government under Stalin
Father Walter Ciszek, who died on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 1984, grew up in Pennsylvania in an ethnic Polish community. As a Jesuit seminarian in the 1930’s, he answer Pope Pius XI’s call for volunteers to train for what was called the “Russian Missions” for the Holy Father had hopes of returning Russian to its historical religious roots from the official atheism of its Communist government under Stalin.

Unable to enter into Russia following his ordination in the late 1930’s, Father Ciszek was assigned to a parish in Eastern Poland which was overrun by the Red Army at the outbreak of World War II. Few people remember that when Hitler attacked Poland from the West, by a secret treaty with Stalin, the Communists attacked from the East.

Father Ciszek and another priest saw this as an opportunity to enter Russia disguised as laborers but soon found that everyone there was afraid even to discuss religion. When Hitler attacked Russia in May, 1941, he was arrested as a “Vatican Spy”, a charge so ludicrous that Father Ciszek didn’t take it seriously for a long time. Eventually, he spent five years in solitary confinement in Moscow and another 15 years in a gulag, a slave labor camp in Siberia. Somehow he survived. His family as well as his Jesuit superiors had long given him up for dead, and they learned that he was alive when, as a recently released ex-convict, he mailed a post card home from a small Siberian village.

After he was released, as a former ‘spy’, he wasn’t allowed to leave and had to earn his living in manual labor in various villages. He had many adventures and run ins with the Secret Police as people flocked to him for the Mass and Sacraments, and in November, 1963, Attorney General Robert Kennedy engineered a swap for Father Ciszek in exchange for a couple of real Russian KGB agents captured in the U.S. He lived out his remaining years at the Jesuit Community at Fordham in New York City.

Any Miracles attributed to Father Ciszek please send to:

The Father Walter Ciszek Prayer League, Inc.

231 North Jardin Street

Shenandoah, PA 17976

 
 
 

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