Deceased Friars of the Assumption Province

The Assumption Province has been blessed with many faith-filled, dynamic and inspirational friars. Below are the names of those who have recently returned to the Lord. Our sorrow is offset by the joy that they have given us an example to be imitated.

Fr. Steve Malkiewicz, OFM

1942-2021 From Poland to Canada to Guatemala to the US Provinces, Steve Malkiewicz was the name synonymous with Liturgy. From the Chapter of 1968, Steve has been the “go-to” guy when it comes to anything liturgical. Our communal prayer as an ABVM Province has been...

Fr. Anthony Skurla, OFM

1928-2020 Anthony was born on May 27, 1928, to Andrew Skurla and Mary (née Uchal) in Syracuse, New York. He had only one sibling, his brother John who was two years older. Anthony was baptized on June 24, 1928, at St. John the Baptist Church, Syracuse, New York. He...

Br. Anthony Gancarz, OFM

1923-2020 Stanislaus Gancarz was born July 2, 1923 and grew up in Sweetest Heart of Mary Parish in the Poletown section of Detroit, Michigan. He was born the son of Joseph and Mary (née Sanecki) Gancarz, attended the parish parochial school and graduated from its high...

Vocations Office

Greetings from Fr. Greg   I'm Fr. Greg Plata, OFM, Vocation Director of the Franciscan friars of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province. Are you beginning to seriously discern your calling to religious life? You may be heartened by the experience of...

Br. David Typek, OFM

1925-2020 Brother David Typek, Franciscan Friar, barber, gardener, apple-cider specialist, Franciscan Crown Rosary maker, and a sandal maker! St. Francis himself, won’t be upstaged on his turf.  David’s sandals have been worn by friars throughout the United States, in...

Fr. Joachim Swarick, OFM

1924-2020 It was on January 14, 1924, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin that Frank Swarick and Kate (née Stublaski) Swarick gave birth a son. Six days later Frank and Kate had their son, Clarence, baptized at St. Lawrence Church. Clarence did his elementary education at...

Br. Henry Kolbok, OFM

1934-2020 He was a gentle friar and a man of firm faith. Leonard was born on March 27, 1934, to Leonard Kolbok and Julia (neé Saletnik) Kolbok and was baptized on May 2, 1934, at St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Union City, New Jersey. Both parents were born in...

Fr. De Paul Sobotka, OFM

1934-2020 Joseph Sobotka was born in Edwardsville, Pennsylvania, on August 16, 1934, the only child of Joseph and Helen (née Gober) Sobotka and baptized at St. Hedwig Church on September 2nd that same year. Joseph attended Russell Street Grammar School and...

Fr. Melvin Wierzbicki, OFM

1927-2019   Michael was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 4, 1927, to Michael and Louise (née Walczak) Wierzbicki and baptized at St. Casimir Church on August 14th of that same year. Michael attended St. Barbara Parochial School, Milwaukee graduating in...