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. Sergius Wroblewski, OFM

1918-2021 Charles Wroblewski was born on March 8, 1918 to Francis and Angela (née Fajkiel) Wroblewski in Chicago, Illinois and baptized on March 14, 1918 at St. John Cantius Parish in the same city. He attended Holy Trinity Parish grade school, graduating in 1932.  He...

Fr. James Krasman, OFM

1934-2021 Jim was born to Walter and Helen (née Yanda) Krasman on April 27, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan and baptized on July 1, 1934 at St. Clare of Montefalco Parish, Grosse Point, Michigan. Jim attended Corpus Christi and Our Lady, Queen of Apostles grade schools,...

Fr. James Kendzierski, OFM

1941-2021 James Francis Kendzierski was born July 23, 1941, the son of Joseph and Angeline (née Garstecki) Kendzierski. He attended St. Casimir Parish parochial school, graduating in 1955. Jim enrolled at St. Francis de Sales High School Seminary, Milwaukee, Wisconsin...

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...

Book Published about Fr. Cantius Kobak!

Friars’ Legacy Lives in the Pages of New Book By. Andy Tretow Missionaries spend their lives spreading the word of Jesus Christ in many different parts of the world, and their impact is felt by many they meet. It is not as common to influence their community nearly...

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...