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.

Peter (Duclan) Rydza

Peter (Duclan) Rydza, O.F.M. 1929-2022   “Before me, Albert Rabida, Vice Consul of the United States of America, in and for the district of Bombay, India, duly commissioned and qualified, personally came Peter Rydza, who, being duly sworn deposes and says that...

Francis (Joseph) Affelt

Francis (Joseph) Affelt, O.F.M. 1926-2022 “Before graduation, you told me, Father Provincial, that I might enter the Franciscan Order before August 15, 1944. I have been going to Quigley but that life does not appeal to me. I would like the Order better.”  -Taken from...

Robert “Bob” (Bruce) Sembrat

Robert "Bob" (Bruce) Sembrat, OFM January 3, 2022 1939-2022 Nothing brings more happiness than the birth of a child.  It is a blessed event.  However, Bob’s arrival October 31, 1939 was cause for concern.  Because of conditions that became life-threatening for his...

Gerald “Jerry” (Aquinas) Tokarz

Gerald "Jerry" (Aquinas) Tokarz May 3, 2022 1943-2022 Jerry was born in Chicago, IL, the Windy City on August 21, 1943. His parents, Joseph and Helen (née Graczyk) Tokarz had him baptized at St. John of God Parish on September 12, 1943.  For the first two years of...

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...