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.

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...

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...

Fr. Vianney Sipulski, OFM

1932 - 2019 Chester Sipulski was born a native son of South Chicago, Illinois, on June 3, 1932, to Walter and Frances (née Gorska) Sipulski and baptized at St. Mary Magdalene Church on June 26thof that same year. Chester’s home was one of many visited by the Brother...