Father Zbigniew Strzalkowski

Fr Zbigniew was born on July 3, 1958, in Tarnów, Poland. He grew up in the nearby village of Zawada. After finishing primary school, Zbigniew studied at a vocational technical secondary school for mechanical studies and for a year he worked in his field of training. He entered the Franci­scan novitiate in 1979. During his studies at the semina­ry in Cracow, he participated in the establishment of the St Francis of Assisi Ecological Movement (REFA). Zbigniew Strzałkowski was ordained a priest in Wrocław on June 7, 1986. For two years, he was a tutor and vice chancellor at the Franciscan Minor Seminary in Legnica. He left Poland to serve as a missionary in Peru on November 30, 1988.

Zbigniew was a strong, courageous man, who cared for the sick. The desire to serve others was a result of his great faith and his wish to imitate St Maximilian Mary Kolbe. He suc­cessfully combined his organisational talent with hard work and a great sense of responsibility. Fr Zbigniew loved all creatures just like St Francis of Assisi.

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