“A virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to do the good.”

(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1803)

For this year’s advent retreat, we welcome Fr. Piotr Wroblewski OMI from Ukraine! 

Fr. Piotr Wroblewski OMI was born in Skarżysko-Kamienna, Poland on January 15, 1984, as the second and last son in his family. His life of faith grew thanks to his family and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Ostra Brama in Skarżysko. After graduating from high school in 2003, he entered the novitiate in Holy Cross. In 2008, he made perpetual vows and on May 29, 2010, he was ordained a priest in Obra, Poland. Since his ordination in 2010, Fr. Piotr Wroblewski OMI has been serving in Ukraine. The first mission he was sent to was the Youth Center of St. John Paul II in Tyvriv. Later, he also served in Poltava and Obukhov, as the director of the postulate and in Slavutych, near Chernobyl. Currently, Fr. Wroblewski is the pastor of a parish in Chernihiv and has been there since 2017.

Fr. Piotr is focusing on the theme of virtues this year, giving us an overview of what virtues are and doing a deeper dive into the four Cardinal Virtues: prudence, justice, temperance and courage.

He draws examples from scripture, from his ministry and anecdotes. He was also heavily inspired by the work of St. Thomas Aquinas, citing his words often when referring to this moral theology. 

The Advent Retreat schedule is as follows: 

Saturday, November 27 – Tuesday November 30
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, St. Catharines

Wednesday December 1 – Friday December 3 
Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Welland 

Sunday December 5 – Wednesday December 8 
St. Eugene de Mazenod Parish, Brampton 

Thursday December 9 – Saturday December 11 
St. Hyacinth Parish, Ottawa 

Sunday December 12 – Wednesday December 15 
St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Mississauga 

Thursday December 16 – Saturday December 18 
St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, Toronto 

Sunday December 19 – Wednesday December 22 
St. Casimir’s Parish, Toronto 

Many parishes will have the Masses streamed online for those that cannot attend. Check out their individual websites for more information. 

Don’t miss this chance for a deepening of your faith this Advent season! 

Fr. Piotr Wroblewski OMI