Friday, April 28, 2017
On April 26, 2017, Fr. Alfred Grzempa OMI was appointed provincial of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Assumption Province. His official installation will take place during the Oblate annual retreat on June 16, 2017. Fr. Alfred Grzempa was born on May 31, 1964 in Chojnice, Poland. In his third year of studies, he heard the call to religious life and envisioned himself as a missionary. He studied at the Oblate Juniorate from 1982 to 1985 and then went on to the Oblate Scholasticate in Obra. Fr. Alfred's first assignment from his superiors was in Poznan, where he served for eight years. In October 2000, Fr. Alfred came to Canada. He served the community and learned English in Surrey, B.C., and later Melville, Saskatchewan. Since then, Fr. Alfred has served as a pastor at various churches such as St. Casimir's Church in Toronto, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in St. Catharines, and Holy Ghost parish in Winnipeg. He enjoys reading about the lives of the saints, geography, and experiencing other cultures. Fr. Alfred's appointment has brought joy, and many wish him success in his new ministry.