Bishop Richard J. Malone is happy to welcome the Pauline Fathers (the Order of St. Paul the Hermit) in the leadership of St. Stanislaus Parish, 123 Townsend St., Buffalo, effective Apr. 12, Divine Mercy Sunday.
The Pauline Fathers took pastoral responsibility for Corpus Christi Parish in Buffalo in 2004. The monastic community established by the order will continue to reside at that parish, which is located at Clark and Kent streets. Father Mariusz Dymek, OSPPE, current pastor of Corpus Christi, will become pastor of St. Stanislaus. Father Michael Czyzewski, OSPPE, will become administrator of Corpus Christi.
"The Pauline Fathers expressed an interest in expanding their ministry in the diocese," Bishop Malone said. "After lengthy conversations and prayer, we arrived at the consensus that this was a natural fit. The order has a keen understanding of and respect for the longstanding Polish heritage and traditions of St. Stanislaus. I am confident they will work tirelessly to meet the ministerial needs of the parish and the community."
St. Stanislaus pastor Father Thaddeus Bocianowski has been named temporary administrator of St. Padre Pio Parish in Oakfield, effective Apr. 12.
Established in 1873, St. Stanislaus Parish is home to the official diocesan Shrine of St. John Paul II.
The Order of St. Paul the Hermit was founded in Hungary during the 13th century. The monastic order spread throughout Hungary, Poland, Croatia, Austria and Bavaria, and sent its first priests to the United States in the 1950s.
While Corpus Christi is a Pauline parish, St. Stanislaus will continue as an independent parish of the Diocese of Buffalo.