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Memorable Manitobans: Waclaw Cwieka (1941-2014)

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Born at Krasnik, Poland on 4 May 1941, son of Stanley Cwieka and Alexandra Dec, he was educated at Krasnik and Warsaw. In 1959, he entered the Polish National Catholic Seminary and completed theological studies at the Christian Theology Academy. He was ordained a priest in June 1965 and served in Poland for several years. In August 1974, he moved to the United States and, a few months later, was transferred to the Canadian Diocese. In November 1974, he came to St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church in Winnipeg and also served at the St. Joseph’s Mission Polish National Catholic Church at Beausejour and Libau. For a period of time he also served a parish in Mikado, Saskatchewan. He retired in May 2011 due to poor health and died on 17 October 2014. He was buried in St. Mary’s Polish National Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 October 2014.

We thank Frances Kasper for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 November 2014

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