Monsignor Lawrence (Wawrzyniec) Wnuk

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WNUK, Monsignor Lawrence (Wawrzyniec), P.A. It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Monsignor Lawrence A. Wnuk, on his 98th birthday, on August 6, 2006. Msgr.Wnuk, loyal servant of God and His Church, was born in Witrogoszcz, Poland, on August 6, 1908. The values that he learned from his parents, the love of God and the Country, were visible throughout his life to the end. He graduated from the seminary in Gniezno-Poznan and was ordained in 1933. He worked as assistant in Inowroclaw and Gniezno. His arrest by the German Nazis led him, in 1943, to Auschwitz and Buchenwald. He was liberated from the concentration camp, in 1945, by the American Army. After a short period of recuperation, he began his pastoral work in a camp for displaced people in Germany. In 1947, he was appointed the Head Chaplain in the Werl Prison and also the Chief Chaplain in the British Zone. In 1951, following orders of the Church authorities, Fr. Wnuk emigrated to North America. In Hamtramck he worked in the Polish parish of St.Ladislaus. In 1957, Fr. Wnuk was sent to Chatham, where he organized the new parish of Our Lady of Victory and built the church. In 1961, he was transferred to Holy Trinity Parish in Windsor, where he took a special care of the young generation. In 1965, thanks to the efforts of Fr. Wnuk, the first convent of the Polish Ursuline Sisters was established in Windsor. In 1979, the opening of Polonia Park Project of Polish - Canadian Association took place, with Monsignor Wnuk as their spiritual advisor. In 1983, Msgr. Wnuk retired from his parish duties. In 1985, Pope John Paul II bestowed on him the title of Protonotary Apostolic.In recognition for his achievements, Msgr. Wnuk received the following awards: "Polonia Restituta", from the Polish Government, MEDA Charitable Trust - the Exemplary Citizenship Award for religion, Golden Jubilee Medal - on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Order of the Province of Ontario. Monsignor Wnuk will lie in state at HOLY TRINITY POLISH CHURCH, 1035 Ellis Street W. (at Langlois), on Monday, August 14, 2006 from 3:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Prayers at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 15, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. Bishop Ronald Fabbro C.S.B. will be the main celebrant, along with other Bishops and Clergy in the Diocese. Monsignor will then continue his journey to his final resting place in Pniewy, Poland, where a funeral Mass will be held and burial to follow in the Ursuline Sisters' cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Monsignor Wnuk Mission Fund. Online condolences may be shared at www.windsorchapel.com Arrangements entrusted to the WINDSOR CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME (519) 253-7234 "May God richly reward him. Our thankful prayers follow him." Msgr. Roman Waszkiewicz, Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish. Rev. Slawomir Szwagrzyk, Assistant. Rev. Can. Peter Sanczenko, Pastor Emeritus. Polish Ursuline Sisters
Published in The The Windsor Star on Aug. 10, 2006
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