HARTFORD - Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will ordain Deacon David Madejski of New Britain to the Roman Catholic priesthood at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford. The public is invited to attend the June 23 ceremony, which will begin at 11 a.m.
Madejski, 25, was born to Polish parents and grew up in New Britain, attending Jefferson Elementary School, Pulaski Middle School and New Britain High School.
He always knew he wanted to be a priest.
Here is a brief interview with Madejski:
Q: Why did you decide to become a priest?
A: I decided to become a priest, because I felt a calling from the Lord Jesus to be an instrument of God’s mercy to other people. I grew up in New Britain, where I saw many people who were suffering. I realized that everyone needs God in order to be fulfilled in life and I wanted to become a priest to share the good news of Jesus Christ. I felt in my heart the desire to talk about the powerful message of God’s mercy.
Q: Who or what inspired you? Did you have a mentor?
A: My pastor, Father Darek Gosciniak, was the priest who inspired me. He was a great mentor for me, providing words of encouragement and spiritual guidance.
He was a joyful priest who served others with compassion that was something, which greatly inspired me when I was thinking about the priesthood.
Q: As a priest, what would you like to accomplish?
A: As a priest I hope to minister to the suffering, disregarded, the hurting people. I want to be a priest who listens with compassion.
I want to help people experience the awesome presence of God through the power of adoration.
I cannot wait to offer my first Mass or hear my first confession in order to be an instrument of God’s mercy.
Q: Where did you study, and was preparing for the priesthood difficult?
A: I studied for a total of eight years.
My first four years were at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, and then theological studies at Saint John’s Seminary in Boston.
Preparing for the priesthood was an amazing experience, full of moments that helped to grow in many ways.
A difficult aspect would probably be the academics; the intellectual studies were interesting but challenging as well. I really enjoyed the pastoral moments at parishes, where I was able to minister to the people of God.
Q: Talk about how your family may have impacted your decision to pursue the priesthood.
A: My grandparents were the ones who passed on the faith to me, and I am very grateful to them for being good Catholic role models for me. I still can remember my grandmother teaching me my first prayers that I learned.
My grandparents took me to Mass every Sunday. My grandfather was very supportive of my vocation to the priesthood, always encouraging me to pursue my calling to become a priest.