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Rev. Msgr. Dr. Janusz Burzawa – Mercy of God Polish Mission, St. Petersburg, Florida

June 30, 2017 at 7:03 pm

Rev. Msgr. Dr. Janusz Burzawa was born on 6/20/1960 and passed away on 6/24/2017.

Ks. Prałat Dr. Janusz Burzawa

Ks. Prałat Dr. Janusz Burzawa

Rev. Msgr. Dr. Janusz Burzawa – May He Rest in Peace
We were saddened to learn of the sudden, untimely death of Monsignor Janusz Burzawa, 57, a priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, early Saturday, June 24, 2017, as the result of a heart attack. Monsignor Burzawa served as Administrator of the Mercy of God Polish Mission, St. Petersburg for the past 19 years and resided in the nearby rectory of St. Paul Parish.
Monsignor Burzawa was born in Miechowice Wielkie, Poland, to Jan and Rozalia (Labuz) Burzawa and was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Tarnow on May 25, 1986. In 1998, at the invitation of Bishop Robert Lynch, he came to the U.S., where he began his ministry to the Polish-speaking Catholics of our diocese. During his time as Administrator of the Mercy of God Polish Mission, Monsignor Burzawa was truly a pastor to his flock, maintaining a vibrant community.
In 2002, he was incardinated into the Diocese of St. Petersburg. In 2005, he received the honorary title of “Canon Monsignor” by Bishop Wladyslaw Blin, of the Diocese of Vitebsk, Belarus, for his staunch support in the building of the diocese’s Cathedral church, after the fall of Communism. With the consent of Bishop Lynch, Monsignor Burzawa resumed his doctoral studies, which he had previously begun prior to his move to the United States. On June 19, 2009, after successfully defending his doctoral thesis, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology from the Catholic University of Lublin. In 2011, his book, 20 Years of Mercy of God Polish Mission, was published.
Funeral arrangements are as follows: All services will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church (1800 12th Street N., St. Petersburg, FL 33704). Reception of Body: Thursday, July 6, 2017, 4:30 p.m. Visitation: 5:00 to 8:00p.m., with Prayer Service at 7:30p.m. Funeral Mass: Friday, July 7, 10:00 a.m. Burial will take place in Wietrzychowice, Poland at a later date.
Please keep Monsignor Burzawa’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace!

Merry Christmas

December 24, 2016 at 9:06 am

Favorite Polish Christmas Carols

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.
May this joyful season greet you with health and happiness.

Les Chmura

Polish Easter Traditions From Babka to Polish Easter Eggs (Pisanki)

March 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm

From Babka to Polish Easter Eggs (Pisanki)

Like so many holiday traditions, a family’s Easter Traditions are usually a mixture of old customs and new ideas. The Easter season is not only a Christian holiday, but has it’s roots in the Anglo-Saxon celebration of the rebirth of the earth and the return of spring. It is believed that “Easter” is actually a version of the name Eostre, the goddess of Spring. Many of the current Easter traditions like sharing Easter eggs and even the Easter bunny go back to ancient pagan symbols of fertility and renewal, but have evolved to have different meanings in different cultures.


In my family, we blended American customs with Polish tradition from my mother’s side of the family and Russian traditions from my father’s side of the family. Easter became a mixture of the Easter bunny, traditional Polish foods and a few Russian customs.

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