God Bless Father Rafal
On Saturday, June 20, 2020, the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Rockville Centre, ordained two men to the priesthood for the Diocese at 10:00 AM in St. Agnes Cathedral. The ordination aired live on Catholic Faith Network (CFN)* and was replayed at 8:00 PM.
Deacon Rafal Borowiejski
Deacon Rafal Borowiejski was born an only child to his parents Adam and Maria Borowiejski, on July 30, 1980, in Krakow, Poland. He was raised a Roman Catholic and feeling a strong call to the priesthood after high school, Rafal entered the Major Seminary in Poland to discern his vocation. After taking some time off to care for his family, he decided to continue his desire to grow in the knowledge of his faith. He received his Master’s Degree in Theology at the Pontifical University of Saint John Paul II in Krakow. In 2013 he earned a Licentiate Degree in Canon Law and then began a Ph.D. program at the University. The call to the priesthood continued to stir in his heart and Rafal re-entered formation at the Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Krakow, which also has a campus in the United States.
After completing a year of formation in Poland, he continued his studies at the campus in Orchard Lake, Michigan. After some time, Rafal found himself having to return to Poland again to care for a sick family member for quite some time. When he was able to return to the United States, Rafal, after meeting Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski, applied for admission to the Seminary program for the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 2017.
He studied at the Cathedral Seminary House of Formation in Douglaston, New York, and from 2018 to 2019; he served under Fr. Bob Romeo at St. Mary’s parish in Manhasset, which would become his home parish in the Diocese. He is currently finishing his studies at Saint Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, New York. During this time, he has also been serving at Saint Mary’s parish in Roslyn.
He was ordained a transitional deacon on November 9, 2019, at Saint Joseph’s Seminary by His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan. On Thursday, June 11, Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski will bless Deacon Raf’s chalice during the 9:00 AM Mass.
His First Mass will took place at 5:00 PM on Saturday, June 20, 2020, here at St. Mary’s.
The Mass can be viewed on demand via https://youtu.be/DFY1H2zVnK8