“I realize that something big is about to happen to me. But I’m living it as if it were the most normal thing for me.” ‘a trip: is the priestly ordination of Bogumil Wasiewicz which will take place in St. Mark’s on Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m.
It will be the patriarch Francesco Moraglia who will ordain him a priest in the Cathedral Basilica, after he was ordained deacon on November 6, also in San Marco. For presbyteral ordinations it is a return to the Basilica after two years: in this time of pandemic, in fact, ordinations were made in the Salute, a more practical and spacious place to respond to anti-Covid limitations.
Warsaw and the Neocatechumenal Way. Born and raised in Warsaw, the sixth of seven siblings (five boys, two girls), Bogus is 29 years old and arrived in Venice at the age of 21, after saying yes to a vocational call on the Neocatechumenal Way. “My parents are part of it, they passed on the faith to me. But they never imposed anything on me. I entered the Way at 13 to follow my friends more than anything else. I lived it all – the liturgy of the Word, the Sabbath Mass – without much conviction. And no, I hadn’t heard a call yet. It was a rather slow approach, marked by two important stages: “I participated in two WYDs, the World Youth Days, first in Madrid and then in Brazil. Those were very strong moments. Thinking about it later, I can say that it was there, especially at the Second WYD, that the desire to open up to the world began to develop in me: I saw that faith is something universal that unites the world. “
A Master’s missionary. But still “nothing had happened,” says Bogus, who at the time was enrolled in journalism university. The turning point came a year later, during a vocational meeting held by the initiators of the Way to Warsaw. “Here, among others, was a missionary from the Way, who I later discovered was a missionary from the parish of San Giovanni Evangelista de Mestre: Gianvito’s witness – with the idea of leaving everything and going to a – impacted me to the point of wanting to start a verification process “. Everything, he says, was fast enough: “That meeting took place in May 2014 and between September and October I was already in Italy. Everything was very fast, I was also a little upset, I was torn: on the one hand I did not want to accept it, I wanted to live my life, to be with my family, on the other I could feel this strong. he sees me telling myself to give up completely to the love of Christ for me and the world. Rather than become a priest, this voice told me that there is no greater love in which to participate in “saving” humanity. This universal aspect fascinated me as much as the idea of going on a mission. “
After a hard-fought summer, after saying no for the first time, Bogus arrives in Venice: “I was fascinated by the idea of leaving without knowing where to go, trusting in God’s will. 2014. I arrived here at the Seminary and in the first year I learned mostly Italian, the real studies started for me the following year.That first period was not easy, because I felt like a “poor” who did not “But that was perhaps the most important period for me, precisely because what kept me here in trouble was only the Lord.”
“Why me?” The first months of studying the language were followed by years of training at the seminary: “And they weren’t linear, because especially the first two years I was very torn,” says Bogus. “I never thought about being a priest. I had my life, I had girls. And when I got home I saw my friends getting married, their life went on. And I still didn’t fully accept my vocation. I even got angry and asked, “But why me? Why, Lord, are you ruining my life? ” However, I did not understand that the Lord saved my life. It was He who resisted, not me. Perhaps it was only after the candidacy that I “gave up” in the sense that I recognized the beauty of this story. It is a story of salvation that the Lord has done for me.
Although he belongs to the Neocatechumenal Way, Bogumil will be ordained to the Patriarchate of Venice, which incardinated him at the beginning of his studies, and therefore the new priest in the future will serve in the Diocese. “I still don’t know what the future holds, I can’t imagine anything, I’d rather not think about how I will be as a priest. I am available for any decision. Of course, he always grew up in a community environment, and so did the seminary. That’s why I feel it’s necessary for me to share life, cultivate friendships and relationships. I know it may not be easy for a rector, but I think it’s important to be able to share hardships and joys together, with a look of faith. I know, and not from now on, that I can’t save myself: I always need someone to support me, and in recent years I’ve seen that there has always been someone who has helped me. “
The period in Kenya. The last part of the training course that Bogus spent in Kenya, in the “Venetian” parish of Ol Moran led by Don Giacomo Basso. For deacons, in fact, at the request of the Patriarch, service to Ol Moran for about three months shortly before ordination has become a practice, which has important formative implications. “I met extraordinary people, I immediately felt part of that community and I lived with them with extreme simplicity and spontaneity. I prayed with them, being with them, enjoying seeing them so simple but very deep in faith. That simplicity that we may lack. I am happy to have done the diaconate, I already felt ordained a minister, I have done many blessings in the homes of families and this was very nice – he emphasizes – because people were happy to receive you at home and to have a blessing. It is a young church, but with a lot of faith. If necessary, I am also available to leave. Going to Kenya reopened that desire to leave and leave. But I am available for any decision and it is right that this is the case. “
Bogumil is well aware that he is only at the beginning of the road: “The gospel goes to the head, when Jesus says to his disciples, ‘I have yet to tell you many things’ and refers to the gift of the Spirit. Here: As for me, my story, I know there will be many new things to discover. I don’t want to create expectations, I prefer to trust myself: I’ve seen that in the past when I did this the most beautiful things happened “.
Serena Spinazzi Lucchesi