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By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic)


In a public response to the call of Christ, Krzysztof (Kris) Piotrowski, 28, was Ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Frank J. Dewane during a Mass on June 3 at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice.

Bishop Frank J. Dewane lays his hands on the head of Krzysztof (Kris) Piotrowski during Ordination to the Priesthood on June 3 at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice.

The poignant and emotional rite place Father Piotrowski in a new role as he is raised to the Order of the Presbyterate where he will now celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, confer the Sacraments and teach the Gospel.

Bishop Dewane congratulated the ordinand for answering the call to holiness and advancing in formation through prayer, discernment, guidance and direction which helped him grow closer to the Lord. Through the Sacrament of Ordination, the ordinand is called to reflect and magnify Christ and bring others closer to Christ.

Krzysztof (Kris) Piotrowski lays prostrate for the Litany of Saints during his Ordination to the Priesthood by Bishop Frank J. Dewane on June 3 at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice.

Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, the priest is transformed and marked indelibly as an instrument through which others receive the Sacraments, Bishop Dewane said. “Take God within you and in your heart as you carry out your mission of sanctifying the faithful by uniting them to Christ’s sacrifice.”

When the rite of ordination began, Piotrowski was called forth to the presence of the Bishop by Diocese Director of Vocations Father Eric Scanlan, and upon hearing his name, he answered “Present.” After the homily, Piotrowski knelt before the Bishop to promise respect and obedience to him and his successors. Then he lay prostrate before the altar for the Litany of Supplication/Litany of Saints. The whole assembly joined in the prayer which invoked God’s grace and the intercession of the saints in heaven. 

Father Krzysztof (Kris) Piotrowski with his parents, Adam and Agnieszka Piotrowski, following his Ordination to the Priesthood June 3 at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice.

After this solemn act of prayer, the Sacrament of Ordination was conferred when Piotrowski rose and knelt before Bishop Dewane, whom in silent prayer, imposed his hands on the head the ordinand. In the sharing of the priesthood, each priest present laid hands of the head of the newly ordained.

The ordinand then knelt once again before the Bishop, who then recited the consecratory Prayer of Ordination; which, together with the Bishop’s imposition of hands, is the essential rite of the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

The Ordination to the Priesthood of Krzysztof (Kris) Piotrowski took place June 3 at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice.

After the prayer, the newly ordained was vested in the stole and chasuble, vestments which are worn when celebrating the Eucharist and symbolize the responsibility and authority in service to Christ. Father Ptiotrowski was vested by his godfather, Father Leszek Trojanowski, a Parochial Vicar at San Pedro Parish in North Port, and by Father Walter Ptak, his Seminarian Spiritual Advisor.

The palms of the new priest were then anointed with the Sacred Chrism by Bishop Dewane, the sign of the special anointing of the Holy Spirit who will make their ministry fruitful. Next, the Bishop presented Father Piotrowski with the chalice and paten which all priests are called to present to God in the Eucharistic sacrifice saying: “Receive the oblation of the holy people, to be offered to God. Understand what you do, imitate what you celebrate, and conform your life to the mystery of the Lord’s Cross.”

The Rite of Ordination ended with the Bishop giving a fraternal kiss of peace to the newly ordained priest, welcoming him into the Diocesan Presbyterate or priesthood. The priests present then followed the Bishop’s example. The newly ordained then joined Bishop Dewane at the altar to the applause and joy of all present.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist then followed. Father Piotrowski joined all the priests for the first time in concelebrating the Eucharist with Bishop Dewane, reciting together the words of consecration. For the first time, he offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, acting in the person of Christ. From this sacrifice his whole priestly ministry will draw its strength.

Present for the ordination from Poland were his parents, Adam and Agnieszka Piotrowski, and his sister Monika. Sadly, his brother Pawel was unable to make the trip. In addition to other family and friends, also present at the ordination were more than 30 priests, men and women religious, permanent deacons, the Knights of Columbus, Order of Malta and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

Born and raised in Konskie, Poland, Father Piotrowski first began his vocational studies at Ss. Cyril and Methodious Seminary in Krakow, Poland, before transferring to Ss. Cyril and Methodious Seminary in Orchard Lake, Mich., where he completed his studies in May.

Father Krzysztof (Kris) Piotrowski blesses a woman at a reception in Epiphany Cathedral Parish Hall on June 3 following his Ordination to the Priesthood.

With confidence, and always with a smile, Father Piotrowski said the ordination was an affirmation of everything he did to prepare himself for the priesthood.

“I am here with the help of the Holy Spirit,” Piotrowski explained. “This is a dream come true. Today I gave my life over to service of others in the name of God. This is who I am now: a priest.”

As a seminarian, he held previous pastoral assignments at St. James Parish in Lake Placid, Incarnation Parish in Sarasota, Resurrection Parish in Fort Myers, St. William Parish in Naples, and most recently at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish in Parrish which is where he celebrated his first Mass on June 4. Each Parish sent representatives in support of the new priest.

The Ordination to the Priesthood is considered one of the most critical events in the life of the Diocese as it ensures the continuation of the Church and the availability of the Sacraments to the faithful. Since Bishops Dewane became Bishop of the Diocese of Venice, 22 men have been ordained to the priesthood.

A reception followed in the Cathedral Parish Hall where the newly ordained formally greeted the public and imparted their priestly blessing upon them.

Father Piotrowski will be assigned to a Parish after he spends time in Poland with his family.

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