Fr. Teofil Czarniak, OFM, serves as the executive director of Franciscan Missions in Waterford, Wisconsin. The organization has been in existence for more than 50 years.
Ordained in 2002, Fr. Teo, born Adam Czarniak, in Andrychow, Poland, joined the Franciscans (Order of Friars Minor) in 1994. Upon his first profession, he took the priestly first name of Teofil which means "friend of God," in celebration of his entrance into Franciscan life.
Fr. Teo oversees fundraising initiatives, which focus on generating awareness of and financial support for the Order's mission work in developing countries on six continents. His experience as a missionary in Poland and, most recently, Uganda, has prepared him well for this ministry.