About Fr. Teofil Czarniak

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.

The Making of a Franciscan Missionary – Part 2

By | April 11th, 2017|Blog Posts|

Malaria and Me Living in developed countries, such as the United States, we don’t have exposure to tropical diseases like malaria. As a missionary, you [...]

Do you believe?

By | March 28th, 2017|Appeals|

“Whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live." - John 11:25 You’ve heard this so many times, I’m sure. Does it still ring [...]

The Making of a Franciscan Missionary – Part 1

By | March 14th, 2017|Blog Posts|

Growing up in Kalwaria - Zebrzydowska, Poland, I was spiritually influenced by the Franciscans. While living only a kilometer from one of Poland’s religious centers, [...]

Can You Imagine …

By | February 27th, 2017|Appeals|

Can you imagine what three hours of constant, hammering wind and rain can do? Cyclone Vardah battered the Indian city of Chennai with 90 mph [...]

Shelter me in the shadow of your wings

By | February 16th, 2017|Blog Posts|

Do you remember playing Hide and Seek as a child? Hide and Seek was no kids’ game for the little ones trapped in Aleppo, Syria [...]

A DAY IN THE LIFE

By | December 22nd, 2016|Appeals|

On the first day of December in Aleppo, Syria, Maurice Abdalla and his two sons walk carefully among the ruins of their once thriving neighborhood. [...]

Daily Bread

By | December 22nd, 2016|Appeals|

One day a little boy came home from Sunday School and told his father that he knew what the word Bible stands for. “Okay”, said [...]

Where Does She Live?

By | December 22nd, 2016|Appeals|

What if? - Medication which treats malaria can cure this disease if it’s detected in time. What if there’s no medication? Spraying walls at home [...]

A Little Boy Discovered

By | August 22nd, 2016|Blog Posts|

There are so many mission stories that touch my heart and impact my life. For example, the story of a little boy in Ecuador, whose [...]

Staying Connected

By | August 22nd, 2016|Blog Posts|

Jesus had a quality of ministry that caused society's so called "perfect" people to feel uncomfortable, and chose not to be connected with Him. Jesus [...]

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