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.

A Home for Mia

By | June 29th, 2017|Blog Posts|

In Uganda, and in other countries throughout the world, people get by with so little. Our Franciscan missionaries bear witness to the daily struggles of [...]

St. Anthony’s Bread

By | June 12th, 2017|Appeals|

Has God called you to serve the poor? Some of our Franciscan missionaries say they felt God urging them in a profound way to serve [...]

The Making of a Franciscan Missionary Part 3: Educating in Africa

By | June 6th, 2017|Blog Posts|

In developed countries, education is a fundamental path to prosperity. Children are required to attend primary and secondary school. In the United States many children [...]

The Making of a Franciscan Missionary – Part 2: Malaria and Me

By | April 11th, 2017|Blog Posts|

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

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 [...]


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 [...]

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