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Fr Frederick Gorka
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Birth: May 30, 1911, Poland
Death: Feb. 14, 1992
Santa Maria (Los Angeles County)
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Fr. Frederick, baptized Teodor, was born in Poreba, Poland on May 30th 1911 – a small town southwest of Krakow. After completing his elementary education in the cities of Myslenice and Lwow, he entered the novitiate at our friary in Kalwaria Paclawska in 1926 and made his simple profession of vows in Lagiewniki. He studied philosophy at our seminary in Krakow, made his solemn profession there at our Basilica of St. Francis and continued his theological studies there as well. He was ordained on June 29th, 1935 at the same Basilica and noted in his ‘curriculum vitae' with some apparent joy, that he did not have to take final exams before ordination due to the war. From 1935 to 1939 he did parochial ministry in places like Czyski, Lagiewniki, Krosno, Zabie, Kosow and Milwaukee. From 1940 to 1946 he was involved in active duty as a military chaplain from the Polish Forces and refugee's in the Middle East and Massindi, Uganda and Rongai, Kenya. In 1946 he was invited by Fr. Cyril Kita, Provincial, to be affiliated with St. Bonaventure Province. (Fr. Fred has hoped to return to his home Province of St. Anthony and Blessed James of Strepa in Poland after the war – but that was impossible because of the existing political situation.) So, thereafter he spent the next 11 years working in the apostolates of St. Bonaventure Province at parishes in Detroit, Chicago, in Riverside, California and St. Paul's in Pismo Beach. In 1957 he was canonically transfiliated to St. Bonaventure Province. He continued his ministry at St. Paul's in Pismo, then went on to Riverside, St. Josephat's in Milwaukee and then to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Hermosa Beach…all until 1971. In September of that year he began ministry to the Polish Community in San Diego at the request of the Bishop there. His work was greatly appreciated and the nuns of the Carmelite Monastery where he gathered the Poles and ministered to the nuns as well, were special years for Fr. Fred. In 1978 he chose to join the new Custody and was elected Definitor for three years in the Custody of St. Joseph Cupertino. Serving the Poles of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe Mission was Fr. Fred's greatest delight. In a letter dated 1988, Bishop Leo Maher of San Diego noted that during a visit in Rome with Pope John Paul II, the Holy Father inquired into the health of Fr. Fred and said that he remembered Fr. Fred from their days together in Poland. By this time Fr. Fred's health began to deteriorate due to a stroke. He was eventually moved from San Diego to the Glendora Friary and from there to the Queja rest Home in Santa Maria, CA. near the novitiate. The local friars and others from the Province visited him and then quite suddenly he passed away due to complications arising from a cancerous tumor in his lung. Fr. Fred died on Friday evening, the 14th of February in the presence of the Minister Provincial and visitors.
 
 
Note: Conventual Franciscan priest
 
Burial:
Saint Joseph of Cupertino Province Cemetery
Arroyo Grande
San Luis Obispo County
California, USA
 
Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Sep 03, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21336463
Fr Frederick Gorka
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Fr Frederick Gorka
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