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Fr Cyril Kita
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Birth: Jan. 3, 1894, Poland
Death: Feb. 15, 1979
Torrance
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Father Cyril was born in Jadlowa, a small village in the County of Pilzno, Poland on January 3, 1894. At baptism he received the name Charles. While still a child, his parents migrated to the United States at the turn of the century and settled in Holyoke, Massachusetts. After his early education there, he entered the Order in 1911, making his novitiate at Assumption Friary, Syracuse, NY. He professed his solemn vows on August 15, 1915. He completed his theological studies in Rome and was ordained on May 18, 1918. During his studies in Rome he met Saint Maximilian Kolbe at the Collegio Serafico on Via San Teodoro. In 1960 he was called upon to give evidence during the preparatory process for Saint Maximilian's beatification. In Rome, Father Cyril earned his Ph.D. and S.T.D. On his return to the Province, he was assigned as an associate at Queen of Angels Parish in Detroit, Michigan. Two years later he was appointed Master of Clerics in the new clericate at Saint Hedwig Friary, Detroit, and then to Athol Springs, New York in 1923, where he continued as Master. In 1925 he entered parish ministry and by 1927 he was asked to found and organize the new parish of Saint Bronislava in Chicago, Illinois. After the division of Saint Anthony Province in 1939, Father Cyril became Secretary of Saint Bonaventure Province under Father Felix Baran, the first Minister Provincial of the new province. Father Felix died in June of 1942. At the Provincial Chapter that followed, Father Cyril was elected Minister Provincial and retained that office for three consecutive terms (1942-1951). He began his provincialate by completing the purchase of saint Bonaventure Friary in Lake Forest, Illinois, which became the first Provincial residence and novitiate. Then followed the acquisition of the Crystal Lake Country Club in Crystal lake, Il. in 1944. This served as Prep seminary for the Province (Saint Mary's Minor Seminary). A House of Studies in Chicago on Sheridan Road was purchased in 1948. Two years later an old farm was bought in Kenosha, Wisconsin (1950). This served as the first MARYTOWN (Our Lady of Fatima Friary). After the Provincial Chapter of 1951, Father Cyril held a number of positions of leadership in the Province and the Order at large. Most of his years were spent as Master of Clerics at the Sacred Heart House of Studies in Chicago and at Marytown in Kenosha. Father Cyril was a dynamic minister and leader. While he was strict with others, he was always most severe with himself. As age and poor health began to take their toll, he left for California where he was to spend the remainder of his life. He took up residence at Saint Bonaventure Friary in Torrance, California, where he spent hours in the garden and chapel. Sister Death took him at a nearby hospital on February 15, 1979. The funeral Mass as celebrated at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Hermosa Beach, California, and he was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, Los Angeles. In 1985 his remains were transferred to the province Cemetery in Arroyo Grande, California, where he was laid to rest.
 
 
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
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Fr Cyril Kita
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