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About Fr. Gregory
Fr. Gregory Golyzniak was born and raised in Muszyna, Poland, the youngest of four children. He attended the world's largest Catholic Seminary in Tarnow, Poland, and was ordained in 1998. Father Gregory came to the United States and was assigned to the Diocese of Syracuse, New York, from 2002-2008. He then transferred to the Diocese of Colorado Springs, first serving as pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Southgate. In 2013, Fr. Gregory was assigned to St. Peter Catholic Church in Monument. Fr. Gregory holds a PhD in Sacred Architecture with an emphasis on the Gothic architecture of the 11th-17th centuries.
May 26, 2023
Dear parishioners and guests,
May the Holy Spirit always work in us and through us. He can guide us in our decisions and protect us from physical and spiritual danger. He is known as the Comforter, and He can calm our fears and fill us with hope. Through His power, we are sanctified as we repent, receive saving ordinances, and keep our covenants.
It's been awhile since I wrote to you. This weekend, I’m offering my prayers especially for our 58 students who received, from the hands of Bishop Golka, the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Every year, every month, every week and every day is a good time for prayer for vocations. This year is a special time for our parish because we are blessed with vocations. Sister Claire Ramos, Seminarian Anthony Ambuul, Consecrated Virgin Tara Stone, Fr. Donald Rank, Seminarian Garrett Behr, and those who discern priesthood or religious life are our treasure. Also, I’m proud of my deacons: Doug Flinn, Tom Tenpenny, Tom Dickinson and Scotty Bowen. We cannot forget our acolytes who will be ordained to the permanent diaconate next year: Nolan Behr, CJ Johnson, Greg Morgan and Marc Wood. We are blessed.
Also: SAVE THE DATE: "Have you ever thought about becoming a priest? On Saturday, July 22, the Diocese of Colorado Springs will host a half-day retreat and invites men between the ages of 12 - 45. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the discernment process and determine if God is calling you to a priestly vocation. The retreat will be held at the St. John Henry Newman Center located at 4785 Stanton Rd, Colorado Springs, near the campus of UCCS. (Message from Fr. Kyle Ingles - diocesan vocation director).
This year we have some anniversaries or religious professions to celebrate.
Sr. Jacqueline Sardina, our new employee, will make her first profession. Sr. Quynh Pham, our Confirmation director will make her final and perpetual profession. Sr. Quyen Pham is celebrating her 25th Jubilee. Fr. Rajeev is celebrating his 15 years of priestly ordination. As for myself, I give thanks to God this year for multiple milestones in my life. This year I mark 25 years of my ordination, 10 years being your pastor, for which I’m most grateful, and time flies, so I will be 50 years old this August.
All of us who are mentioned in this message are grateful for your continued support and prayers. You are always in our prayers.
Your Priests, Sisters, Deacons, Acolytes, Consecrated Virgin and Seminarians.
Get to know Fr. Rajeev
I am Fr. Rajeev OSB (from the Order of St. Benedict). I was born in Kerala, South India. I have my father and mother, a brother, his wife and a girl child of seven-years-old. My father was a tailor and now he is retired. My mother is a homemaker. My brother is a mason. My sister-in-law is a homemaker, too. Their little daughter is studying in the second grade. By the grace of God, I have a wonderful family.
In 1995, I joined a Benedictine Order longing to become a priest. I was ordained a priest on August 1, 2007. I took my degree in English Literature and gained a Bachelor of Education degree. I worked as an English teacher in our Catholic schools. I served as a superior in our monastery in the North East of India. I served in our different monasteries in India. My main charism was to preach retreats for the laity, religious nuns, and priests. I also served as the director of the Benedictine Retreat Centre, which conducts residential retreats for Christians.
In the Gospel of St. Mark, Jesus states: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature” (16:15). I love and find joy in sharing the Gospel messages to everyone I meet. It has always been my joy in doing healing and deliverance ministry, spiritual counseling and taking classes on the Bible.
I am not a great philosopher or theologian, nor an expert or scholar in anything. But here I am in America for the first time in my life. I feel honored and humbled to be part of St. Peter Catholic Church, Monument, in the Diocese of Colorado Springs. I have obeyed my God and authorities in coming here. I believe that it is God’s plan I continue my humble pastoral ministries wholeheartedly in the U.S., too. God bless you all!
With lots of love and prayers,
Fr. Rajeev Palliathra OSB
St. Peter Catholic Church, Monument