Fr. Artur R. Suski, SJ, was born in Warsaw, Poland, and moved to Whitby, Ontario, when he was 5. The family attended St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church in Oshawa, Ontario, run by the Society of Christ, a Polish missionary order. As a student at All Saints Catholic Secondary School in Whitby, Artur began to consider a vocation to the priesthood, inspired by the story of the Jesuit martyrs of North America and by the Jesuits at his grandparents’ Jesuit parish in Poland. After graduating, he attended McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, earning a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology while working in a hospital as a research assistant and serving as president of the Catholic student group. Artur went on a discernment retreat during his third year of college, which helped confirm his vocation, and he entered the novitiate in Montreal directly after graduation. As a novice, he was sent to Haiti one week before the 2010 earthquake and spent five months helping those affected by the devastation. Missioned next to Regis College at the University of Toronto, Artur earned a Diploma in Philosophical Studies. For the next two years, he worked as a retreat director at Loyola House at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario, was involved at Holy Rosary Church and St. James Catholic High School and served as assistant to the chaplain of the University of Guelph. Returning to Regis College, Artur earned a Master of Divinity degree and began work on a License in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, to be completed in the spring of 2020. He was ordained a deacon in May 2017 and served at the Newman Center at the University of Toronto and at Saint Elias the Prophet Church, a Ukrainian Greek-Catholic parish in Brampton, Ontario, where he also served as catechist for the youth group for the last five years. Artur served on the boards of Loyola House in Guelph, the Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland, Ontario, and Camp Ekon in Rosseau, Ontario. After ordination, he will celebrate his first Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Hedwig’s and continue his studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. Artur hopes to return to Canada for three months this summer to assist at a Jesuit/First Nations apostolate in the Thunder Bay area. (English Canada Province)
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