Coming to America
My full name is
Michał Mateusz Petka
, and I come from Rybnik, Poland, where I lived with my
parents, Adam and Alina, and younger brother, Mariusz. I studied in Higher Silesian Seminary in
Katowice for six years, and earned a Master of Arts in Theology which I completed while on the
Theology faculty. I also had the chance to work at Sacred Heart Parish in Katowice, and to teach
primary school. Here at SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary, I am taking courses in preparation
for my priestly ministry. I am interested in liturgy of the Church, so my stay in the U.S. gives me
new experiences and knowledge.
I like indoor climbing, but hope to do it in some of the U.S. mountains at some point. I also love
meeting new people and trying new foods, and my adventures here are giving me opportunities to
do so. In my free time, I also like reading and listening to music. I am very enthusiastic about living in
the U.S., and believe that it gives me a great opportunity to serve the Catholic Church. I hope with God’s help, and
prayer and support from people of good will I will prepare myself to be a good priest in one of America’s dioceses.
My name is
. My hometown is O
cim (Auschwitz), Poland. I graduated from
high school in Oswiecim and studied at the Jesuit University of Ignatianum in Krakow. From
my youth, I’ve been interested in philosophy, or human life, who is next to me and who is no
longer there. That’s why I really like traveling and meeting people, learning about their ways of
thinking, learning about new cultures and enriching my personality. Other particular interests
are in metaphysics, personalistic ethics and anthropology.
I began my theology studies at SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary this past semester. When not
studying, my favorite activities and travels here in the U.S. include reading books and running,
which I started doing about three years ago.
I was a Jesuit for three years. It was a real school of spiritual learning for me, which I owe to my great spiritual
masters. The spirituality of Saint Ignatius, based on Spiritual Exercises, is an amazing tool for me, used in everyday
development. One motto of Saint Ignatius –
Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam
(To the greater glory of God) – is, for me, a daily
challenge and everyday question in the examination of conscience.
Earlier this year, two new seminarians left homes in Poland for their journey to the United States. They came
here to Orchard Lake, Michigan, to the shores of the Orchard Lake Schools, to study for the priesthood at
SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary. If you haven’t had the privilege of meeting both of them yet, here is a
closer look at each of these young men who now call this campus home.
“It is more blessed to give than receive . . .” (Acts 20:35)
On Saturday, February 10, Saints Cyril and Methodius, our seminary
patron saints, were honored at the annual SSCMS Patronal Feast and
Auction. We wish to express our deepest gratitude to all the volunteers,
organizers, donors and attendees. Devotions began in the Seminary
Chapel at 9 AM (in Polish), followed by Adoration and Divine Mercy
Chaplet/Benediction. Holy Mass was celebrated in the Chapel of Our
Lady of Orchard Lake, followed by dinner and an auction in the St.
Mary’s Athletic Complex (SMAC). We are forever grateful to all those who
supported the seminarians, priests and the seminary.