Tell us about yourself:
Father Pawel Barwikowski was born in Pisz, Poland in January 1988. In 2007, he became a seminarian of the diocese of Elk, Poland where he completed the first three years of the priesthood formation. In 2009, he was transferred to Bishop Abramowicz Seminary located in Chicago. While he was leaving Poland to come to Chicago, the Bishop of the diocese of Elk said to him, “I’m letting you go, because the Church is universal. Serving in Poland or in the United States, you will still be serving the same Church.” With the permission and blessing of his Bishop, Fr. Paul joined the group of three men that came to Chicago in 2010. In 2011, He was accepted into the Major Seminary of the Archdiocese of Chicago located at Mundelein. He was ordained a Priest of the Archdiocese on May 21st, 2016. Since then, Fr. Paul served two different communities. His first assignment was St. Andrew Parish located in the Chicago’s lakeview neighborhood and after 7 months was transferred to St. Constance Parish in Chicago where he spent last 5 years serving as an associate Pastor and administrator. In 2021, Fr. Paul was appointed an associate Pastor of St. Clement Parish where he spent some time discerning his next step in ministerial priesthood. In July, Cardinal Blase Cupich appointed Fr. Paul to be a new associate pastor of St. James Parish.
When did you start serving at St. James?
July of 2022
Why are you passionate about serving at St. James?
It is with a full heart, and a heart on fire, that I express my gratitude to Fr. Ed Pelrine and all of you for welcoming me as a new member of your parish community. I believe this experience will help me to become a better version of myself. I come from a big family – three brothers and three sisters. So, there was always a ton of young people around. With my family experience it is my great joy I can be serving the community of St. James where there is so much going on. Dear sisters and brothers, please pray for me as I already remember you in my priestly prayers.