Our Lady of Mount Carmel Welcomes Fr. David M. Madejski
David M. Madejski, a native of New Britain, who knew at an early age that he wanted to be a Priest, was ordained and vested by his Pastor, Father Dariusz Gosciniak from Holy Cross Parish in New Britain on June 23 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. Following his ordination, Fr. David joined Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on July 9 as Parochial Vicar.
Born to polish parents, Fr. Madejski grew up in New Britain, attending Jefferson Elementary School, Pulaski Middle School and New Britain High School. He acquired his deep faith from his grandparents who would take him to Mass every weekend; where he met Fr. Gosciniak.
Fr. David attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia at age 17, followed by him entering St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts for 4 years where he finished his theology studies.
Prior to his ordination, Deacon David said in a Youtube video, that he felt lost growing up because, except for his grandparents, his family did not practice the faith. He was saddened by the crime and unhappiness he saw around his neighborhood, but he took comfort at Holy Cross Church. It was at that time, he realized that a priest can bring God to people, and God brings joy. As a priest, he could do that for people, but was he good enough to be a priest. “God calls people that are weak because he makes them strong. He makes them great,” he said. He considered marriage and raising a family, but the priesthood was a stronger calling. He realized that there are two kinds of fathers: a biological father and a spiritual father. A spiritual father can reach more people, he concluded. He went on to say that “I want to be a priest that is there for the people,” – “I want to minister to the suffering, to the disregard, to the hurting people - I want to be an instrument of God’s mercy.”
We are very excited that Fr. David is among us. As Parochial Vicar here at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and at St. Blaise, Father hopes to bring a youthful approach to his ministry and also help people experience God in a personal way. Father may be reached at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Rectory.