Rev. Mr. Maciej Araszkiewicz

Maciej Araszkiewicz
City
Bydgoszcz
High School
III LO in Bydgoszcz
Graduate
University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Torun – MA in Computer Science
University of Technology and Agriculture in Bydgoszcz – PhD in Mechanical Engineering 
Class Year
Fourth Theology

What are some of the factors that led to your decision to enter the seminary and discern the question of a vocation to the priesthood?
After the pilgrimage to Czestochowa, when I was 27, I started to think about God’s will for my life. But I still did not want to be a priest. I had a girlfriend and then another but it didn’t satisfy me. I was still searching for something more and even thought of going to some religious order. It was then that I joined the Neocatechumenal Way and got to know the Redemptoris Mater seminaries. This helped me to decide which way God was calling me.

Who are some of the people who influenced your decision to enter the seminary? What is it about them that assisted you?
Nobody influenced me to enter the seminary, but there were some priests that helped me to revise a decision. They just appeared in my life when I needed them and I could ask them for help. One of them, Father Leszek, I met during the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. I had an opportunity to talk to this priest for one hour every day for one week. He had a lot of experience; he worked as a formation advisor for many years in the Jesuit order. Another priest was spiritual director of my friend and he recommended me to talk to him.

What would you say is the role of prayer in the life of a seminarian and what effect does it have on one's ability to see God's call?
Without prayer there would be no meaning in my life, and I would become an atheist. I would have no strength to resist the devil. I would start to look for pleasure and to run away from even a little suffering and sacrifice. It is easy to know when I don’t pray, because all my fears come to the surface and I risk drowning on them.

What advice would you give to a man who thinking about his vocation and is considering that God may be calling him to be a priest?
I would tell him to pray a lot, to go to the Eucharist every day, to pray the Rosary daily, and to talk to his catechists, or someone who could help him discern.

What do you like most about being a seminarian?
I like the fact that by being in the seminary, I help the Church. I like talking to people, inviting them to meet God. I also like singing the psalms every day and the Eucharist in the seminary.

What do you think is the greatest challenge facing a man who is considering the seminary?
The greatest challenge is to leave behind the world, all its temptations and promises of a comfortable life. It is also very difficult to overcome the temptations of the devil, who tries to make it impossible for us to discern the will of God. This is the reason why being in the state of grace and prayer is so important.

What are some of your hobbies or pastimes? What are some of the things you like to do in your "free" time?
My hobbies are: listening to music, playing the guitar, reading books, playing chess. 

What are some of your favorite authors/books/movies?
Some of my favorite books are: “Crime and Punishment”, “The Idiot” by Dostoyevsky and “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis. My favorite movie is “Rocky I”.

What do you think is the best way to encourage vocations to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Boston?
To engage as many people as possible into the communities and movements that bring fruit to the Church. It is also important to strengthen the presence of the Church in the media.

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Maciej Araszkiewicz
City
Bydgoszcz
High School
III LO in Bydgoszcz
Graduate
University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Torun – MA in Computer Science
University of Technology and Agriculture in Bydgoszcz – PhD in Mechanical Engineering 
Class Year
Fourth Theology