Our Pastor

Fr. Daniel Cymer
Parocial Vicar

My name is Daniel Antoni Cymer and I am a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts. I was born on 13 June 1984 in Bielawa, Poland. Shortly after my birth, my parents Teresa and Andrzej had me enter the universal Catholic family by my baptism at St. Jacob’s Parish in Pieszyce, Poland.

My family was always very religious. My parents brought me and my sister Milena up in the Catholic faith to always be attentive to our vocation to be holy and to always do the will of God.

My vocation was first realized to me in many ways because of my grandmother. She was a holy woman and would always take me with her to Holy Mass and to various Catholic devotions. It was through her that I first heard Jesus calling me to a priestly vocation. After I made my First Holy Communion I became an altar boy at my home parish. After that, I became even more involved in the church by becoming a lector and Master of Ceremonies while I was in high school. While at my parish, I was blessed to have the influence and friendship of many holy priests. These priests clearly loved their priesthood, and it had a great impact on me.

After much prayer and guidance by the Holy Spirit, I decided to enter the seminary in 2004 in Wroclaw, Poland. The year I entered was their biggest class, consisting of sixty-four men. During my second year of formation, my friend discovered the Polish-American seminary at Orchard Lake in Michigan. He invited me to attend a retreat there, which I did attend. While at the retreat, there were American priests and bishops present telling us about the need for priests in the United States and invited us to consider a vocation in the American church. I returned home to Poland to discern this invitation. I needed a year to think about it and I decided to try it. In the seminary we could decide where we want it to serve in the United States. I have chosen Springfield Massachusetts or it was the Holy Spirit.

On 2 June 2012 I was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood through the imposition of hands by Bishop Timothy McDonnell. My first parish assignment was a temporary one for only two months to fill in a vacancy at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Agawam, MA. After that temporary assignment, I was given the position of Parochial Vicar at St. Cecilia’s Parish in Wilbraham, MA. I spent three wonderful years at that parish. After my third year I was assigned to two parishes, Immaculate Conception in Indian Orchard and Our Lady of the Rosary in Springfield. Another assignment was At St. Mary’s in Lee in Berkshires. Now I am administrator at. St. Charles Parish in Pittsfield. I have met here already very good, faithful and dedicated parishioners.