Fr. Daniel Cymer
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.