Memories & Testimonials


Throughout his life, Fr. Ciszek touched the lives of many, many people - family, friends and everyone he ministered to. Some have experienced him in group settings, while others have had more personal encounters with this holy man.

We invite anyone who has met and been touched by Fr. Walter throughout his extraordinary life to share your stories and memories by submitting them via the form below. Your reminiscences and testimonials will automatically be displayed directly below the form.


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Date posted: April 13, 2021 - 03:19 pm
Name: Rocco A. Magnotta
E-mail: ramwpny@aol.com
Message: On November 10, 1968, I was a bridegroom waiting in the sacristy of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in White Plains for my bride to walk down the aisle and our wedding ceremony to begin. Father Ciszek was a relative of a relative of my bride, Marsha Persichelli, and was about to officiate as Marsha and I took our marriage vows and received the Sacrament of Matrimony. I remember clearly how Father Ciszek came up to me in the sacristy and, in lieu of small talk, explained to me with love and compassion how marriage is a vocation and is one way to serve the Lord during my lifetime. My wife, Father Ciszek, and many of the people there on that cold November day are gone, but the memory and value of Father's words remain with me these many years later.


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Name: Regena Tanner
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Date posted: January 26, 2021 - 10:48 pm
Name: Simon Huang
E-mail: 176235294@qq.com
Message: Fr. Ciszek's book, With God in Russiainspirited me a lot, so I spent half a year translating it into Chinese in 2020. Though it can't be published in China, I put my translation on the Inernet, and I am glad to see many of my Christian friends gain courage from Fr. Ciszek's story.Both of my parents are members of CCP, but I guess I may become a Catholic one day.


Date posted: December 26, 2020 - 01:31 pm
Name: William Pakos
E-mail: williampakos@aol.com
Message: Two years ago I had elective eye surgery to correct my vision. The surgery didnt go as expected and it left me with severe dry eye, and peripheral vision distortion! In the months following surgery I was severely saddened by the unexpected problems of my surgery and depressed! I read Fr Ciszeks book, He Leaderh Me! While reading this book, I was deeply moved by Fr Ciszecks example of Christian faith and began to pray for his intercession for my eyes! While my vision wasnt healed , I received a different healing, where I began to accept this situation as Gods will for me at this time, and my peace was restored! I am confident of Fr. Ciiszecks intercession and I think of him daily as well as promote his prayers to others who might be struggling and in need of Gods grace!


Date posted: December 26, 2020 - 01:31 pm
Name: William Pakos
E-mail: williampakos@aol.com
Message: Two years ago I had elective eye surgery to correct my vision. The surgery didnt go as expected and it left me with severe dry eye, and peripheral vision distortion! In the months following surgery I was severely saddened by the unexpected problems of my surgery and depressed! I read Fr Ciszeks book, He Leaderh Me! While reading this book, I was deeply moved by Fr Ciszecks example of Christian faith and began to pray for his intercession for my eyes! While my vision wasnt healed , I received a different healing, where I began to accept this situation as Gods will for me at this time, and my peace was restored! I am confident of Fr. Ciiszecks intercession and I think of him daily as well as promote his prayers to others who might be struggling and in need of Gods grace!


Date posted: May 07, 2020 - 12:18 pm
Name: Father William Keebler Jr OCDS
E-mail: frkeebler@gmail.com
Message: In El Paso Illinois in the Diocese of Peoria (El Paso IL is the birth place of Archbishop Venerable Fulton Sheen, a local devotee of Venerable Sheen makes good quality rosaries and one of them, dedicated to priests, is in honor of The Servant of God, Father Walter Ciszek, SJ. I carry this Rosary with me and believe I am receiving copious actual graces through Our Lady and the Servant of God, Father Ciszek. I am praying for his beatification along with Archbishop Venerable Fulton Sheen.


Date posted: February 12, 2020 - 03:58 pm
Name: Carol Negley
E-mail: can.m.8409@gmail.com
Message: I have prayed Fr. Ciszek's prayer of surrender, and I am moving closer to being able to recognize that what I want is not the Lord's will for me at this time in my life. Fr. Diszek's surrender prayer is bringing me comfort and courage to accept the Lord's will and not my will. I am so very grateful for this transition in my spiritual life.


Date posted: December 10, 2019 - 06:27 pm
Name: John Newsham
E-mail: jfrnlaw@gmail.com
Message: Simply put, He Leadeth Me has reawoken the life of the Spirit in me.


Date posted: March 26, 2019 - 02:30 pm
Name: Nancy Dunne
E-mail: nancyrita2004@yahoo.com
Message: I got to "know" Fr. Ciszek through his two great books. His profound humility impressed me very much. A few months ago I asked him to pray for my dear aunt, 90, whose kidneys were failing badly. She was in poor shape and decided not to undergo dialysis. We were trying to prepare mentally for her death but I also asked Father to pray for healing of her kidneys. The terrible swelling in her legs is gone, and her kidney function has improved! She is still frail, but we are grateful for all the extra time we have. Thank you, dear Fr. Ciszek, for your powerful intercession.


Date posted: January 16, 2019 - 09:48 am
Name: Diane Griffith
E-mail: dianeegriffith@gmail.com
Message: I was fortunate enough to meet and have Fr Ciszek as my confessor while I was a novice nun in Queens NY with The Little Sisters of the poor. For was kind, considerate and very spiritual. It was a privilege to know him. He gave me an ever-deepening love of the Eucharist and my faith.


Date posted: January 16, 2019 - 09:48 am
Name: Diane Griffith
E-mail: dianeegriffith@gmail.com
Message: I was fortunate enough to meet and have Fr Ciszek as my confessor while I was a novice nun in Queens NY with The Little Sisters of the poor. For was kind, considerate and very spiritual. It was a privilege to know him. He gave me an ever-deepening love of the Eucharist and my faith.


Date posted: January 14, 2019 - 05:57 pm
Name: Hank and Mary Frances Kenny
E-mail: kenny1961@verizon.net
Message: While teaching at West Point in 1972, I invited Fr. Ciczek, who is related to my wife,to lecture to the cadets. He came up from Fordham and gave a fine lecture, after which he spent the night at our home. He then related the following story about an incident during his time in the gulag.

After a hard day's work, logging (as I recall he said) I would ladle soup to the workers in their mess. One night, while returning from doing this, a man came up behind me and and put a large blade to my throat, saying 'you give me Communion!' Turning slightly, I recognized the Camp Commander, a man known for his ruthlessness. With the blade at still at my throat, I told him 'go back to your bedroom and get your knees and pray to God to forgive you for the bad things you have done in this camp an your life. Then come back to me tomorrow and I will give you Communion.' The guy then did just a I requested, and I gave him Communion the next day.

I have one other story about him from 1964 but am running out of space.



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