Chronology Of Dates Regarding
The Life Of Father Walter Ciszek, S.J.

Nov. 4, 1904

Nov. 10, 1904


Sept. 7, 1928


June 24, 1937

Mar. 19, 1939


July 26, 1942


October 1953

April 22, 1955

Oct. 12, 1963



Dec. 8, 1984

Father Walter Ciszek is born in Shenandoah, PA.

Father Ciszek is baptized in Saint Casimir's Church - Shenandoah, PA.

Fr. Ciszek resides in Orchard Lake, Michigan; attends High School.

Father Ciszek enters the Jesuit Order.

Fr. Ciszek volunteered to answer the call of Pope Pius XI for missionaries in Russia.

Father Ciszek becomes the first American Roman Catholic priest ordained in the Byzantine Rite. Ordination took place in the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Wall, by Bishop Evernoff, Eastern Rite Bishop, on the Feast of John the Baptist, on the 400th Anniversary of the ordination of St. Ignatius Loyola.

The Feast of St. Joseph - Father Ciszek enters Russia.

Father Ciszek is arrested as a Vatican spy and sent to Lubianka prison in Moscow, where he spent six years, most of which were in solitary confinement.

Fr. Ciszek signs a confession and was found guilty of espionage; he had to remain in prison for another four years.

Father Walter Ciszek is declared leagally dead in the United States.

Father is sent to work in the mines for two years.

His 15-year hard-labor sentence completed, Father Walter was freed with restrictions to the city of Norilsk. He began writing to his sisters in the United States.

Father Ciszek returns to the United States after completing his time of "restricted freedom."

Father Ciszek writes With God In Russia.

Father Ciszek writes He Leadeth Me

Father Ciszek dies in his apartment in Bronx, New York.

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