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: July 13, 2018 - 08:22 am
Name: Isabelle
E-mail: Private
Message: I have never met Fr. Ciszek, but I got to know him a few years ago through first his book With God in Russia, then He Leadeth Me. His story inspired me to trust God even during the hardships of life.
I have experienced Fr. Walter's intercession in a couple ways in my life.
I am a rising senior in high school, and this past April I took the ACT. For months beforehand, I said the prayer card to Fr. Walter for his intercession on the test day. After taking the test, I got a score higher than I had expected (even better than my practice tests), and now I know I'll get into the college of my choice (a prestigious university).
A little less than two months ago, my grandpa had an emergency admission to the hospital. His health has been frail - to the point of possible death - since September 2017. At the point of this hospital admission, he was 6'2" and weighed less than 90 pounds and couldn't keep any food down. In my desperation because I feared the end was now finally here, I turned to Fr. Walter. Due to his intercession, my grandpa has finally been properly diagnosed with severe celiac disease, and now he weighs more than 120 pounds and he is slowly gaining his strength back. No doubt due to Fr. Walter's intercession, he will return to proper health with, God willing, many more joyful years of life ahead of him.

Date posted: March 08, 2018 - 11:18 pm
Name: Hengky Oeni
Message: I came to know Fr Ciszek through his books, With God in Russia and He Leadth Me. His message of complete surrender to God's will help me greatly during my most difficult times. Recently I had blood in my urine. One test after another followed. The doctor suspected cancer of the bladder and performed cystoscopy. In the cystoscopy he found tumours that he suspected to be cancerous. Subsequently he performed surgery to remove the tumours and collect samples for biopsy. I prayed to Fr Ciszek for his intercession that I have complete trust in God, wherever or whatever He lead me to. In the frantic anxious periods I had during surgery and waiting for the results of biopsy I find deep peace praying and reading Fr Ciszek's teachings. Finally, the doctor informed me that the tumours were not cancerous. Needless to say I was relieved. But I feel strongly that Fr Ciszek has helped for me. I will always remember his message of letting God lead me.

Date posted: October 11, 2017 - 06:24 pm
Name: Kelly Schiffiano
Message: Sadly I never met Fr Ciszek in person. But I have a great devotion to him. In 2016 when I found myself in my 40s and pregnant with my 6th child, I entrusted the pregnancy to him. He was a source of great comfort for me all throughout my pregnancy. My daughter had a very large umbilical hernia that would need surgical repair. I began praying for him to intercede for her & heal the hernia. It has gotten significantly smaller & will most likely not need surgery now. This is not a medical miracle because these types of hernias do often get smaller on their own. But I know he has helped it along the way! He looks out for my little baby girl!

Date posted: August 04, 2017 - 02:56 pm
Name: Barbara
Message: Iíd been meaning to read With God in Russia for many years, and finally got a copy a few weeks ago. I could not put it down. What impressed me most were his descriptions of feeling depressed and anxious at times, and how he always regained hope with prayer and remembrance of Godís great providence. He became my saint of hope. At the time of my reading, my sister had been suffering with 10 months of crippling knee pain. She had already been through multiple therapies and was awaiting a last effort at surgery. She was very depressed and openly said that she was losing hope. This, more than the pain itself, disturbed her greatly. I silently decided to pray to Fr. Ciszek for his intercession on her behalf for a restoration of her hope in God. I did this every time she expressed hopelessness. Only once in several weeks did I ever tell her I was praying to Fr. Ciszek. Without exception, within minutes of my silent prayer, she broke out of many periods of dejection and expressed renewed hope. Thank you Fr. Ciszek. Praise God!

Date posted: March 29, 2016 - 08:01 am
Name: Sister Maria Burns
Message: I did not know Father, but, my Mother, Mrs. Robert (Helen) Burns did and was very much apart of the Fr. Ciszek League. My mother and a few friends of hers were part of the this league. I am hoping the letter he wrote to my mother is in the place where all Father Walter's things are in the Memory Room. I am a Sister of Christian Charity and I pray that soon Father Walter Ciszek will be canonized. Sister Maria Burns,SCC

Date posted: March 24, 2016 - 07:44 pm
Name: Rachel
E-mail: Private
Message: With God in Russia is a 'required' book for many homeschoolers and my family is no different, though I had never read it myself. This Lent, 2016, I decided to read it as a part of my sacrifices (though it was no sacrifice at all to do so!). Reading it every night was the only promise of Lent I was able to keep. There are too many words from the book that struck my heart, lifted my spirits and reminded me that God is with me always just as He was with Fr. Ciszek. Now, as I go through my busy days I like to remind myself that I am "With God in Maryland"! May he be recognized as a saint by the Church soon!

Date posted: October 29, 2015 - 09:59 pm
Name: Evie
E-mail: Private
Message: I have just finished reading Father Walters amazing story, 'he leadeth me'. I felt a rejuvenation of my faith and realisation of Gods will for me immediately. PRAISE God,now,for I am more peaceful, happy and excited to be a traveller on this faith journey. I pray for others to be continually touched by father walters amazing testament

Date posted: August 07, 2015 - 06:43 pm
Name: Halina Korotasz
Message: Father Ciszek was first cousin with Monsignor Naja of St. Ladislaus Church in Philadelphia. He often came to stay at St. Ladisilaus and I would meet with him. He had a great sense of humor and yet he never, never had a negative to say about anyone. I have very fond memories of Father Ciszek and if anyone should be a saint, it should be Father Ciszek
Halina Korotaszz

Date posted: December 05, 2014 - 05:58 pm
Name: Gabriel J Kolcun
Message: In 1964 our parish, St. Matthews, had invited Father Ciszek to offer a mass in the Eastern Rite. He was residing at Fordum University and I met him in the summer while attending a workshop. The invitation was for him offer an Eastern Rite mass and to speak at a communion breakfast. Our parish is of the Roman Rite. So when it was the weekend for the mass my wife and two children (6 and 4) drove to Fordum to transport him to Stroudsburg. The children and him had a great time during the ride to Stroudsburg. That is fifty years ago and we still recall the experience and stories of the faith of the people he encounter. I still have his letter of his needs for the service and a Holy Card autographed for me when I met him.

Date posted: September 10, 2014 - 02:47 pm
Name: Nancy Dunne
Message: I did not know this holy priest personally but was very much drawn to him from reading his two deeply inspiring books about his suffering in Russia. Truly, he is probably the most genuinely humble man I have ever encountered. Recently I begged his intercession for a dear elderly aunt of mine who apparently had several small strokes that really changed her personality and activity level. I had little hope of improvement. Through his intercession, a doctor changing a medication helped bring about a big improvement. Thank you, Fr. Ciszek. I hope I can pray to you as "Saint Walter" someday.

Date posted: July 14, 2014 - 04:39 pm
Name: Larry Montz
Message: I am very pleased to send this note to thank Fr. Ciszek for his intercession on a prayer just answered. My brother-in-law had bladder cancer last year but had been receiving clean bills of health until his latest CAT scan. This one found a large growth on his lungs which all his doctors suspected might be a sign of the cancer spreading. Needless to say the whole family was very concerned. I said a special prayer to Fr. Ciszek this morning and just found out that the growth was not cancer. I pray daily for Fr. Ciszek.s canonization and I urge all his friends to keep doing this so that his Church will soon have another special Saint in heaven. Praise God!

Date posted: January 23, 2014 - 05:12 pm
Name: Halina Korotasz
Message: I have a picture of Father Ciszek signed and given to me. I have had the honor of knowing him. On many occasions I met him when he came to see Father
Naja at St. Ladislaus in Philadelphia, Pa. I remember listening for hours about some of his experiences. What struck me about him was his sense of humor. He was never ever angry or bitter. But always had something funny to say Back then, I never knew how truly blessed I was to know Father Ciszek.
Halina Korotasz

Date posted: November 09, 2013 - 05:21 pm
Name: Zelinda DeCarlo
Message: I was at a retreat at Elkins Park, Pa., I believe in 1964. Father Ciszek was there and I have the book "With God In Russia" signed by him.

Date posted: October 28, 2013 - 10:14 pm
Name: Richard Kelly
Message: After reading " With God in Russia" I sent a letter of thanks to Fr. Ciszek for strengthening my faith. That Christmas I received a card back with a few kind words, this was when he was teaching at Fordam University, I have the picture framed with the little note inside. More recently my wife was ill, she had three different health issues which were quite serious. I prayed to Fr. Ciszek for help. When my wife went back to the doctors, each doctor who was treating her for her different issues said that her conditions couldn,t be better, there is no doubt in my mind that Fr.Ciszek healed her. We will continue to pray for the canonization of Father Walter Ciszek.
God Bless,
Richard Kelly.

Date posted: September 16, 2013 - 09:32 pm
Name: Gian
Message: 1. Have I had that aha moment? I caelrinty have had times where, in hindsight, I could see God's hand at work in my life. More commonly, it is when I take the time for silence that I can regroup, get back on track. When I am feeling overwhelmed and finally take the time for a Holy Hour it is at those times that God brings me the peace and reassurances I have been seeking.2. I was inspired by his desire to follow the life long dream that God had planted in his heart. Sometimes I desire that clarity that sure knowledge of knowing where God wants me to go. Fr. Ciszek did such a wonderful job explaining his struggle between his obligation to his parish and his desire to follow his dream and go to Russia. Peace of soul and joy of heart are two such signs [of the right decision], provided they follow upon total commitment and openness to God alone and are not founded in self desires. What a wonderful example that I need to turn to God with those important decisions (and even the seemingly less important ones).3.I hope this book gives more of these examples of how we stay open to God's will. How to identify His will in my life. How to stay open to His will.

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