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.
September 16, 2013 - 09:32 pm
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.
September 01, 2013 - 09:35 am
Name: Roy S. Tenn
Message: wE ARE PRAYING FOR HIS CANONIZATION.
August 20, 2013 - 08:57 am
Name: Frank Sobiech
Message: I would like to tell you that my prayer for intercession of Fr. Ciszek was answered twice. I fell sick with infections constantly for years again and again. Since I approached Fr. Ciszek, this came to an end abruptly and completely. I am healthy for nearly two and a half years now. It is incredible. Then I prayed for his intercession concerning a job as a research fellow, which I obtained though it looked very difficult first. Thank you, Fr. Ciszek. May he be beatified and raised to the honour of the altars soon.
August 06, 2013 - 06:59 am
Name: Edward Cullen
Message: I thank Father Walter Ciszek for the gift of lift, and bringing me everlasting reassurance of God's presence in all things.
June 26, 2013 - 07:36 pm
Message: Thank you, Fr. Ciszek, for favor granted in time of distress.
I read in With God in Russia that Fr. Ciszek was known for being able to fix just about anything. He came to my aid, immediately and simply, when I begged his assistance to fix something that was beyond me.
June 02, 2013 - 06:58 pm
Name: Robert A Schofield
Message: Approximately 45 years ago I was a lector at Christ the King church in Manville, New Jersey. Fr Walter was a visiting priest and on several occasions I had the pleasure of serving at the Masses he officiated. This was before I knew of his exploits. I was tremendously impressed by his humility. I have thought of him from time to time through the years and , oddly enough, I thought of him recently but although I read his book "With God in Russia" many years ago I didn't remember his name or the exact name of his book. I was trying to figure a way to buy the book. Today,at mass, father told a story about this priest and his experience in Russia. Surely enough it was Fr Walter. I got his name from the priest and have reordered his book today.
Fr Walter so impressed me that I never forgot him and have related his story to many people. I am extremely pleased to hear that he may be on the road to sainthood.
I feel very blessed to have been in his presence. I will add my prayers to all those pleading his cause.
I find it quite a "coincidence" that at the time I was trying to find Fr Walter's book our priest presented me with the information.
God bless Fr Walter.
June 2, 2013
March 29, 2013 - 05:09 pm
Name: Mark P. Mathias
Message: I realize that your request is for stories of those who met or were touched by Fr. Walter during his life, but I notice that not all of the stories shared here fit that description, so I trust that sharing my story will be OK. I recently read "He Leadeth Me" because Patrick Coffin of Catholic Answers recommends this book as one of his Top 17 in his audio series, "Getting Started With Apologetics". I was deeply captivated, not just by his circumstances, but especially by his life lesson of humble abandonment to God's will, to actively striving to know and do His will daily. One day last month I traveled with men from my parish to a day-long men's conference held in our diocese. During the half-hour bus ride I enthusiastically shared about Fr. Ciszek with a friend. Upon arrival at the conference, I decided to go to confession early (to avoid long lines later). After having made my confession, but before absolution, the priest, whom I had never seen before, said, "Well, I'd like to share with your something that my spiritual director, Fr. Walter Ciszek, would say to me many years ago." I was astonished! This priest, Fr. Dennis Brown, had known Fr. Walter personally, and at this particular moment, it was as though Fr. Ciszek wanted me to hear these words as if he were himself speaking them! The Holy Spirit's inspiration and working is wonderful! "What did he say?" I asked. Fr. Dennis replied, "Well, he was a simple and deeply humble man, and one of his sayings was, 'Do your lousy best!', to which I would add, 'And give God the rest!'". The message to me was that even though I may often feel discouraged that my small efforts and many sins have little effect in bringing the Kingdom of Christ, I must humbly recognize that it is not my weakness and limitation that makes the difference, but it is the work of Jesus Christ that accomplishes God's will, and that God is pleased with my small contribution.
January 18, 2013 - 11:25 pm
Name: Ligia Kohnke
Message: Almost just finished reading the book "With God in Russia". I have been so touched about Fr. Ciszek life from the Soviet Labor Camp in Seberia.
Please let me know the status of his canonization. Iam praying for a successful process of his canonization.
January 03, 2013 - 03:08 am
Name: Teresa Miller, Pottsville, PA
Message: I was born September,1963, one month before Fr. Ciszek was freed from captivity and only became aware of Father I'd say within past 5 years. On November 11-12, 2010, I got to experience an overnight retreat at the Jesuit Center in Wernersville, PA and visited Fr. Ciszek's graveside. All night long, I could hear the sound of the nearby trains which got me thinking about Father's long train ride to Siberia. Since then, when I hear a train, I pray "Should it be your will Lord that Father Ciszek become a SAINT". I actually live where a train runs aside of my home and work where a train runs one street over. So I often get to say that little prayer for that Godly man from Shenandoah, PA. So maybe you too can say that little prayer when you hear the sounds of that nearby train.
December 13, 2012 - 11:44 pm
Name: Mary Ann McKeown
Message: I don't have a personal memory of Fr. Ciszek but my grandparents lived in Shenadoah, PA and attended St. Casimir's Church. I often wonder if they knew Fr. Walter. I feel like I have a special connection to him.
August 07, 2012 - 12:55 am
Name: Sister Caroline Bachmann FDC
Message: I did not know Father Ciszek but at a very low time in my life... on the verge of losing my active apostolic works, I read the book HE LEADETH ME. I learned a whole new and deeper meaning to the religious obedience I tried to live for sixty years. The insight and grace and peace have endured. I know of several other people who were helped by the book as I passed it on to them.
August 03, 2012 - 03:14 am
Name: Arthur F. Galpin Jr.
Message: I first saw Fr. Ciszek in Brox NY. He was across the street from my Aunt Mary Zentkovich. He had no TV set, And my Aunt ask me to get one. As a TV repair man, I got one for Fr. Ciszek.
My wife and Aunt Mary would visit Sister Mary Evangeline in PA. Before Sister got alzheimer, I ask her to paint 4 picture. One for each season. I was very happy to receive them.
April 30, 2012 - 01:51 am
Name: Paul ONeill
Message: I was born in New York City, one of ten children. Outside of my father and mother, no other individual has had more influence on me than Father Walter Cizeck. He was the inspiration behind the old man in the bar in Trans-Siberain Orchestra's rock opera, "Christmas Eve and Other Stories," and the interrogation of Lt. Cozier by General Tran-Do from the "Night Castle" rock opera. I treasure his books (especially "With God in Russia") and letters and will one day pass them on to my daughter. It would be nice if he is formally recognized as the saint he was but even if he is not officially recognized he was and still is a Saint and a continual inspiration to humanity of, as Abraham Lincoln said, "our better Angels."
March 23, 2012 - 04:18 pm
Message: In the 1970's I was fortunate to meet Father who impressed me deeply. We became pen pals which lasted nearly until his death. MANY people do not know the story about Father C. actually dying twice! Yes, the first time Our Lord appeared to Father, speaking to him, entrusting him with several things to accomplish............ I did not save any of his letters but I can still recall his gentle voice.
God bless you.
March 23, 2012 - 05:42 am
Name: Edward Stoltz
Message: I was fortunate enough around 1980 to go to a day of recollection with Fr. Ciszek here in New London, Ct. His voice was a little faint. He was funny and spiritual and humble. You could see that he must have been one tough man. I was honored to be in the presence of a living martyr and even went to confession to him in which he gave me guidance which has lasted for years. He told us to read He Leadeth Me, which I quickly did, and indicated that that was the spiritual book, I think as opposed, to With God in Russia. In summary, I instantly loved and respected him.