Translated by Dr. Gosia Brykczynska Incredible true story! Arrested by the NKVD (Soviet Secret Police) along with thousands of Polish citizens, the author, Father Łucjan Królikowski, was deported with them in box cars to Soviet labor camps. After the War he adopted 150 orphaned children whose parents had died in the labor camps.
About the Authors: "A Franciscan Odyssey" is a remarkably well written autobiographical memoir that covers an important aspect of World War II from a Franciscan priest's personal point of view. Fr. Lucjan writes about his arrest with one and a half million Poles - men, women and children - transportation in box cars out of Poland to Siberia and the time they spent together in Siberia. This part of WW II history and the Eastern Front has been ignored by the western media. He also covers life in very peaceful Poland before the war including life as a seminarian under St. Maximilian Kolbe, his spiritual director. Dr. Brykczynska did an outstanding translation and adaptation of the text from Polish to English.
Editorial Review Excerpts: Stan Zerkowski, liturgist and church manager, stated, "The book is a spiritual testament to a priest's faith-journey that discovered God's Presence in circumstances that were, without a firm faith, ostensibly void of the Almighty's Hand and Love (in Siberia and during the war). With a spirituality grounded in Francis of Assisi and feet firmly planted in the stuff of the world, a realization of the Divine's Presence and action pierces otherwise dim and cruel circumstances to confound reason."
Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski commented on the writing ability of Rev. Krolikowski, concerning a previous book the author wrote, "Stolen Childhood" which covers some of the same historical events as found in this book. Dr.Brzezinski stated, "A compelling and moving account of World War II: the saga of 380,000 Polish children deported to the Soviet Union during the years 1939-41 ... of great value to historians of World War II, but also of more general interest as a document of love and courage."
Autobiography of WW II prisoner, soldier, priest and foster parent
Authored by Fr. Lucjan Krolikowski, OFM Conv.
Translated by Dr. Gosia Brykczynska
Two new paperback editions announced by William R Parks, publisher of “A Franciscan Odyssey,” in trim sizes: 6by 9 inch – standard size edition and 8.5 by 11 inch – large print edition. Translation from Polish to English of a highly successful published memoir by a Polish Franciscan priest.
Publisher: William R. Parks
6 x 9 ISBN: 9781479309856
8 x 11.5 ISBN: 9780884930006
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"A Franciscan Odyssey" is a new version of the popular memoir in Polish by Franciscan friar, Father Lucjan Krolikowski, of Chicopee, MA. It was translated from Polish to English by Dr. Gosia Brykczynska of London, England.
Father Lucjan was encouraged to write his autobiography by 150 WW II orphans whom he adopted as their foster parent and guardian after the war.
Father Lucjan was arrested at the outbreak of WW II and deported to Siberia with one and a half million other Poles (officers, statesmen, intellectuals, policemen, clergy and civilians) by the Stalin regime. Eventually freed because of an agreement between the Polish Government in Exile (in London, England) and Stalin, Lucjan became a soldier in the Free Polish Army established to fight the Nazis.
After the war, Father Lucjan was ordained a Franciscan priest and became foster parent to 150 war orphans who had lost their parents in the Siberian Gulag.
Following an arduous journey, Fr. Lucjan cared for the orphans in Tanzania, East Africa where they recuperated.
In spite of attempts by the Polish Communist police to intercept the children, they went with Father Lucjan to Canada.
Later, Father took on new responsibilities in nearby Buffalo, NY as producer of the Father Justin Rosary Hour radio program and he continued to provide guidance to his orphan children and grandchildren in Canada.
This true story has the potential as an exciting epic movie with a strong spiritual message and serious consideration is being given to such a project in Poland.
“A Franciscan Odyssey”is available for purchase at www.Amazon.comin three editions: two paperback editions large print and standard paperback book size and as an eBook edition. Search on book title: "A Franciscan Odyssey.”
Topics covered in the book: Life in Poland before WW II, Krotoszyn, Niepokalanow, Novitiate, Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Franciscan Religious Order, Seminary, Scouting, Prison Camps in Siberia, Gulag Archipelago, World War II, Polish Army, Chkalov, Buzuluk, NKVD, Kazakhstan, artillery training, Karkin Batash, Uzbekistan, Jozef Janus, Stalin, Soviet Empire, Red Army, German Army, Gestapo, Polish orphans, communism, Bierut Lebanon, Polish Dragoon Regiment, Contacts with Muslims, General Wladyslaw Sikorski, General Kazimierz Sosnowski, Egypt, Ordination to Priesthood, Jerusalem, Holy Land, Africa, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Tengeru Settlement, East Africa, Stolen Childhood, Missionaries, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tengeru Orhanage, refuge camps, Europe, Italy, Germany, England, Canada, Quebec, Montreal, Paul-Emile Cardinal Leger, Father Justyn Holy Rosary Hour, Father Kornelian Dende, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, Blessed Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Krol, Juliusz Slowacki, Third Secret of Fatima, Blessed Virgin Mary, Black Madonna, Jasna Gora, Our Lady of Czestochowa, Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko, Solidarity, Taize, President Jimmy Carter, Chicopee Massachusetts, President Lech Kaczynski.
Click on images to enlarge the four captioned side photos:Book cover, two photos of WW II orphans, Father Lucjan with president of Poland.