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Madison, IL, 62060
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We are a Roman Catholic Religious community of men who serve the Deaf and disabled.  We are a group of priests and brothers who are Deaf and hearing living together as a family. 

Br. Adam Zawadzki, OP Miss.

Br. Adam Zawadzki, OP Miss.

 
 

I was born on September 7, 1984 in Indianapolis, Indiana, to my parents, Jan and Paul. I have two brothers and one sister. They are all older than me. I grew up in public schools until high school. I went to Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, IN. I discerned a calling to learn American Sign Language (ASL) at Vincennes University’s satellite school at the Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis. I spent two years learning ASL in VU’s Program and I graduated with an AA Degree in ASL. Only a few short months later, I moved to California to join the Dominican Missionaries for the Deaf Apostolate.

I would like to speak a short amount about my faith journey. I was born into a strong, close-knit Catholic family. It was not until senior year, shortly after senior retreat, that I started discerning a call to priesthood. I discerned quietly for a year, telling only my closest friends. At this point, I didn’t tell my family. (Although, I think some of them already knew.) Just before I left for college, I informed my family of my discernment. At some point, I also contacted my aunt, Sr. Laura Vallimont, who would remain a mentor throughout my discernment. One year later, I emailed the National Vocations Placement Service. They connected me with Fr. Thomas Coughlin. A few months later, I knew my call. I informed my parents of my intentions. Within six months, I was on my way to California to join the Dominican Missionaries for the Deaf Apostolate.

If I could say one thing to help in anyone’s discernment or prayer life, it would be this:

Mean what you pray. When you pray the Our Father, and you say, “Forgive us our trespasses (sin) as we forgive those who trespass (sin) against us...” Think about what you are really saying. You are asking God to forgive you in the same way that you forgive others. When you pray the confession of your sins during mass (I confess to Almighty God and to you my brothers and sisters...) Think about all the sins you have committed. Be truly sorry. It isn't easy, but it is amazingly powerful.


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