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Born: Aug 13, 1957

Date of Passing: Jan 28, 2022

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August 13, 1957 - January 28, 2022

A voice that spoke and beautifully sang the Word of God has been silenced.
Rev. Tadeusz Czelen, a charismatic priest known to most as Fr. Ted, passed away on January 28, 2022 in Vancouver, BC, at the age of 64 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Fr. Ted is survived by his loving wife Vicky; his son Michael, daughters, Alice and Marta; sons-in-law, Travis and Rafal, daughter-in-law Alex; grandchildren, River and Nicholas; his mother Regina; his sisters, Anna and Krystyna and brother Jerzy. He was predeceased by his father Wladyslaw.
He was born in Szprotawa, Poland. He attended the Higher Theological Seminary from 1976 to 1982, following which he obtained his Master's Degree in Theology in 1983 and then completed a Doctoral program in the field of Ecclesiastic History in 1990, at the Catholic University of Lublin. He returned to the Higher Theological Seminary from 1990 to 1991 as a professor. He served as a priest in Poland from 1982 to 1996 before moving to Canada. He spent 14 years at St. Casimir's PNCC Parish in Welland, ON, before moving to St. Mary's PNCC Church in Winnipeg, MB, where he ministered and worked tirelessly to build an incredible community over the past ten years and continued to serve until months before his untimely passing.
In his spare time, Fr. Ted enjoyed spending time with his family, watching his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs (who he never gave up on) and escaping to his favourite place in the world, Tofino. While Fr. Ted was a Father to many, he was 'Dad' to a lucky few and the greatest husband and best friend to his wife Vicky. His unconditional love for his family and parishioners will remain forever in our hearts.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary's PNCC Church, 365 Burrows Avenue, Winnipeg on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 11:00 a.m., celebrated by The Most Rev. Dr. Anthony Mikovsky, Prime Bishop of PNCC, followed by the interment at St. Mary's PNCC Cemetery at 360 McIvor Avenue, Winnipeg.
Donations to St. Mary's PNCC Church in memory of Reverend Father Ted would be greatly appreciated.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 31, 2022

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • Father Ted will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. He touched many hearts and made us feel like family. He had a wonderful sense of humour and a very kind heart. My deepest sympathies to Vicky and his family. Sending you all a big hug. Love Lynda Pawluk ❤️ - Posted by: Lynda Pawluk (Parishioner) on: May 31, 2022

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