Parish Staff

The Parish of St. Martin of Tours, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, is part of the Diocese of Willemstad, Curacao.

 

 

Most reverend Bishop Luis Antonio Secco, S.B.D.  is leading the Diocese.

 

The Parish of St. Martin of Tours is being lead by two priests of the Divine Word Missionaries: 

 

 FR. ADAM OLESZCZUK, SVD

 FR. YOHANES BALLY, SVD

 

 

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FR. ADAM OLESZCZUK, SVD

My name is Adam Oleszczuk. I was born on October 16, 1970 in Paslek, a small city in northern Poland. I'm the youngest of four siblings. I have two sisters and one brother. My parents are both deceased. 

As an altar server, inspired by our local parish priest, I started having the desire, the draw, to priesthood. However, from the very beginning, I wanted to become a missionary.

In 1989, I joined the Society of the Divine Word (Divine Word Missionaries) which are known in Poland as Werbisci. After the initial studies in Poland which included postulancy, novitiate and two years of philosophical studies, I opted to continue my missionary formation in Vienna, Austria. In the academic year 1993/1994 I mastered my German skills enough to begin the Master’s degree program at the St. Gabriel Divine Word Missionaries Seminary. On September 8, 1997, I professed my final vows and was ordained as a Missionary priest on May 9, 1998. Meanwhile I received my first missionary assignment to the Chicago Province, specifically to the Caribbean District. This new appointment took me first to Washington DC in the United States where I studied English. When my classes were concluded, I was assigned to Jamaica. 

I arrived in Jamaica on August 2, 1999. I joined the SVD community of three at the Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Morant Bay. From very beginning I have been involved in developing homework centers in the three churches belonging to the parish. I have truly loved working with children and youth. This has brought much joy to my life. I still remember countless efforts of the youth to teach me Jamaican Patois. I am not sure whose fault it was, teachers or the student, but my Patois still leaves much room for improvement.

In 2005, I became the parish priest of the Reconciliation and the Good Shepherd Church in Portmore, Jamaica. The Church of Reconciliation is a unique church. It was built in 1977 with a strong focus on ecumenism and was the first church built by two different denominations, in Jamaica, and possibly the world. The church is shared equally by the Anglicans and Roman Catholics. 

During my ten years in Portmore, I have been truly blessed by working with many wonderful lay people whose love, passion, and commitment towards God, church and their fellow men, was of great inspiration for me. 

And now, I am here, in Sint Maarten, responding to God’s call, to be a missionary. 

 


 

FR. YOHANES BALLY, SVD

I was born in Flores, Indonesia March 8th 1977 and raised in a loving, Christian home. I was baptized and confirmed, at a very early age. My parents loved the Lord and while growing up, we had nightly devotions and prayer.

Later when I started junior high, I had to go far from home from 1989-1992. Going to a boarding school has been one of the best experiences of my life. I started high school at the minor seminary in 1993. The minor seminary is similar to other Catholic boarding schools for boys. The rhythm of life was so familiar to the one I had before. I was not a stranger. The seminarians have a regimented life, which includes daily Mass and prayer, academics and recreation.

The studies encompass the regular high school courses in theology, math, science, history, foreign language and physical education, with a special emphasis on Latin and choir.

On August 15th, 1998 I was officially accepted to be one a Divine Word Missionary novice.

August 15th , 2000, was really a precious moment given, for at that time I professed my first vows as a new SVD member. (Societas Verbi Divini/Society of the Divine Word. I made a good decision for the next step. I really enjoyed the atmosphere at the major seminary where I had spent my life for 6 years there. What a happy day!

On August 15th 2006, I was one of 32 SVD’s seminarians who were standing in front of the public and my superiors professing perpetual vows for life as a Divine Word Missionary. At the same time, it was announced that the Chicago Province of the United States would be my first assignment. Praise the Lord! Finally, I fully answered the call of God in order to be ordained as an SVD priest on July 4th 2007.

In 2008, I was given a chance to go to Ireland where I had longed to be and did my English Course for 4 months. I also had a wonderful experience for 5 months in a parish that was 120 miles north of Dublin.

In 2009, I moved to Jamaica for my first assignment as a priest. Having finished my first contract in Jamaica for 3 years (2009-2012), the Caribbean District Superior and his council decided to move me to St Maarten.

Now I am happy to be here to continue God’s wonderful blessings in my daily ministry. May God bless my ministry and those people who I am serving here in St Maarten.


 

 

 

PARISH DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATIONSCHOOL'S COORDINATOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATIONPARISH SECRETARY
 
MRS. BERNADINE VAN VEEN
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MRS. CARMEN BOWERS
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