Photo: Felix Carroll
Tales from the Great White North
The Marians' rugged man in Alaska, Fr. Gerald Ornowski, MIC, came down to the lower 48 for a visit this summer.
We caught up with him at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., where he took the time to share with us some of the great adventures and great challenges he has had during his 29-year Alaskan ministry, including working with Eskimos, traveling by snowmobile, hunting for much of his food, and getting along without running water, toilets, and most modern conveniences.
Here is an excerpt of our interview:
Despite his many adventures over the years, Fr. Gerald says his greatest joy was falling in love with God at the age of 12 and then hearing the call to the priesthood during high school.
"I've always aspired to go beyond the ordinary to do something higher in life," says Fr. Gerald, who was ordained in 1962.
Here is how his calling to become a Marian priest came about: