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New superior of District

A New Superior for the Finnish SCJ District

On the 13th of April 2015 Fr. Piotr Gebara SCJ became the new superior of the Finnish SCJ district. On that day, during a Holy Mass at the St. Marys’s Church in Helsinki, in the presence of the provincial of the Polish SCJ Province, Fr. Artur Sanecki SCJ and the members of the district, Fr. Piotr made a confession of faith.

In the homily Fr. Provincial thanked the previous administration of the District and, while expressing his wishes to the new superior and his council, he emphasised the value of obedience and the readiness to fulfil the will of God in religious life.

In the afternoon, the Bishop of the Diocese of Helsinki, Bishop Teemu Sippo SCJ paid a short visit to our community.

Other members of the new district counsel are: Fr. Rafal Czernia SCJ, Fr. Zenon Strykowski SCJ and Fr. Robert Galla SCJ.



Fr. Piotr (Peter) Gebara SCJ was born on 10th of May 1958 in Chorzow, Poland. He gave his first vows in 1979 and he continued his formation in the seminary of the Polish SCJ Province in Stadniki. He was ordained priest on 19th of June 1986. After his ordination he was sent to the parish of Weglowka, in the southern Poland. He worked there as an assisting priest until 1989. Then until 1991 he worked in the parish of Chmielow.

In the spring of 1991 Fr. Piotr went to Germany to study the German language and prepare for his future work in Finland. He arrived to Finland in July 1991 and begun his service there as an assisting priest in Tampere, in southwest Finland. Soon he became the parish priest and served the parish of Tampere until the end of 2002. Since the beginning of 2003 he has been the parish priest of the parish of Turku.


21 April 2015