The Capitular friars of the Vicariate General of Russia and Ukraine have elected fr. Jacek Dudka as their new Vicar General. He succeeds fr Maciej Rusiecki who has just concluded his tenure.
Fr. Jacek was born in Pyrzowa, Poland, in 1963. After some years of military service, he entered the Order in 1988 and made his first religious profession the following year. He had his formation and studies both in Krakow and Warsaw. For several years, he was a co-operator brother in the Province of Poland. However, he was ordained to the priesthood in 2009 and was assigned to Rzeszow. He was later sent on mission to Russia. He was engaged in pastoral work at St Petersburg, Russia with special emphasis on the family, youths and devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 2012, he was elected the prior of the convent in Kiew, Ukraine.
About 30 friars of the Vicariate coming from Poland, Russia, Ukraine and France work in five cities of Ukraine (Fastow, Jalta, Lvow and Kiew) and in St.Petersburg in Russia.

(28 September 2013)