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Fr. Majka to Celebrate 35th Anniversary

Father Philip S. Majka, pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Fredericksburg, will observe the 35th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood with a special Mass on Sunday, April 30, the Feast of Divine Mercy, at 2 p.m. at St. Patrick Church followed by a reception in the church hall. Father Majka was ordained on May 1, 1965, at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Richmond by Bishop John J. Russell. He celebrated his first Mass at Holy Cross Church in New Britian, Conn., on May 9 of that year. Father Majka assignments as associate pastor were in the Northern Virginia area in the Diocese of Arlington. He served at Blessed Sacrament, Alexandria (1965-1967); St. Mark, Vienna (1967-1970); Good Shepherd, Mount Vernon (1970-1972); St. Michael, Annandale (1972-1975) and St. Mary, Old Town Alexandria (1975-1976). In October 1976, Father Majka established the new parish of St. Elizabeth Seton, Lake Ridge. In 1981 the new Mother Seton Church was dedicated. He was appointed pastor of St. John the Evangelist, Warrenton and established a parish school. Father Majka assumed his current assignment as pastor of St. Patrick Parish in 1996. He received an award from the John Paul II Foundation in 1996 in Washington D.C. and was honored with a national award by the Polish American Priest Association in April 1999 at their 10th annual convention. On Dec. 29, 1999, Father Majka received the Cavaliers Cross of Merit from the Polish Government for his service to the Polish American Community. Father Majka also has served as chaplain to various Knights of Columbus Councils and friar to Fourth Degree Assemblies throughout Northern Virginia, to the SERRA Club, to the ALHAMBRA Club, to the Fairfax County Fire Department and currently as chaplain to the Knights of Columbus, Battlefield Council. He also is a member of various Polish-American organizations, served as chaplain to the Polish Community of the Metropolitan Washington, D. C. area and acted as host in both 1969 and 1976 for Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, now Pope John Paul II, during his visits to Washington D.C. Father Majka was born in New Britain, Conn., on April 22, 1938. He is the son of the late Stanley A. Majka and the late Helen M. Kulas Majka. The Majka family attended Mass at the Holy Cross Church. He attended Israel Putnam and Washington Jr. High Schools in New Britian; St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield Connecticut; Queen of Apostles Seminary, Madison Wisconsin; and SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake, Michigan.

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