The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (PWPN), a global association of Catholics and other Christians, introduced its new National Director, Fr. William Blazek, SJ and bid farewell to outgoing National Director, Fr. Jim Kubicki, SJ last Thursday evening at our regional offices for the US and Canada located in Milwaukee. The Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network operated as the Apostleship of Prayer until its international recreation which was launched in earnest in 2014.
Under Fr. Kubicki’s 14-year tenure, the ministry increased membership from 2000 individuals to nearly 30,000. Fr. Kubicki increased the network’s profile through radio and television. He also launched it into the digital age using platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Notably, Fr. Jim has been a tireless retreat master, giving spiritual guidance to many thousands of retreat-makers from California to the east coast.
In a brief program, before nearly one hundred close friends of the ministry, Fr. Jim said he will deeply miss the office team and all the many volunteers and friends of the apostleship. He also especially thanked his Jesuit community for all the love and support he has received over the years. His next mission is as President of the St. Francis Mission in South Dakota.
Fr. William Blazek comes to us most recently as a former retreat director at the Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Convent, LA. Father Blazek is a licensed physician and is board certified in internal medicine. Father Blazek is a US Army Veteran having served as an Infantry Officer in the 101ST Airborne Division in operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield.
During the formal program, the leadership team of PWPN shared a video tribute to their beloved outgoing director featuring highlights from his earlier assignments in the Indian missions of South Dakota and tributes from volunteers and friends.
Father Blazek shared remarks pointing to the digital future of the organization pointing to the app Click to Pray and The Pope’s Video as a growing outreach to the unchurched and to fallen away Christians. Assuring members of his continued support and commitment to nurturing the spiritual lives of the many long-term friends of the ministry, he also challenged the assembly. “We need to make the pivot to the next generation of apostles.”
Father Blazek emphasized the mission of sharing the Popes Intentions, the challenges facing humanity, in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The new director shared his gratitude for his new mission, “With a willing a joyful heart, I make this mission my own.”
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