REV. LEON S. ANISZCZYK, Pastor
Father Leon S. Aniszczyk was born on March 10, 1945 to Czeslaw and Albina Lubartowicz Aniszczyk in Bartniki, Poland. He grew up in a family of six children – three sisters and two brothers. In 1963, he
entered the Major Seminary of SVD Fathers in Pieniezno, Poland.
After a two year military commitment ending in 1967 Fr. Leon enrolled in the Major Seminary of the Diocese of Lomza, where he studied Philosophy and Theology. Ordained on May 27, 1973 in the Diocese of Lomza by Bishop Alexander Moscicki.
He celebrated his first Mass on June 5, 1973 at Filipow, His first parish assignment was at St. John the Baptist Church in Wizna, Poland, followed by the parishes of Sacred Heart in Augustow; Visitation in Sejny; St. Mary’s in Ostrow Mazowiecka and Holy Trinity in Grajewo, Poland.
In 1981 he went to Levuen, Belgium to study Portuguese in preparation for his calling to do missionary work in Brazil. In 1982, Father Leon immigrated to the United States to the Diocese of Philadelphia where he served at St. John Cantius Church and St. Ladislaus Church.
In January of 1984 Bishop Theodore E. McCarrick accepted Fr. Leon into the newly formed Diocese of Metuchen where his first assignment was to Sacred Heart Church in Manville and later to Sacred Heart Church in South Amboy; Mary Mother of God Church in Hillsborough; St. Bernard Church in Bridgewater; and St. Mary of Ostrobrama in South River.
In February 1992, he became the temporary administrator at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Sayreville and then appointed pastor in September 1992 by Bishop Edward T. Hughes. On May 27, 1998 Fr.
Leon celebrated his 25th Anniversary of Priesthood at St. Stanislaus.
In November 1999. Fr. Leon resigned as Pastor because of health reasons. He visited Rome and following a sabbatical to Brazil he was assigned to Immaculate Conception Church in Spotswood.
On June 10, 2003 he was appointed as an Administrator of St. Mary of Czestochowa Church in Bound Brook and on August 27, 2004, Father Leon was appointed Pastor of St. Mary of Czestochowa
In 2011 Father faced with some major repairs, undertook the project of restoring the interior of St Mary to it’s original design. Windows were removed, releaded and restored to new window frames. Polish
artists were commissioned to paint and mount murals for the ceiling in the Church and to enhance the sanctuary and side altars. The stations of the cross were dismantled stripped of years of paint and
now depicted the stations following the light of the time of day. Oak wooden floors and wainscoting added the perfect touch to the restoration. This part of the restoration was completed 2012.
Father has celebrated his 40th anniversary with the parishioners of St. Mary of Czestochowa in 2013.
REV. John Stec, Parochial Vicar
Father John Stec, parochial vicar of St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish, Bound Brook, was born in Jablonka Orawska, Poland, to the late Jan and Maria Swietek Stec.
He attended schools in his hometown before attending Krakow Archdiocesan Seminary, 1968-74. Ordained May 19, 1974 in Krakow by cardinal Karol Wojtyla, now St. John Paul II, Father Stec served in various parishes in Poland before emigrating to the United States in 1984.
He first served the Archdiocese of Nawark as an extern priest at Most Sacred Heart Parish, Wallington, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Bayonne. Father Stec joined the Diocese of Metuchen in 1986 as parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, Manville. He served as parochial vicar in St. Stephen Parish, Pert Amboy; St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish, Boound Brook; and St. Magdalen de Pazzi Parish, Flemington.
Father Stec was incardinated into the diocese Jan. 10, 1994 and appointed to his first pastorate in St. Stephen, Parish, Perth Amboy May 17, 1994. He was transfered in 2006 to St. Mary of Ostrabrama Parish, South River, and St. Stephen Protomartyr, South River, where he served as parochial vicar until being transfered to Holy Family Parish now Divine Mercy Parish in 2007. In 2013 Father Stec was assigned to St.Mary of Czestochowa Parish.
Bogdan Osewski and Choir „Gaudium et Spes”
Bogdan Osewski started playing the organ at St. Mary of Czestochowa in 1996, and at the same time the choir „Gaudium et Spes” started.
Original members: Bohdan Osewski – Organ; Andrzej Cisla – Piano and guitar
Krzysztof Lis, Jennifer Wleklik, Aneta Krol, Joanna Jedryszek, Dorota Surtel- Vocals
In the following years, the choir began to sing every Friday during a special worship before year 2000. The choir also provided music for all the major Catholic holidays like Christmas, Easter, Stations of the Cross, 40-ty Hour Devotions, Our Lady of Czestochowa feast and the anniversary of the election of Pope John Paul II.
The choir also provided services for the Polish Supplementary School for Jaselka and the ceremonies for the beginning and the end of the school year. In the year 2005, after the passing of John Paul II the choir prepared a special program dedicated to the Holy Father. The “Gaudium et Spes” choir also performed nightly services at the Polish Festival at National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA.
In 2008, the choir recorded their first album, “Jak Ci Dziekowac” and a year later recorded a Christmas album entitled “Swiat na Ciebie czeka Panie”. The following preformed on the 2 albums; Marzena Blaszkiewicz, Teresa Has, Dorota Surtel, Elzbieta Laskowska, Irena Ospelt, Elzbiea Ozog Osewski, Bogdan Krol, Krzystof Lis, and Bogdan Osewski.