BIOGRAPHY OF FATHER JOSEPH WASIKBorn Joseph Wasik on December 13, 1938, the man now affectionately known as Fr. Joe was born and raised in south-eastern Poland. He was the second oldest of seven children during the horrific years of World War II.
After receiving his High School diploma, Fr. Joe entered the Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1963, and spent seven years working as a priest in his beloved homeland. In 1970, he had a chance to come to Canada to visit his uncle and sister and decided to stay in Canada for good.
Always desiring to work as a missionary, Fr. Joe worked for a few years among the Polish community in Toronto. However, for over twenty years now, he has been working with an English-speaking population, while keeping close ties to the Polish-Canadian community. From 1970-72, Fr. Joe worked in the London Diocese under Cardinal Carter. In 1972, he joined the Toronto Archdiocese. St. Casimir’s Polish Parish was the first parish where he assisted the Oblates in their parish work. Two years later, he was appointed to St. Teresa’s Parish in New Toronto, where he remained for four years. After that experience, he moved on to Canadian Martyrs’ in Toronto, staying there for one year before going to The Annunciation in Don Mills. He received his first appointment as pastor at St. Martin of Tours Parish in Mississauga, working there for ten years. Next, he ventured off to St. Patrick’s Church, serving for six years. After this span of time, he was entrusted with the task of building a new church in Erin Mills, soon to become the Merciful Redeemer Parish.
Throughout his life, Fr. Joe has traveled around the world. He frequently visits his homeland, and travels to Trinidad, various places in Europe including Rome, and the Holy Land.
During his present work at Merciful Redeemer, Fr. Joe’s life was suddenly changed forever. On December 8, 1997, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, he underwent bypass surgery and cardiac rehabilitation. He believes that the Lord gave him another chance in life, to continue his mission to build the church in honour of the Merciful Redeemer.
With special intervention and blessings from God and the amazing cooperation of the parishioners the church was completed in five years. Fr. Joe's mission was to build this church for the glory of God and for the parishioners to have a proper place where they could experience God and be close to him.
Fr. Joe left behind a mural of Jesus presenting to his parishioners through St. Faustina God's Divine mercy of all. He also entrusted to the parishioners the chapel of adoration to the Blessed Sacrament, a statue of Our Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady of Grace Grotto in a beautiful garden around the church with a strong devotion to our Blessed Mother.
On the 1st of July 2003, Fr.Joe became the new pastor of Christ the King Church. Following his call to nurture and guide the spiritual needs of God's people in his parish, Fr. Joe began to build a new parish center. Construction for the centre began in September 2003 and was completed in October 2004. As a sign of his gratitude to the Blessed Virgin Mary, for his successful operation, a grotto of Our Lady of Grace was built on the site of the new church.
In addition to the successful project of a new parish center, Fr.Joe chose to carry out another undertaking and installed the front canopy above the main entrance of the church.