Staff Member: Fr. Tony Wroblewski
Fr. Tony Wroblewski
Fr. Anthony Wroblewski
I was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, though my family spent much of our summers in the Brainerd Lakes Area, where my parents bought a lake-place when I was about 6 years old. Some of my happiest memories come from my years “on the lake.” With my parents having been born in Poland, Polish language, culture, traditions and food were always a part of our family’s time together, and still are to this day. Of course, being Polish it was almost automatic that my Catholic Faith would play a large role in my upbringing. We attended St. Casimir Church in St. Paul during most of the year, and then St. Emily’s in Emily when we were up at the cabin.
I always loved my Catholic Faith, and loved being involved in many aspects of Church life, so I guess it wasn’t a surprise to those who know me that I eventually entered the Seminary. Because the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate had served at St. Casimir’s since my birth, I entered their formation program at Creighton University, where I earned my undergraduate degree. Seminary was in Chicago at Catholic Theological Union. I did take 3 years out of formation from 1990-1993, not ready to make a lifetime commitment as a priest. After re-entering formation in 1993, I was ordained a priest on June 10, 1995.
Since then, I have served as Associate Pastor and then Pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Duluth, Minnesota, at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois, and after I joined the Diocese of Duluth as a diocesan priest I have served as Pastor of the Brainerd and Baxter Catholic Churches of St. Francis, St. Mathias, St. Andrew’s, All Saints and St. Thomas.
My parents moved to Emily in 1995, and live on the Lake in retirement, and I have 2 sisters, both who live in the St. Paul area.