Father Adam Kotas
Childhood in Poland
From an early age, I felt a calling to the priesthood; it’s what everyone in my hometown in Poland says. At my first Mass the town representative in her speech said that I was a different child always being interested in people's lives and knowing people’s names and even the names of all the animals in the town. I was always an extra sensitive person having unique abilities to empathize with people’s pains and hurts and struggles, something that marks my priesthood to this very day. I am interested in your life because I love you and this I learned in that small town in Poland where we all struggled in the midst of communist repression and immense poverty, but we supported each other. We were a community, and you cannot do Christianity without community hence why any church I Pastor emphasizes the need to build community.
I am convinced that it was my time living in Poland where we had no running water, no bathroom in the home, and we all slept together in one room and one bed during the long bitter winters – and where we took our weekly baths whether we needed it or not; that it was this time and all the other times of struggle and suffering that made me who I am today. I thank God for this small-town experience and you while I have been taken out of that small town, the small town hasn’t been taken out of me, which is why I will always treat you and care for you with those small-town Polish values where hospitality is paramount. For us in Poland the phrase “gosc w dom, Bog w dom” is engraved on our souls and heart and minds knowing that when “the guest arrives, God arrives;” and this will be your experience at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, with me and with all those helping me treating you as that unique, cherished, wanted image of God that you are!