Cecylia Chmurska,
mother of Father Marek Chmurski

Domaniewice, Poland — Cecylia Chmurska, 86, died peacefully in the late evening of July 19, following a brief illness. Cecylia was the devoted wife of Jan Chmurski for 54 years and the loving mother of Father Marek Chmurski, parochial vicar of Christ the King Parish, Mashpee, and Krzysztof Chmurski and his wife, Ewelina of Ostrow, Poland and grandmother to their infant daughter, Laura Helena. 

Cecylia was born on Dec. 3, 1930, in Strzebieszew, Poland, the fourth of five children of the late Franciszek Drozka and his wife Antonina. Cecylia was preceded in death by her brothers Mieczyslaw, Jozef, and Stanislaw, and is survived by her younger brother Jan. 

In her early years during the Second World War Cecylia experienced the Nazi invasion and occupation of Poland. Following that war and until 1989 she saw her native land subjugated to communist rule as a satellite state of Soviet Russia. As wife and mother she often had full responsibilities at home as her husband’s work would require him to be away during the week. Until the fall of the communist regime she had to contend with food rationing stamps, low wages, bureaucratic control of all aspects of life, and the suspicions and fears generated by a totalitarian regime. 

Like many women of her generation in Poland, Cecylia forged ahead even in these challenging circumstances and with her love of gardening and cooking she did all that she could to provide the best food for her household and a safe and love-filled home for her family, and an open door to relatives, neighbors and friends. Remaining ever mindful and proud of her heritage, Cecylia passed on a great love for the Catholic faith and a deep appreciation of the culture of the Polish people to her sons. 

Proud that her eldest son would wish to devote his life to the service of the Church, as had her cousin as a priest and her brother- in-law as a Franciscan Friar, Cecylia was nevertheless concerned to have him go so far away in order to do so, but she came to accept that there was a greater need for priestly vocations in the United States than in Poland. Cecylia enjoyed three visits to the United States, first for the ordination of Father Marek in 1995, an additional visit for travel and sightseeing, and then a final visit in 2005 to be present for the celebration of Father Marek’s 10th anniversary of ordination. 

A Mass of Christian Burial for Cecylia took place on July 24 in the Church of St. Bartholomew in Domaniewice with Bishop Wojciech Osial, Auxiliary Bishop of Lowicz, presiding and Father Kazimierz Bednarek, chaplain of the hospital in Lodz where Cecylia had been a patient, preaching. 

Following the Funeral Mass which took place in the same church where Cecylia was married to Jan on Sept. 23, 1962 and where three generations of the Chmurski family have been parishioners, the procession moved on foot to the parish cemetery where the committal service and interment took place. 

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Christ the King Church in Mashpee at a later date.

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