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Father Grzegorz Tokarski, Pastor

Deacon Joe Lennon


Father Tokarski
Fr. Grzegorz (Greg) Tokarski was born in Poland.  After graduating from high school, he entered the seminary in Krakow, where he studied philosophy and theology (Pontifical Salesian University in Rome, Italy).  He was ordained a priest in 1995. 

In 1997, he became an assistant professor of Greek and Latin Glottology at the Pontificium Institutum Altioris Latinitatis (i.e., Pontifical Institute of Higher Latinity) in Rome.  He taught classes related to the classical languages and linguistics. 

In 1999, he pursued a doctoral degree.  His dissertation dealt with the vocabulary of the Latin language from an Indo-European perspective (Lexicon Indocuropaeum Fundamentale Latini Sermonis).  This dissertation resulted in a Latin-Italian dictionary.  He is currently working to make this Latin-Italian dictionary accessible to native English speakers.  In 2000, he was nominated an associate professor of Classical Languages and Linguistics.

Fr. Tokarski arrived in the Archdiocese of Detroit in 2004, where his brother, Fr. Stan Tokarski, worked as a pastor.  He was asked to serve as an Associate Pastor at St. Michael’s parish in Livonia.  Later,he transferred to Our Lady of Refuge in Orchard Lake, Michigan.  At the same time, he taught Biblical Greek, Ecclesiastical Latin, and Ancient Christian Literature (Patrology and Spiritual Masters) at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake.  There, he served for three years as academic dean. For part of that time, he regularly said Sunday Mass in English, Latin and German at St. Joseph's parish and at the rest of the parishes in the cluster.


Deacon JoeDeacon Joe Lennon has been married to his wife Beth for over fifty years. They are blessed to have four children, twenty-nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Deacon Joe worked for Ford Motor Company for thirty-three years before retiring in 1999. He was ordained on June 11, 1983, and has served as a Permanent Deacon at several parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit and one in the Diocese of Lansing before arriving at Mother of Divine Mercy parish.