"Like all Kaszubs at the beginning of settlement, the inhabitants of the town of Round Lake worshipped at the Irish chapel in Brudenell. Thanks to the unusual activity of the priest of Our Lady Parish in Wilno, Rev. Bronislaw Jankowski, Polish missionary chapels were soon constructed, including one for the Poles living around Round Lake Centre (1900). Before the building of the chapel, Rev. Jankowski rode to Round Lake several times a year to conduct Mass at the local school (number 4) and, in the neighbouring town of Bonnechere, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Laganski.
As the colony in Round Lake Centre and the neighbouring towns of Simpson Pit and Bonnechere grew, the construction of an independent church became more and more important. On January 14, 1922, Stefan and Josefine Laganski finally settled the matter by donating 30 acres of land, located by the lake in Round Lake Centre, on which the church would be built. The chapel was blessed by Bishop Patric T. Ryan on August 7, 1925, and called St. Bronislaw’s Mission.
In 1927, after the death of Rev. Antoni Slonimski of Barry’s Bay, St. Bronislaw’s Mission was once again put under the guardianship of the parish in Wilno. However, these were its last years as a mission, since Bishop Ryan decided to create an independent parish in October 1928, a few months after Rev. Jankowski’s death; he nominated Rev. Pawel Jolkowski as pastor of the new parish on October 1, 1928.
One year later, since the number of parishioners reached 65 families and the chapel became too small, Rev. Jolkowski decided to appeal for construction of a new church, which began in the summer of 1930. The new church was built in the same place where St. Bronislaw’s Chapel had stood and was named St. Casimir’s Church.
Due to the illness of Rev. Jolkowski, Bishop Ryan assigned Rev. Leonard Ritza, ordained on May 31, 1934, in Wilno, as a vicar to help Rev. Jolkowski. While fulfilling his responsibilities, he instigated the expansion of the presbytery in the years 1935-1940.
After Rev. Jolkowski’s death on September 15, 1940, Rev. Teodor Kulas became the new priest of the parish; his main objective was the repayment of the parish’s debt. In 1954, the parish celebrated the 25th anniversary of the construction of its church, which coincided with the 25th anniversary of Rev. Kulas’ ordainment. The parish obtained permission to redecorate the church for this occasion.
After Rev. Teodor Kulas died on October 29, 1972, after 32 years of priesthood, Rev. Ambrozy Pick became his successor in January 1973. Before the new priest was nominated, administrative functions of the parish were fulfilled by Rev. Stefan Soltyszewski. In 1974, Rev. Pick renovated the interior of the church according to the requirements of the Second Vatican Council."
50th Anniversary Saint Casimir's Parish, Round Lake Centre, Ontario, Canada. CAP at Orchard Lake.
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