Father Irek Bem
Fr. Irek (Ireneusz) Bem was born in Wodzislaw Sl, a region known from coal mining in the very south part of Poland. His father worked in the mines and his mother cared for their home and four children (three boys and a girl). Irek was the oldest.
An older cousin joined the Savatorian Fathers (SDS) that gave him a chance to learn about the ministry of this religious order. Irek joined the formation program of the SDS and after 7 years was ordained to priesthood on May 16th, 1987 in Mokolow, Poland.
After 4 years of ministry in Poland, Fr. Irek was sent to Canada to join the new created community. Fr. Irek is coming to Nanaimo after 21 years of ministry in the Archdiocese of Halifax – Yarmouth in Nova Scotia. When he has spare time he enjoys golf, skiing, music, reading and movies.