On June 8, his 41st wedding anniversary—Peter Adamski was attending Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, after having visited the sites of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. It almost seemed like an ending for Adamski. Having lost his wife Kathy to battles with cancer, kidney disease, and Alzheimer’s, he had an opportunity to reflect on a long career as an executive, a joyful marriage, and his successful adult son, John. But this was no ending; it was a new beginning.
This fall, Peter began his studies at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, MA the “seminary for older dudes, as he describes it. A priestly vocation isn’t new to Adamski. He remembers growing up in New Jersey and visiting his great uncle and namesake, Msgr. Peter Joseph Adamski, at St. Stanislaus in Buffalo. “I can recall vividly going to the rectory, and we’d talk about how I felt like I might have a vocation staring at me, and he encouraged me to discern that.” God had other plans, though. Adamski met Kathy in college 1973, and they married a year and a half later.
Adamski retired as the CEO of a very successful foam manufacturing company, and worked for multinational companies like Johnson & Johnson throughout his career, doing “mergers, acquisitions and divestitures on every continent in the world except
Antarctica.” A few years ago, Adamski heard God again, and before he lost Kathy, he started discerning a vocation to the permanent diaconate, at the time never dreaming that one day he’d begin formation to the priesthood. Now, he ponders of how he’ll minister to his parish when, God willing, he is ordained.
“Besides the Sacraments,” he said. “I think about being able to minister to couples about marriage, whether they’re contemplating marriage or having troubles within their marriage, and being able to minister to the sick. I have a rich experience across all of those fronts that I can draw on, to help in my ministry.”