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MY ORCHARD LAKE PATH

On May 6, 2017, Monsignor Thomas Machalski

witnessed three SS. Cyril & Methodius seminarians,

who have made Christ the center of their lives,

graduate from the seminary. Two Deacons were also

ordained in May. He takes great pride in the fact that

they are his brother priests. A day later, he celebrated

Graduation Mass for the St. Mary’s Preparatory Class

of 2017. “You have been the recipients of a treasure

which is beyond price – you have received not only a

good, solid, Catholic, Christian education – you have

received an Orchard Lake St. Mary’s education,” said

Msgr.

For him, a young man who left his home in New York to attend St. Mary’s

Preparatory in 1973, his path has come full circle. As a young boy, Msgr.

Machalski felt a calling, especially after a priest took him to Orchard Lake

and he knew God was leading him here. He graduated in 1976 and attended

St. Mary’s College. Upon his graduation in 1980, he pursued his priestly

formation at Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, NY

where he received his Master of Divinity in 1985. On May 18 of that year, he

was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn. He received his Master of

Science in Education from Fordham University, Bronx, NY, in 1996 and his

J.C.L. from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., in 1999.

For Monsignor Thomas Machalski, his path has come full circle. In 2011, he

was named 3rd chancellor of the Orchard Lake Schools and 11th rector of SS.

Cyril & Methodius Seminary. “It was very overwhelming to be chosen for the

institution of which I was once a student, and at my farewell Mass, I noted how

thankful I am for those things that we were able to do together here,” he added.

“I give praise to God.”

Throughout the his six-year tenure, his legacy has followed that of his alma

mater –

To live out the mission of Orchard Lake Schools, service to God,

Church or country, and their fellow human being.

Continued

Machalski with fellow Prep Class of 1976

Ambassadors Ball

2017 SSCMS Graduation

1,050

th

Anniversary of Christianity

Speaking at Forbidden Art Exhibition

Tenure highlights:

2011

– Named Chancellor-Rector, Orchard Lake Schools (May 18)

2012

– Installation as Chancellor-Rector (February 19)

2013

– 50

th

Anniversary of Chapel of Our Lady of Orchard Lake (March 3)

2016

– Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron named the Chapel of Our Lady of

Orchard Lake the official archdiocesan shrine to St. John Paul II.

2016

– Celebration of 1,050

th

Anniversary of Christianity in Poland (Orchard

Lake Schools campus)

2017

– PolishAmerican Priests’Association Convention (co-chair; Orchard

Lake Schools campus); recipient of the Father Leopold Moczygemba

Award for outstanding service to Polonia