Ciganek celebrating 50th jubilee

William Ciganek

Brother William Ciganek, C.F.X., a native of East Baltimore, celebrates his 50th Jubilee as a Brother of St. Francis Xavier on October 10, 2021 at Sacred Heart of Mary Church.

Born and raised in Baltimore’s Graceland Park neighborhood, he is son of the dearly departed James and Lucille Ciganek and older brother to the late Susan Ciganek.

Educated by the Brothers of St. Francis Xavier at Mount Saint Joseph High School in Irvington, he also spent a lifetime of devotion and service to his home parish Sacred Heart of Mary.

He entered the Xaverian Brothers in 1971 and his first teaching assignment was at St. John’s High School, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He returned to Baltimore teaching at his alma mater Mt. St. Joseph and enjoyed teaching religion. Religion being his passion, he also founded a summer vacation bible school that continued for 38 years.

Enjoying so many close relationships with family and friends in Baltimore, it’s actually in Middletown, Ct., at Xavier High School that he touched the hearts of so many students and adopted New England as a second home. From teacher, moderator, counselor, principal and finally the school’s first Headmaster, Brother William is proud to have been an intregal part of Xavier High School’s growth, fruitfulness and prosperity. Brother’s years at Xavier High School were 1978-2009.

Brother William stepped down from the Headmaster position at Xavier and returned to Baltimore in 2009 to Sacred Heart of Mary. His strong and impactful handprints can be seen through the decades of his life at Sacred Heart of Mary as Pastoral Associate that in recent years also included ministry to the parishioners, the poor and those in need at nearby parishes Our Lady of Fatima and St. Rita of Casia. During this 50th year as a Xaverian Brother he recently transitioned to the position of Pastoral Associate at St. Stephen’s in Kingsville, MD.

Brother William is motivated by the spirit of St. Francis Xavier and with God’s grace and blessings looks forward to many more years of ministry tending to the basic needs of those lacking food and clothing while tending to the spiritual hunger so many face during these particularly turbulent times.