Travels to Montana

Background and May of 1941

Frank, Sr & Anna Cecrle first residence was on Sage Creek (in the area around Denton and Danvers, Montana). Many people with a Bohemian background settled in the area.

During the early 1990’s, a picture of Frank V & Anna Cecrle, Sr with their children picture with a priest with facial characteristics of Father Josef Jarzebowski existed. The picture was discarded as Anna Mary Cecrle Flanagan could not identify the priest. The picture below is of Frank V & Anna Cecrle, Sr and children only.

In the other picture, Frank V Cecrle, Jr was standing by Joseph K Cecrle with the priest sitting in the front row between Anna and Frank V Cecrle, Sr.

Back Row: Joseph Karel Cecrle, Anna Barbara Cecrle Kynett; Irene Emily Cecrle Kolar, Ernest Ferdinand (Shorty) Cecrle Front Row: Frank Vaclav Cecrle, Jr., Anna Slepicka Cecrle, Frank Vaclav Cecrle, Sr.

Monsignor Joseph Glucek (sometimes spelled “Gluszek”) wrote to Karol Wojtyla in 1958 when Wojtyla became a bishop.

1966

Archbishop Karol Wojtyla (now Saint John Paul II) visited Father Joseph Glucek unannounced in 1966. Father Glucek had served as parish priest for Saint Mathias in Moore, Montana; Sacred Heart Church in Hobson, Montana and Saint Wencelsaus (Duke of Bohemia) in Danvers, Montana. Both priests were together May 21, 1966 traveling to east of Moccasin, Montana to the Frank V. Cecrle, Jr then Frank V Cecrle, Sr residences. Did Archbishop Karol Wojtyla’s visit include the transcription of Saint Faustina’s diary and tracing the trip of Father Josef Jarzebowski’s trip across the United States with the Divine Mercy message?

Lear Leo Flanagan, Sr met with an individual regarding a business transaction at Adam’s diner in Hobson, Montana. The son of the business man requested repeatedly to go fishing. Father Glucek and Archbishop Wojtyla arrived, at the same time Lear Flanagan arrived at Adam’s diner in Hobson, Montana. Lear made arrangements with Father Glucek to arrive at Cecrle’s with food for a meal by going to Hobson Cash Store. Lear then contacted Frank V Cecrle, Jr by telephone making arrangements for the son to go fishing at one of Frank V Cecrle, Jr ponds and forewarn the Cecrle’s Father Glucek was on his way with another priest of some importance. Lear gave Father Glucek money to purchase food at Hobson’s grocery store with the message he would settle up with the store owner later if need be.

A common happening for the Cecrle family was for Father Glucek to say mass at Anna & Frank V Cecrle’s, Sr residence (east of Moccasin, Montana) as Anna had broken her hip years earlier and was either in a wheel chair or bed at all times. As there were two priests instead of one, more family was contacted to attend the mass with a meal following the mass.

Family members included Tucek/Brady (Mary Tucek Cecrle married Frank V Cecrle, Jr.) and Cecrle relatives. While waiting for the family to arrive (between 60 and 80 people) the “men” went fishing as people and food were assembled. The fishing ponds were located on Frank V Cecrle’s Jr land. The “men” (any male even if in diapers) went fishing as there were not enough fishing poles for all children to go fishing with the “men”.

Among the Cecrle women, Father Glucek was notorious for going through the closets to assist with “giving to the poor”. While fishing, the women were not only cooking but securing items set aside for wedding/birthday/first communion/confirmation presents and such to keep out of Father Glucek’s hands who assisted the family with “giving”. As this visit was an unannounced by Father Glucek and company, house cleaning, storing items and cooking were at a frenzy at both Cecrle residences.

After the “men” came back from fishing, Archbishop Karol Wojtyla and Father Joseph Glucek indicated a little person from the family and the business man’s son would helpful in spreading the message. The little people agreed having no idea what was being referenced at the time.  Blessings were given by both Archbishop Wojtyla and Father Glucek to the union.

2001

August 2001 Monsignor Joseph Glucek was visited and referenced the 1966 events in Great Falls, Montana. Monsignor Glucek reiterated the happenings surrounding when at that time Pope John Paul II first visited him. The comment was made how Father Glucek was two people ahead of Karol Wojtyla when people were being rounded up for the Auschwitz concentration camp. Monsignor Glucek did not remember Karol Wojtyla but the events described aligned with Father Glucek’s experience. Monsignor Glucek also made the comment after he left Poland, he went to England.

While in England, Father Glucek received a letter. The people of England noticed how Father Glucek would pull it out of the envelope then shout something in his native language being quite agitated then folded it up. Father Josef Jarzebowski was contacted to assist whatever was written in the letter. The habit was Father Glucek would read the letter then then shake one of his fists in the air shouting at the top of his lungs in Polish “How can this be? How can this be? How can this be?”

When Father Glucek looked up, Joseph Glucek saw a priest hearing what he said. By the look on the priest’s face, Father Joseph Glucek knew the priest understood what he had been yelling in his native Polish language. The priest motioned for Father Glucek to come to him. Father Glucek handed over the letter.

Father Glucek had not anticipated a priest in England to know what he was saying. The priest visited with Father Glucek in his native Polish language then indicated for Father Glucek not to say anything until he was given permission.

Father Joseph Glucek had been in England less than a month. After reading the letter, Father Josef Jarzebowski first comment was it was amazing if not miraculous for a letter from Poland to have even found Father Glucek.

The letter’s contents were to notify Father Glucek how Adolf Hess – the one in charge of the concentration camps – had been given absolution by a priest in Poland. Father Glucek had been asked to hear Adolf Hess’ confession but had said “no”. Father Glucek was expecting Father Josef Jarzebowski to console him by saying Glucek’s actions were correct. Instead, Father Jarzebowski indicated the right thing had been done and to remain quiet. Father Glucek was appalled but listened.

Father Josef Jarzebowski explained the Divine Mercy Diary message and trip from Poland across Asia and the Pacific then to the eastern seacoast of the United States after crossing the Pacific. Father Josef Jarzebowski had promised one family in particular, a priest. If Father Jarzebowski was not able to return to them, another priest in would be sent in his place. Father Joseph Glucek agreed to be the priest to travel to the United States to Saint Wencelsaus in Danvers, Montana with the last name of Cecrle. There Glucek would be greeted, treated as family with the cooking being basically the same as to their area of Poland. Even though they were Bohemians, Father Glucek agreed to the task.

Father Glucek’s first assignment was Red Lodge, Montana as pastor.  He was known to be gone for a few days at a time traveling north but no one in the parish knew where he travelled or could figure out why.  This is the same time frame he showed up at the Cecrle homestead. 

Pope John XXIII first action as pope was to have further investigation of the Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska’s Divine Mercy message. As the conundrum was rampant regarding the Divine Mercy message, a ban was enacted for stopping the spread of the message and devotion in 1959.

The Bohemian language and food/cooking was extremely close to the Polish language Father Jarzebowski knew. Monsignor Glucek felt like he was with family as did Father Josef Jarzebowski had at the Cecrles. Frank V Cecrle Sr was faithful to saying what the family referred to as his “three o’clock short rosary” and reading from the “Imitation of the Sacred Heart” until he died in 1974. Father Glucek went through the closets frequently to make certain traces of the Divine Mercy message could not be located and verify it was not taught to anyone born after 1959 nor was it practiced in a group setting.

Reciting the “rosary” as a group before mass either at Sacred Heart Church in Hobson, Montana or before mass at the Cecrle residence was part of life. The bigger crowd on May 21, 1966, did not allow for all to partake in saying the rosary at the Cecrle residence but was said regardless with Anna Cecrle. 80 people in attendance created more commotion than usual. When any one arrives with the rosary is being recited, the anticipation is for the late comers to join then recite the prayers as they had been there from the beginning.

Father Joseph Jarzebowski – does your family have a picture with this man?

If you have any information, willing to add documentation concerning Archbishop Karol Wojtyla’s 1966 visit to the Cecrle/Tucek/Brady families mass or mass at Danvers, Montana or have a picture with Father Joseph Jarzebowski taken in May of 1941, please email:  rejuvenatemercy@gmail.com