Fr. Derek Sakowski

Father Derek Sakowski has been a priest for the Diocese of La Crosse since his ordination in 2003. After devoting the first five years of priesthood as a chaplain and high school teacher, he spent four years in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he completed a Licentiate and then a Doctorate in Sacred Theology, with a specialization in Ecclesiology. Since his return to Wisconsin in 2012, he has been pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Altoona and St. Raymond of Peñafort Parish in Southern Eau Claire County. Prior to ordination, his nine years of seminary studies took him through the early years of the Catholic Studies program at the University of St. Thomas, the Basselin program at The Catholic University of America, and the M.A. and M.Div programs at The Pontifical College Josephinum. Over those nine years and during the first year of priesthood, he also got to know his bishop quite well – now the world famous Raymond Cardinal Burke. While Father is grateful for his background in theology, philosophy, and languages, he is even more grateful for the healing and transformation he has begun to experience during the last four years. As he describes it, he wore himself out after more than three decades of shame-fueled perfectionism. He began to see the age-old truth and goodness and beauty of his Catholic faith in a radically new light. His blog, Abiding in Love and Truth, bears witness to the profound connection between love and truth, and the importance of subjectively receiving objective truth as a whole person. His blog can be found at www.abideinlove.com

Articles By Fr. Derek Sakowski

HopeSick

“Advent is a time of “already but not yet.” The Kingdom of God has indeed broken into this world, in the person of Jesus Christ. He promises to come again with the fullness of justice – and he will. Meanwhile, we watch and wait. And wait. And wait.” – Fr. Derek Sakowski

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The Law of Gift

‘“Gift” is only gift if we give all the pieces. That is what integrity means. It means being authentically human – not just a spiritual or cerebral being, but also fully alive in our emotions, our imagination, and our desires’ – Fr. Derek Sakowski.

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Jesus’ Story and Our Story

“Jesus does not expect this transformation to happen all at once. It’s a gradual process that happens over time. Like any great story, ours has moments of triumph, moments of loss and heartache, moments of betrayal, much adversity, and many setbacks.” – Fr. Derek Sakowski

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Communion Heals Shame

“Shame secretly torments every one of us as fallen human beings. It affects every single relationship we have – with God, with each other, and with ourselves.” – Fr. Derek Sakowski

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Fixing vs. Facing

“It is only when we face the fuller depths of our humanity – in all its beauty and brokenness – that we can die with Christ and rise with him.” -Fr. Derek Sakowski

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Paschal Triduum

In the Sacred Triduum, “Jesus transforms our human experience. He willingly enters the depths of human drama and human trauma, conquering every single moment with perfect love.” – Fr. Derek Sakowski

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Jesus and Abandonment

“Jesus, in his Passion, enters fully into both human experiences of “abandonment,” and reconciles them.” – Fr. Derek Sakowski

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The Baptism of the Lord

“The apostle Paul invites us to participate in the baptismal rebirth and renewal that is freely and gratuitously offered in Jesus, along with the rich outpouring of the Spirit (Titus 3:4-7). Let us come into the waters of baptism with Jesus.” – Fr. Derek Sakowski

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St. Benedict and Conversion

“The Benedictine vow of conversatio morum is a renewal of the baptismal vow. It is an absolute decision that I want to die and rise with Christ, and that I renounce all seductive counterfeits.” – Fr. Derek Sakowski

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St. Benedict and Obedience

“How do you allow obedience to set you free in your daily life?” Fr. Derek Sakowski offers a reflection on obedience and the rule of St. Benedict.

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